Post 29 Sherman, Texas

Post 29

Sherman, Texas

Post 29 Sherman, Texas

About This Post

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 May 18, 1918 in France as a result of a hand grenade. He was the first person from Sherman and Grayson County killed in WWI. 1st Lt. Clifford Gribble Hardwicke, Jr. a Calvary Officer was killed January 17, 1942 on Bataan. He was cited for helping rescue 17 Calvary horses from the enemy under heavy fire and risk of his own life. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart posthumously. He was the first person from Sherman killed in WWII.
Notable Members
Past National Vice Commander Paul E. Dillard
What Makes this 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 Federal Judge, a State Representative, and several County Sheriffs, City mayors, and numerous city and county Officials as members, The Post has held many District and Division Conventions. The Post has 55 Post Commanders in its history.




First Post Meeting

Jun 4, 1919
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..
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Temporary Charter

Aug 18, 1919
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
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Permanent Post Name

Mar 11, 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..
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Permanent Charter

Sep 9, 1920
The permanent charter for Charles Ray Simmons Post 29 was issued on September 9, 1920.
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Post Name Changed

Nov 7, 1947
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.
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Auxiliary Unit No. 29

Nov 8, 1947
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.
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Ground breaking for Post Home

Aug 20, 1953
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..
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Post 29 Airplane

Mar 1, 1963
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..
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Sons of The American Legion Chapter

Jun 2, 1993
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.
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Post Commander

Jul 1, 2013
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.
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