Post 15 Loveland, Colorado

Post 15

Loveland, Colorado

Post 15 Loveland, Colorado

About This Post

Notable Members
FIRST IN OFFICE 1919 Commander: LT. John Duffield Vice: Capt. S.E. Weller Adjutant: O.M. Moore Finance: Sergeant Lawrence Dill Historian: Wm Anderson Chaplin: Paul Mills temp charter Aug 12 1919 official charter from National dated Nov. 20, 1920
What Makes this Post Unique
*American Legion Post 15 *American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 *Sons of The American Legion squadron 15 *American Legion Riders 15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Associated Veterans of Loveland building also houses VFW Post 41 VFW Auxiliary 41 DAV Auxiliary 32

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HISTORY

1910

Past Post 15 Commanders roll call

Jan 1, 1919

1919-20: John Duffield 1920-21: Ross Comly 1921-22: DR. W.W. Yates 1922-23: H.E. Reed 1923-24: Orville Moore 1924-25: E.R. Downey 1925-26: C.O. Winton 1926-27: Elmer Hicks 1927-28: Bill Hunn 1928-29: John Cross 1929-30: Reid Williams 1930-31: Charles Webb 1931-32: Arthur Perkins 1932-33: J.R. Patterson 1933-34: Ralph Solomon 1934-35: Earl Bolender 1935-36: Leonard Williamson 1936-37: W.L. Angove 1937-38: Campbell 1938-39: Raleigh Hull 1939-40: Kendall Hammond 1940-41: Emil Leslie 1941-42: Earl Foster 1942-43: John Gabb 1943-44: Jesse O'Brien..

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Past Department Commanders from Post 15

Jan 2, 1919
1930-1931: Howard E. Reed / 1969-1970: Harold Kelsey
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Past National Executive Committee Men

Jan 3, 1919
NEC: 1935-36: William (Bill) Reed / NEC Alt, 1971-1972 Harold Kelsey
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Past District 4 Commanders

Jan 4, 1919
1962-63: Willard Parson / 1965-66: Wendell Nickerson / 1966-67: Harold Kelsey / 1981-82: John Steele / 1983-84: Beth Dove / 1984-85: Owen Clayton / 1985-86 Owen Clayton / 1986-87: Don Baxter / 1987-88: Don Baxter / 2007-08: Tony DuMosch / 2008-09: Tony DuMosch / 2009-10: Robb Smith /
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26 Vets meet at City Hall

Jun 18, 1919
Twenty six Veterans met at city hall to form the American Legion Post in Loveland, the start to a beginning.
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Application for Post 15

Jul 21, 1919
It was on this day the Veterans of World War one submitted a formal request for an American Legion Post in Loveland #15.
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Charter Members

Aug 12, 1919
Charles M. Weller / James L. Todd / George L. Wyckoff / Ralph I. Pittington / Raymond A. Patterson / Oscar Johnson / Raymond A. Patterson / Palmer Jacobson / Virgil E. Brown / Orville M/ Moore / Walter W. Yates / Clay D. Cullouze / John Mein Jr. / Fitzhugh L. Winey / Ravalt Petersen / Claymore K. Paris / E.L. Weinberg / Glen M. Puder / Stanley K. Shield / Harry D. Hall..
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Intern Officer, Forming the Post

Aug 19, 1919
Commander: Duffield / 1st Vice: Wilson / Adjutant: Moore / Finance Officer: Dell / Historian: Anderson / Chaplin: Mills
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1920

Auxilary unit 15 Charterd

Mar 4, 1920
On this day the American Legion Auxiliary Unit received their Charter
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Auxilary Unit 15 is born

May 24, 1920
On this date Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 has received it's charter.
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First Officers of Post 15

Oct 4, 1920
Permanent Charter received!!! on this date and here is the Roll Call of Officer:: Officer Roll Call: Commander: Ross H. Comly / Adjutant: Chauncey D. Winton / Treasurer: Raymond B Handy / Chaplin: Henry S. Sherman / Historian: A.E. Corfman / Ben Gregg member post 15 on committee to form American Legion at Paris, France and on Committee at St Louis Mo. The charter was signed by National Commander J.V. Galliant / National Adj: Leuical..
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First Officers of Post 15
Seven Good Reasons to Join the Legion

