Post 129 Stillwater, Oklahoma

Post 129

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Post 129 Stillwater, Oklahoma

About This Post

Post Namesake

Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129 Continue to Post Website (http://oklegionpost129.org/) Located at 611 S. Main, Stillwater, OK 74074 can be reached at 405-372-7262. Meetings are the 1st Thursday of the month 6:30 pm except no meetings in August. Usually a steak dinner is served at a cost of $10. If you join your first dinner is free. American Legion Post 129 Membership cost $40 per year. You are always welcome to attend and meet other veterans helping veterans.

The post was named the Carter C. Hanner and Mamon G. Sharp American Legion Post 129, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Carter Cary Hanner Born 4 June 1878 Died 8 October 1918 WWi. Capt Hanner was killed in action Oct 8, 1918 in the Meuse-Argonne drive which cracked the German Hindenburg line. He is buried in the American cemetery at the battlefield site near Romagne, France. Capt Hanner was awarded the Croix de guerre by France for gallantry in action.

Mamon G. Sharp, Born 12 October 1905, Died 19 April 1942 in WWII. Stillwater's first soldier to make the supreme sacrifice for his country and mankind during World War II was Capt. Mamon Grey Sharp. It was at Cebu in the Philippines that he, a few fellow Americans, and natives fought a bitter battle against overwhelming odds. Sharp was one of our sons who was expendable and didn't have a chance against the invading forces of the Japanese. Mamon Sharp was killed in action April 19, 1942. After 3 burials, Sharp now rests in plot B, row 2, grave 131, Fort McKinley U.S. Military Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands. While his heroism and bravery live on with the honored war dead of all other wars and conflicts the American Legion Post 129 pays tribute by naming the post Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129.

Notable Members

On October 13, 1919 over 3 months after the convention in St Louis May 8-9, 1919, a group of Stillwater veterans, estimated to number about 20, met in the I.O.O.F. Lodge on East 9th street and organized the Stillwater American Legion Post. Dr. C.E. Sexton a prominent physician who served in the Army Medical Corps was elected the first Commander, Mr. American Legion.

A. B. (Red) Alcott ADJ Post 129 1919-1969 50 years and was Stillwater mayor. Other organizers James E. Berry, later lieutenant governor, Roy t. Hoke, John Hinkle, C. Ray Smith, Dave L. Kennicutt, Charles G. Denny, Deane A. Bishop, Carl S. Andrew, Walter M. Denny, Albert L. Wright, G. N. Douglass, Ray Atherton and John J.R. Reid. Official charter was received January 27, 1920 and Post number 129 was assigned.

What Makes this Post Unique

Stillwater (Pawnee: Kiicawiʾuusiʾit, Kstiíriwara) is a city in north-central Oklahoma at the intersection of US-177 and State Highway 51. It is the county seat of Payne County, Oklahoma, United States. Stillwater is the principal city of the Stillwater Micropolitan Statistical Area which had a population of 78,399 according to the 2012 census estimate. Stillwater was part of first Land Run held April 22, 1889, when Oklahoma Territory's Unassigned Lands opened for settlement.

The city charter was adopted on August 24 later that year. Stillwater is home to Oklahoma State University, Northern Oklahoma College branch, Meridian Technology Center, and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Share the Legacy. Be Part of the Vision Reference 100th Anniversary Media Toolkit Resolution No. 31 Spring 2011, National Executive Committee Legacy of the last 100 years See Centennial Celebration Website: https://centennial.legion.org/oklahoma/post129

1. October 8, 1918: Carter Cary Hanner was killed in action in the Meuse-Argonne drive which cracked the German Hindenburg line. He is buried in the American cemetery at the battlefield site near Romagne, France. Captain Hanner was awarded the Croix de guerre by France for gallantry in action.

2. March 15-17, 1919: Members of the American Expeditionary Force convene in Paris for the first American Legion caucus.

3. May 8-10, 1919: St. Louis Caucus. "The American Legion" is adopted as the organization's official name.

4. June 9, 1919: The National Executive Committee adopts the Legion emblem.

5. Sept. 16, 1919: Congress charters The American Legion

6. October 13, 1919: 20 Stillwater veterans of WWI met in the I.O.O.F. Lodge on East 9th street and organized the Stillwater American Legion Post.

