Mark Dvorak: Thanks, National Commander Oxford

By Mark Dvorak Greetings, Minnesota American Legion Family. This article will contain a few thank-yous and comments about membership. First and foremost, a big thanks to our national commander, James W. “Bill” Oxford, and his aide, Larry Cline, for visiting our Department of Minnesota. The […]

Bayview Cross victory result of Legion Supreme Court Decision

INDIANAPOLIS — Citing The American Legion’s “historic victory” during an important Supreme Court ruling last year, the head of the nation’s largest veterans organization welcomed another court decision yesterday as a sign that veterans memorials will now have permanent legal protection. “Last year, The American […]

Roundtables ready for February

ST. PAUL — Agent Orange is the topic of discussion for the February gathering of the Vietnam War Roundtable. Local veterans and experts will share the lasting impact of the defoliant chemical. The topic spurred great interest last year, according to the roundtable’s website. The […]

Four chaplains went down with the ship

By Betty Jass On Feb. 3, it will be the 77-year anniversary of the sinking of the troop ship SS Dorchester. According to Wikipedia, the “Four Chaplains,” also referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains” or the “Dorchester Chaplains,” were four World War II Chaplains who […]

Martin County veterans get attack helicopter

FAIRMONT — The veterans memorial site in Martin County has received a Bell Cobra-Fixed Wing Attack Helicopter that served the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Laos from 1968 to 1971. Five states were vying for the acquisition of the Cobra, “due to the hard work […]

Post makes bar top with wooden dog tags

PINE RIVER — Pine River Post 613 has remodeled most of its club and came up with a memorial bar top with lasered wood to look like dog tags, said Commander Terry Steele. “We have sold the dog tags for the cost of making the […]

January is National Security Month, and more

By Dee Dee Buckley The National Security Program promotes a strong national defense supporting servicemembers and their families. The National Security pages included 2019-2020 Unit Guide lists the three major areas that our National organization would like to see as our emphasis this year. The […]

Veteran groups push for expanding Vet Centers

By Tim Engstrom Tom Mullon recalls working at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan early in his career and coordinating a meeting of 100 or so Vietnam veterans with hospital leaders. One by one, the veterans told stories reflecting “the need for the VA to […]

Dvorak: December was jam-packed with news

Greetings, Minnesota American Legion Family. The ceremony for the 100th convention plaque dedication was held in Minneapolis at Peavey Plaza on Nicollet Mall Saturday, Dec. 7. The first American Legion National Convention was held in Minneapolis in 1919 and the 100th convention was held in […]