Congratulations! Idaho Falls Post 56 wins Idaho’s first-ever American Legion World Series

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The results of the Department Oratorical Contest are in. Oam Patel from Mountain Home won first place and our contestant Sarah Cole won 2nd place. The scores very close. We are proud of Sara’s achievements and look forward to seeing her next year. Some of you got to hear her speech and will confirm that she did an outstanding job.
The event was well attended and we even got some “air time” with channel 7.
Thanks to all who helped with the event.

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Owner Steve Kubinski and manager Jennifer Polanchek of Big K BBQ in Garden City were presented a Certificate of Appreciation for providing lunches for a veteran at the Boise Veterans Home. Post member by Norman Appell made the presentation on Feb. 9. 2020.

Post 39 member Bruce Peterson celebrated his 90th birthday February 22 with a party and book signing at the Bowling Alley Cafe` in Homedale.

LegionCollegeShivelyLegionCollegeIrvingDepartment Commander Eugene Brown presented Certificates of  Completion to Dave Shively and Bruce Irving, at the Idaho Legion College January 12th. It was held at the conclusion of the Department (State) MidWinter Conference.

The American Legion celebrates it’s 101st birthday March 15 -17. It was formed to look out for the veterans of the war. As part of that purpose, they work with veteran families and the nation’s youth. The American Legion’s support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919. Today, Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country.

The Post 39 Home: is generally open from 8:30 til 10:00 Mon, Tue and Thu from 8:30 til 11:30 and Sat & Sun 1:00 til 3:00 or 4:00. We can generally open at other times by appointment. Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00 PM and preceded at 6:00 by a dinner. The Auxiliary Unit meets noon the first Wednesday at the Post Home.

Veterans and their families are welcome to relax, get help with getting your benefits, or conversation.


Korean War Veterans Ambassador for Peace Medal

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea seeks Korean War Veterans to honor with the Ambassador for Peace Medal. The commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women who served in the Korean War. The Ambassador for Peace Medal was first presented to veterans as a special memento for those who returned to South Korea through the “Revisit Program”. The honor has since been extended to veterans who are unable to visit Korea.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, the veteran must have served in Korea during the Korean War between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953 or participated in UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.

POSTHUMOUS AWARDS: The commemorative medals may be awarded posthumously. The next of kin, such as a spouse or descendants may apply for the medal on behalf of deceased veterans.

APPLICATION TO RECEIVE AWARD: Please complete the information on the attached form below and send along with your DD-14 or service record to – Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Attention Mitzi Cheldelin, 351 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702 or email mitzi.cheldelin@veterans.idaho.gov.

The medal can be mailed to you.

Applications from Bruce; Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Attention Mitzi Cheldelin, 351 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702; on-line at https://veterans.idaho.gov/news/korean-war-veterans-ambassador-peace-medal or email mitzi.cheldelin@veterans.idaho.gov.


Post 39’s Christmas Party held on Dec. 14 was a huge success. As the party was scheduled before the parade was announced, we were unable to participate in it but, we enjoyed watching it for a change! The Prime Rib dinner prepared by Stan Meholchick and crew was delicious. Members and guests had a great time.

The final drawing of the Post’s fund-raising raffle was held Nov. 25. There were two grand prizes: the first is $1,000 cash awarded to C. Michael Carpenter; the other one, a 3-day/2-night get-away at Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno which includes a $50 dinner at Pearl Oyster Bar was awarded to Michael Halloll.

Two members, Dave Shively and Bruce Irving, attended the Department (State) MidWinter Conference and the Idaho Legion College held in Meridian in January. Met many friends from around the sate and learned quite a lot.

We also attended the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon January 9th. Speaker was our new Mayor, Steve Rule. He has several interesting projects in process.

The Honor Guard gave honors for deceased veterans on 11 occasions in past two months. They also performed two ceremonies for Deer Flat Church’s annual Military Appreciation Day. For Veterans Day, they did presentations at Middleton Middle School and Middleton High School. We were also asked to present the Colors for a Scout Court of Honor at the end of November.

