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Did you ever wonder where the

name came from to name our post


In November of 1919, after WWI,

The Bernard P. Pieper Post 194,

American Legion, Department of Wisconsin,

was organized in Cameron WI. The post started

with 35 members, but owing to

removals, the membership has since diminished

to about 26. Morton E. Hurlburt was elected

as the first commander of this post. The post

was named after Bernard P. Pieper, who was born

in Cameron in 1896, son of William and Ernestina

(Shultz) Pieper. During World War I, His service

record was in brief as follows; Enlisted at St. Paul

Jan 4, 1918, in the U.S.Marines; was sent to Paris

Island, S.C. ; Later sailed for France with the 144th

Company, 32nd Replacement Battalian; Landed at Brest;

Trained and received equipment at St. Aignan; saw service

at Vierzy, Soissons sector; Nance; Marabach sector holding

the front lines; Limy , the St. Mithiel drive, Toul and

Mont Blance Ridge and Champaigne sector, where he was

killed by shell fire Oct 10, 1918, during a severe barrage

which was being put over by the enemy. He is buried in

Grave 143, Cemetery 1129, near St. Etienne, France.

Moving forward 25 years, on April 4th, 1944, the 77th

Congress of the United States enacted a bill amending the

American Legion Charter to provide for membership of

honorably discharged veterans of World War II.

At this time at their regular meeting, the

post resolved to pay special tribute to an other home

boy, Lester Marsh. He was born and raised near Canton WI.

He joined the Army and attained the rank of Sgt.

He was killed in action on the

island of New Guinea on December 12th 1943.

On this day April 4th, 1944,

the official name of the Cameron Legion was changed to

Pieper-Marsh Post 194.

This post now has 68 members and continues to meet

monthly to uphold the

mission of the American Legion.



Bernard Pieper

Lester Marsh



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