Legion history contest winners announced 
Post and department entries were collected in the library at National Headquarters for display and judging. (Photo by Laura Edwards)

Legion history contest winners announced 

2023-2024 American Legion National Historian Edward DeGumbia of Connecticut made his report to the National Executive Committee (NEC) in Indianapolis on Oct. 11, in which he announced the top finishers in the American Legion National History Contests.

NADHAL (National Association of Department Historians of The American Legion) judged a total of 32 history contest books in four divisions, sent to the library at National Headquarters from departments and posts across the country as well as the Department of France. The judges included six past national historians, five past department historians and one current department historian.

The divisions and awards are as follows.

Department Narrative: First place, Indiana

Second place, North Carolina

Department Yearbook: First place, Nebraska

Second place, Missouri

Third place, New York

Post Narrative: First place, Pony Express Post 359, Department of Missouri

Second place, Frierson-Nichols Post 8, Department of Florida

Third place, Highland Park Post 374, Department of Iowa

Post Yearbook: First place, Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri Post 1214, Department of Missouri

Second place, Coon Valley Post 116, Department of Wisconsin

Third place, Mohawk Post 308, Department of Oklahoma

DeGumbia added that new designs for competition are planned for 2024-2025; information will be forthcoming to department adjutants. The NEC passed Resolution 20 making a number of changes to the contest’s timing and parameters, most notably: the department history contest will consist of one digital entry per department, and the post history showcase will consist of one hard-copy and one digital post entry per department (post entries are sent after winning their respective department contests).

The full participant list:

Department Narrative

Place, Winner, Historian/Creator

1st Place, Indiana, Stephen J. Defeo

2nd Place, North Carolina, Bill G. Richard

Department Yearbook

Place, Winner, Historian/Creator

1st Place, Nebraska, Jennifer L. Laux

2nd Place, Missouri, Jerome L. Goolsby

3rd Place, New York, Frank Carletta

Participant, Massachusetts, Robert Jerdan

Participant, Oklahoma, Rhonda J. Tyler

Participant, North Carolina, Bill G. Richard

Participant, France, Doug Haggan and James Settle

Post Narrative 

Place, Winner, Location, Historian/Creator

1st Place, Pony Express Post 359, St. Joseph, Mo., Jerome L. Goolsby

2nd Place, Frierson-Nichols Post 8, Winter Haven, Fla., Ronald Fraser

3rd Place, Highland Park Post 374, Des Moines, Iowa, Shawn Gebhardt

Participant, Fred Brock Post 828, San Antonio, Al Alford and Burrell Parmer

Participant, Field-Allen Post 148, Windham, Maine David Tanguay

Participant, Matthew Blount Post 555, Pelham, Ala., Shauna Hadley

Participant, Neal Thomas Jr. Centennial Post 209, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kurt Skinner

Participant, Pike County Post 197, Zebulon, Ga., Bryan D. Richardson

Participant, Siloam Post 29, Siloam Springs, Ark., Lessley Jack Carroll

Post Yearbook

Place, Winner, Location, Historian/Creator

1st Place, Women Veterans of SW Missouri Post 1214, Springfield, Mo., Terri Budzyna

2nd Place, Coon Valley Post 116, Coon Valley, Wis., Frank Mathison

3rd Place, Mohawk Post 308, Tulsa, Okla., Rhonda J. Tyler

Participant, Jackson-Perks Post 71, Charles Town, W.Va., Timothy Paulin

Participant, Temple Post 133, Temple, Texas, Shirley Platt

Participant, Canby Post 122, Canby, Ore., Bunny Bigley

Participant, War Memorial Post 30, Camden, Maine, Jeff Sukeforth

Participant, Eddie L. Roberts Post 333, Columbus, Ga., Barbara A. Russum

Participant, Kings Mountain Post 24, Johnson City, Tenn., Allen Jackson, Michael Metzner, Susan Jackson and Bryon Lauzon

Participant, Central Square Fuller-Taylor Post 915, Central Square, N.Y., Heather Stevens

Participant, Julius Shryer Post 430, Durant, Iowa, Scott Wolf

Participant, George Lee Post 532, Hayesville, N.C., Robert Seibert

Participant, Oro Valley Post 132, Oro Valley, Ariz., Thomas Roblee

Participant, Lithuanian Post 154, Baltimore, Henry L. Gaidis