New hours are in effect for the Post Home: it will generally be open from 8:30 til 10:00 Mon, Tue and Thu from 8:30 til 11:30 and Sat & Sun 1:00 til 3:00 or 4:00. We can generally open at other times by appointment.

Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00 PM and preceded at 6:00 by a dinner. Veterans and their families are welcome to check us out.

And, finally, the Post has a new email address: idlegion39@gmail.com. Please stop by for coffee and conversation.
-Bruce Irving


Stand for the flag………

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Middleton Post 39 held a one-day “huge” yard sale October 12 at their home. The proceeds are dedicated to helping veterans in need.

Middleton Post 39 held a dedication and open house March 16 at their home on Main street in Middleton. The American Legion is celebrating their 100th anniversary and Post 39 is celebrating its 10th anniversary. First Vice Commander Richard Joswick was Master of Ceremony, Josh Pratt played To the Colors and Taps while the Post 39 Honor Guard fired a three-volley salute as the flag and building were dedicated. Middleton Mayor Darren Taylor and Star Mayor Chad Bell each had some words for the assembly.
As part of the dedication, “It is our hope that this edifice may be used ever in the service of our disabled comrades; of the widowed and orphaned; and to the benefit of our community, state and nation.” was part of Richard’s comments.
Mayor Taylor spoke about the beginning of the Revolutionary War and likened Legion members as kin to patriots fighting then. Mayor Bell was appreciative of the Post providing Memorial Services at Star Cemetery and leading their parades.
Following the service, attendees were invited inside to tour the building and partake of snacks which the Ladies Auxiliary provided.
Adjutant Bruce Irving noted, “We want this to be a place where veterans and their families can relax. We have access to the internet, TV, table, games, reading material and beverages. Veterans are welcome to spend time with these as well as conversation. We generally have the building open from 10:00AM till 2:00PM on weekdays but can usually arrange to be here at other times.”



Middleton American Legion Post 39 was formed in August 2008. Since then, we have grown to over 100 members.
The Post was given the use of a building in December, 2018 and is currently setting it up for use as our Post home. It is located at 2 West Main St. Middleton, ID 83644. We appreciate that the Sunrise Cafe` has allowed us to meet there for the past 10 years. There is a phone, (208) 585-2408, and internet available. We will have a lounge where veterans can relax; enjoy conversation; snacks & coffee; TV; read the paper, books or magazines; Post Home will generally be open from 8:30 til 10:00 Mon, Tue and Thu from 8:30 til 11:30 and Sat & Sun 1:00 til 3:00 or 4:00.
We sponsor two Middleton American Legion Baseball teams. We have sent young men to Boys State and have encouraged youth in 9th through 12th grades to prepare speeches for the Annual Oratorical Contest. We sign up merchants to display flags on patriotic holidays. We also have an Honor Guard that provides firing salutes at funerals and post the Colors for special occasions.
Membership requirement is to have served at least one day honorably during any period of conflict as defined by Congress. If you have served at any time since December 7, 1941, you are eligible. Dues are $45.00 per year and we do need a copy of your DD-214 or equivalent. Contact Commander Marv West 208-286-9714 or Adjutant Bruce Irving at 208-713-6101, idlegion39-family@yahoo.com for more information.

Sons of The American Legion Squadron 39 was formed July 2014. While we have 19 members, several of them are in other states. We are having difficulty getting enough members active in the Squadron to start doing things. We do assist Post 39 with their Honor/Color Guard.
Membership requirement is to be the son or grandson of a legion member or, could have been except that they are deceased. Dues are $15.00 per year and we need your (grand)parent’s membership number or if they weren’t a member, a copy of their DD-214 or equivalent. Contact Commander/Adjutant Bruce Irving at 208-713-6101, idlegion39-family@yahoo.com for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 39 was formed November 2016. They have over 3 dozen members and have sponsored a student to Girls State and have done a Poppy distribution.
Membership requirement is to be the wife or (grand)daughter of a Legion member. Dues are $35.00 per year or $3.00 for youth members. Contact President Judy Shively at (208)585-2061 for more information.