Seven Good Reasons to Join the Legion

Nov 10, 1920
Here is a full page ADD about The American Legion in the Loveland Daily Herald
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Sports & More

Jun 9, 1921
As the researcher and Post 15 Adjutant, I have found there is much to be told about the American Legion Post 15 in its early days. Here are some highlights: Post 15 had a basketball team,football team, An orchestra, and held many dances during these days after the war. All while they continued to honor and serve their fellow veterans in the community.
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Sheriff Frank Smith returns from convention

Sheriff Frank Smith returns from convention

Nov 8, 1921
Legionnaire Sheriff Frank Smith returns from Kansas City, MO. He reports the veterans were given a royal treatment. While in Kansas City Captain Smith many met many members of his former command, his company composed almost entirely young men from that city and vicinity. The occasion proved a interesting reunion for the company as well for the larger organization going out from locality-fort Collins ex press
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First Dist meeting

Jul 16, 1923
On May 1923 a meeting was held at the Loveland Post to form a District within the Department of Colorado. On July 16th the first District meeting was held in Longmont Post 32,aprox 20 miles south of Loveland. Posts in attendance were Ft Collins Post 4, Loveland Post 15, Greeley Post 18, Brighton Post 46 , Boulder Post 10 ,and the Lafayette Post.
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Vets refuse to march in parade?

May 30, 1924
I'm not sure of the details, but I found a log entry in Post 15 minutes dated on May 30th 1924: "Civil War Vets refuse to march in Memorial Parade due to South vets"
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near 100 members

Mar 8, 1927
Post minutes indicate that on this day the post had 94 members A great dance was held and brought in $183.00 to go towards the Chamber Commerce for lots for the Armory. They also had discussed the purchase of a wrestling mat. From the beginning Post 15 was very active with a Basketball Team, Football team, a drama group to preform plays at the local theater, and an orchestra and quartet who sang at various..
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1930

American Legion Radio H.O.W.L.

Jan 14, 1930
Meeting held in Baptist Church with banquet for ex-servicemen and guests. Talks to explain what the American Legion is, Amos & Andy show / Strong and Kitchen were heard on the Legion broadcasting station H.O.W.L. They were followed on the air by Dorothy Dix put on by the Auxiliary. {notes taken from the Post 15 minutes}
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Annual Conference at National HQ

Nov 19, 1930
Photo of the Annual National Conference held in Indiana. Home of the American Legion National headquarters. Far right in this photo is Past Post 15 Commander H.E. Reed.... in 1930 H.E. Reed is the Department of Colorado Commander.
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Annual Conference at National HQ
Post 15 1st Department Commander

Post 15 1st Department Commander

Jun 27, 1931
General Howard E. Reed from Post 15 is elected as Commander for the American Legion Department of Colorado.
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Old GAR Gavel passed on

Dec 10, 1935
His words were "Carry On" to the American Legion Post 15, after 53 years of Service the Old Gavel used by the officer of the Ambrose Post No.15, G.A.R. was turned over to the American Legion Post 15.
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Old GAR Gavel passed on
Legion Carnival Starts Tonight At Fairgrounds

Legion Carnival Starts Tonight At Fairgrounds

Jul 8, 1937
paper clipping from the Loveland Reporter Herald dated July 8th 1937, reads: It's carnival time in Loveland, The American Legion carnival opened here this afternoon for a weeks stay at the fairgrounds. The carnival is the Anderson Schroeder show that includes rides, concessions and other entertainment. They played here for a week last summer. The Loveland American Legion post is sponsoring the carnival which will be here from tonight through Saturday evening. Funds realized by..
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1940

