Post 289 Clarksville, Tennessee

Post 289

Clarksville, Tennessee

Post 289 Clarksville, Tennessee

About This Post

Post Namesake

CSM Gary W. Crisp  (June 18, 1948 – December 28, 2016)

 Gary W. Crisp, was born on June 18, 1948, in Clay Lick, Kentucky to Arnold Lee Crisp and Bessie Ellen Isom-Crisp. He graduated from Rowan County Senior High School in 1966. Afterwards, he enrolled and took college classes at Morehead State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in Ashland, Kentucky on April 4, 1968 and attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, KY; and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, VA.

PFC Crisp was assigned to the 14th ACR, in Fulda, West Germany as a Helicopter Utility Repairman. In July of 1969 SPC Clark volunteered for duty in Vietnam. He was advanced to the rank of SPC/6 and was assigned to the 199th Aviation Company as a Technical Inspector. Next tour was Fort Rucker, AL, where he  served as an Platform Instructor for 7 years. Then SFC Crisp was assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade in 1977 in Panama, for a three-year tour; while there he participated in the Jamestown Guyana Disaster Relief and witnessed the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty.

​In July of 1980 SFC Crisp was assigned to 227th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, and participated in number of deployments to Honduras and South America. He led his Soldiers as a Platoon Sergeant, then as 1st SGT during his five-year tour with the 1st Calvary Division.

​Next SFC Crisp was with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in Fulda, Germany where he served as the 1st SGT S-Troop in the Blackhorse Regiment. In 1987 SFC Crisp was promoted to the rank of SGM. He did a PCS to Fort Bliss, TX to attend the Sergeants Major Academy in January of 1988. After he completed the SGM course he was reassigned as a Staff SGM to 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY for the next two years.

​ ​In July of 1990 he was reassigned to 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd Aviation Battalion at Camp Stanley, Korea as the Battalion CSM. There he led the unit on different field training exercises to include a Corps Emergency Readiness Deployment Exercise to Fort Bragg, NC. He became the CSM of 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, 31 August 1991.

He was moved from 4th Battalion to the Aviation Brigade on 26 May 1992, to work as a Brigade level Staff SGM until 1994.  He then served as CSM of the 101ST Aviation Brigade.

CSM Crisp was married to Sharon Johnson. He was the father of two daughters: Sharon Kay and Carol.

CSM Crisp served in the US Army for 27 years, 1968 to 1995.  In his honor, Fort Campbell Post 289 was renamed to American Legion CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289 in 2017.

Notable Members
Willie Smith, Billie Zeveney, Larry Johnson, David Zeveney, Ernest Schmidt, Robert Lamon, Bob Sisson, Carmen Cherry, Scott Eldridge, Dawn Schmidt, Fae Casper, Bob Grigsby, Edgar Harrell
What Makes this Post Unique

The quality that makes Post 289 unique is that it was renamed after one its own founding members, who passed shortly after its beginning.  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. Our membership, decided that it would be a "dry" or non-alcoholic post.  In 2017  the post was permanently charters and renamed to memorialize CSM GARY W. CRISP.  Most of the membership has been composed of retirees and family members who have separated from the military.

After leaving the Smokehaus the post meetings have been held at Daymar College, 2691 Trenton Road in Clarksville.

Although the Post is only 5 years old, the last 3 years we have been involved in many community activities including starting a Boy Scout Troop, 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 Department to host National Commander Brett Reistad during his visit to Clarksville. Of particular note was receiving the charter for our Auxiliary Unit during the National Commander 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, the Post was presented with the yellow Honor Ribbon and recognized for reaching 100% membership goal by December 31, 2018.  Nine members attended the Convention.  This was the most participation of any posts 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.

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HISTORY

2010

CSM Gary W. Crisp American Legion Post 289

Feb 2016
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..
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CSM Gary W. Crisp American Legion Post 289

Visit from National Commander Brett Reistad

Mar 17, 2019

The national commander visits Clarksville, the home of Post 289, the Veterans Home and a local high school.

 


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Clarksville's 32d Annual Riverfest Event

Sep 6, 2019

It takes place Every 1st Weekend of September at McGregor Park ( 640 N  Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Tn 37042. September 6-7, 2019 are the dates. Each Day from 9 am - 9 pm.


