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Post 46  Custer, South Dakota



CHARTER DATE: July 28, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: General George A. Custer


NOTABLE MEMBERS: Francis H. Case, past Representative and Senator; Harold H. Handley, past Circuit Court Judge; M. L. Slade, past Department Commander.. Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: "Gold" Post of the Black Hills. Custer State Park's Legion Lake, Legion Lake Campground, and Legion Lake Lodge named after of the Post.

Excerpted from "The American Legion in South Dakota First Quarter Century";


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Post Goes Back to School Yes, Custer Post #46 has a new home. It is in Room 105 of the old Custer High School (now the Custer School District Administration Building). How this came about is something all Post members should be aware of for the continued well-being of our Post. Background The Post at one time owned its home. But over the years membership declined to the point that the Post was unable to.. Full story »
Commencing 6:00 pm at the Custer Community Church the Custer Cub Scout Pack 25 received flag education. Approximately ten Cub Scouts participated. Two participated in Flag Lowering, Raising, Half-staffing, and Folding ceremonies using the church's flagpole & flag. Inside the church all participated in learning about displaying proper respect to the flag. All Cubs received their own stick flag and the American Legion "Our Country's Flag" comic book. Adults received American Legion "Let's be Right.. Full story »
Sponsored by VFW Post 3442, the program was conducted on this windy day at Cold Springs Pioneer Cemetery and Custer City Cemetery. Officially participating from Custer Post #46 were Legionnaires Douglas Faaborg, Dean R. Mills, and Mark A. Mills. Americanism Officer Mark A. Mills laid the US Navy wreath and delivered official greetings from the South Dakota Department. Additional Legionnaires participated officially representing other organizations. And the Cold Springs Historical Society provided much appreciated cookies.. Full story »
CUTTING THE CAKE — Floyd Mills and Harold Stickney, the two World War II veterans present who are members of Custer American Legion Post 46, got last week’s Legion birthday supper program started with a ceremonial cutting of cake. The event, which celebated the 96th anniversary of American Legion, was held at the Masonic Lodge. [CCC Photo/JASON FERGUSON] Full story »
On Labor Day Custer Post #46 bid farewell to the original Legion Lake Lodge building. Located in Custer State Park the lodge, lake, and campground are named after our American Legion Post which used to lease the land and meet where the lake now exists. The lodge building was the last physical tie to those times. It will be dismantled following closing this fall to make way for a new lodge building. So with the.. Full story »
Every November 11th Custer City honors its veterans. Custer Post #46 coordinates these activities either conducting, sponsoring, or participating in all. Here is a “roundup” of those Veterans Day Events: American Legion Flag Raising – At 8:00 a.m. in Way Park Custer Post #46 raised fresh U.S. and POW/MIA flags at its Veterans flagpole. By this our Veterans are remembered with crisp flags on their special day. These flags fly until being replaced for Memorial.. Full story »
Six Custer County World War II veterans were recognized at a Monday, Dec. 7 program at the Custer Senior Center. Standing, from left, are Grant Muse, Harold Stickney, and Roy Roadifer. Front, from left, are Robert Phillip, Floyd Mills, and Harry Burk. All are from Custer except Burk and Phillip who are from Hermosa. The event was sponsored by Custer Legion Post #46, Custer Senior Center, and Custer VFW Post #3442. The Pear Harbor Day.. Full story »
L – R, Harold Koester, Kenneth Fortune, LLoyd Nickles, Kenneth Glaser, Richard Knutson, Walter Thomas, Arnold Anderson, Robert Schilling. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press Custer County joined together with South Dakota and the Republic of Korea in honoring their Korean War Veterans with the award of the Korean Peace Medal. The local award ceremony was conducted on Tuesday, 12 January, 2016 at the Custer Senior Citizens Center. The event started at 1 pm and concluded.. Full story »
By Charley Najacht American Legion Riders Chapter 71 from Hot Springs rode in on their motorcycles with the colors flying last Thursday morning to the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer. They then helped present and post the colors,along with American Legion and VFW members in Custer, for the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Memorial exhibit dedication ceremonies. In her dedication remarks, Catherine Rosane,Harney Peak Chapter,National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), said, “Vietnam.. Full story »
