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1220 Newton Street, Jasper, Indiana

The American Legion Post 147

                 (Dubois County Post)                

                 

     1220 Newton St. - Jasper, IN            

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June 5, 2014

Indiana Legion Headquarters

 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indiana Department of The American Legion's Commander Ed Trice shake hands today 4 June 2014 at the conclusion of the dedication ceremony for the Veteran Appreciation marker stone outside the front entrance of the Governor's Residence in Indianapolis. The bronze plaque, flagpole and marker stone on the grounds of The Residence are all dedicated to the state's veterans and was donated by the 89,000 American Legion members within the state.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indiana Department of The American Legion's Commander Ed Trice shake hands today 4 June 2014 at the conclusion of the dedication ceremony for the Veteran Appreciation marker stone outside the front entrance of the Governor's Residence in Indianapolis.  The bronze plaque, flagpole and marker stone on the grounds of The Residence are all dedicated to the state's veterans and was donated by the 89,000 American Legion members within the state.

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June 4, 2014

Jun 4, 1942:

Battle of Midway begins

On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway--one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II--begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown, to the previously invincible Japanese navy.

In six months of offensives prior to Midway, the Japanese had triumphed in lands throughout the Pacific, including Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and numerous island groups. The United States, however, was a growing threat, and Japanese Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto sought to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet before it was large enough to outmatch his own.

A thousand miles northwest of Honolulu, the strategic island of Midway became the focus of his scheme to smash U.S. resistance to Japan's imperial designs. Yamamoto's plan consisted of a feint toward Alaska followed by an invasion of Midway by a Japanese strike force. When the U.S. Pacific Fleet arrived at Midway to respond to the invasion, it would be destroyed by the superior Japanese fleet waiting unseen to the west. If successful, the plan would eliminate the U.S. Pacific Fleet and provide a forward outpost from which the Japanese could eliminate any future American threat in the Central Pacific. U.S. intelligence broke the Japanese naval code, however, and the Americans anticipated the surprise attack.

In the meantime, 200 miles to the northeast, two U.S. attack fleets caught the Japanese force entirely by surprise and destroyed three heavy Japanese carriers and one heavy cruiser. The only Japanese carrier that initially escaped destruction, the Hiryu, loosed all its aircraft against the American task force and managed to seriously damage the U.S. carrier Yorktown, forcing its abandonment. At about 5:00 p.m., dive-bombers from the U.S. carrier Enterprise returned the favor, mortally damaging the Hiryu. It was scuttled the next morning.

When the Battle of Midway ended, Japan had lost four carriers, a cruiser and 292 aircraft, and suffered an estimated 2,500 casualties. The U.S. lost the Yorktown, the destroyer USS Hammann, 145 aircraft and suffered approximately 300 casualties.

Japan's losses hobbled its naval might--bringing Japanese and American sea power to approximate parity--and marked the turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II. In August 1942, the great U.S. counteroffensive began at Guadalcanal and did not cease until Japan's surrender three years later.

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Fly your flags at half staff__

 

 

 

"We already have several veterans organizations here," said Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup. "We are delighted that the American Legion chose to bring their headquarters here."

Other organizations, such as the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars USA, have chapters at Fort Ben. Last month, the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame announced plans to build the first Hall of Fame honoring veterans in Indiana. Retired Army Col. Russell Dowden Jr. said Fort Ben is the most obvious choice for the location.

The new American Legion headquarters is taking over the former Indiana Soccer office at 5440 Herbert Lord Road. Trice said the American Legion bought the building and two acres of land just south of it. Maintenance, he said, is going to cost about $100,000 less than what the organization is currently spending.

"That would free up money to run more programs," Trice said. "And we don't have to worry about laying off staff."

Trice declined to reveal the purchase price for the 12-year-old building, but said it's less than $1 million. He said the organization's forefathers set up an account allotted for purchasing properties.

The move comes after a recent announcement to build a 36,000-square-foot office and retail building at Fort Ben. Local developers Scott Baldwin and Yeager Properties signed an agreement with the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority to build the multi-use facility at the northwest corner of 56th Street and Lawrence Village Parkway.

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April 6, 2014

Hoosier Boys State

Pre-Oreintation Meeting

April 22nd is the date set for the Dubois County Hoosier Boys State mandatory Pre-Orientation meeting located in the main room with street access at the American Legion Post 147 in Jasper IN with doors opening at 6:00pm and meeting begins at 6:45pm.
Bring questions and any completed paperwork.
This meeting is for parents and delegates, transportation options will be discussed along with information about the program.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to Contact Hoosier Boys State Staff and Post chairman Monty Buchanan 481-1158 or mbuchanan@hoosierboysstate.org.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Februray 22, 2014

Email to the American Legion Riders Post 147 via Webmaster.

Becky Williams nascarnanny48@gmail.com

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Wanted to say "THANK YOU" again to the American Legion Riders, Post 147 for the gift bag they personally delivered to my husband at the VA Hospital in Louisville, KY this morning.  What an amazingly thoughtful thing to do for our veterans!

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