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ABOUT US

HISTORIC POST LOCATION

 
190 North Cache Street
PO Box 4121
Jackson WY 83001
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Jackson Hole American Legion Post 43 was organized in 1920 by veterans returning from World War I. In the late 1920's the members built their hall, a distinguished log building which remains standing on the southeast corner of Gill Avenue and Cache Street, one block north of the Jackson, WY town square, home of the famous elk antler arches. In 2001 it was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Over the years it has hosted a broad range of community, state, and even national functions that have extended beyond the agenda and mission of the national American Legion organization. In early settler years, the hall served as Jackson's first library, accommodated elementary school classes, and was the center of town and regional entertainment and recreation. It provided a location and forum for the debate and resolution of issues critical not only to the commmunity, but the nation - it was the site of the congressional hearing which resulted in the creation of Grand Teton National Park.

CURRENT POST LEADERS

POST COMMANDER: David K Bentlage. David has been Commander of our Post for 10+ years and counting. He is a US Army Veteran having served in the U.S. as well as in Germany. David is a mechanic and owns and operates his own auto service and repair shop - ABLE AUTO - just south of Jackson. He also guides snowmobile trips on Togwotee Pass and donates his time to the Chance Phelps Foundation to provide snowmobile trips for veterans.

POST ADJUTANT: Wayne Flittner. Wayne enlisted in the California National Guard 40th Infantry Division in May 1949. President Truman called the unit up in September 1950, and sent them to Japan in December. Wayne's 105 mm artillery battery was sent to the front in Korea in October 1951. Wayne left Korea and was discharged with the rank of Corporal in June 1952. He used the GI Bill to attend the University of California Berkeley where he received a Mechanical Engineering degree. His engineering career started at a firm where he was on the development team for the air to air refueling system couplings. He went on to work in advertising and marketing until his retirement in 1998. Wayne came to Jackson with his wife Sandy in August 2004. He has served as Post 43 Adjutant for the past six years, has served on the Rafter J Improvement & Service District Board for the past six years, and as a Marketing Consultant serving a Jackson start up company (EKO Flood USA LLC) that provides flood protection systems since 2008.

VICE COMMANDER: Thurman R. Pierce. Thurman R. (T. R.) Pierce is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the U. S. Army Special Forces. A native of North Carolina and a graduate of East Carolina University, he is a retired mortgage banker. T. R. is actively involved in Boy Scout Troop 268 and the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole as well as serving on various public service boards in Jackson.

SECOND VICE COMMANDER: Donald S. Perkins. U.S Army Retired, with Active and Reserve Duty. First came to Jackson, Wyoming in 1976 and worked for Grand Teton National Park. Retired member of Teton County Fire Dept., Teton County Search & Rescue and an active member of many other business organizations in the valley. Graduate of Illinois State University.

POST SERVICE OFFICER: Courtney Campbell. Courtney has been a member of American Legion Post 43 for 10 years. She has served the post as Adjutant, Service Officer and Finance Officer. She is a US Navy veteran and was a radioman stationed at CINCPACFLT in Pearl Harbor from 95-99. Courtney is a realtor, part owner and responsible broker of a local Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate firm here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

BOYS STATE CHAIRMAN: Nyles Ellefson. Nyles was born in Wisconsin, and graduated from University of Minnesota 1953. He served in the US Air Force 1951-1955, where he was assigned to the Auditor General, and served in Texas and Thule, Greenland. He has lived in Jackson for 25 years, and is currently a retired banker.

POST FINANCE OFFICER: VACANT. Courtney Campbell is filling in temporarily until this position can be filled. Courtney has been a member of American Legion Post 43 for 10 years. She has served the post as Adjutant, Service Officer and Finance Officer. She is a US Navy veteran and was a radioman stationed at CINCPACFLT in Pearl Harbor from 95-99. Courtney is a realtor, part owner and responsible broker of a local Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate firm here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

POST WEBMASTER: William Smith. Bill is a new member of Post 43, and is filling in temporarily until the Webmaster position can be filled more permanently. Bill is a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict. An entrepreneur, he has owned and been the principal in several businesses: a rafting and camping equipment rental business in Alaska, a data consulting and website design business, and an art business. He shows his artwork at the Mountain Trails Gallery on the northeast corner of the Jackson town square. He and his family have lived in the Jackson vicinity for 25 years.