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Post 29  Sherman, Texas

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ABOUT THIS POST

CHARTER DATE: August 18, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: C. R. Simmons-C. G. Hardwicke, Jr. Corporal Charles Ray Simmons was a member of the 28th Infantry, Rainbow Division during WWI. He died.. Read more »

FIRST COMMANDER: Fred Leon Perkins - 1/6/1893 - 4/16/1980

NOTABLE MEMBERS: Past National Vice Commander Paul E. Dillard

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: Post 29 has been honored to have many distinguished members including 14 Past District Commanders, 4 Division Commanders, several Department Officers, 1 Department Commander and 1 National Vice Commander. The Post has been honored to have several District Judges, a.. Read more »

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1910
A mass meeting of 200 Grayson County men and women who served in the military, naval or marine service of the United States in the World War between April 5, 1917 and November 11, 1918, was held in the Grayson County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 4, 1919. The purpose of this meeting was to organize a local Post of The American Legion. All present were asked to bring their discharge papers. The meeting was called to order by Abner L. Lewis, a well known attorney from Denison. John T. Wakefield, Captain of Battery E, 133rd Artillery, a well known businessman.. Full story »
A temporary charter for Grayson County Memorial Post No. 29, The American Legion, was issued on August 18, 1919. There were 46 Charter Members on the original charter Full story »
1920
At a Post meeting on Thursday, March 11, 1920, the permanent name of Post 29 was changed to Charles Ray Simmons Post No. 29, honoring the memory of the first Sherman man killed in France. Corporal Charles Ray Simmons was the son of Charles C. Simmons from Sherman. He enlisted in February, 1917 and went to France as a member of the 28th Infantry, Rainbow Division. He died May 22, 1918, as a result of a hand grenade. Full story »
The permanent charter for Charles Ray Simmons Post 29 was issued on September 9, 1920. Full story »
1940
The Post name was changed on November 7, 1947, to C. R. Simmons-C. G. Hardwicke, Jr. Post No. 29, honoring the first soldier from Sherman killed in WWII. 1st Lt. Clifford G. Hardwicke, Jr., a Calvary Officer, was killed on Bataan, Philippines, on January 17, 1942. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart posthumously. Full story »
The Auxiliary Unit of Post 29 was first organized in 1928, but it only lasted until 1935 when the charter was cancelled. The Unit was reorganized in 1943 and the permanent charter was given on November 8, 1947. The Unit has been a necessary asset and part of The American Legion family since its reorganization. Full story »
1950
Post 29 has been located at several different locations since it was chartered in 1919. The first few years of its existence, the Post met in the Courthouse or in a meeting hall near the Courthouse. The first Post home was the old Sons of Herman Hall on the south side of the Courthouse square. It was bought and paid for by donations of members and local citizens. In the 40's the Post owned a building at 223 North Walnut Street. Then in 1953 the Post raised money and secured a loan to build its permanent Post Home, at 230.. Full story »
1960
In early 1963, Perrin AFB presented to Post 29 a F-86L Sabre Jet. The airplane was erected on a pedestal in front of the Legion Post Home. The Post is responsible for the maintenance and up keep of the airplane and must report to the Air Force on its condition every year. The Post maintained the airplane until late 2008 when the Post Home closed and the airplane was given to the Perrin Municipal Airport (old Perrin AFB). Today the airplane is located at the entrance to Perrin field pointed up towards the sky. Full story »
1990
Another part of Post 29 family is The Sons of The American Legion. Squadron 29 was chartered on June 2, 1993. Today Squadron 29 is one of 13 squadrons in the 4th District of Texas. Full story »
2010
A total of 53 men have been Commanders of Post 29, but on July 1st, 2013 a Lady Legionnaire became the first Women Post 29 Commander. Mary Ruth Brice, a Retired Master Sgt. E-8, Army Nurse became the first elected Post 29 Commander. As of 2015 she is still Post Commander. Full story »
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