The original name was Fort Campbell American Legion Post 289 on its temporary charter, issued in February 2016. Meetings were held at the Smokehaus Restaurant on Sportsman Lane on Fort Campbell. In 2017 the post was permanently chartered, and renamed to memorialize CSM Gary W. Crisp.
Since leaving the Smokehaus, post meetings have been held at Daymar College in Clarksville.
Although the post is only five years old, over the last three years we have been involved in many community activities, including starting a Boy Scout troop, a ham radio club and an honor guard unit. Clarksville has seven JROTC high school units, and all are recognized by Post 289 with JROTC awards for the last two years.
A centennial dance honoring the 100-year anniversary of The American Legion was held, and the post was asked by the department to host National Commander Brett Reistad during his visit to Clarksville. Of particular note was receiving the charter for our Auxiliary unit during Reistad's visit. The charter was presented by Department President Leedy.
At the 6th District Convention on April 27, 2019, several honors were received. Post Commander Willie Smith was elected as the 6th District commander, and the post was presented with the yellow Honor Ribbon and recognized for reaching the 100 percent membership goal by Dec. 31, 2018. Nine members attended the convention, the most participation of any post in attendance.
American Legion CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289 strives to support area veterans and communities by supporting the Four Pillars of Veterans Assistance and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children and Youth. Our success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
Post members pose with the permanent charter.