7. Nov. 10-12, 1919: First Legion convention convenes in Minneapolis.

8. April 27, 1921: Charter date for Carter C. Hanner American Legion Post 129 Stillwater

9. June 15, 1923: American Legion adopted the first “Flag Code”. Congress adopted the code in 1943.

10. June 17, 1925: Legion creates American Legion Baseball Program

11. September 1932: The sons of The American Legion officially recognized.

12. June 23, 1935: The first American Legion Boys State convenes in Springfield, Ill

13. June 1, 1938: National High School Oratorical Contest conducted in Norman, OK

14. April 19, 1942: Stillwater's first soldier to make the supreme sacrifice for his country and mankind during World War II was Captain Mamon G. Sharp. It was at Cebu in the Philippines that he, a few fellow Americans, and natives fought a bitter battle against overwhelming odds.

15. Sept. 19-21, 1942: preamble to the Constitution changed from “War” to “Wars”.

16. June 22, 1944: Dec 15, 1943 Past National Commander Harry Colmery wrote first draft of the “GI Bill of Rights” and in 1944 President Franklin Roosevelt signs into law the original GI Bill.

17. 1948-49: Preston J. Moore Post 129 State Commander Oklahoma

18. Feb 11, 51: Post 129 renamed Carter L. Hanner-Mamon G. Sharp American Legion Post 129 Stillwater

19. 1955-58: Preston J. Moore Post 129 National Executive Committeeman

20. 1958-1959: Preston J. Moore Post 129 National Commander

21. Sept 1, 1966: The Legion voices concern over the fate of prisoners of war in Vietnam forming the MIA/POW special group.

22. 1976-77: 64th American Legion Commander Post 129 Mable (Mike) Stephanic 1976-77 (First Woman Cdr)

23. Aug 26, 1982: American Legion presented $1 Million to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for construction of the Wall in Washington, becoming the largest single contributor to the project

24. 1986-87: Lawrence Roy Post 129 State Commander Oklahoma

25. Jan 1, 1989: The Veterans Administration elevated to cabinet level status. The Legion fought hard for the change.

26. Aug 2, 1990: Legion files suit against the federal government about the effects of Agent Orange on veterans who served in Vietnam.

27. 1991-1992: Lawrence Roy Post 129 National Vice Commander

28. 1993-2001: Lawrence Roy Post 129 National Executive Committeeman

29. Oct 17-18, 2007: American Legion passes Resolution 35 adopts The American Legion Riders as a national program of the American Legion.

30. June 30, 2008: President Bush signs into law Post 9/11 Veterans Educ. Assist. Act, supported by the Legion.

31. Oct 22, 2009: President Obama signs the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform Act of 2009, guaranteeing advance funding for VA appropriations which was strongly supported by Legion.

32. February 2010: Legion wins $250,000 for Operation Comfort Warriors in PepsiCo’s Refresh Everything Project.

33. December 2010: Legion begins relationship with USAA

34. October 2012: VA guarantees its 20 millionth home loan.

35. 2014-present: Dewey Clapp Post 129 Treasurer and Oklahoma Department Treasurer

36. 2015-present: Gerald McClain Post 129 Historian and Oklahoma Department Historian

37. August 2017: The Legion assists in the passage of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.

38. August 2017: The new GI Bill approved by removing burdensome cap in education benefits.

39. August 2017: Denise H. Rohan elected as national commander, as first woman in the role in Legion’s history.

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HISTORY

1910

American Legion "Paris Caucus" March 1919

Mar 1, 1919
The "Paris Caucus" of the American Legion in session (March 1919) pictured below The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country...
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1st American Legion Post 129 Commander Dr. C. E. Sexton  1919

1st American Legion Post 129 Commander Dr. C. E. Sexton 1919

Sep 1, 1919
First American Legion Commander Post 129 Dr. C. E. Sexton 1919 On October 13, 1919 almost a month before the convention in St Louis in May 1919, a group of Stillwater veterans, estimated to number about 20, met in the I.O.O.F. Lodge on East 9th street and organized the Stillwater American Legion Post. Dr. C.E. Sexton a prominent physician who served in the Army Medical Corps was elected the first Commander. Mr. American Legion A...
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1920

2nd American Legion Post 129 Commander Floyd Gassoway 1920-21

Sep 1, 1920
2nd American Legion Post 129 Commander Floyd Gassoway 1920-21
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2nd American Legion Post 129 Commander Floyd Gassoway 1920-21
3rd American Legion Post 129 Commander Edgar Bass 1921-22

