The American Legion Larry C. Decker Memorial Post 207
ADDRESS: POB 7208, Pueblo West, CO 81007
Call or Text (719) 248-4378
The POST meets at the VFW Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave in Pueblo West the First Tuesday of each Month at 7 PM.
The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 207 meets at the VFW Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave in Pueblo West the Second Tuesday of each Month at 7 PM. (Call the Post)
The ladies American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 207 meets the Legacy Commons Assisted Living Center, 170 S. Dacona Dr in Pueblo West the Second Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 PM.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. March 15, the designated birthday of The American Legion, is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus was held. The Legion is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. The Legion’s Four Pillars are: Veterans, Youth, Americanism, and National Defense.
In contrast to other veterans organizations, the Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen its commitment to our nation’s grass roots and the people we serve. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs; it continues to educate youths on the importance of sportsmanship and develops the quality of our country’s citizenship. The Heroes to Hometowns program is the only nationwide reintegration assistance service for wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, millions of dollars in donations have been given to fellow veterans and their families in times of grief, and various scholarship opportunities ensure the future success of our youth.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life
POST HISTORY: Per Post Historian Jay O’Niel 2015-2019, the history of American Legion Larry C. Decker Memorial Post 207 predates the current unincorporated Pueblo West, Colorado. Post 207 originally was “Beulah Post No. 207” which was issued a Temporary Charter on February 27, 1957 and then a Permanent Charter on July 1, 1957. The charter was “CANCELLED” by Colorado Department Executive Committee on June 22, 1978. At the general same time period, apparently in a reorganization of Post 207, a Temporary Charter was issued to American Legion Post 207, Pueblo West, Colorado on May 25, 1990. The location of the original Permanent Charter is unknown.
Likewise Squadron 207 of The Sons of the American Legion was “Chartered” in February of 1957. The Charter was “Cancelled by National Ex Committee August 1978.” A Temporary Charter was then issued for the Squadron on May 25, 1990 and then a Permanent Charter was issued October 18, 1990. Much later during a meeting on February 7, 2015 the Squadron was placed in motion and resurrected with various officers filling its positions. John Constuble was the first commander at least in recent times. The youngest member was only nine years old holding the Sergeant at Arms position.
There currently is no information about the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 207. The Auxiliary probably followed the same general path of the Post and Sons.
With copies of the Certification of Post Officers from 1991 till 2015, there are names that are listed multiple times. Rueben R. Dockter was the first listed Post Commander for the year 1991-92. He was a very active member of American Legion Post 203 in Pueblo and he was a member of the VFW Post 5812. He was the one who set up the Legion Post at the VFW. He was also the first listed member of the Post per the Temporary Charter dated May 25, 1990. He was the Post Commander from 1991 till 2006 or sixteen years (16) when Larry C. Decker took Post Command from 2007 till 2010 or four (4) consecutive years. (Rueben R Dockter passed away in January of 2018.) Other names listed multiple times were Dale E. Dockter, son of Rueben Dockter. Other names listed multiple times as various officers were Bruce K. Carroll, George A. Dowling, and Curtis W. Larson. During various years there were the same members listed in multiple positions. The one year that is different is 1995 where only RR Dockter was listed as the Post Commander and Dale Dockter was listed as the Adjutant.
From 1991 till present day the Post met at VFW Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave. in Pueblo West. The VFW has been and continues to be an invaluable supporter of the Post.
The “Pueblo West Post No. 207” was officially changed to “The American Legion Larry C. Decker Memorial Post No. 207 Department of Colorado” on March 8, 2013 with the signatures of Department of Colorado Commander and Adjutant. Larry Decker, a professional baseball player, was very involved in the Post and the community. With years of Legion service, he was well respected locally and was a leader in the Department of Colorado being the Department of Colorado Senior Vice Commander. He was instrumental in chartering the Boy Scout Troop 24 and the Cub Scouts Pack 24. Larry Decker passed away unexpectedly in 2012. His since of humor and leadership will never be equaled.
A current event the Post has been involved with is the American Legion Golf Benefit. It began in 2012 and continues through 2017. The Chamber of Commerce and the Post joined forces do their Red, White, and B’Luau Military Appreciation Golf Tournment. In it’s 12th year, the Post’s Golf Benefit was going into it’s 7th year. Arnie Manskey was the Benefit Organizer for the first five years. The benefit funded Santa’s Helper at Fort Carson. Santa’s Helper beginning in about 2007 till 2016 helped make Christmas special for families of deployed service men and women. It was cancelled by Fort Carson in 2017. Continuing to support youth in the Pueblo West community, in 2015 the Post sponsored Venturing Crew 24 which is part of the Boy Scouts. Yearly the Post and the Auxiliary has sponsored a number of local junior high school students attending Boys State and Girls State. In 2017, PWHS Student Aaron Lombardi went to Boys Nation in Washington DC.
The Post is a current active member in the Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce which is an invaluable nonprofit organization supporting our local community, its youth, and businesses.
American Legion Post 207 is a 501C-19 veteran nonprofit organization. Its Non Profit EIN is 84-1147600.
American Legion Post 207 supports the local Boy Scouts, Boys State, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons Of American Legion. Our members are engaged in multiple roles in these organizations to further develop, educate and support the community. American Legion Riders, Post 207 is an approved future organization that needs the “Founding Three.”
THE FUTURE? THE FUTURE IS DEPENDANT ON ACTIVE MEMBERS! Through various fund raising events and ideas such as “raffles,” the future of the Post is dependent on new members with their ideas and their arduous work making dreams come true for the American Legion in Pueblo West. The American Legion Post 207 needs a permanent location that will enable the Post to grow and fully support programs, activities, and festivities needed by veterans, families, and the youth of Pueblo West. jpo
American Legion Post 207 supports the Four Pillars of the American Legion
VETERANS — YOUTH — AMERICANISM — NATIONAL DEFENSE
The American Legion Larry C. Decker Memorial Post 207