A group of local World War II veterans combined their efforts to form an Americsan Legion Post in Whitestown. A temporary charter was granted May 10, 1946. The decision to organize an American Legion Post resulted from the conclusion of these Veterans that the American Legion was the representative Veterans' organization in this country. That conclusion has been proven true as today the American Legion is the largest wartime Veterans' organization with nearly 15,000 local Posts throughout America and over 3 million members who care about America, Veterans, their families and our nation's youth.
A committee was formed to name the Post and Mr. Fred Carey, a prominent realtor and auctioneer from Whitestown, submitted the name of Donald E. Pipes for the Post name. (The nephew of Donald is presently a member of the Post SAL). At that time all of the Whitestown's servicemen and women who died in the service of our country, as a mark of respect, were honored. A tradition which has continued to this day.
The first Commander of Post 410 was Eugene Essex. Other charter members were:
Everett Allen, Howard Allen, Lester Allen, Woodrow Allen, Damon Byrkett, Oliver Byrkett, Russell Byrkett, Calvin Creasy, Vaughn Copenhaver, Lloyd Enoch, William Engledow, Ray Frye, Robert Frye, Donald Hamm, Robert Hamilton, Wilmer Copenhaver, Ivan Harmon, Ralph Isenhour, Claudius Shaw, Warren Klingler, Wendell Linville, Howard MIller, Clyde Neese, Loren Pipes, Marvin Reynolds, Kenneth Shirley, Donald Sortor Sr., Ora Sortor, Marvin Stantz, Ray Staton, Robert Wilson, John Whitmore.
Meetings were held each Friday night at Laughner Hall. Dues were $3.50 per week. In late 1946, Post 410 purchased a building for $2,800.00 located at 80 Railroad Street. (Now with enterance facing north it is Linville Avenue.) Meetings were held upstairs. The first floor was leased for a restaurant called the "Legion Cafe".
Donald Eugene Pipes was born June 19, 1923, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pipes, Whitestown. Donald attended Whitestown Schools and graduation in 1941. Donald was inducted into service with the 431st Bomb Squadron, 7th Army Air corps, and was assigned to a B-24 Bomber as a tail-gunner. Donald flew many missions from his base on the Marshall Islands. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. There were many conflicting stories surrounding Donald's death. One that is accepted is after leaving their target on Turk Island on July 28th 1944, the plane was severly damaged in an encounter with enemy aircraft, exploded and crashed in flames 12 miles northeast of Turk Island. The week of November 10th, 1945, a news flash told of finding 24 American Airmen on the Marshall Islands, believed to be of the 7th Air Corps, all suffering from malnutrition and amnesia with no identification. Mrs Pipes (Donald's Mother), sent a letter to the Adjunt General seeking permission to visit the men and possibley identify Donald. The request was denied by the U. S. Government. His official statement of death was not made until December 1949.
A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 410 was formed on November 30,1948. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always supporting Veterans and are anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
A Sons of the Legion for American Legion Post 410 was formed on _______. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Whitestown community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. An important tradition was established when the Post led in the memorial exercises at 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts.
Registration Of Graves
Since it's inception American Legion Post 410 has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in Boone County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. American Legion Post 410, Each year, active members of the Legion and SAL place a flag on each Veteran's grave.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American LegionPost 410, the Auxilliary, and SAL, sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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