Post 78 Manchester, Tennessee

Post 78

Manchester, Tennessee

Post 78 Manchester, Tennessee

About This Post

Post Namesake
Coffee County Gold Star Mothers
What Makes this Post Unique
We are Gold Star Post 78, a family oriented post serving Manchester, TN and the surrounding areas since 1920. As an organization moving forward, we provide you the opportunity to stay in touch with us and our mission from anywhere ... READ MORE

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HISTORY

1940

American Legion Post 78 helps local burn victim

Through the Big Brothers program, American Legion Gold Star Post 78 raised money to offset hospital cost of a local boy, Billy Dale Finney, who was burned over 50% of his body in an accident. Billy's father, Clarence Finney is a member of Post 78.
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American Legion Post 78 helps local burn victim
Recruiting Advertisement

Recruiting Advertisement

Late 1949 Recruitment Ad in the local town newspaper. Even though the meeting day of the week has changed over the years, Post 78 is still out there looking for Veterans. You can join us now on the Third Monday of the Month.
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1950

Burn Victim Honored Guest

Billy Dale Finney, a young citizen of Manchester was the Honored guest at the January Meeting of the American Legion Gold Star Post 78. Billy was burned over 50% of his body in an accident and the Post 78 Legionnaires donated $600 to his hospital bills.
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Burn Victim Honored Guest

1960

47th Anniversary Celebration

47th Anniversary Celebration

Post 78 celebrates American Legion's 47th Anniversary with a dinner and party at the Legion Home on Hillsboro Highway.  About 75 persons attended.

Leighton Ewell, first commander of the post was introduced and presented with a portrait of himself made during Wold War I.  Other Post 78 Charter members present were Chancellor Robert L Keele and Mr. George Grosch.


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2000

Foundation For Coffee County Veterans Building

Working on foundation for the new Coffee County Veterans Building.  This new building located at 130 Shelton Road in Manchester will be built beside the County Service Officers office.  The building will serve as a meeting place for the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans & the Veteran of Foreign Wars members.


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Foundation For Coffee County Veterans Building
Manchester loses one of its own

Manchester loses one of its own

The city of Manchester had not mourned for the lost of one of their own to combat since the Vietnam War, but that all changed on January 28, 2006. Army Cpl. Brian J. (BJ) Schoff, 22, of Manchester died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Gold Star Post 78..
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The need for a parking lot

The beginning of removing some massive pine trees to make way for a parking lot in the front of the Veterans Building.


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The need for a parking lot
Time for a parking lot

Time for a parking lot

Trees are almost all gone...new parking spaces are just around the corner.


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Cleanup Time

Trees are down, but the work is not over.  Time to clean up all the debris before we start putting down a gravel base.


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Cleanup Time

2010

Post 78 Adds a Legion Riders Chapter

Post 78 Adds a Legion Riders Chapter

Our American Legion Riders (ALR) Chapter had its start in Oct 2009 by four friends who wanted to incorporate their love of riding motorcycles with their desire to support local Veterans of Coffee County. Darryl "Pudgie" Edwards, Michael "Bootlegger" Walden, Melvin "Ghost" Ott and Bob "DoughBoy" Bennett, known to us as the "Founding Four", laid the groundwork for a Chapter today of 60+ members. The 78 Legion Riders were awarded their Charter on July 10,..
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Legion Riders Escort Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee

This type of escort is one of those you don't mind losing a little sleep over. The Post 78 American Legion Riders meet at 1:30am twice a year to escort a bus of Honor Flight Veterans through Franklin and Coffee County. Yes it is one of those "O'Dark Thirty" rides, but it is just a small token of what we owe the men and women that paved the way for most of our military careers...
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Legion Riders Escort Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee
American Legion Legacy Run Comes to Manchester

American Legion Legacy Run Comes to Manchester

The quite countryside of Manchester was temporarily overshadowed by the roar of over 400 motorcycles as they passed through Manchester on Wednesday Aug 24 during a seven-state journey raising money for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. The Gold Star Post 78 American Legion Riders of Manchester invited the citizens of Coffee County to join them in cheering and waving American Flags for this group of 500 riders and passengers as they passed on I-24...
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78 Riders honor First Responders

The Gold Star Post 78 American Legion Riders Chapter put together and presented "goodie bags" to be distributed to both the Manchester City Police Dept and the Coffee Conty Sheriff's Dept during the 2017 Bonnarro Music Festival held every June in Manchester, TN.


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78 Riders honor First Responders