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Sewing for a cause

Sewing for a cause

Oct 26, 2019

Unit 289 auxiliary members got together to sew walker bags for Veterans. Other members not pictured were able to cut and sew walker bags throughout the month. All Walker bags were delivered to the Clarksville veterans home


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2020

JOTA / JOTI 2020

Oct 17, 2020

3rd Annual Jamboree on the Air and Jomboree Online hosted by American Lgion POst 289


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JOTA / JOTI 2020
Welcome Home Veterans Parade

Welcome Home Veterans Parade

Sep 18, 2021

Annually the American Legion Post in unit 289 participate in the Montgomery Clarksville Montgomery county welcome home celebration parade.


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JOTA / JOTI 2021

Oct 16, 2021

4th Annual JOTA-JOTI sponsored by the American Legion CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289’s Ham Radio Club KC4TAL


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JOTA / JOTI 2021
Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade

Nov 6, 2021

Annual Veterans Day parade held downtown Clarksville Tennessee


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Two Posts committed to one cause, Helping our Veterans

Dec 5, 2021

Today was a great day. A wheelchair was delivered to “Mr Frank” a PUFL member of a sister post in Clarksville Post 143. The wheelchair was donated by a member of Post 289, Mr Dick Pryor. Commander

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 Two Posts committed to one cause, Helping our Veterans
Clarksville Christmas Parade

Clarksville Christmas Parade

Dec 7, 2021

Entry into the annual Clarksville Christmas parade was a first for post 289 and Auxilliary unit 289 thanks to the Auxilliary leading the way


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Color Guard Supporting Local Youth Sports Team

Dec 8, 2021

An honor for our Color guard to be invited to present the Colors for Senior Night at

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Color Guard Supporting Local Youth Sports Team
Supporting neighbors when disaster strikes

Supporting neighbors when disaster strikes

Dec 13, 2021

Donations were dropped of in Paris by Post 289 Finance Office Larry Johnson and Auxilliary Treasurer Sue Johnson. Dontions were collected by post mmbers, family and friends over a few days and delived to Paris, TN in support of disaster victims

The damage from last..

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Four Chaplains Ceremony

Feb 6, 2022

Men of faith honored for sacrifice by American Legion post in Clarksville

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Four Chaplains Ceremony
Adopt A Street February 2022

Adopt A Street February 2022

Feb 26, 2022

Got out there this morning did a little litter pick up. 2 bags of trash ready to haul off

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March Meeting Recognizing Members and Community Businesses

Mar 15, 2022

In March many presentations were made recognizing Community Businesses who support Veterans and several members. 

Post 289 recognized Oakland Power Washing with the Employers of Veterans Award at the March Membership meeting.

The Post Veterans Employment & Education Committee annually presents several awards to honor employers who hire veterans, disabled veterans and older workers. Those who help veterans find employment are also recognized.

Post 289 recognized Encompass Financial Service as Local veterans employment representative of the year.

The Post..

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March Meeting Recognizing Members and Community Businesses
Adopt A Street March 2022

Adopt A Street March 2022

Mar 26, 2022

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Rossview High School JROTC Awards 2022

Apr 7, 2022
Adjutant
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Rossview High School JROTC Awards 2022
APSU ROTC Awards 2022

APSU ROTC Awards 2022

Apr 21, 2022
On 21 April 2022 Marc Mathes and Billie Zeveney, Post 289 were able to be a part of the Austin Peay State University (APSU) ROTC awards ceremony along with several other wonderful organizations.
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North East High School JROTC 2022 Awards Ceremony

Apr 21, 2022
On 21 April Post 289 attended the North East High School JROTC Awards ceremony.
Marc Mathes presented Cadet..
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North East High School JROTC 2022 Awards Ceremony
West Creek High School JROTC Awards Ceremony

West Creek High School JROTC Awards Ceremony

Apr 28, 2022
On 28 April Post 289 attended the West Creek High School JROTC Awards ceremony.
Commander David Zeveney presented Cadet Jayden Crouthamel with the Military Excellence Bronze Medal and Ribbon and Cadet Lillian Smitson with the Scholastic Excellence Bronze Medal and Ribbon.
Always a pleasure to recognize our youth for their accomplishments!
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