Welcome to the internet home of the Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 of Fargo, North Dakota. Here, you will find all the latest information on the happenings of Post 2 located in historic downtown Fargo. The post is alive and well and contributing to the community!
Department Auxiliary President Homecoming Banquet
Congratulations to Mavis Goodroad, North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Department President, on a wonderful Homecoming Banquet! American Legion Post 2, her "Home Post", is proud of Mavis and her dedication to the American Legion, and wishes her nothing but the best in all she hopes to accomplish during the 2017-2018 membership year!
Brad Aune Recognized at the October Post Meeting
On October 3rd at the regular Post Meeting for Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2, fellow Legionnaire Brad Aune was honored and recognized for his many awards that he has received for helping and aiding veterans over the years! We had the pleasure of hearing from some of the veterans he has helped over the years during the presentation and enjoyed remarks by Brad himself.
Congratulations to Brad for his hard work and his accomplishments. You make Post 2 proud!
Hurricane Damaged Post Carries On
Flooding in Irma's aftermath won't stop Post 11 in Arcadia, Fla., from helping the community. CLICK HERE to read more on what this Post is doing, even despite the damage to their Post home.
Amid Hurricanes' Wrath, Patriotism Emerges
The National Guard and the American Legion continue efforts to aid Texas hurricane victims as Irma bears down on Florida. CLICK HERE to read more.
Hurricane Harvey: How to Help
Since Hurricane Harvey hit the gulf coast of Texas, many of you have asked how you can support Legionnaires and their families who have lost their homes to this devastating storm. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help.
Brad Aune Presented Award at National Convention
Post 2 Past Commander Brad Aune was awarded the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist of the Year Award on Wednesday, August 23rd, at the 99th American Legion National Convention in Reno, NV. We're incredibly proud to call Brad a members of American Legion Post 2!
The 164th Infantry Regiment World War II Memorial Rededicated on Flag Day
American Legion Post 2 performed a rededication ceremony for the 164th Infantry Regiment World War II Memorial on Flag Day at Lindenwood Park. Post 2 Commander, Christopher Hanson of Fargo officiated over the ceremony. The event featured remarks by Dave Piepkorn (Fargo City Commissioner), Sylvan Melroe (Memorial Relocation Lead), Joel Vettel (Fargo Parks Director), and Vern Fetch (President of the 164th Infantry Association). Speeches were followed by a rededication of the monument and honors to all 164th Infantry Soldiers who have passed over the years.
The 164th Infantry Monument was originally erected on the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 5th Street in Fargo on a plot provided by Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2, in front of their building in downtown Fargo. The granite monument recognized 216 men who were called to active duty in 1941. The men were assigned to Bravo Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 164th Infantry Regiment, North Dakota National Guard. During over four and a half years of activation, these Soldiers proved that on the fields of international conflict, a citizen Soldier could excel and could meet the best the enemy had to offer and could prevail. They served North Dakota and the United States with distinction and honor. And they provided North Dakota and its military with an unequaled record of accomplishment.
The 164th Infantry Regiment was an outstanding military organization that accumulated over 600 days of jungle combat in numerous locations and battles, most notably Guadalcanal in October of 1942. Among their many decorations were five Distinguished Service Crosses and a Navy Cross. They suffered an astounding 50% casualty rate including 325 who did not return.
The monument was originally dedicated by Major General Alexander P. McDonald, the North Dakota Adjutant General at that time, on October 24th of 1987. The monument served as a reminder to the community of the young men who assembled in North Dakota on a cold February of 1941 and set off to serve in World War II.
After nearly 30 years calling the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 5th Street its home, a decision to move the monument was made. Post 2 had sold their downtown building and was in the process of moving to their new home. The choice was made to seek out a new appropriate home where all could continue to view and admire this beautiful monument. Under the supervision of Adjutant Sylvan Melroe and with the cooperation of Fargo Parks, arrangements were made and agreed upon to move the monument to Lindenwood Park. And through generous donations by L. Gnoinsky Concrete/Construction, Inc. Aggregate Industries of Fargo-Moorhead, and Dakota Moument Company with cooperation and coordination with the Fargo Park District, the monument was removed from downtown, given a good cleaning, and placed at Lindenwood Park in early November of 2016.
