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Per Article VI, Section 3, Sub 6, The Commander shall appoint, with the approval of the Executive Committee, an Honors and Awards Committee consisting of four members, two to be appointed each year for two-year terms. The Honor and Awards Committee responsibility is to review members who are prospective candidates for an award as designated in the Constitution of Minneapolis-Richfield American Legion Post 435. 

There are 5 awards available to be awarded to a prospective candidate who has performed duties as a Post member with dedication, ability, and success beyond that which is generally accepted. 

If no prospective candidate are nominated, or if no one meets those requirements, no awards are given. The available awards are: 

  1. Honorary Life Member – Awarded only for exceptionally able and dedicated service to the Post over the course of at least two years.
  2. Virgil Grenhagen Award – For outstanding membership work on behalf of the Post.
  3. Stanley Alpaugh Award – Outstanding “All Around Activities” on behalf of the Post.
  4. Earl Beaver Award – Outstanding work in promoting “Americanism” in Legion-sponsored activities.
  5. Leslie Shaffer Award – Outstanding community services work by a Veteran.

If you have any information on who was given awards previously, or have pictures of the person, event or plague, please contact us at mnlkegion435@gmail.com. 

Honorary Life Members

2020 - Tom Eckhoff (pic) (info)

Previous Winners (in no particular order. If you know the year they were awarded this honor, please email us with the information. Pictures would also be great!)

First Name Last Name
Art Munson
Bill Boyes
Bill Bray
Bill Tolle
Billy Stone
Bob Kiehl
Burdean Fremming
Clint Johnson
Dave  De St Hubert
Don Southerton
Don Swanson
Don Vogtman
Earl  Chase
Ed Davis
Ed  Larson
Ed  Salk
Ed Vrchota
Ellsworth DeJarlais
Elmer Hillner
George Ashwood
George Evans
George Karnas
Glenn Champlin
Hank  Vogelgesgang
Harold Lundren
Harry Springer
Jack Eagan
Jim Munson
Joe Stewart
John  Gallas
John  O'Hearn
Lee Hathaway
Lou  Gut
Marv Hiskey
Merv  Becker
Milburn Swenson
Myron Gunderson
Nate  Nelson
Ray Anderson
Ray Earls
Rod Logeland
Roger Wussow
Russ Fossen
Ted Stage
Tom Langford
Tony Menning
Willard Bandow
Gelenn Rasmussen
Richard  Angliem

Virgil Grenhagen Award


Stanley Alpaugh Award


Earl Beaver Award


Leslie Shaffer Award