The American Legion, Department of West Virginia

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2022-2023 American Legion Riders Chapters

2022-2023 American Legion Rider Chapters in West Virginia

Wheeling Post 1 Legion Riders

Director: John Powell

Assistant Director: Allen Hall

Sgt.-At-Arms: Steve Jasko Jr.

Road Captain: Tom Hicks

Road Captain: Chuck Burns

Secretary/Treasurer:  Michelle Powell

Chaplain: Steve Jasko III

Riley-Vest Post 9 Riders

Director: James “Ray” Stump

Sgt.-At-Arms – Richard Woods

Secretary/Treasurer – Brian Krabbe

Road Captain – Phil Bevins

Martinsburg American Legion Riders Martinsburg Post 14 Chapter

Director: Vacant

Vice Director: Tom Smith

Secretary: Ken Lesher

Treasurer: Jack Lauer

Chaplain: Brian Gano

Sgt.-At-Arms: Brian Tolstyka

Membership: Matt Campbell

Historian: Gerald Kauffman

American Legion Parkersburg Post 15 Legion Riders

Director: Lee Starcher; E-mail:

Assistant Director: Woody Deem; E-mail:

Sgt.-At-Arms: John Knight; E-mail:

Chaplain: Rod Lemley; E-mail:

Secretary & Treasurer: Donna Starcher; E-mail:

Historian: Harold “Woody” Deem; E-mail:

Road Captain: Bill Leuschel; E-mail:

Safety Officer: Geoff Austin;

American Legion Riders Point Pleasant Post 23

Meetings are held 2nd Tuesday  of each month 7:00 p.m. Post 23

Director: David McBeath,

Assistant Director: Kim Hope

Sgt.-At-Arms: Rusty See

Road Captain: Tim Roush

Treasurer: Craig Collins

Secretary: Laura Herdman

Historian: Greg Hill

American Legion Riders Shinnston Post 31

Director: Cliff Shingleton

Assistant Director:

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Past Department Commanders (Deceased)

Past Department Commanders (Deceased)


1919*Jackson Arnold, Weston                    1920*E.H. Smith, Fairmont

1921*J.B. Nickerson, Wheeling                  1922*A. Edmiston, Jr., Weston

1923*Spiller Hicks, Bluefield                     1924*R.E. O’Connor, Elkins

1925*J.H. MCGinnis, Beckley                     1926*A.G. Yates, Grafton

1927*R.B. McDougle, Parkersburg            1928*A.E. Haan, Huntington

1929*S.C. Morris, Clarksburg                     1930*J.A. Duff, Martinsburg

1931*L.A. Johnson, Clarksburg                  1932*J.H. Thornton, Sistersville

1933*H.S. Pownall, Moorefield                  1934*H.S. Ellis, Huntington

1935*C.L. Smith, St. Albans                        1936*W.G. Stathers, Clarksburg

1937*C.E. Booth, Huntington                     1938*F.W. Turner, Charleston

1939*W.E. Nefflen, Keyser                         1940*F.B. Poling, Philippi

1941*R.C. Hall, Elkins..                               1942*R.H. Patterson, Wellsburg

1943*Heatherington, Clarksburg               1944*T.H. MCGovran, Charleston

1945*P.E. Kercheval, Kingwood                1946*R.C. Burg, Piedmont

1947*E.L. Jones, Wheeling                          1948*W.R. Fugitt, Beckley

1949*D.R. Wilson, Clarksburg                   1950*Walker Long, Huntington

1951*Frank Everhart, Kingwood               1952*Tommy E. Jones, Beckley

1953*Harry W. Miller, Fayetteville           1954*Gaujot Bias, Williamson

1955* L.O. Bickel, Fairmont                        1956*Chester Phillips, Elkins

1957*E.D. Hardman, Charleston                1958*W. Dewey Mentz, Welch

1959*Lincoln Cox, Kirby                               1960*Bonn Brown, Elkins

1961*Robert Lester, St. Albans                   1962*Jack R. Adams, Wheeling

1963*Chester M. Matney, Welch                1964 *H. Paige Bell, Parkersburg

1965*Isaac Mayfield, Bridgeport               1966*William T. Black, Bartley

1967*Richard Davies,Morgantown           1968*John A. Jones, Weirton

1969*Charles A. Kuhn, Fairmont               1970*Thomas Malloy, Parkersburg

1971* J. H.

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West Virginia Boys and Girls State Citizens Honored

Each year The State Journal partners with The EQT Foundation to honor exceptional students throughout the State of West Virginia. This year, four graduates from The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State (ALMBS) and six graduates from The American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State (ALARGS) were honored.

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2022-2023 District Vice Commanders

The following individuals have been elected as a District Vice Commander.

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2022-2023 District Commanders

The following individuals have been elected as a District Commander.

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ALMBS and ALARGS Participants Excel

CONGRATULATIONS to the following 2011 State Journal EQT Students of Excellence: Joshua M. Childs (Morgantown High School), Stephen M. Ferguson (Phillip Barbour High School), Austin L. Hickman (Huntington High School), Vincenzo J. Pizzuti (Brooke High School), Adriane M. Rine (Tyler Consolidated High School), and Cameron C. Viney (Elkins High School). These six individuals listed that they were a member of The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State or The American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State.

We would like to congratulate them on their achievements and wish them well in their adventures in life. We hope that they keep in contact with our programs, and we are proud to have been apart of their High School experience. As a State Journal EQT Student of Excellence, each of these individuals received a $1,000 scholarship towards their higher education.

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