Last Squad Organized by American Legion

Feb 4, 1941
"The Last Squad" of Loveland World war veterans will be organized by the American Legion post of Loveland Tuesday evening , Feb 11th at a banquet for all ex-servicemen of the community in the Community building. Emil P. Leslie Legion commander, said. All ex-servicemen, he said are eligible to become charter members of the "Last Squad" Their names will be placed on the charter which will be placed. with other articles including news papers. pictures,..
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Twelve World War II Vets join Legion

Jan 19, 1946
It was reported in the Loveland, Larimer County paper that 12 veterans joined the Legion at the Community building dining room Tuesday night. There was an initiation team from the Longmont American Legion Post 32 who put on the ceremonies. Several brief talks were made about the Legion and its service programs. Initiation of this class brings the membersship to 135 according to Ray Stroch, Adjutant. Those initiated Tuesday night were Orville Jackson, Robert Gibson,..
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Veterans Buy Notes to Finance Building

Nov 12, 1946
In the Loveland, Larimer county paper: Veterans of Loveland at the annual Armistice Day "Reveille Breakfast" at the Community Building subscribed for nearly $3,000 of the notes which are being issued by the Associated Veterans of Loveland for the site and construction of the Veterans Club house and recreation center. Two hundred veterans attended the Breakfast Monday morning. Col H.E. Reed former Director of Selective Services for Colorado spoke on the meaning of Armistice Day...
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Veterans Buy Notes to Finance Building

Legion ~vs~ Globe Trotters

Dec 24, 1946
Taken from the minutes of the night of Dec 10th seems that Post 15 Basketball team was up for a game against the Globe Trotters. (From Wikipedia: 1929 Saperstein was touring Illinois and Iowa with his basketball team called the "New York Harlem Globe Trotters." Saperstein decided to pick Harlem as their home city, since Harlem was considered the center of African-American culture at the time and an out-of-town team name would give the team..
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No report

Feb 14, 1947
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First meeting in new building

Feb 10, 1948
This building, purchased from the government was once located at Camp 202 (A German POW camp located in Greeley CO). This particular building was the camp's cafeteria and movie house. The building was relocated to 305 N. Cleveland Ave. (traveling nearly 20 miles) and is now the new home of the Associated Veterans of Loveland. The Associated Veterans Of Loveland is a combined effort of three organizations, they are: The American Legion post 15, Veterans..
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1950

Post 15~ Original members 30 years later

May 28, 1950
They started in 1920, Thirty Years later in 1950 they take this group shot of those with 30 years of membership in the American Legion Post 15... Take note in this article it gives the names and service branch.
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Post 15~ Original members 30 years later

1960

American Legion Post 15 Horse show

American Legion Post 15 Horse show

Jun 23, 1961
Northern Colorado Horse show sponsored by Post 15, more picture in photo gallery.
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Last Squad Banquet

Jan 11, 1966
"The Last Squad", a formation of members who served in the Great War ( World War I). Each year they would hold a banquet to honor and remember those who have passed, and rejoice with those still among the living. This group photo was taken inside the Legion Post 15 ( Associated Veterans Club) on the stage inside the main hall. Left to right they are identified.... 1st Row: Dr. Stewart / R. Hull /..
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Last Squad Banquet
Happy 50th Birthday American Legion

Happy 50th Birthday American Legion

Mar 10, 1969
Post 15 celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American Legion. The exact date of this event is not known, found this pictures in an envelope postmarked March 18th 1969
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1970

Harold Kelsey Department Commander

Jun 26, 1971
Harold Kelsey is elected commander for the Department of Colorado American Legion.
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Harold Kelsey  Department Commander
Miss American Legion Award ?

Miss American Legion Award ?

Jun 27, 1971
The story goes... At one time members (men) of the American Legion would dress up and strut their stuff. It appears that Post 15 did pretty well in 71. It wasn't long after. changing times and equality this event was discontinued as it was seen as sexist and disrespected our female counter parts.
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Police Officer get citation.

