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Post 18  Lockport, Illinois

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CHARTER DATE: June 7, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: On June 7, 1919, an application for the American Legion charter was granted by the State of Illinois. Sixteen World War I servicemen.. Read more »

FIRST COMMANDER: Leonard F. Roblee

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1910
On April 29, 1918, John Olson was selected to serve in World War I and left for Camp Dodge, Iowa. He was assigned to the 179th Brigade, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, 2nd Company. John was killed in action on September 26th, 1918. He was laid to rest at the Lockport Cemetery located at Madison and E. 6th Streets, Lockport, IL. Full story »
Leonard F. Roblee elected as First Post 18 Commander Full story »
The application for the American Legion Post 18 charter was granted by the State of Illinois. Full story »
This change was received at the State Headquarters on June 9, 1919 and the temporary state charter was issued on June 30, 1919 changing the name to John Olson Post 18, Lockport, IL. John Olson was a local serviceman that was killed in action on September 26, 1918. Full story »
1920
Ralph B. Harphan elected as Post Commander Full story »
The John Olson Post 18 Lockport, Illinois Post was permanently approved with a National Charter on December 18, 1920. Approximately 1½ years after the temporary charter was approved. The members elected Leonard F. Roblee as the First Commander and T.P. Swanson as the First Adjutant of John Olson Post 18, Lockport, Illinois. Full story »
1950
Dellwood Park will be opened as a playground for Lockport residents at dedication ceremonies. The wooded 60 acre site in Lockport will be consecrated to the memory of the veterans of all wars. Full story »
2010
John Olson Post 18 Lockport celebrated 92 (correction) years with a rededication ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, 2011. The 90th year was referring to the permanent approved National Charter after the initial grace period. Full story »
Historian Shawn McElwee found the final resting place of John Olson at the Lockport Cemetery. The tombstone was in bad shape and unreadable. A new tombstone was shipped through the work of McElwee and the National Veterans Association. Shawn McElwee, Jerry McElwee, and George Konow (local Lockport Resident) replaced the old tombstone with the new tombstone. Then, through the approval of National Veterans Association, the old tombstone was installed in the John Olson Post 18.. Full story »
The American Legion Riders Post 18 was founded on January 10, 2012 Full story »
The Vietnam Moving Wall visits the Post from 8/20/15 - 8/23/15. Full story »
Vic Martinka, Jr from Lockport Post 18 receives the Gold Brigade Membership Award 2016. This National Award reads: In recognition and appreciation of outstanding achievement in recruiting fifty or more new members for the American Legion. Through such extraordinary achievement, this esteemed Legionnaire has singularly contributed to the growth and sustenance of the American Legion; keeping ever strong its invaluable contribution to America's veterans, their families, and communities throughout this great country. In witness whereof,.. Full story »
This is a great story to understand where the hard work of Poppy fundraising helps both National and Local Veterans in need. Story by Max Lapthrone at the Lockport Legend newspaper about a local veteran in need. Excerpt of article captures of the essence of the American Legion: "Whether it is someone like Rowell (veteran in need) who could just use something to improve their life a little bit, or someone who needs someone to.. Full story »
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