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Post 359  Saint Joseph, Missouri

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CHARTER DATE: January 16, 1946

POST NAMESAKE: American Legion Pony Express Post 359, Department of Missouri, is so named because the Pony Express used Saint Joseph, Missouri, as the eastern.. Read more »

FIRST COMMANDER: Charles Piro

NOTABLE MEMBERS: Carlyle Hadley, Post Commander 1950 - 1951, Fourth District Commander 1958 - 1960, Department Vice Commander 1960 - 1961 (First.. Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: We have sponsored The American Legion JROTC Military Excellence Award Program for the Saint Joseph School District JROTC Program since 1960 and serve as a information and support outlet for veterans issues in Saint Joseph and surrounding communities.

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1940
American Legion National Headquarters issued a Temporary Charter to Pony Express Post 359 to operate out of Saint Joseph, Missouri on October 4, 1945. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 received its permanent charter from The American Legion National Headquarters. Charter Members are: Abner D. McKinnon, Paul M. Riedle, Hugh M. Howard, Arthur C. Jones, Everett L. Johnson, Everett E. Klusman, Clifton L. Thompson, J. Glen Venable, Julian Midler, Alfred G. Roth, Stan P. Crump, Joseph E. Suhoskey, Samuel M. Spair, Carl C. Castel, Harry E. Agnew, Calvin Weinberg, Alex Mendell, Jake Lieberman, Earl C. Gartin, Charles Piro, Max E. Lance and Paul.. Full story »
The first meeting place for Pony Express Post 359 was Turner Hall at the corner of 7th and Charles Street in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Turner Hall was one of the sites for a notorious incident in 1861 when then St. Joseph Mayor Jeff Thompson (who would go on to some renown as a Brig. Gen. in the Confederate Army as a Calvary commander) led a mob of Confederate sympathizers that tore down and destroyed the.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 established its first Post HQ on the second floor at 116 1/2 South 7th Street above Dick's Flowers in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The Post maintained this location until shortly after the Korean War armistice. (Photo courtesy of Saint Joseph Missouri Memory Lane http://www.stjosephmemorylane.com/) (Information courtesy of The Saint Joseph Telegraph) Full story »
1950
On October 10, 1951, Sons of The American Legion Pony Express Squadron 359 was chartered by the Post. The Squadron has over the period of its existence provided valuable support to various Legion programs including Americanism, Children and Youth and Community Service. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 established its second Post Headquarters at 913 South Belt Highway in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The location had previously housed the Tropics Night Club. (Information courtesy of The Saint Joseph Telegraph) Full story »
1960
Kenneth L. Tucker, Commander of The American Legion Department of Missouri (Post 431) spoke at the regular meeting of Post 359, giving a speech to Legionnaires and their wives on the dangers of Communism. He made a plea for better understanding of the American way of life and government in order to combat world Communism. "We must never forget that if our government is to remain free, it needs the help of every patriotic man,.. Full story »
American Legion Past National Commander Charles Bacon of Post 191 in Missouri was a special guest at Post 359's Past Commander's Ball. The ball was an annual event to honor all past commanders of Post 359 and featured a dinner and dance. Full story »
1970
Pony Express Post 359 sold a section of its property to the City of Saint Joseph as the location for a fire station. The station would help protect the city's new growing sectors to the north and east. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 established its third Post Headquarters at the former location of The Red Clock, which was a tavern. The Post raised funding for purchasing the land and building located on what is now Missouri State Highway 6 east of the Frederick Avenue interchange on Interstate 29. The Post also sold a section of the land to the city of Saint Joseph for the location of a fire house. (Information courtesy of The.. Full story »
A Bennington Bicentennial flag was presented to the Saint Joseph Museum in Saint Joseph, Missouri, by representatives of The American Legion. Shown in the photograph from left to right are: American Legion Department of Missouri National Executive Committeeman Cleo T. Martin of Pony Express Post 359; Saint Joseph Mayor William J. Bennett; Richard Nolf, director of the Saint Joseph Museum; Wilton Balle, Bicentennial Chairman of Post 11 in Saint Joseph; and R. A. Brown, Sr.,.. Full story »
The membership of Pony Express Post 359 took part in civic celebrations of 200th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. The city held several patriotic events that the Post participated in including a parade. Full story »
1980
American Legion National Commander Frank I. Hamilton (Post 129, Department of Indiana) visited Saint Joseph, Missouri and was honored at a dinner held at Pony Express Post 359 on May 8, 1980. He spoke at the dinner on various national issues including foreign affairs and veterans issues. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 was awarded First Place in the Department of Missouri Scrapbook History Contest. Post Historian Avaril M. Larkham received an certificate signed by American Legion National Historian James W. Conway and Department Historian Dr. Gerald W. Anderson. It is the first time the Post had won this award. Full story »