Feb 27, 1973
It was the Police officer who got citation Tuesday night as the American Legion and Auxiliary honored 4 Loveland Policeman for "outstanding service". Police Chief Pat Steele (second from the right) was also present at the awards dinner night at the Associated Veterans Building. The honored officer were Patrolman Chuck Maestes ( from left), Sgt. Art Hoy, Patrolman John Teeples, and Patrolman Gary Bress. Each received a framed certificate Harold Kelsey was chairman of the..
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Police Officer get citation.
Legion gets Cancer Award

Legion gets Cancer Award

Jun 6, 1977
Larimer County American Cancer Society president, Patty Hanson Left presents certificate honoring the American Legion's continuous support of the American Cancer Society to American Legion Post 15 and it' Auxiliary. From left are Harold Kelsey, Audrey Kelsey, and Del Martinson. (Loveland Reporter Herald)
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Comander & President are married couple

Mar 11, 1978
John D. Steele and his wife, Wilma are a first for local Post 15 and it's Auxiliary Unit. John D. Steel is the Commander of Post 15. Wilma Steele is the President of the Auxiliary Unit 15. No other time before in history is it recorded there have been a husband and wife team holding these positions at the same time.
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 Comander & President are married couple
 WWI veteran and Last squad 15 member

WWI veteran and Last squad 15 member

Apr 12, 1978
50+ year member of American Legion Post 15 and a member of the Last Squad World War 1 veteran... Leonard F. Schakel passes away April 12, 1978
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1980

Mother & Daughter ... Commanders

Jul 1, 1980
Beth Dove (far Left) is the senior vice commander of the American Legion Post 15 and her mother, Viva Reed, is the Commander of World War I Barracks in Loveland. Mrs. Reed served in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. In 1918-1919. (Article from Reporter Herald)
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Mother & Daughter ... Commanders
First Female Post 15 Commander

First Female Post 15 Commander

Jun 15, 1981
Beth Dove is the first female Post 15 Commander.
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Dept Membership Award

Jun 25, 1981
Department Membership Award by the Department Commander Pat Smith (seen in the photo), It should be noted this entry is being made on March 2017, that is 36 years ago and Past Commander Pat Smith is still here as our Department Adjutant.
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Dept Membership Award
Wendell Nickerson recieves the National VA& R awarded

Wendell Nickerson recieves the National VA& R awarded

Feb 27, 1982
Wendell Nickerson receives outstanding Service Officers Award from the National Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation(VA&R). Wendell has served as Service Officer for Post 15 for the past 23 years and has attend 16 National Convention.
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65th American Legion Birthday of Post 15

Mar 18, 1984
65 years since the founding of the American Legion Post. In the photo holding the cake on the left is Rep. Cliff Bryan of Loveland and on the Right is Post 15 Commander Wayne Campbell. Article from Loveland Reporter Herald Quoted Rep. Cliff Bryan as saying; "100Nations have lost their sovereignty for every strong one that has fallen. It's better to err on side of strength than on the side of weakness"
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65th American Legion Birthday of Post 15
Vets fund raiser & working together

Vets fund raiser & working together

Apr 9, 1987
American Legion post 15, VFW post 41, and the DAV 32 working together along with city architect on a city projects.
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2000

Boy Scout troop 186

May 12, 2004
Post 15 sponsors Boys Scout troop 186, mentoring these young men are two scout leaders who are also Legionnaires Doc Marshall and Jack Picket (with the hat)
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Boy Scout troop 186
Flag Day- Flag retirement

Flag Day- Flag retirement

Jun 14, 2008
Local Boy Scouts perform the honor and duty for a respectful flag retirement ceremony. Veterans of the American Legion and VFW as well citizens watch on with respect. Americanism program at its best with our Boys Scout program fully engaged
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Loveland's Veterans Day Celebration gets national recognition again in 2010

Nov 8, 2009
Insert story from http://www.thefencepost.com This World War I truck is followed by a Korean War Duce 1/2 (2 1/2 ton truck) during a Loveland Veterans Day parade. Loveland, Colo., again received a letter of recognition from the Department of Veterans Affairs, designating the city as a Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day 2010. Loveland is one of 41 cities in the nation to receive this recognition, thanks to Tony DuMosch, Veterans Day Chairman,..
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Loveland's Veterans Day Celebration gets national recognition again in 2010

2010

90 years & we're still here !!!

