The American Legion Post in Marengo honored long-standing members for their years of service during their March meeting on Monday, March 20. Frank Nickels and August Noce are the most senior members with 70 years of service.
August Noce will be 100 in August. He became a sergeant in the army and served in the motor pool while he was stationed in England during World War II. Trucks were shipped to England in boxes and assembled there. Five days after D-Day, the motor pool from England accompanied the assembled trucks off the ship delivering them to France to support the D-Day troops.
When it came time for him to return home, Noce was on the first ship back - the Queen Mary which had been turned into a troop ship. The war in Japan was still going strong so the troops from the European Theater were sent to California in preparation for redeployment. However, they never went to Japan because the Bomb was dropped and effectively ended the war.
Frank Nickels served as an Airborne Ranger in the First Company. He was a Staff Sergeant during his service in the Korean War. He was still in active service when Ernie Campbell recruited him into the American Legion.
Other members of the post received badges for 20, 25, 30, and 40 years of service in the American Legion.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at Indian Oaks Park. A Meat Raffle will be held at Miss Kitty’s on Friday, April 7, 5 to 9 p.m. with other events scheduled throughout the year to assist veterans, provide scholarships, and benefit the community