Post 5 Seward, Alaska

Post 5

Seward, Alaska

Post 5 Seward, Alaska

About This Post

Post Namesake

Seward Post 5 was originally named after Issac Evans when the post first applied for their charter.  Evans was a US Marshal in the Alaskan Territory stationed in Seward and was the sole individual for law and order in this ... READ MORE

Notable Members

H. Everett Hoy, a man of many talents, and as a matter of background at age 21 served in WWI, discharged from Navy in 1919, 16 years before he joined the American Legion, 1935 joined Post 269 in Chicago ... READ MORE

What Makes this Post Unique

Seward Post 5 is unique that it is located in a coastal Alaskan town and the membership varies from the locals to many who are recurrent visitors from out of the area and out of the state.  Our post is ... READ MORE

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HISTORY

1910

The Early Days

Nov 20, 1919

As we begin to tell our story of Seward Post #5, I want to extend our post's sincere appreciation to Son's member Doug Capra. Doug is an accomplished writer and historian. He came to Alaska in 1971 from Massachusetts, and taught in the Aleutian Islands and in Seward. He retired after 24 years of teaching, then spent 17 years as a National Park Ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park. Doug has served on the board..

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The Early Days
Getting Organized and a Few Surprises

Getting Organized and a Few Surprises

Nov 20, 1919

To "go over the top" was an expression that came out of the Great War itself. For an attack, soldiers in the trenches were ordered to climb up, over and out of their protection and "go over the top." Tis often meant exposing themselves to the fierce artillery and/or machine gun fire. In civilian lingo, the expression meant more than just to do one's patriotic duty; it meant to go above and beyond what was..

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Putting It on Paper!

Nov 20, 1919

The post started to become formalized with positions being assigned. Elwin Swetmann became temporary chairman and D.W. Stoddard, temporary secretary and treasurer. The group selected a committee to draw up bylaws and a constitution. Those eligible for membership could be from any branch of the service, but had to "under arms at the front, in camps or on duty elsewhere from April 6th, 1917 to November 11, 1918, or those of allied nations." The first..

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Putting It on Paper!
Naming of the Post

Naming of the Post

Nov 21, 1919

Why did the originating members name the post what they did? Why did they name the post after a murdered US Deputy Marshal Isaac Evans? He had no military background and did not fight in the great war. Had he lived, Evans wouldn't be eligible for membership. Evans's murder was fresh in everyone'should mind and the trial of his murderer was happening as the veterans met. In a resolution passed the evening they organized, they..

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1920

A New Decade

Jan 1, 1920

A new decade arrived on January 1st 1928 new president Warren G Harding, would soon take his oath of office. As the 1920s and 1930s progressed, the ripples created by the Great War acted more like Great Waves from a boulder dropped into a small pond. The world would never be the same. America's losses in the Great War as tragic as they were couldn't compare with the all of Europe's. Over half of all..

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Active in the Community

Active in the Community

May 31, 1922

Memorial Day 1922, The American Legion held a short program at the "Legion Cemetery" to commemorate Memorial Day and those comrades who had gone before to "Post Everlasting."  Car and delivery truck owners assembled at Fourth Ave to convey the crowds who wished to attend the ceremony.  Members of the 21st Infantry stationed in Seward received credit for an impressive service.  The services were held at the grave of LC Staughan who had served in..

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Legion Sponsors the 4th of July Event in Seward

Jul 4, 1922

The Issac Evans post sponsored the 4th of July celebration in 1922, the first since 1917 which was primarily due to railroad construction and the WWI.   The town was "all in" as it was a grand time for Alaska and the new American Legion Post wanted to celebrate in grand fashion.  The Auxiliary of the Isaac Evans Post planned and creaged a replica of a Salvation Army WWI dougout where they served donuts and..

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Legion Sponsors the 4th of July Event in Seward
Seward Boy Designs Alaska State Flag

Seward Boy Designs Alaska State Flag

May 1, 1927

The Seward Gateway Newspaper announced the competition for the Alaska State Flag on December 31st, 1926.  It began  earler in 1926 when George Parks, Governor of the territory of Alaska, called on the Postmaster General in Washington DC.  The governor noted the rotunda of the Federal Post Office Building featured a spectacular dislay of flags of all the states and territories except Alaaska.