Although neither of the participants could have known it at the time, history was made at the Past Commander's Ball held at American Legion Pony Express Post 359 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. One of the attendees (besides the living Past Commanders of Post 359) was Past National Commander (1975 - 1976) Harry Gordon Wiles of Department of Kansas Post 53. He presented a special medal to Joseph J. Frank of Missouri Post 777. Legionnaire Frank.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 provided support to the United States Constitution Bicentennial Commission of Saint Joseph, Missouri, which was formed to promote and celebrate the 200 years of freedom guaranteed by our Constitution. The Commission promoted a city-wide "Freedom Fest" for the citizens of Saint Joseph to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution on July 4, 1987. Full story »
1990
American Legion Pony Express Post 359 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 359 received a certificate of recognition from the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas for outstanding service to the nation's veterans through the VA's Voluntary Service Program. The Post and Auxiliary volunteered many hours to support veterans from the area who were being treated at the Eisenhower Hospital. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 established their fourth Post Headquarters at 4826 Frederick Avenue in Saint Joseph, Missouri, dedicating the facility on Pearl Harbor Day in 1991. (Information courtesy of The Saint Joseph Telegraph) Full story »
American Legion National Commander Bruce Thiesen of Kingsburg Post 191 of the Department of California, visited Pony Express Post 359 to attend a luncheon held in his honor. National Commander Thiesen spoke to attendees about veterans' health issues and the situation in Somalia. (Information from a story published in The Saint Joseph Telegraph on November 18, 1993.) (Attached photograph courtesy of The Saint Joseph Telegraph published November 18, 1993.) Full story »
American Legion Pony Express Post 359 celebrated 50 years of service with a party held at their Post Headquarters on July 9, 1995. Attending the celebration was Department Commander Dr. Norris Preston and his wife, Peggy. Department Commander Preston spoke on The American Legion's youth programs and their impact on the community; on the Legion being opposed to illegal aliens who are "being treated better than veterans". Commander Preston also voiced the Legion's opposition to.. Full story »
On Veterans Day 1995, Pony Express Post 359 (in conjunction with Memorial Park Cemetery and the Joint Veterans Committee of Saint Joseph, Missouri) held a ceremony to dedicate a 10 foot tall black granite monument as a memorial to all the veterans who had served in America's wars and conflicts since her birth as a nation. The ceremony was held in icy winter conditions but was well attended. Post Commander Larry Waller gave a dedication.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 launched its website (http://www.ponypost359.org) on June 16, 1998. The site is used as a portal to other web sites of use and interest to veterans, promote Post activities, invite eligible veterans to join The American Legion and provide information on Post officers and committee chairs. Over time Auxiliary Unit 359 and Squadron 359 have been added as separate sections to promote their activities to the public. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 celebrated a homecoming for one its most distinguished members, David N. Voyles, who had just recently been elected Commander of The American Legion Department of Missouri at the Department's 80th Annual Convention held in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Dignitaries in attendance were Post 359 Commander Jack Pinion; Department of Missouri Alternate National Executive Committeeman Sam Yancey; Fourth District Commander Robert Beaver of Post 359; and Past National Commander Joseph J. Frank of.. Full story »
A dinner honoring American Legion National Commander Harold L. "Butch" Miller (Post 364, Department of Virginia) was held at Pony Express Post 359 on November 23, 1998. The dinner was held under the auspices of the Fourth District of The American Legion Department of Missouri. District Commander Robert Beaver of Post 359 presented National Commander Miller with a Pony Express Rider statue in honor of his visit. National Commander Miller spoke to the crowd attending.. Full story »
2000
The following is from the Congressional Record, Volume 147, Nr. 82, pages e1089 - e1090, containing the remarks on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by Representative Sam Graves of Missouri's Sixth Congressional District:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the importance of the American Legion Pony Express Post #359 in St. Joseph, Missouri. The American Legion Pony Express Post #359, chartered on January 24, 1946, has a long history of.. Full story »
Sons of The American Legion Pony Express Squadron 359 sent one dollar for each of their members under the age of 18 to support America's Fund for Afghan Children, a program established by President George W. Bush. "We support President Bush in his efforts to show compassion and mercy to those in need," said Past Squadron Commander Jerome L. Goolsby. Past Commander Goolsby encouraged other youth organizations in the area to make similar donations to.. Full story »
