Eureka American Legion O'Brien Post 177
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History of O'Brien Post 177 of the American Legion

O’Brien Post 177 received its Charter on October 27th, 1919. It is one of the oldest organizations in the community and in the American Legion. The American Legion was formed in July, 1919.

The Charter Members of the Post were Harold M. Clark, Sanford E. Rock, John Grotha, Orris J. Wright, Clarence P. Chartrand, Walter Wehrle, Guy E. Johnson, Orbit S. Peppers, Gerald L. Brundage, I. Delmain, George Payne, Zona V. Boland, Arley E. Brundage, Elbert Delmain, Clarence Wehrle, and Victor E. Mottert.

The name of the Post was selected to honor the memory of the late Marine Corporal Leo P. O’Brien, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O’Brien. Corporal O’Brien was born February 28, 1893 at Burnsville, Missouri. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 1, 1917 in St. Louis and received his recruit training at the Marine Base, Parris Island, SC. He sailed for France with the Third Replacement Battalion aboard the USS Von Stuben on February 5, 1918, and was promoted to the rank of Corporal two days later.

Corporal O’Brien participated in action against the enemy in June, 1918, in the Chateau Thierry Sector. He was killed in action by gas on July 31, 1918, while fighting in the Soissons Sector with Company F, 5th Marine Regiment. His medals and decorations include: Victory medal with Aisme-Marne Battle Clasp, Defensive Sector Clasp with two Bronze Stars, and the French Fourragere. He was buried in the American Cemetery at Ploisy, France, disinterred in May, 1921, and is now buried in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis County, Missouri.

In the early stages of the organization, meetings were held in a variety of locations; in homes, Justice of the Peace Court, Town Pool Hall, Eureka High School, Times Beach Community House, Post Home on Old Highway 66, and the old Powder Magazine in a field west of Eureka. In March 1955, 11.47 acres was purchased from Ed Sutter located on Bald Hill Road where construction of a new Post Home was begun on October 22, 1956. Completion and dedication was in April, 1957. Members put in long hours finishing the building, installing a flag pole, and building the parking lot. Due to their inability to maintain the property, this building and property was sold to the City of Eureka on June 12, 1984, which now serves the community as the Eureka Community Center.

In 1948, the Post started an annual carnival to raise funds for community activities. Today this activity is known as Eureka Days and has come to be a very popular event annually.

Membership has fluctuated over the years from a high of 216 in 1972 to a low in recent times of 101 in 1988. Today, for the year 2010 our current membership is 128.

 

PAST COMMANDERS
*Walter Wehrle
*Zona V. Boland
*Lew Brouster
*Phillip Boland
*Fred C. Hagemeister, Sr.
*Dr. J. B. Wood
*Sanford E. Rock
*Kenneth Hamilton
*Kenneth Hamilton
*Joe C. Manetzke, Sr.
*Joe C. Manetzke, Sr.
*Victor Mottert
*Andrew Votaw
*Irvin Wehrle
*Irvin Wehrle
*Henry Boemler
*Victor Mottert
*Arthur R. Brock
*Ray Kidd
*Ray Kidd
*Frank H. Seaton
*Louis Heithouse
*Walter Wehrle
*Joe C. Manetzke
*Joe B. Felkel
*Joe B. Felkel
*Joe B. Felkel
*Joe B. Felkel
*Joe B. Felkel
*Woodrow Gudermuth
*Woodrow Gudermuth
*Clarence F. Kouns
*Clarence F. Kouns
*John E. Davis
*Keith W. Gorman
*Gene Monahan
*Urban J. T. Rock
*Joseph H. Davis
*Ralph C. Butler
*Ralph C. Butler
*Otis G. Pemberton
*Otis G. Pemberton
Charles Gudermuth
*Samuel Brafford, Jr.
*Samuel Brafford, Jr.
George D. Weber &
*H. D. McFarland
*Anthony K. Shepherd
*Henry B. East
*Otis G. Pemberton

