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Richland County Council

Richland County Council Officers at their first meeting of the new year 2016 Glenn Mack, Finance Officer (Post 326); Don Kaufman, 2nd Vice (Post 16); Dick Kuhn, Commander (Post 535); Clarence Hargo, Chaplain (Post 676); Bill Holzworth, Adjutant (Post 16); Ken Huston, Sergeant at Arms (Post 503) - fellow Posts please support your County Council.


Service Officer Sam Piper, Post Commander Larry Webb, and Trustee Al Beyer of the Irvin Hiskey Post 535 attend the American Legion Mid-Winter Conference in Columbus.

Post 535 Recognition

Recognizing American Legion O'Brien Post #326 Officers Lee Stober, Sergeant at Arms; John B. Terry, 1st Vice; Donald H. Betts, Post Commander; Glenn Mack, Judge Advocate doing their best for our veterans and members.

Post Renovation

Post 535 Trustee and Building Committee Chairman Al Beyer show Barbara Britton, Auxiliary Unit 535 Chaplain and National Security Chairman the plans for the renovation and addition to the Legion Post.

Bowling for Yanks

Marine Veterans Terry Grimmett, Post 535 Adjutant, and Chaplain Howard Grimmett participate in the Post 535 fundraiser "Bowling for Gifts for Yanks."

Post 535 Gifts for Yanks

Post 535 Gifts for Yanks Chairman Holly Helmick Sprowl Auxiliary Unit 535 member coordinated the Gifts for Yanks Fundraiser which included 13 teams, over 70 participants of Legion Veterans, Sons, Auxiliary, and Juniors. Team Ron's Bombers won and Goobers Gutters came in last place with everyone having a great time raising funds for Gifts for Yanks!

Post 234 Volley

Post 234 Honor Guard members fire a rifle volley during a Flag Pole Dedication Ceremony at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #15 in Brunswick, Ohio. Post 234 uses this lodge for monthly Post meetings and many other community events.


Navy Veteran Bill Smith of O'Brien Post 326 in Shelby, addresses classes at Shelby High School during Veterans Day ceremonies. On this day, Bill was awarded his high school diploma from Principal John Gies through the Ohio Revised Code 3313.616. Bill has been active for years with Post 326 of Shelby in the Color Guard with parades and many, many, football games. The Post applauds Bill and wife Chris on receiving his diploma and "Still Serving America" through our American Legion!

Post 354 Continuous

Five members from Edward Grine Post 354 have 70 years of continuous membership. Pictured are (front): Carl Theis, (L-R rear) Ralph Weinandy, Mark Metzger, Gerald Bouillon, and Harold Ulman.

Post 535 Christmas

Navy Veteran R. Paul Brown, 1st Vice Commander, Legion Post 535 and wife, Charlotte Brown, Auxiliary Unit 535 Americanism Chairman, celebrate Legion Christmas Eve activity with other Veterans, members, family and friends.

Veteran's Day program

15 members of Edward Grine Post 354 attended the November 11th Veteran's Day program at New Riegel High School.

Post 354 prize winners

Five member's children of Edward Grine Post 354 received $25.00 cash in a random drawing at the December 13th Christmas party. Pictured with the children is Children and Youth Chairman Herman Kimmet.

Burial Squad

Members from Mansfield Post 16 and Shelby Post 326 serve in the Richland County Burial Squad which has provided military honors at over 4,000 funerals since the late 1950's. The Detail covers Richland, Crawford and Ashland counties. Pictured (L-R) are: D.J. Bennett, Bob Payne, Fred Falls, Don Jeffrey, Ed Schumacher, Jim McCormick, Regis Pacek, Harold Bricker, Bill Leding, Bob Shoaf, (John McNutt).

Winter Conference

All Posts of Fighting Fifth District came together for their annual Winter Conference hosted by New Washington Post 405. Presided by Fifth District officers Jim Ludban, 5th District Commander (Post 260); Darell Bishop, Judge Advocate (Post 12); Don Jeffrey, Assistant Sgt at Arms (Post 16); Molly Doss, 1st Vice Commander (Post 547); Bruce Phipps, Finance Officer (Post 503); Doug Taylor, Past Commander (Post 118); Mike Nye, Adjutant (Post 354); Lenny White, Chaplain (Post 12). Missing from photo Dave Doster, 2nd Vice Commander (Post 733); Rod Millington Sgt at Arms (Post 181).

Applebees appreciation

Post 234 Second Vice Commander Wally Knowles presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Applebee's Manager Robin Calo in appreciation for the Brunswick Applebee's restaurants participation in a 2015 fund raising events. The fundraiser was a success for both the Post and Applebees and has been scheduled again in 2016.

Post 234 A and G

Post 234 Commander Bob Prevost presents a Certificate of Recognition to a Brunswick High School Student for her achievement in the Department of Ohio Americanism and Government Test Program. Several other Brunswick High School Students were also awarded certificates.

Post 234 Flag

Post 234 member Jerry Lemons presents a certificate of appreciation and an American Flag center piece to a fellow veteran during a Veterans Day Celebration at the Pearl View Nursing Home in Brunswick, Ohio.

Honor Guard

Post 234 Honor Guard Members Ralph Johnson (Background) and David Hayes preparing to Present the Colors during a Veteran's Day Celebration at the Willow Wick Nursing Home in Brunswick, Ohio.

Post 234 Honor Guard

Post 234 Honor Guard stands ready at the National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. Post 234 Honor Guard participates in a final tribute to veterans being interred at the National Cemetery once approximately every seven weeks. The activities of the Honor Guard are scheduled by Post 234 member Dave Hayes. Dave also maintains and stores the ceremonial rifles used by the Honor Guard.

Post 234 Christmas

Post 234 member Art Klopfenstien (our most senior, senior citizen at age 88) and WWII and Korean War Veteran presents another WWII veteran with a Christmas Gift and a holiday handshake at the Willow Wick Nursing Home in Brunswick, Ohio.


Post 234 Life Member Bobby Johnson and Santa Claus (Wally Knowles 2nd Vice) share a holiday greeting and handshake with one of the veterans living at the Plum Creek Assisted Living Facility in Brunswick Ohio. Besides being a life member Bobby Johnson has also been a Post 234 member for over 60 years.

Post 234 Veterans Day

Post 234 Honor Guard Members Ralph Johnson (Background) David Hayes (Center) and Tom Bizzi prepare to retrieve the Colors as Applewood Elementary School get a close up view at the end of the Veterans Day Celebration.

Veteran's Day Celebration

Post 234 Commander Bob Prevost, and Post 234 member Dave Hayes, along with Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi, prepare to address a group of dignitaries at the City of Brunswick Veterans Day Celebration.

Veteran's Day school visit

Post 234 members salute the colors during a Veterans Day Celebration at Towslee Elementary School in Brunswick. The Towslee students, faculty and administration devote considerable time to their annual Veteran's Day program. Post 234 is a proud participant.

At the Kidder School

Post 234 Commander Bob Prevost (left) and Post member Pat Finn pose with a family who has recently moved from Lebanon to the United States. Photo was taken during the Veterans Day Celebration at Kidder Elementary School. Kidder is another of Brunswick's Elementary Schools that goes "all out" to honor our veterans.

Veteran's Day Breakfast

Post 234 members make the annual trip to Lodi to share a Veterans Day breakfast.