NOVEMBER 6, 2001 - - American Legion Pony Express Post 359 announced that it has given over 950 copies of the Flag Code to the St. Joseph School District for distribution to third grade students as part of their education in flag etiquette. The Patriotic Activities Act passed by the Missouri Legislature in 1997 mandates education on the flag for students in Missouri. The American Legion wrote the Flag Code in 1923 and it became.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 presented Blue Star Service Banners to families of the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans ANGB, Saint Joseph, Missouri, at a special picnic held May 11, 2002 by the wing's family support group. The Blue Star Banner Service Program was started during World War I and was again utilized during World War II. The banner, created in 1917, was hung in the window of a home to denote that a family member.. Full story »
Sons of The American Legion Pony Express Squadron 359 was named the Detachment of Missouri (Western Division) Squadron of The Year for 2003. During the year the Squadron was "Over The Top" in membership, sponsored an award for a youth participant at the National Military Heritage Museum's annual model building contest, co-sponsored a hole at the Sons of The American Legion Invitational Golf Tournament held at the 2003 National Convention, provided a scholarship in the.. Full story »
On May 29, 2004, during Memorial Day weekend, the long-awaited National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Realizing that many World War II veterans would be unable to attend the dedication in Washington, The American Legion Family undertook a program to allow those veterans to receive a justly deserved tribute. Pony Express Post 359 formed a recognition committee arrange such an event. Over 500 World War II Veterans and their family members.. Full story »
A luncheon honoring American Legion National Commander Thomas P. Cadmus (Post 155, Department of Michigan) was held at Pony Express Post 359 on April 25, 2005. The dinner was held under the auspices of the Fourth District of The American Legion Department of Missouri. Zone II Department Vice Commander Jerome L. Goolsby of Pony Express Post 359 served as master of cermonies. National Commander Cadmus spoke to the luncheon attendees on issues with the VA.. Full story »
2010
On April 3, 2010, the city of Saint Joseph, Missouri held a special celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the first ride of the Pony Express. During its period of operation from April 1860 to October 1861, the Pony Express provided a vital communications link to California and the west coast of the United States during the beginning of the American Civil War that helped keep California in the Union. It got mail from Saint.. Full story »
American Legion Pony Express Post 359 hosted an Armed Forces Community Covenant ceremony on Armed Forces Day (May 15) 2010. The Army created the Community Covenant program in April 2008 to give communities across the country a unique way to honor service members and their families. The program encourages governors, county commissioners, mayors and other community leaders to sign official declarations acknowledging the sacrifices of local service members. Though Community Covenant started as an Army-specific.. Full story »
Delegates to The American Legion’s 93rd National Convention at Minneapolis, Minnesota, elected David N. Voyles of Pony Express Post 359 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, as one of five National Vice Commanders for The American Legion for the 2011 - 2012 year. David N. Voyles established his eligibility for membership in The American Legion through service in Vietnam as a paratrooper with the 75th Infantry Recon Section, U.S. Army, from August 1970 to March 1972. Legionnaire.. Full story »
On June 26, 2012, Pony Express Post 359 hosted the “Battle for Blood” Blood Drive held by the Community Blood Center of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Community Blood Center serves nearly 60 hospitals in over 70 counties in Missouri and Kansas. All registered donors received a free Battle for Blood T-shirt. Full story »
Legionnaire Britton R. "Britt" Small of Pony Express Post 359 was inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at Phil J. Welch Baseball Stadium in Saint Joseph, Missouri on September 1, 2012. Legionnaire Small was a member and the Commander of Sam R. Albright Post 411 in Skidmore, Missouri and became a member of Pony Express Post 359 when Post 411 ceased operations. Legionnaire Small formed a band named "Festival".. Full story »
On Patriot Day (September 11) 2013, Pony Express Post 359 hosted the first Annual Saint Joseph Area National Day of Service and Remembrance. The event was organized by Saint Joseph VetCorps, a local group dedicated to eliminating the problem of homelessness in the veterans’ community and helping veterans get the support and benefits they have earned through their service to the nation, and by Post 359's Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee. Full story »
American Legion National Historian Charemon Dunham of South Dakota announced that Pony Express Post 359 had won First Award in the One-Year Post Narrative contest held during the 2013 Fall Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 14 - 17, 2013. National Historian Dunham read the results in her report to the National Executive Committee on October 17, 2013. It is the first time Post 359 has received the honor. Full story »
On October 25, 2013, The American Legion National Headquarters highlighted Post 359’s page on The American Legion’s Centennial Web Site on an e-mail “blast” from the office of National Commander Daniel Dellinger that was sent to their national listing. The message touted the page as a “good example” of how to do a page on the Centennial site. Full story »
