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LEGION HONORS TIMM
Gerald Timm, center, displays the certificate presented to him as Marinette County Legionnaire of the Year at the annual Marinette County Council American Legion awards banquet in Wausaukee on Saturday, May 6. In the photo are, left to right, are Terry Flannery, commander of Goodman American Legion Post 325, who nominated Timm for the honor; Gene Tessman, adjutant for the Marinette County Council of the American Legion; Ninth District Commander Clarence Davister; Marinette County Commander Rodger French; Timm; Wisconsin State Council Commander Donald Seehafer of Horicon; Wisconsin State Council Vice Commander Laurel Clewell of Appleton, (who is a contender for commander next year), Michael Letterman, Commander of Pembine Post 461, and Ken Stodola, Commander of Coleman Post 280. Also present were Department Historian Richard McConner of Horicon, Chaplain Ron Kaempf of Peshtigo who offered prayers for the proceedings, and Amberg Post Commander James Fronsoe, whose post won the award for being the first to go over the top in membership for this year. Fronsoe was not able to attend, and the award was accepted on his behalf by Dennis DeJardin. Seehafer noted there are 56,000 veterans in the 12 Wisconsin Districts. He presented the Legionnaire of the Year award to Timm. A pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon, Seehafer was a chaplain with the United States navy and also worked with the Marines. He was state chaplain in 2008 and national chaplain in 2010. Seehafer reminded everyone that on the verge of their 100th anniversary, Legionnaires need to remember the importance of coming together at gatherings like this, and the need to remain a powerful voice in the nation. The Legion was started in 1919. There were no World War II veterans at the gathering, and only a few from the Korean War. The majority of those present had served during the Vietnam era.