HISTORY

The following history piece is provided by Lee’s Summit primo historian (and our Comrade), Ken Davis: 

 

POST 5789 COMMANDERS: 

After it was chartered in 1946, the first order of business for the new VFW Post was the election of officers.  Don Knight, a World War One veteran, was chosen by his comrades to be the charter commander.  Don operated a drug store at the Northeast corner of 3rd and East Main Streets in downtown Lee’s Summit.  After his term of office ended, Don passed the torch to the greatest generation of World War Two veterans who , with a few exceptions, served as post commanders for the next 25 years.  In April 1974, Ken Davis was the first Vietnam veteran to be chosen as Commander of Post 5789.  Most of the comrades for the next thirty years were Vietnam veterans.  There were some exceptions, of course.  We have had commanders who served in Desert Storm, Panama, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.  Most of our leadership now is post-Vietnam veterans.  To date, Pam Walsten has been our only female veteran to serve a Post Commander.  If you are curious about who our Post Commanders were, check out the photo gallery in the lobby of our Post Home at 329 SE Douglas Street.  Across the hallway from the Commander photos is the gallery of the Past Presidents of our Auxiliary.  (Note:  the current Commander is a Veteran of the Vietnam War as well as Panama, and is looking forward to being replaced by one of our younger Veterans next year!)