90 years & we're still here !!!

Nov 11, 2010
American Legion has been in Loveland for 90 years when this picture was taken on the very same spot our forefathers stood when their picture was taken. Located 426 4th Street, now "Old Town" Loveland. Past Post 15 Commander Patrick Reinard is holding the very same picture (seen below) of our WWI Veterans & Legion members who started the American Legion in Loveland.**** Top photo: Left to Right; Anthony Abbott, Bernard Nettesheim, Tony DuMosch, Jon..
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Safe Halloween for kids

Oct 18, 2012
Safe Halloween program preparation in the early morning of Loveland.
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Safe Halloween for kids
American Legion Riders chapter 15, charterd

American Legion Riders chapter 15, charterd

Jun 20, 2013
On 21 June 2001, the Constitution and By Laws of the American Legion Riders of Colorado was approved by the Department Executive Committee, making The American Legion Riders of Colorado the first group in the nation to be recognized as a committee by their Department and having a set of Constitution and By Laws approved by their Department leadership. In 2005 The American Legion Riders of Colorado became a bona fide program of the Department..
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Past Post Commanders Reunited

May 21, 2016
District Four Convention was held at Loveland Post 15 and brought together 6 past Post 15 Commanders. Top row L-R; Dan Diefenderfer from Post 70 Johnstown and newly elected Dist.4 JR Vice / Tony DuMosch of Post 15 Loveland & 4 DEC / Anthony Abbott from Post 2000 Loveland / Bot Row L-R; Bart Bartholomew present Post 15 Commander / Patrick Reinard from Post 180 Windsor / Robb Smith from Post 2000 Loveland & presently..
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Past Post Commanders Reunited
Terry Thompson recieves Meritorious Service Medal

Terry Thompson recieves Meritorious Service Medal

Aug 9, 2016
Terry Thompson receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Commander Bart Bartholomew. Terry has over 15 years of continuous membership. in that time has severed as Past Sr. Vice Commander, participated in over 500 funerals as Honor Guard, over 100 Legion Awareness recruiting tables events, and continues to serve as the Post finance officer now in his 12th year. Terry has been an instrumental part of the Post success that it is today . Congratulations to..
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Post 15 bring home Department Awards & More

Jul 11, 2017
Post 15 made 100% membership year 2017 as well received other awards like: Web Site, Community service, High 5, and an award from the All American Car show (the 1964-67 vehicle) with the M725 Army Ambulance. Photo is of the members who were in attendance of monthly meeting holding the awards. Photo taken by member Bill Munsel
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Post 15 bring home Department Awards & More
Bi-annual Highway clean up

Bi-annual Highway clean up

Oct 7, 2017
Twice a year The American Legion Post 15 keeps America clean working with Colorado Department of transportation (CDOT) in the programs known as "Adopt a hwy". A one mile stretch along hwy 34 AKA gate way to Estes National Park. Some of the craziest things can be found along a hwy. 11mm craftsman wrench, gun holster, money, unmentionables, auto parts, dinner wear, clothing, various typical road kill found in Colorado! members; pictures L-R Back row:..
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Post 15 Past and present Commanders Gather

Jun 12, 2018

Legion Family Night for Post 15 gathering of Legion, Auxilary Unit, SAL, and Riders come together to recognize those who went above and beyond, those who have continious membership of 20,25,30,35 etc .

Seen in this Picture of Past commanders sitting from L-R Bart Bartholomew 2018,2017,2016, Daniel Diefenderfer 2011, Anothony abbott, 2010, Robb Smith 2008 & 2009, Robert Abrhams 2007, Tony DuMosch 2005, 2004,2003, Willard Walker 1989.


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Post 15 Past and present Commanders Gather