Past National Vice Commander David N. Voyles of Post 359 (who is also a Past Commander of The American Legion Department of Missouri) became the first ever recipient of the Commander's Award at the 96th Annual Convention of The American Legion Department of Missouri on 12 July 2014. The award was created by Department Commander Thomas K. Goodin to recognize a distinguished Legionnaire in the Department who was giving exemplary service to the Department and.. Full story »
The last Charter Member of Pony Express Post 359, LIFE Member Everett L. Johnson, died on August 8, 2014. He was 91 years old. Legionnaire Johnson was one of 22 individuals who formed Pony Express Post 359 on September 19, 1945. The Post was issued a permanent charter on January 16, 1946. He was the first person to serve as Post Adjutant for Post 359. He marked 70 continuous years of membership in The American.. Full story »
American Legion National Historian Susan B. Mason of Florida announced that Pony Express Post 359 had won First Award in the One-Year Post Narrative contest held during the 2014 Fall Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 13 - 16, 2014. National Historian Mason read the results in her report to the National Executive Committee on October 16, 2014. It is the second consecutive year that Post 359 has received the honor. Full story »
American Legion Pony Express Post 359 announced the closure of its Post Headquarters at 4826 Frederick Avenue in St. Joseph. The building was sold to Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Buchanan County. “The Post has a committee in place to secure a new Post Headquarters as soon as possible,” said Post Commander Jim Williams. “The Post itself is not shutting down,” said Post Adjutant Jerome Goolsby. “This will be the fifth time the Post has changed.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 established its fifth Post Headquarters at 2414 South 4th Street in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The location had previously been known as "Hap's Place" a bar and grill operation. The Post did an extensive remodeling operation on the facility and it runs a restaurant to help fund Post operations. The Post now holds its meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Full story »
Commander Patrick J. Grove represented Pony Express Post 359 at the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Event held at Civic Park in Saint Joseph, Missouri on March 29, 2016. Post 359's Funeral Detail also took part providing a firing salute and playing of "TAPS". The event was organized by the St. Joseph Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution. Full story »
On Armed Forces Day (May 21) 2016, Pony Express Post 359 recruited members and provided information to veterans as part of the Vet2Vet Fair conducted by the St. Joseph Youth Alliance’s Frontline Families group and held at Parkway Christian Fellowship Church in St. Joseph. The event had many vendors to help with support, employment help and benefit information for veterans and families. Post 359 Adjutant Jerome Goolsby, Past American Legion National Vice Commander David Voyles.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 provided a breakfast and a donation to the The American Legion Riders of Missouri as they conducted a Legacy Run to try raise $100,000 for The American Legion Legacy Fund. Post 359 Legionnaires provided a hearty breakfast of sausage patties, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy for 125 Riders who were beginning the second day of their Run. The Post also made a cash donation to the effort. KQTV also provided coverage.. Full story »
American Legion National Historian Paul Bennett of Missouri announced that Pony Express Post 359 had won First Award in the One-Year Post Narrative contest held during the 2016 Fall Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana. National Historian Bennett read the results in his report to the National Executive Committee on October 13, 2016. Full story »
American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt of the Department of Oregon led a Veterans Awareness Walk with more than 50 Legionnaires completing a two mile course through downtown Saint Joseph, Missouri. National Commander Schmidt was born in Rock Port, Missouri and raised in nearby Craig, Missouri, both in Department of Missouri's Fourth District. Saint Joseph Deputy Mayor Pat Jones presented National Commander Schmidt with a proclamation from the City of Saint Joseph from Mayor.. Full story »
Toni Jones, Scoutmaster of Troop 21 in the Pony Express Council and a member of American Legion Pony Express Post 359 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, has been awarded The American Legion Square Knot Award. He is believed to be the first Scouter in the Pony Express Council of the B.S.A. to receive the honor. The American Legion Square Knot Award is part of the Community Organizations Awards from the Boy Scouts of America. This is.. Full story »
Pony Express Post 359 member Lloyd Pasley was given a special award at an event held at the Post Headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri on September 13, 2017. Legionnaire Pasley was honored for his service as part of the funeral details of both Pony Express Post 359 and the Marine Corps League. Since 1994, he has either played Taps, folded the flag, or performed as part of the rifle squad firing the final salute at.. Full story »
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