On his return to Alaska, GovernorParks met with the American Legion..

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Armistice Day Dance and Entertainment in Complete Readiness

Nov 10, 1927

ARMISTICE DAY DANCE AND ENTERTAINMENT IN COMPLETE READINESS , Thursday, November 10th 1927 (Seward Daily Gateway)

 “The Armistice Day Committees have reported is their work is completed and everything is in readiness for the opening gun tomorrow night in (the) Odd Fellows Hall.

From the advance sale of tickets it is indicated one of the largest crowds to have attended a dance in the past year will be at this affair.

A..

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Armistice Day Dance and Entertainment in Complete Readiness
Armistice Day Dance Went Over Big: Great Time Had

Armistice Day Dance Went Over Big: Great Time Had

Nov 11, 1928

The Seward Post is now a complete and respected member of the town and fellow fraternal organizations that have formed since the beginnings in the early 1900's.  For a town with a population that is about 1,000 at this time the American Legion is a dedicated group of veterans who maintain involvement in all aspects of the community.  The following newspaper article from the Seward Daily Gateway illustrates the attitude of service and of..

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1930

Post Gets it's First Building

Mar 22, 1934

 

The Seward Post for many, many years met in a variety of places throughout town from the Fire Hall to the Oddfellows Hall and the post finally secured their first building as was announced in the Seward Daily..

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Post Gets it's First Building

1940

A Tough Winter, Entry to World War II, and Troops Grow in Seward!

A Tough Winter, Entry to World War II, and Troops Grow in Seward!

Nov 23, 1941
As Mary Berry wrote in her book Seward Alaska - A History of the Gateway City, on November 23 a fire erupted at 18 degrees with 30 MPH winds, one of the coldest days in early winter. The fire broke out around 11:30 pm and it took most of the downtown shops out. Most of the homeless went to stay at others homes, women and children went to the Jesse Lee Home and the men..
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1950

I Wanted to Go So I Went! Nurse Edna

Jun 1, 1957

“I wanted to go so I went!" Many people are worth remembering and one particular veteran who lived and walked among us for a time at Seward Post 5 was Edna Wier. She was active in many community organizations, especially our post, and was quite outspoken. Most who knew her will always cherish her memory. But many in Seward today never knew the woman. She was one of many of her generation who responded to..

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I Wanted to Go So I Went!  Nurse Edna
Western District Forms in Alaska

Western District Forms in Alaska

Jul 7, 1958

Another first for Post #5.  The Seward Post News in its July edition reported with the news lead of 'FIRST DISTRICT MEETING WITH THE NEW OFFICERS, HELD DURING CONVENTION.'  The first Western District meeting to be presided over by the new officers was called for by Commander Ralph Rider on June 4th, which was the opening date of the 39th, Annual Department of American Legion Convention, held in Seward.  The District Convention was previously held..

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1960

Seward Post News Wins the Jack R. C. Cann Award

May 31, 1960

The Seward Post News, the only llegion newspaper in Alaska to win an award, edited by H. Everett Hoy, won national recognition from the American Legion Press Association for the best paper produced by a "Duplicating Process."  Previous years' winnders included:  1959 Bell Post Bugler, Milwaukee, Wis; 1958 Bell Post Bugler Milwaukee Wis; 1957 Post Time 121, Cheser West VA.  


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Seward Post News Wins the Jack R. C. Cann Award
Seward Gets its First Coast Guard Cutter

Seward Gets its First Coast Guard Cutter

Feb 25, 1965

Seward was getting it's first post WWII and Korea military presence with the USCG Cutter Sorrell.  It was the beginning of a good relationship of Coast Guard members and their families becoming part of Seward and the American Legion Post in town.  Over the years the Coast Guard has become a big part of Seward Post 5 with their families and the ships that have come to call Seward their home port.  The Petticoat Gazette..

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