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Congratulations Rex Stotts Post 56
Legionnaire of the Year
56 meeting April 15, 2013 former commander, Rex Stotts, was recognized
as Post 56 Legionairre of the Year. Below, former Post 56
commander Dave Mullenbach, left, congratulates Rex Stotts, right.
Legionnaire of the Year Rex Stotts with family
annual Recognition of Continuous Membership program was held a Post 56
April 15, 2013
Members recognized were Roger Dahl, Robert D. Haskins, Duane A. Olson,
Gerald O. Dunford, Richard H. Moore, Herbert Ulrich,
Members recognized were Clarence F. Beenken, Holger Knudsen, Jr.
recognized and present were several members with memberships between
50 and 60 years: Bill Neff, Bill Christenson and Richard Hoium.
Bernie Priebe was recognized with membership over 60 years.
Pictured above left-right: Commander Roger Bakken,
Herbert Ulrich, Holger Knudsen, Robert Haskins, Gerald Dunford
Albert Lea’s Leo
Carey Post 56 of the American Legion and the Albert Lea Beyond the
Yellow Ribbon group teamed up to raise funds for Operation Comfort
Total donation to
the Operation Comfort Warriors program from this fundraiser is $1,860.
Market was held at the American Legion Post 56 Event Center on Friday,
Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
donations were made towards this total $1,860 amount by community
Picture taken on
April 10, 2013 where donation check was turned over from Post 56 to
Arnie Troe, Department of Minnesota State American Legion
Pictured below, left to
right: Arnold (Arnie) Troe, Vice Commander, Dist. 1 & 3,
Department of Minnesota American Legion, David R. Olson,
Chaplain, Leo Carey Post 56. Kelli
Lageson, Albert Lea Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group, Roger Bakken,
Commander, Leo Carey Post 56,
John Severtson, American Legion
Post 56 and Albert Lea Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group, ,
Auxiliary President, presented Post 56 Commander Roger Bakken a
check in the amount of $94, representing the 94 years the American
Legion has existed in America. The American Legion was founded in
1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War 1. The picture
was taken at the beginning of the Legion’s Post Everlasting, March 21,
56 Honor Guard presented the colors at the beginning of the 4th
annual Taste of Heritage celebration held at the Northbridge Mall
Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Department of Minnesota Commander
Don Pankake welcomes bowlers February 23 at the start of the
Minnesota State American Legion Bowling Tournament at the Holiday
Lanes in Albert Lea hosted by Leo Carey Post 56.
Commander Pankake along with Auxiliary
Department Executive Secretary Sandie Deutsch threw out the
traditional “first ball” to begin the 66th annual
The tournament continues weekends from
February 23 through April 21.
Department Commander Don Pankake, Auxiliary
Department Executive Secretary Sandie Deutsch, and Post 56 Commander
Roger Bakken welcome bowler participants.
John Torma, tournament secretary, reviews tournament
Department Commander Don Pankake throws traditional
"first ball" to open tournament activities.
Dave Allard handling tournament registration and
bracket side events.
Commander Don Pankake with tournament coordinator,
Anderson from Post 56.
ready themselves for the start of the tournament.
Operation Comfort Warriors Fund Raiser Event
successful flea market was held at Post 56 club facilities on February
22 & 23 in support of Operation Comfort Warriors sponsored by the
local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group and Leo Carey Post 56.
Thanks for your efforts as well as to the vendors and public who will
send a sizable contribution check over $1500 to the American Legion's
National Commanders project Operation Comfort Warriors.
appreciation goes to John Severtson with the Beyond the Yellow
Ribbon group and Dave Olson from Post 56 whose efforts went
into planning and organizing the event. Gratitude also goes to
State Commander Don Pankake whose presence was appreciated.
Severtson promotes the upcoming Operation Comfort Warriors Flea Market
scheduled at American Legion Post 56 on February 22 & 23. The
flea market will be sponsored by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
group and Post 56.
Russ Anderson of Albert Lea gifts
two framed vintage U.S. Navy Recruiting posters
to American Legion Post 56 Commander Roger
Framed posters were accepted by Post 56 Commander Roger Bakken and will
be displayed at the American Legion Post 56 Hall Event Center.
Commander Roger Bakken accepts the framed posters from Russ Anderson.
Pictured are the two framed posters, and a picture of a typical World
War II B-26 Martin Marauder medium bomber in which Russ Anderson served
as Crew Chief, Flight Engineer and Mechanic while in the U.S. Army Air
Visit Post 56 Hall Event Center and learn
more about Russ Anderson's gift
Title poster No.1 “1st
to set foot in Europe”
Title poster No.2 “Navy Pay
Raised-Bonus for former Navy Men”-Apply Navy Recruiting Station. Good
Pay-Valuable Experience, Interesting Duty.
Both posters were first given
to Russ Anderson’s son, Scott, by the locale Navy Recruiting Office when
Scott enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1974.
Scott Anderson gave the
posters to his dad, Russ, and Russ has had the unframed posters
displayed on his basement wall until now.
The framed posters are now
displayed in the Hall Event Center of American Legion Post 56.
Russ Anderson has been a
member of local American Legion Post 56 for 67 years, joining the
American Legion after his discharge from the U.S. Army Air Forces in
Russ Anderson enlisted in the
U.S. Army Air Forces in October of 1942 and spent much of his military
service time in a Training Squadron as Crew Chief, Flight Engineer and
Mechanic with the B-26 Martin Marauder medium bomber.
The B-26 Martin Marauder was a
World War II twin-engine medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin
Company. First used in the Pacific Theater in 1942, it was also used in
the Mediterranean and in Western Europe.
Memorial Day Parade