Post 65 Statesville, North Carolina

Post 65

Statesville, North Carolina

Post 65 Statesville, North Carolina

About This Post

Post Namesake

First Lieutenant Robert Hurst Turner was killed near flanders field in Belgium on July 24, 1918. He was serving with Company "C" 115th" Machinegun Batallion, 30th Division North Carolina Army National Guard when he was killed and then interned at ... READ MORE

Notable Members

Kent Phyfe, an Iraq war veteran and a disabled veteran, serves our post in many ways.  As an accomplished service officer, Kent and his service dog Mike teach recovering veterans the fine art of transition to civilian life. Rick Shroyer,Post ... READ MORE

What Makes this Post Unique

At the present time, American Legion Post 65 has a unique blend of veterans and auxiliary who posess enormous technical talent. All links and photographs have been accomplished in a team environment. The synergy at this post rivals that of ... READ MORE

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HISTORY

1910

Woodrow Wilson sworn in

Jan 20, 1913

Woodrow Wilson serves as America's President from 1913-1921. With the immortal words of President George Washington guiding America's journey through history "no entangling alliances", President Wilson, former history professor and president of Princeton, seemed to be sailing along in an isolationist type of trance. Shortly after inauguration of his second term this isolationist trance would be challenged by people like Teddy Roosevelt. Further exascerbating the problem was the sinking of three US merchant ships by..

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Woodrow Wilson sworn in
Arch Duke Ferdinand assassinated

Arch Duke Ferdinand assassinated

Jul 28, 1914

World War I for Europe begins. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria -este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The assasination in Sarajevo Yugoslavia was a catalyst for Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia,which in turn, triggered a series of events leading to WWI.


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The labrynth of entangling alliances

Jan 1, 1917

turns Europe into a powder keg. With the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, Germany feels free to take Europe by storm and thus drive a wedge between a complex litany of peace treaties and mutual defense alliances.  In doing so, the following treaties are challenged to the diplomatic core:  1. Russia and Serbia treaty is challenged. 2. French and Russian agreements. 3. Germany invades Belgium and gains access to France. 4, Britain and France declare war..

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The labrynth of entangling alliances
Draft Registration in US

Draft Registration in US

Jan 1, 1917

Between 1917 and 1918 the USA beefs up its forces with a draft. only 10% of the men and women come from the draft recruiting method.


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10% draft 90% enlist

Jan 1, 1917

Once America got over the isolationist attitude, patriotism took over. America raises an Army based on 90% enlisted people. Although draft card research is fun, it will give only a 10% yield on research for this era.


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10% draft 90% enlist
United States declares war on Germany

United States declares war on Germany

Apr 6, 1917

For the United States World war I begins. The story of the doughboy begins and to many so does the story of the American Legion.


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Founder and Osteopath S. Wallace Hoffman enlists in the Army

Jan 1918

At this time in Army medical history, the practice of osteopathic procedure was not recognized by the Army medical corps. Denied a commision, Mr Hoffman enlists in the Army and subsequently becomes one of our founding members.


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Founder and Osteopath S. Wallace Hoffman enlists in the Army
President Wilson announces his peace plan

President Wilson announces his peace plan

Jan 8, 1918

President Wilson's 14 points for peace go to the bargaining table. Although this would result in peace via The Treaty of Versailles, the groundwork for the League of Nations and World War II were laid. Hitler would use the terms of the treaty in every conceivable fashion to mobilize the supposedly disarmed nation of Germany.


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Lt Robert Hurst Turner on break.

Jun 10, 1918

Lt Turner on break shortly before being killed.


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Lt Robert Hurst Turner on break.
Lt Robert Hurst Turner is killed in action

Lt Robert Hurst Turner is killed in action

Jul 24, 1918

Flanders field will go down in military history with our namesake. We take a piece of Belgium in this article.


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Hurst Turner and war memorial honors

Jul 26, 1918

Iredell county war memorial honors and obituary.


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Hurst Turner and war memorial honors
Armistice day ends four years of bitter fighting

Armistice day ends four years of bitter fighting

Nov 11, 1918

Now known as veterans day, the tribute of the 11th day and the 11th hour begins. The treaty of Versailles becomes an attempt at international peace.


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C Cowles Bristol wins reelection

Jan 1919

AL Post 65 first repeat commander.


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C Cowles Bristol wins reelection
115th takes group picture

115th takes group picture

Mar 3, 1919

Shortly after the death of Hurst Turner, the 115th assembles for a unit picture.


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Veterans form American Legion in Paris France

Mar 15, 1919

In March of 1919 a delegation of American veterans convenes to become a charter recognized by the Congress of the United States. In its infancy, the legion was an organization designed for just World War I veterans. The legion wisely admitted veterans of world war II, the Korean war, and Vietnam as a way of staying ahead of father time. With a membership of over 2.7 strong, the American Legion remains a legislative tower of..

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Veterans form American Legion in Paris France
Hurst Turner obituary

Hurst Turner obituary

Apr 26, 1919

Sometime during the burial of Hurst Turner, a proposal was made to name post 65 after him.


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1920

Ex serviceman requested to bring discharge papers

Jan 1920

Early attempts to assist WW1 veterans made several Iredell County Newspapers.


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Ex serviceman requested to bring discharge papers
National announces American Legion Magazine to be published

National announces American Legion Magazine to be published

Jan 1920

In an effort to recruit more veterans, American Legion magazine is marketed.


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American Legion Post 65 Charter is signed.

Jan 31, 1920

On January 31, 1920 The initial founders AL Post 65 gathered to sign the first organizational charter. The members names read as follows:  Godfrey C Kimball, Robert A White, Henry H. Nicholson, Frank Deaton, George Field, Dick White, Joe L Harrison, John A Scott, Charles C Mills, S Wallace Hoffman, Robert Glen Muse, Jason Shekin Henniger, LN Mills,Frank A Hill. From this seminal event, Our post was brought into existence.


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American Legion Post 65 Charter is signed.
Col R Flanigan leads the first post meeting

Col R Flanigan leads the first post meeting

Feb 1920

This was the first meeting ever.A watershed moment seminal to the development of Post 65 as an eventual American Legion Post.


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