3rd American Legion Post 129 Commander Edgar Bass 1921-22

Sep 1, 1921
3rd American Legion Post 129 Commander Edgar Bass 1921-22
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Anna Nash Thatcher (Mrs. Leslie) 1921-22 Auxiliary President

Sep 1, 1921
Anna Nash Thatcher (Mrs. Leslie) 1921-22 Auxiliary President
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Anna Nash Thatcher (Mrs. Leslie) 1921-22 Auxiliary President
4th American Legion Post 129 Commander H. A. Andrews 1922-23

4th American Legion Post 129 Commander H. A. Andrews 1922-23

Sep 1, 1922
4th American Legion Post 129 Commander H. A. Andrews 1922-23
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1922-23 Mrs Elnore (Clifford) Gassaway Auxiliary President

Sep 1, 1922
1922-23 Mrs Elnore (Clifford) Gassaway Auxiliary President
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1922-23 Mrs Elnore (Clifford) Gassaway Auxiliary President
5th American Legion Post 129 Commander J. W. Chiles 1923-24

5th American Legion Post 129 Commander J. W. Chiles 1923-24

Sep 1, 1923
5th American Legion Post 129 Commander J. W. Chiles 1923-24
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6th American Legion Post 129 Commander A. B. Alcott 1924-25

Sep 1, 1924
6th American Legion Post 129 Commander A. B. Alcott 1924-25
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6th American Legion Post 129 Commander A. B. Alcott 1924-25
7th American Legion Post 129 Commander Ralph Thompson 1924-25

7th American Legion Post 129 Commander Ralph Thompson 1924-25

Sep 1, 1924
7th American Legion Post 129 Commander Ralph Thompson 1924-25
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8th American Legion Post 129 Commander Earl Kennicutt 1925-26

Sep 1, 1925
8th American Legion Post 129 Commander Earl Kennicutt 1925-26
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8th American Legion Post 129 Commander Earl Kennicutt 1925-26
9th American Legion Post 129 Commander A. D. Burk 1926-27

9th American Legion Post 129 Commander A. D. Burk 1926-27

Sep 1, 1926
9th American Legion Post 129 Commander A. D. Burk 1926-27
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10th American Legion Post 129 Commander Bryan Kelly 1927-28

Sep 1, 1927
10th American Legion Post 129 Commander Bryan Kelly 1927-28
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10th American Legion Post 129 Commander Bryan Kelly 1927-28
11th American Legion Post 129 Commander George Hoke 1928-29

11th American Legion Post 129 Commander George Hoke 1928-29

Sep 1, 1928
11th American Legion Post 129 Commander George Hoke 1928-29 The American Legion Home School, Ponca City, Oklahoma Dedication and Formal Opening Sunday June 17, 1928 Hanner Post 129 Stillwater share donation amount $2,640. More details in Photo Gallery.
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1928-29 Beulah Roether Ross Auxiliary President

Sep 1, 1928
1928-29 Beulah Roether Ross Auxiliary President
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1928-29 Beulah Roether Ross Auxiliary President

1930

12th American Legion Post 129 Commander Clay Potts 1929-30

12th American Legion Post 129 Commander Clay Potts 1929-30

Sep 1, 1930
12th American Legion Post 129 Commander Clay Potts 1929-30
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13th American Legion Post 129 Commander James E. Berry 1930

Sep 1, 1930
13th American Legion Post 129 Commander James E. Berry 1930
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13th American Legion Post 129 Commander James E. Berry 1930
14th American Legion Post 129 Commander Ray Caldwell 1930

14th American Legion Post 129 Commander Ray Caldwell 1930

Sep 1, 1930
14th American Legion Post 129 Commander Ray Caldwell 1930
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1931-1932 Bess Rogers Hull (Mrs Ned Hull) Auxiliary President

Sep 1, 1931
1931-1932 Bess Rogers Hull (Mrs Ned Hull) Auxiliary President
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1931-1932 Bess Rogers Hull (Mrs Ned Hull)  Auxiliary President
15th American Legion Post 129 Commander E. D. Stapley 1931

15th American Legion Post 129 Commander E. D. Stapley 1931

Sep 1, 1931
15th American Legion Post 129 Commander E. D. Stapley 1931
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