Past Commanders of Post 2

1919 Leigh J. Monson
1920 John P. Conmy
1921 Julius Baker
1922 Harry Carpenter
1923 Frank Darrow
1924 Emery Gestie
1925 Elmer Flaten
1926 Seth Richardson
1927 William Stern
1928 Eddie Krau
1929 C T Hoverson
1930 Steve Gorman
1931 Lynn Stambaugh
1932 Walt Christianson
1933 Claire Brickner
1934 Floyd Lavelle
1935 Russ Burfening
1936 Frank Talcott
1937 Walt Johnson
1938 Andy Quam
1939 Earl Shaw
1940 Herb Franek
1941 Dave Brann
1941 Arthur Ulness
1942 Fred Knautz
1943 A I Johnson
1944 Clarence Olson
1945 Floyd Collar
1946 George Soule
1947 Jack Weed
1948 C Warner Litten
1949 Adrian O McClellan

1950 George Zalusky
1951 Leonard Van Horne
1952 George S Probsfield

2023 Dave Johnston    

1953 Andrew Lantz
1954 Alpha J Montplaisir
1955 JohnJ Probosk
1956 Donald Kuehn
1956 Vern Lang
1957 Matthew McGahon
1958 John D West
1959 Joseph Parmer
1960 James Brodigan
1961 John J O'Connor
1962 Thomas Noonan
1963 Duane Muntre
1964 Leroy Smith
1965 Myron Hovden
1966 William Schilling
1967 Mike Mitzel
1968 Harry Moore
1969 Gary Wentz
1970 Robert Stone
1971 Robert Smith
1972 Orlyen Stensgard
1973 Frank Suppa
1974 Marcus McDonald
1975 Robert Long
1976 Burton Maxwell
1977 Curt Nelson
1978 Howard Erickson
1979 Henry Deyle

1980 Harold Christensen
1981 Peter Bilstad
1982 E Duane Lee
1983 Robert Lechner
1984 James Kapitan
1985 James Tweeter

2024 Michelle-Olson-Grindahl

1986 Donald Rapske
1987 James Mclaughlin
1988 Gerald Halvorson
1989 Edward Murphy
1990 Carl C Anderson
1991 Edwin McLaughlin
1992 Marlyn Wegge
1993 Kenneth Nellermoe
1994 Thomas Miller
1995 Mitch Olson
1996 Larry Lein
1997 Wallace Lueck
1998 Donald Schwinden
1999 Kathleen Buccholz
2000 Alex P MacDonald
2001 Raphael M. Hoff
2002 Linda Whaley
2003 David Lee
2004 Cathy Keogh
2005 Wayne Wermager
2006 Dave Rice
2007 Keith Kerbaugh
2008 Ron Matthews
2009 Dave Johnston
2010 Robert Jacobson
2011 Linda Whaley

2012 Cathy Keogh

2013 Brad Aune

2014 Brad Aune

2015 Michele Olson

2016 Christopher Hanson

2017 Christopher Hanson

2018 Sylvan Melroe

2019 Sylvan Melroe

2020 Larry Lein

2021  Larry Lein

2022 Cathy Keogh


From the National Commander


CLICK HERE to read the latest communication from our National Commander, Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola.

Post Meetings


All Post Meetings taking place on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the VFW (202 Broadway North) in downtown Fargo.
We hope to see you there!

Quilt of Valor


Congratulations to Post 2 member Dennis Schwind as he received a quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  The quilt was presented to him on Monday, August 15th at the West Fargo VFW.
Dennis was honored for his service in the Army which took him to Ft. Lewis, WA, Ft. Bragg, NC, and Vietnam.
Also in attendance was his son, Eddie Schwind, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Schwind, and friend, Christopher Hanson, all longtime Post 2 members.
Congratulations to Dennis!

Report: GI Bill Pilot Program Protects Against Risky Schools


A six-state pilot program to evaluate risk among schools that accept GI Bill education beneficiaries has “demonstrated that the bipartisan action taken to protect students and taxpayers can and does work,” according to a new report from EducationCounsel, LLC, the National Association of State Approving Agencies and The American Legion.


CLICK HERE to read more.

Thank You!


Thanks to Chris Deery of the Cass County Veterans Services Office for stopping in at our February Post Meeting to bring us up to date on the latest and greatest in veterans benefits!



Thanks to District 1 Commander Dennis Kubischta for visiting with us at our December Post Meeting on December 7th!

Guest Speakers and Special Guests at the November Post Meeting


Thanks to Department Commander Steve Anderson for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us at our November Post Meeting!


Thanks also to our guest speakers who shared their time with us at our November Post Meeting!  Diana Hall (above), the Homeless Program Manager for the VA's Community Resource and Referral Center and Jennifer Lieder (below), the Cemetery Manager for the Fargo National Cemetery shared a lot of great information with us tonight!


