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Post 69  Springfield,MO, Missouri

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CHARTER DATE: September 15, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: Goad-Ballinger

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: The American Legion Goad-Ballinger Post 69 is located at the intersection of East Trafficway and Kimbrough Avenue at the Benton Avenue Viaduct. It is one of the oldest American Legion posts in the state. Two American Legion posts, Goad (Post.. Read more »

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1910
The very FIRST Charter for Post 69 was under the name of "John Marion Goad". John Goad served with the 48th Aero Squadron during the war. He became the first soldier from Greene County to be killed after his plane was shot down behind enemy lines on June 27, 1918. NOTE our post was chartered 1 day BEFORE the Official Washington DC and Presidents signing of the American legion into existance by the federal government.. Full story »
This is the Document signed by the President giving the Rights to the American Legion to be a Binding organization Acknowledged by the US Government in the United States Full story »
Photograph of Paul A. Frey, the first Commander of the Goad-Ballinger American Legion Post. During World War I, Frey served as Captain of Company C, 130th Machine Gun Battalion, 35th Division. He also served with Company K, 2nd Missouri Infantry on the Mexican Border. He was Injured and wounded in the Battle for the Argonne Forest on September 29 1918. Later in 1932 He became the Police Chief of Springfield Missouri and was involved in.. Full story »
Homer Ballinger served with the 110th Trench Mortar Battery. He died on August 25, 1918. This Post 193 was short lived and combined with POST 69 in 1920 with the final name of the post being GOAD-BALLINGER in 1920. This was added to our time line due to the name is still in existance and it gives the early history to the post name-sakes each. Full story »
1920
Guy C. Gibbs was a Springfield native that joined the Army on April 15th 1918 and was in Company A 49th engineers and later the 119th Transportation Corps. He served in France from July 1918 to July of 1919 until he returned to Springfield. His Wife Mrs. Gibbs was Also instrumental in the founding of the ladies Auxiliary as being the Auxiliary's first Vice President elected at Post 69. Guy Gibbs would be one of.. Full story »
Ben J. Harrison a Springfield native as inducted into federal service on September 18 1917 and served in Headquarters company of the 342nd Infantry which was part of the 86th Division over in France. His final last rank was as a Corporal and served in France from June 1918 to May 1919. He was 21 years old when he joined the Army in 1917. He was was one of 4 Commanders the post had in.. Full story »
Portrait photographs of Lieutenant John M. Goad and Sergeant Homer J. Ballinger. The two American Legion posts, Goad and Ballinger merged in August 1920 after being separate entities. The Goad Post was named after John M. Goad who was the first Greene County soldier to die in World War I. He was shot down in his airplane behind the German lines on June 27, 1918. The Ballinger post was named after Homer J. Ballinger of.. Full story »
We have many of these and most lead back to the earliest years of the Legion and the Nation conventions. They list the events and the National Commanders at the time and a great wealth of information of the early forming of this veterans organization. Full story »
In doing the research for the American Legion Post 69 as the Historian, I ran into a LONG forgotten and buried precious book of the FIRST unofficial (pre-chartered) and subsequent official meetings for the first few years (up to 1927) of the American Legion Post 69 Ladies Auxiliary. Finding this book and reading I could NOT let their loyalty and services go unrecognized as a part of what makes Post 69 great. Theirmeetingss took place.. Full story »
This is a most interesting pile of paperwork I found recently in the Legion Post. It is unknown if this was a wide spread Club within the American legion and Axillary, but About 100 of these we have listing the Birth of the children of these veterans and the members of Post 69. Some of this one on top in the photo shows the Soldier had passed away that year and most likely from the.. Full story »
1940
This is a original invitation to A soldier named Oliver English from Springfield Missouri. He served in France with the 89th Division field artillery. These events took place each year near Armistice day now known as Veterans Day for the soldiers of WWI to reunite and see whom was still with them and whom had passed away in their ranks. Full story »
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