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Post 18  Mitchell, South Dakota



CHARTER DATE: July 7, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: Coacher-Goetsch Post 18


NOTABLE MEMBERS: Hugh "Homer" Holmes was elected Department Commander for 2017-2018

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The post was named in honor of William Harvey Coacher, who died of wounds received in action in France. Lt. William Harvey Coacher served with Company F on the Mexican Boarder and later attended the O.T.C. at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He was one of the first casualties from Davison County. Full story »
In Memory Of Navy S 1C Herman A. Goetsch Mitchell, South Dakota Davison County December 11, 1919 – December 7, 1941 Killed in Action at Pearl Harbor Herman A. Goetsch was born December 11, 1919, at home on the farm. He was the fifteenth of eighteen children; there were ten boys and eight girls. His siblings included two sets of twins. One of his sisters preceded Herman in death. All other siblings lived to start.. Full story »
On April 28, 1943, by appropriate action the name of the post was changed to Coacher-Goetsch Post No 18 of the American Legion, Department of South Dakota, the addition of the name being that of Herman A. Goetsch, who was killed at Pearl Harbor. He was, as far as known, the first casualty from Davison County in the Second World War. Full story »
Hugh "Homer" Holmes of Mitchell, SD, was elected as the new Department Commander for the South Dakota American Legion on June 18, 2017, in the final session of the 99th Department Convention in Watertown, SD. He is serving as Department Commander for 2017-2018. He grew up in Doland and following graduation from Doland High School, he attended Southern State College/ University of South Dakota at Springfield majoring in mathematics. After college, Commander Holmes was commissioned.. Full story »