Installation of Officers
American Legion Post 2 nstalled their 2017-2018 officers during their regular Post Meeting this past Tuesday, June 6th at the Hector Business Park. District 1 Commander, Larry Reed of West Fargo officiated over the ceremony.
The incoming officers for Post 2 include: Commander- Sylvan Melroe, First Vice Commander- Larry Lein, Second Vice Commander- David Johnston, Adjutant- Christopher Hanson, Finance Officer- Tommy Tolman, Sergeant at Arms- Jeff Hett, Assistant Sergeant at Arms- James Torkildson, Historian- John Chatelain, and Chaplain- Wayne Wermager. Executive Committee members are: Brad Aune, Hank Deyle, Lynn Forde, Michele Olson, and Ron Matthews.
The newly installed officers will begin their terms on July 1st.
Almost Sunrise Documentary
Please take some time to learn about the Almost Sunrise Documentary.
Legion Reaffirms Position for a Stong America
National Commander Denise H. Rohan and Legion leadership meet in Indianapolis to vote on resolutions, receive donations and promote Family First! initiatives. CLICK HERE to read more!
Are You a Past Post 2 Baseball Player?
If you are a past Post 2 Baseball player, please let us know! Post 2 Baseball would like to put together a list of Legion members who have played Post 2 baseball into an "alumni list"!
CLICK HERE to E-mail Adjutant Hanson to submit your name as a Post 2 baseball alum!
District 1 Leadership for Membership Year 2018
Post 2 is proud that two of their members are serving as leadership for District 1! Michele Olson is serving is District 1 Commander while Christopher Hanson is serving as District 1 Vice Commander!
From the National Commander
CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander Denise H. Rohan.
From a 'Miracle' to a Sad Tragedy
One of the stars of the Team USA ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey movie, who later joined the Army and became a Green Beret, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. CLICK HERE to read more about this heartbreaking story.
Texas Posts Serving as Donation Centers and Shelters
CLICK HERE to read about how Texas American Legion Posts are providing relief and aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Department of Texas Commander encourages financial contributions be donated to the Legion's National Emergency Fund.
American Legion Elects First Female National Commander
Denise Rohan, the first woman elected American Legion national commander, asks Legion family members to continue their service to the nation, its veterans and military. CLICK HERE to read more.
The GI Bill: Now and Then
A lot has changed with the GI Bill since it began many years ago. CLCIK HERE to read about some connections made between the original measure and today’s post-9/11 veterans benefits packages.
Location Change for Post Meetings
All Post Meetings will take place at the Hector Airport Business Park (the old Hector Terminal located at 1801 23rd Avenue North, Fargo) unless otherwise advertised. Going forward, this site will be the permanent meeting space for American Legion Post 2.
Meetings and events had been occurring at the Fargo Air Museum for the past several months, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the location for events and meetings has officially changed back to the Hector Airport Business Park.
Who Will Fill Our Shoes?
American Legion national commanders asks members of the NEC who is going to carry the organization into the next century. CLICK HERE to read on.
America's Military is Losing Its Technology Edge
The global war on terrorism and reduced defense spending have taken their toll, even as rival nations are modernizing their forces. CLICK HERE to read on.
VALOR at NDSU
VALOR (Veteran Alliance Organization) was created to improve the campus climate for military and veteran students at North Dakota State University. The concept is to create a network of ADVOCATES made up of staff, faculty, and administrators at NDSU who are identified to our veteran students as people that they can go to for guidance and direction.
VALOR materials and training opportunities provide:
VALOR is sponsored by American Legion Post 400 and an Advisory Board that provides guidance and oversight.
Questions on the program can be directed to Adjutant Christopher Hanson or Past Commander Brad Aune, both who are Advisory Board members of VALOR.
Why Join the Legion?
Looking for good reasons to join or convince someone to join the American Legion? Wondering if it would be worth it to start up again after letting your membership lapse? CLICK HERE to read more about why you should join us in our mission and cause!