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Belleville American Legion Building Gets Update


September 16, 2021

Photo courtesy of Wendall Fenstermann

Memorial Day weekend, standing left to right: Commander Richard Hardyman and Donald Sparby. Kneeling left to right: Adam Gifford Jr., Adam Gifford Sr., Tom Coyne, Chris Doyle.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran's organization. Duppler-Smith Post 460 was originally chartered on 7 Sept. 1920, and on 7 Sept. 1948 took ownership of the church building. The additional lot was added to our Post on 16 May 1960.

In more recent times, a long-time local resident, Chris Doyle, noted how badly the Legion Post needed painting. Chris Doyle is a Field Representative for IUPATDC7 Local 802. Chris single handedly took on the task of recruiting the volunteers in the picture from Painters Local 802. He then negotiated...

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