Eight more Custer County veterans or their next of kin received their Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal at a cermony at Custer Senior Center last Saturday. From left, back are presenters Nylotis Van Orman, Alice Hagenlock, Ester Waltman, Shirley Stewart and Mary Gonsor; front, medal recipients Calvin Van Orman, Lyle Cline, Harold Waltman, Robert Stewart and Eva Dudley, who accepted the posthumous award for deceased husband, Phillip Dudley. Also receiving medals, but unable to attend.. Full story »
Custer American Legion Post # 46 Commander Don Hone and Post Finance Officer Mark Mills salute the American and P.O.W. flags at Way Park in Custer at 8:00am Memorial Day.Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press [Photo and caption used by permission] The Post conducted a flag lowering ceremony at 8:00 a.m. and then participated with the Joint Color Guard in ceremonies at Cold Springs Pioneer Cemetery, Pringle Cemetery, and Custer City Cemetery. Finally, the Post raised.. Full story »
Jace Woodward, left, and Noah Zacher, right, are shown preparing to depart for the 74th Session of American Legion Boys State at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Approximately 320 boys from across South Dakota were enrolled for this premier Americanism Program of The American Legion. The program teaches democracy, the political process and demonstrates our form of government to these future leaders of South Dakota and America. Jace and Noah recently completed their Junior.. Full story »
In the photo Custer American Legion Post #46 Commander Donald Hone, left, presents the official American Legion Baseball uniform patch to Team Manager/Head Coach Mick Patzlaff, right. The 31 May 2016 presentation of the uniform patch ceremonially marked the return of American Legion Baseball to Custer. The Custer Post 46 team conducted its first practice that morning at the Custer East Athletic Field Facility next to Custer Jr/Sr High School. Its first scheduled game is.. Full story »
By Charley Najacht Sixty people attended the Flag Day event honoring Vietnam veterans Tuesday, June 14, at Custer High School. At least 40 of them were Vietnam veterans who each received a pin and certificate of recognition of their service. The event was organized by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Black Hills and Harney Peak chapters, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. After singing a stirring rendition of the.. Full story »
Michelene Nelson of Spearfish, South Dakota receives the Freedom's Sentinel Quilt from Mark Mills (Photo by Fred Nelson). The queen-sized quilt was created by Phyllis Terrall and donated to Custer Post #46 for fundraising. It was raffled by the Post at a 2016 Memorial Day drawing. Michelene, President of Spearfish American Legion Auxiliary Unit #164, after years of purchasing raffle tickets was quite excited at winning her quilt! Full story »
By Charley Najacht After completely disappearing last October and being rebuilt since last November, a brand new Legion Lake Lodge had its ribbon-cutting last Friday morning in Custer State Park. Area American Legion members raised the American flag in front of the lodge for the first time as Miss S.D. Outstanding 2016 Teen Hunter Widvey sang the National Anthem. While the floor plan has about the same number of 5,700 sq. ft., it has been.. Full story »
INAUGURAL GAME — The new Custer American Legion team played its first game of the season June 20 in Spearfish, playing a double header. The team lost both of the games it played, but did mark the return of American Legion baseball to Custer after a long absence. From left, back, are manager Mick Patzlaff, Bobby Bertolotto, Noah Zacher, Alex Kortemeyer, Reed Ashmore, Isaac Landa; front, Brennan Hanes, Blake Kainz, Jacob Mack and AJ Kortemeyer... Full story »
VETERANS DAY SALUTE — The Custer Veterans Honor Guard stands at attention during a Veterans Day ceremony held at Custer Cemetery last Friday, Nov. 11. The Honor Guard is composed of both Custer American Legion Post No. 46 and VFW Post No. 3442 members. Following a reading by VFW member DD Couch, the Honor Guard concluded the ceremony with a 21-gun salute, which was followed by the playing of Taps. [CCC Photo/JASON FERGUSON] {This year's.. Full story »
FRIDAY ICU — A Custer Jr./Sr. High School student fills up on chocolate milk while Custer American Legion Post No. 46 Americanism officer Mark Mills wipes down a table during Friday ICU last week at the school. The ICU is a time for students to go to the school Friday morning when school isn’t in session and catch up on work while getting help from the 10 school staff members who volunteer for the sessions... Full story »
GIFT OF HONOR —Scotty Terrell hands a gift back containing hygiene items, food and other things that would have been rationed to those on the warfront to Roy Stender, one of the six WWII veterans at the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Custer Senior Center. The program,sponsored by the 1881 Courthouse Museum, Custer American Legion Post 46, Custer Senior Center and Custer VFW Post 3442, honored the county’s WWII.. Full story »