The American Legion Color Guard from Harry Doble Post 664 leading the Chester 4th of July Parade is a traditional site in the holiday festivities. The post has been forefront in the parade since 1988 and thanks to the dedicated veterans that stepped forward at the September meeting of the post, it is one of many traditions that will continue. Photo submitted

Local veterans revive American Legion Post

The Sept. 18 meeting of Harry Doble Post 664 of the American Legion resulted in the successful start of member efforts to renew the group to its former condition as a support to veterans and the community.

The post has been pursuing a quorum of members to vote in a slate of officers for several months in order to maintain the unit’s eligible status with the American Legion, Department of California.

At the September meeting, there was not only a quorum of members but also three new members submitted applications.

The first agenda item was to elect a certified slate of officers for the 2017-18 year.

Newly elected officers for the post include Post Commander Richard “Rick” Roy, First Vice Commander Jerry Herring and Second Vice Commander Chris Dean.

Harry Doble Post has a long legacy of serving veterans and the Chester community.   

The post was originally chartered Sept. 28, 1947, and is named after Corporal Harry A. Doble.

Doble was the first soldier from the Chester area to die in World War II. He was killed in action July 8, 1944 in Northern Italy.

Politics and generational philosophies have historically taken a toll on veteran’s organizations from time to time and Post 664 is no exception.

This post had some tough times during the Vietnam War era and was unchartered for several years.

In June 1988, the post was re-chartered and once again began to fulfill the Legion motto “Veterans serving Veterans.”

“Even though we have had some down times lately, it is refreshing to see some veterans who are willing to put legs to their words and actually help other veterans,” said one long-time member.

Plumas County Veterans Service Officer Jimmy LaPlante pointed out he was there to aid the post in any way he could and started out by talking with those in attendance about many new benefits available through the Veterans Administration.

The evening’s discussion continued with ideas about events and services, both traditional and new, that the post would like to plan.