Established in 1946

Temporary Charter Granted February 25, 1946

Permanent Charter granted August 02, 1946

Incorporated 1997

A number of years ago, Post records were discarded. Post history beyond approximately 1986 is lost.   Post 280 is attempting to establish the historical record of the Post including previous Post Commanders.   If you have any information that may help (particularly names, dates or events) please forward them to the Post Adjutant at

Past Commanders

Jay Krail (2023-

Scott Richey (2021-2023)

Vacated (2020-2021)

Wayne J. Sarapata (2009-2020 )

Richard G. Tipton (2005-2009)

Robert J. Crockett (2003-2005)

George R. Kloc (2002-2003)

Tim Barber (2001-2002)

Christopher Jones (1995-2001)

Joseph H. Evans (Feb 1995-Jun 1995)

Paul Newman (Jun 1994-Feb 1995)

Joseph H. Evans (1991-1994)

Wayne Latham ( Unknown- 1991)

RJ Beacham (1968 - 1985) 

Webster Litchfield Walker (1st or 2nd Commander)

Elliott H. Waterfield (1st or 2nd Commander)


Herbert Jennings

Charles R. Pinner

James M. Old

William R Murden Jr

Webster Litchfield Walker

Carl R. Sharp

Stanley B.Powell

Elliott H. Waterfield

Edward F. Unser

Harold L. Carson

William B. Kidd

Alva Olsen Benson

Richard B. Cooke

Clark A. Nichols

James R. Harris

William B. Swain

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Post Decorum

No matter when you visit, you can always expect decorum from our members!

Patriotism Reigns

Our Post prides itself in observing flag etiquette, patriotic honors, and respect to the Chain of Command.

Original Post Charter

Our temporary post charter hangs with pride in the Social Quarters.

Prisoner of War - Missing in Action

The following is copied from the Officers Guide and Manual of Ceremonies and is a "suggested" service to be used at American Legion meetings, banquets, luncheons, or memorial gatherings in conjunction with the POW/MIA flag draped over an empty chair.

Those who have served, and those currently serving in the uniformed services of the United States, are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and imprisonment.

Before we begin our activities, we pause to recognize our POWs and MIAs.

We call your attention to this small table which occupies a place of dignity and honor. It is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks.  They are referred to as POWs and MIAs.

We call them comrades.  They are unable to be with their loved ones and families, so we join together to pay humble tribute to them, and to bear witness to their continued absence.

The table is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors.

The tablecloth is white symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their Country's call to arms.

The single rose in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America.  This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep family, while awaiting their return.

The red ribbon on the vase represents the red ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand, with unyielding determination, a proper account of our comrades who are not among us.

A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.

The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.

The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us at this time.

The chair is empty.  They are not here.

The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to open arms of a grateful nation.

The American flag reminds us that many of them may never return and have paid the supreme sacrifice to insure our freedom.

Let us pray to the Supreme Commander that all of our comrades will soon be back in our ranks. Let us remember - and never forget their sacrifice.