1919
1920
1920-21
1921-22
1922-23
1923-24
1924-25
1925-26
1926-27
1927-28
1928-29
1929-30
1930-31
1931-32
1932-33
1933-34
1934-35
1935-36
1936-37
1937-38
1938-39
1939-40
1940-41
1941-42
1942-43
1943-44
1944-45
1945-46
1946-47
1947-48
1948-49
1949-50
1950-51
1951-52
1952-53
1953-54
1954-55
1955-56
1956-57
1957-58
1958-59
1959-60
1960-61
1961-62
1962-63

1963-64
1964-65
1965-66
1966-67

*Keith W. Gorman
*Keith W. Gorman
*Anthony K. Shepherd
*Keith W. Gorman
*John R. Dooley
*John R. Dooley
Larry D. Waters
*Keith W. Gorman
*Keith W. Gorman
*Urban J. T. Rock
*Urban J. T. Rock
*Gwynne Shields
*James A. Krekel
*Anthony K. Shepherd
*James A. Krekel
*Anthony K. Shepherd
*Anthony K. Shepherd
*Anthony K. Shepherd
David W. Jeffries
*Anthony K. Shepherd
*Anthony K. Shepherd
*David J. Bartley
*David J. Bartley
David W. Jeffries
David W. Jeffries
David W. Jeffries
Kenneth O. Allison, Sr.
David F. Jennemann, Jr.
David F. Jennemann, Jr.
Wesley A. Becker
Timothy R. Hodge
Timothy R. Hodge
Gregg P. Kitson
Gregg P. Kitson
Kenneth O. Allison, Sr.
Kenneth O. Allison, Sr.
Kenneth O. Allison, Sr.
Gregg P. Kitson
Gregg P. Kitson
Martin E. O'Fallon
Martin E. O'Fallon
Martin E. O'Fallon
Kenneth O. Allison, Sr.
James W. Birch III
James W. Birch III
William D. Schulte
Mark Schmiedeskamp
Mark Schmiedeskamp
1967-68
1968-69
1969-70
1970-71
1971-72
1972-73
1973-74
1974-75
1975-76
1976-77
1977-78
1978-79
1979-80
1980-81
1981-82
1982-83
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87
1987-88
1988-89
1989-90
1990-91
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-14
2014-15
2015-16
*Deceased      

 

Charter Members



Zona V. Boland

Arley E. Brundege

Gerald L. Brundege

Clarence T. Chartrand

Harold M. Clark

Elbert Delmain

Ivan Delmain

John J. Grotha



Guy E. Johnson

Victor E. Mottert

Orbit S. Peppers

George Payne

Sanford E. Rock

Clarence Wehrle

Walter Wehrle

Orris I. Wright
       

 

Honorary Life Members

Stanley E. Wallach

David W. Jeffries

Wesley A. Becker

Kenneth O. Allison, Sr.

Harold E. Lowe

Gregg P. Kitson

Joseph L. Olson

 


Continuous Years Members

60 years

George Boots Weber

Stan Wallach

William Brown

Emil Wallach

Bud Lowe

50 years

Al Wallach

Charles Gudermuth

Kenneth Rhoads

Ray Wallach

John Pemberton

Wayne Pemberton


40 years

Jerry Cierpiot

David Jeffries

Robert Buder

William Moder

Merrill Schmeidewind

Harold Jeffries

Gerald Thomas


30 years

Dennis Cronin

Francis Oberkramer

Chris Weber

Michael Jeffries

Leo Lazarz

Harold Goodman

Donald Ford


20 Years

Frank Ruffino

Irvin Joy Drewel

Robert Higgins

Wesley Becker

Sam Romano

Morris Roberts

Ken Allison

Thomas Bauman

Robert Devine

George Mahler

Ralph Geimer

Dale Worthing

Spencer Waddell

William Weber

Earl Couey

George Fritts

Timothy Hodge

Edgar Boggs

James Cooper

Joe Olson

       
 
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