A Salute to Our Afghanistan Veterans
CLICK HERE to read a special salute to our Afghanistan veterans by National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford.
Memorial Service at Lindenwood Park
During Navy Week, which took place July 19-25, the Commanding Officer of the USS North Dakota, Cmdr. Robert Edmonson III, along with his wife, Melissa, and the Chief and two enlisted Sailors from the submarine crew participated in a memorial service at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. The Post 2 Color Guard also participated as they conducted honors along with taps.
The Chaplain from Navy Operational Support Center Fargo provided the prayer.
It was an honor for the Navy & Post 2 to provide these honors.
Memorial Service at Fargo National Cemetery
It was an honor to have Cmdr. Robert Edmonson III, Commander of the USS North Dakota, along with Navy personnel from the USS North Dakota and Navy Operational Support Center Fargo as a part of a Memorial Service at the Fargo National Cemetery last month.
Military Honors were conducted by the Fargo Memorial Honor Guard on a beautiful summer day.
Several members from Post 2 are also members of the Fargo Memorial Honor Guard.

How to Help Afghan Allies


The American Legion is in search of veterans looking to help resettled Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and refugees.  Many of these Afghans assisted American forces in Afghanistan as interpreters during the Global War on Terrorism.


For more information, please CLICK HERE.

100 Miles for Hope


CLICK HERE to read a message from National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford regarding the 100 Miles for Hope.

More Ways to Help Disabled Veterans, Families in Need


The American Legion has expanded the ways in which participants in the second annual 100 Miles for Hope can support disabled veterans and military families in need.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

American Legion Posts 'Saving Lives' Through Vaccine Efforts


American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 in Jamestown, NY already had a strong relationship with the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) prior to the coronavirus pandemic.  But both entities recently expanded that relationship in an effort to get as many COVID-19 vaccines out to area veterans.


CLICK HERE to read more!

Thank You!


Thank you to District 1 Commander Ben Bush of Harwood for stopping by our Post Meeting in March!  We appreciate your time and are glad to have you as our leader of our area district!

100 Miles for Hope


Be a part of the 2021 100 Miles for Hope to raise funds and awareness for the American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation (V&CF).  CLICK HERE to learn more about how you can participate!

What to know about the virtual Washington Conference


This year’s American Legion Washington Conference will be virtual, due to safety concerns regarding the ongoing pandemic.  However, the conference, which is from March 1 to 4, has a packed agenda and technology allows Legionnaires to participate from wherever they may be.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the conference.

From the National Commander


CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford.

What Veterans Need to Know About Getting the Vaccine from the VA


As an influx of veterans are seeking the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, many want clarity on when and where they will be able to get their vaccines.  CLICK HERE to read more.

‘We Must End This Uncivil War,’ President Biden Says


Just before noon on January 20th, Joe Biden took the oath of office of as the 46th President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States.  CLICK HERE to read more.

American Legion Condemns Violence in U.S. Capitol


American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford unequivocally condemned the attacks on the U.S. Capitol.  CLICK HERE to read more.

COVID-19 Vaccines


The VA is working hard to get COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as quickly and safely as possible.  CLICK HERE to sign up and help them understand your interest in getting a vaccine when one is available to you.  They’ll send you updates on how they’re providing vaccines across the country - and when you can get your vaccine if you want one.

Suicide Prevention for Veterans and Military Service Members Information


Suicide is a very serious subject with our veterans and our currently serving service members. Please take some time to learn how to recognize when veterans are in distress and how to react and help if they are in trouble.
Here are some helpful web links to help you learn more:
The Veterans Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours a day to those who are in need of help. Dial 800-273-8255, then select 1.
For more information, please contact Fargo VA Suicide Prevention Education and Outreach Specialist Nicole Veselka, BSN, RN at (701) 239-3700, ext. 3370.

HeartSprings Community Healing Center


Thank you to Jan Nelson for stopping in at our Post Meeting to talk about the programs and classes offered at HeartSprings Community Healing Center!  CLICK HERE to learn more about them and the services that they offer.

Veteran e-Notifications!


Want to be notified of the latest veterans news and events in Cass County?  Then sign up for eNotifications!  CLICK HERE and enter your contact information to receive these handy notifications!

Thank You to Our Color Guard


Thank you to our outstanding Post 2 Color Guard for all that they do in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area. From posting colors are local patriotic and sports events to providing military rites and final honors at funerals, this group of dedicated individuals perform their duties diligently regardless of the day or weather conditions.



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:

  • An understanding of military culture.
  • An understanding of potential issues student veterans face.
  • An awareness of the resources available to student veterans on and off our campus.


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!

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