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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: John Sherwood. John is a U.S. Army Veteran of 14 years as a Fire Support Sergeant (Forward Observer). He has two teenage daughters who live in Europe. In February of 2016 he met his wife Imelda in Jackson and they have since had a daughter, Joanna. They recently purchased a home in Star Valley, Wyoming from which he commutes to Jackson as a Manager in the Hospitality Industry. He originally moved to Jackson in January of 2008 to attend an Avalanche Safety course as a requirement for a position as Guide at Mount Rainier, but he quickly felt so at home with the total outdoor lifestyle that he stayed in Wyoming.

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.

FIRST VICE COMMANDER: Greg McCoy. Greg joined the U.S.A.F. in 1983 and served as an Anti-Sniper for the Joint Services Special Operations/Forces for the following 10 years. He served in operations in Libya, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Panama, Columbia and Desert Shield/Storm. He has been decorated by both President Reagan and President Bush Sr. for combat roles in Libya and Columbian Counter-Narcotic Operations. He currently resides in Jackson Hole and with his wife Beth, and owns Jackson Hole Hideout Bed & Breakfast. He has as Masters Degree from Florida State University in Computer Engineering and has been in the technical industry as an engineer after leaving the service.

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 CLUB MANAGER AND HEAD CHEF: 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.

SERGEANT AT ARMS: Joseph Burke. Joe served as a hospital corpsman in the USCG from 1969 into the early 1970's. He was attached to the Coast Guard Cutter Glacier, the biggest icebreaker at the time. After a south cruise the remainder of my duty was at the Coast Guard Air Station in Mobile, Alabama. Thanks to the G.I. Bill, he earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and went on to a long career in respiratory care and sleep medicine. He is enjoying retirement after a long career at St. John's Medical Center. Semper Paratus!

POST FINANCE OFFICER: Ray Pilgrim. Ray's bio is coming soon!

POST WEBMASTER: William Smith. Bill is a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict. After leaving the Corps in 1975, he became an entrepreneur, and 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 since 1990.