Serving Booneville, DeSoto, Van Meter, West Des Moines, Adel, Waukee and Winterset

About Us
It has been seven years since December 2003 when our American Legion Post 403 decided against turning in its
charter with the American Legion Department of Iowa. Instead the Post elected to "Legion revitalize" and move forward again as a community based non-profit organization. The original charter of the Van Meter Post was 1946 and had reached a membership high of 119 .. Early on in the "revitalize" process, our Post established goals to guide and provide specific purposes for its renewed existence. These Post goals were founded on the Four Pillars of the American Legion:

  • Veterans Affairs and rehabilitation
  • National Security
  • Americanism
  • Children & Youth

Our Post goals were firmly grounded on giving back to the communities - education and support of youth, veterans,
and veterans' families in our Post member territories. The Post goals established were:

1. Recognition, support, and fellowship to all people who have honorably served in the armed forces.
2. Identify community activities or projects that we can provide support in monetary or volunteer assistance to
enhance our environment and bring recognition to Post #403.
3. Provide educational opportunity to our youth so they may better understand the meaning of serving our
country and community.

World War II

Paul Carpenter - VanMeter
Archie Dunbar - De Soto
Francis Forret - Waukee
Fletcher Jennings - Van Meter
John Jensen - DeSoto
William C. Knapp - Van Meter
Walter Manning - Booneville
Cliff Marten - West Des Moines


Korean War

Dale Golightly - Van Meter
Keith Gunzenhauser - Urbandale
Graham Hazen - Amarillo, TX
Russ Knuth - DeSoto
Jim Koch - Van Meter
Lawrence Lienemann - Adel
Fred Martens - Winterset
Robert Richards - Van Meter
Franklin Sisson - West Des Moines
Charles Smith - Van Meter
Jack Stewart
- Van Meter
Richard White - Van Meter
Jerry Wild - DeSoto

 

Vietnam War

David Arzani - DeSoto
Charles Baker - Van Meter
Leonard Cannavo - Des Moines
John Cashman - Van Meter
Terry Clark
- Van Meter
Jeff Crittenden - Adel
Dave England - Urbandale
Terry Hoy - Adel
Fred Jackson
- Matthews, NC
Wes Jackson
- Van Meter
Roland Joiner - DeSoto
Mark Kamm - Van Meter
Mike Koch - Van Meter
Larry Lau - Van Meter
Ed LeClair - Des Moines
Irwin Levorson - Adel
Duane Lubben - Van Meter
Carl Lyons - Van Meter
Gordon Martens - Van Meter
Vie Olson - Van Meter
Robert Radke - VanMeter
Charles (Buck) Robison - Clive
Gary Sacker - VanMeter
Don Stover
- Des Moines
Larry Strong - Waukee
Dennis Sutherland - Van Meter
John Taylor - Van Meter
Stephen Theis - Adel
Terry Vande Kamp - Van Meter
Mike Wall
- Grimes
Gary Wemer - Van Meter
Marsha Whiteaker - Van Meter


 

Lebanon & Grenada

Toby Cozad - Van Meter
Lyndon Lyon - Waukee
Stephen Metz - Altoona
Tony Meyer
DeSoto


 GulfWarlWar on Terrorism

Jason Beni - Van Meter
David Cruse - Earlham
Emily Cruse - Iowa City
Matthew Cruse
- Earlham
Wayne Dunbar - Van Meter

Sarah Harvey - DeSoto
Mike Helton - Waukee
Melinda McGregor - Van Meter
Jeremy Sacker - New Prague, MN
Daryl Shiner - Van Meter
Kim Shiner
- VanMeter
Matthew Tipling - Van Meter
John Volk
- Van Meter


Membership Alphabetic
Allen Adams- Van Meter
David Arzani - DeSoto
Charles Baker - Van Meter
Christine Cannavo - Van Meter
Leonard Cannavo - Des Moines
Paul Carpenter – VanMeter
John Cashman - Van Meter
Terry Clark
- Van Meter
Steve Cornwell - West Des Moines
Adam Coyle - Van Meter
Toby Cozad - Van Meter
Jeff Crittenden
Adel
Joshua Cross - Van Meter
David Cruse - Earlham
Emily Cruse - Iowa City
Matthew Cruse
- Earlham
William Daggett - Van Meter
Wayne Dalenbach - Des Moines
Dave England - Urbandale
Archie Dunbar - De Soto
Wayne Dunbar - Van Meter

Francis Forret - Waukee
Dale Golightly - Van Meter
Keith Gunzenhauser – Urbandale
Brian Hart - VanMeter
Robert Hartman - Adel
Sarah Harvey - DeSoto
Graham Hazen - Amarillo, TX
Louis Heldenbrand - Linden
Mike Helton - Waukee
Alex Hodgell - Booneville
Terry Hoy - Adel
Toby Hoy - Van Meter
Fred Jackson
- Matthews, NC
Wes Jackson
- Van Meter
Terry Jeffs - Adel
Donald Jennings - DeSoto
Fletcher Jennings
- Van Meter
John Jensen – DeSoto
Roland Joiner - DeSoto
Vince Junker - Van Meter
Mark Kamm - Van Meter
William C. Knapp - Van Meter
Russ Knuth – DeSoto
Jim Koch - Van Meter

Mike Koch - Van Meter
Larry Lau - Van Meter
Ed LeClair - Des Moines
Louisa Lemke - Adel
Irwin Levorson - Adel
Lawrence Lienemann – Adel
Duane Lubben - Van Meter
Lyndon Lyon - Waukee
Carl Lyons - Van Meter
Walter Manning – Booneville
Cliff Marten - West Des Moines
Fred Martens – Winterset
Gordon Martens - Van Meter
Melinda McGregor - Van Meter
Josh McNair - Indianapolis, IN
Doug McQueen - Lake Havasu, AZ
Stephen Metz – Altoona
Tony Meyer
DeSoto
Lloyd Miller - Adel
Vic  Olson
- Van Meter
Austin Parrott - West Des Moines
John Pirillo - Booneville
Robert Radke - VanMeter
Robert Richards - Van Meter
Charles (Buck) Robison -Clive
Gary Sacker – VanMeter
Jeremy Sacker - New Prague, MN
Daryl Shiner - Van Meter
Kim Shiner
- VanMeter
Franklin Sisson - West Des Moines
Charles Smith - Van Meter
Randy Sobotka - Van Meter
Don Stover - Des Moines
Larry Strong - Waukee
Dennis Sutherland - Van Meter
John Taylor - Van Meter
Stephen Theis – Adel
Matthew Tipling - Van Meter
Terry Vande Kamp - Van Meter
John Volk
- Van Meter
Mike Wall
- Grimes
Gary Werner - Van Meter
Richard White - Van Meter
Marsha Whiteaker - Van Meter
Jerry Wild – DeSoto