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Post 539  Green Bay, Wisconsin

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ABOUT THIS POST

CHARTER DATE: February 8, 1948

POST NAMESAKE: Madelyn LaCanne Post 539 was named and dedicated to the first service woman from the Green Bay area, to die in the service.. Read more »

FIRST COMMANDER: Carmen Barnes Skilling 1949-1952

NOTABLE MEMBERS: All the women of Post 539 are very special, unique and have been a part of notable things, but the.. Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: An All-Womens American Legion Post. Read more »

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1940
The Madelyn LaCanne Post #539 was organized on 14 January 1947 at the State American Legion Convention in Milwaukee, under the leadership of Carmen Barnes Skilling. Carmen attended a luncheon for women veterans. There was much interest in the Brown County area to form an all women's Legion post. Twenty-four women from the Green bay area signed a petition to start this post. A Temporary Charter was awarded on 8 February 1949 and a Permanent Charter on 6 March 1952. Charter members of the Madelyn LaCanne Post 539 include: Martha E Long, Mary A Long, Clara Dvorak, Josephine Zinceau, Marguerite.. Full story »
1950
The All-Women's Post, 539 of the American Legion in Green Bay, Wisconsin; was named for the first woman service member from the area to die in the service of her country. Madelyn Barrette LaCanne, born 25 July 1912, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Jules Barrette of Green Bay. On 31 September 1931 Madelyn married Ellsworth LaCanne. Madelyn enlisted in the US Army's, Women's Army Corps (WACs) on 5 April 1943 out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Basic training was accomplished at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Upon completion of Basic training she was transferred to Ellington Filed, Texas and assigned to the 788th.. Full story »
1960
Madelyn LaCanne Post 539 assumed sponsorship of the American Legion Juniors Baseball team after it was dropped by the Sullivan-Wallen Post 11 in Green Bay. Post 539 consisted of 30 members as of this date. Through the efforts of selling tickets to the Bobcats vs. the Canadian-American Soo Indians hockey game and many spaghetti dinners the Ladies were able to supply the team with new uniforms and equipment. Driven to keep the American Legion Juniors organization afloat, and thus preserve the city's only existing representation in inter-city baseball competition. Members of the Post had been given 1000 tickets to the.. Full story »
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