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Post 8  Pierre, South Dakota

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ABOUT THIS POST

CHARTER DATE: April 13, 1931

POST NAMESAKE: Pierre - pronounced by locals as "pier", not the more foo foo P-air! Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: Our Pierre Post 8 home is a beautiful log structure built at the foot of downtown Pierre mere steps from the north bank of the Missouri River. A large deck serves as an inviting and relaxing gathering place.

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1910
The Pierre American Legion Post was formed when a group of local veterans met on June 11, 1919. Elected Officers were: Carl M. Walker, Commander; Will Robinson, Vice Commander; Louverne Ballou, Adjutant; Robert B. Hipple, Historian; and Paul Dewell, Treasurer Pierre's Post took it's first official breath of Legion air during the State Convention held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 15-16, 1919. Four intrepid local World War I veterans traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to start the process of establishing a Legion Post in Pierre. Those attending were: Charles Lee Hyde, Will G. Robinson, Robert B. Hipple,.. Full story »
1920
A Legion wide baseball league was first proposed at the 1925 American Legion state convention in Milbank, SD. Guest speak Major John L. Griffith spoke about the important role athletics plays in the development of youth. The convention agreed and passed a resolution to create an organized summer baseball league. The National Commander James A. Drain backed the resolution which passed that fall at the national convention in Omaha, Nebraska. Full story »
An exciting event for Pierre occurred on Thursday at 4pm September 1, 1927. That was when Charles Lindbergh landed his plane in a pasture (now the location of the Pierre Airport) as part of his tour promoting aviation. This was a huge deal as Lindbergh was a major celebrity with literally thousands of people greeting him at every stop of his tour. The landing field had been prepared by the American Legion under the direction of Godfrey Roberts. Walter Burke, commander of the American Legion had seen to it that cattle were moved from the field and was responsible for.. Full story »
1930
Pierre Post 8 was chartered on April 13, 1931. Full story »
1940
On January 4, 1940 members of Post 8 voted unanimously to construct a permanent post home. Discussions had already been underway to lease from the city of Pierre a 100'x100' lot at the foot of Pierre St. The building was stipulated to be built from logs and was not to exceed $3500 in cost. Federal policy required that building materials were to be obtained from the closest access point. The logs came from the Black Hills of SD. A contract was signed with the National Youth Administration to do the work. By March of 1941 the cabin was completed enough.. Full story »
Our Post 8 cabin was leased to the city for use as a USO club for the Pierre Air Base. This lease was to remain in effect until the end of the hostilities (WWII). The lease charge to the city was to have been $150 per month, but only $100 had been authorized. The Post rebated $50 per month back to the city.A stipulation in the lease stated that all money derived was to be used to repay expenses of building the cabin. Full story »
A ninety-nine year lease was signed by the city and Post 8 for the use of the property. The Post pays $25 annually for the term of the lease. The lease is valid only so long as it is used as a Post Home. There was a report stating that the total amount invested in the cabin as of August 15, 1944 was $5109.00, of which $4955.83 had been paid. On July 31, 1944, a ninety-nine year lease was signed by the city and Post 8 for the use of the property. The Post pays $25 annually for the term.. Full story »
2010
By order of Commander Madsen and approved by the general membership at our June meeting, there will be no meetings scheduled for July and August. A summer recess will be in effect. Enjoy your summer. The Post will remain open and active as always. Full story »
Our evenings have warmed up enough here on the prairie to once again strike up the bands. We will be having music on the deck on Sunday evenings. Full story »
Some motivated Post 8 veterans wanted Post 8 to be represented in the Ft. Pierre 4th of July parade. They constructed a WWI tank on the chassis of a riding lawnmower. None were quite sure how to go about it, but they gave it a good shot and the results seemed to be well received by the crowds. While not exactly fearsome looking, it represented Post 8 in fine manner. A huge thanks to the Legionnaires donating their time and skills for the build. Note: No tissues were harmed in the making of this float. However, the tank drive (Commander.. Full story »
The City Of Pierre hosted the Legion Junior Baseball Tournament July 23-26. SD State Commander Terry Hanson administered the Oath of American Legion Baseball. Full story »
Recently a major windstorm blew through the Pierre area and partially uprooted most of the trees surrounded our Post. Some were actually blown against the building. They were deemed unsafe to leave as is so they had to be cut down. It's a little bare lookin around here now. We hope to plant some replacement trees in the near future. Full story »
Pierre's "Flaming Fountain" at the War Memorials has been going out for quite some time. The flames were from a gas pocket deep underground that was hit when a well was drilled years ago. The gas pressure has diminished to the point where the wind will blow it out. A warm water artesian well was hit along with the gas pocket. A flaming fountain was constructed and enjoyed by visitors to the memorials. Post 8 and others have been encouraging the state to add a natural gas line to the fountain. The Executive Committee passed a resolution of support to.. Full story »
Post Administrator Ron “the DJ” LeBeau spun the 45's. Yes. The 45's. For you younger vets this was our old school way of “grooving”. This was long before technology pulled music from tiny chunks of silicon. The night wasn't exactly hopping, but we had fun. We had fresh hot Popcorn and also some weird candy that looked like it was left over from Ron LeBeau's sixteenth birthday party. including some wax lips. These were modeled rather smartly by Sarah Farnsworth and Tammy LeBeau. The music helped us old soldiers feel a little bit young again, if only for an evening... Full story »
We had a huge turnout for our annual Post 8 Halloween party. We were nearly filled to capacity with festooned folks young and old alike dancing to the DJ's tunes. Our Commander, LeRoy Madsen, was dressed perfectly for a night of neck-sucking vampire work. I think his wife had to reign him in a few times as he went in for a few necks he probably shouldn't have. The legion hall was jammed with all manner of creatures. The Post Historian was dressed as a DDform214!!!??? Even the Lt. Governor and his wife joined us for a part of the.. Full story »
The first, hopefully annual, Legion Pheasant Hunt was held on the Terry Ness farm. We had 15 gunners, several dogs, and a couple of "golphers" along to keep things going. The day started out with a promised hearty SOS breakfast. Well, hearty was a bit of a reach for what was provided. Post Administrator Ron LeBeau, who admits to being less than a novice around a kitchen misread the recipe. It provided directions for from 4-6 people... not the 20 folks expected. Those lucky few who were fed seemed to enjoy Ron's meager efforts. Fortunately we had several kinds of.. Full story »
Back during our Executive Committee meeting in December it was decided it was time to raise drink prices. The drink prices have remained the same for at least five years. Effective on the first of January beer prices would be raised by 25 cents and drink prices would be raised by 50 cents. This will prove to be an unpopular but necessary decision. Post 8 donates to many and varied organizations around Pierre... with our emphasis of course being on helping veterans and kids. Full story »
The Korean people honored our Korean War Veterans with Ambassador Peace Medals at a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda. Post 8 Veterans assisting the honorees were: Ken Philips, Mike DeMory, James Goodman, Ron LeBeau, Randy Dickerson, Greg Hall, Jon Peschong, Claire Peschong, Erin Dreis, Hal Rumpca. These people served as door greeters and aided with Veterans in wheelchairs. A huge THANK YOU goes their way for their help. Full story »
While the Post 8 Executive Committee had some concerns regarding liability and logistics the motion to purchase a Soap Box Derby Car kit was referred to the general membership where it was overwhelmingly passed. Full story »
The Executive Committee approved the cancelling of summer General Membership meetings from June through August. The next General Meeting will be on September 1, 2016. The Executive Committee monthly meetings, however, will continue to be held to take care of normal post business/discussions. Full story »
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