Roberts Post 296

Gladwyn L. Roberts Post No. 296
by Mrs. Chris Kolden (1967)

The Gladwyn L. Roberts Post No. 296 of the American Legion was organized in August of 1954 at the Roseglen hall. After thirty-five years of membership in the L.C. Jensen Post No. 99 of Ryder, the legionnaires of Roseglen and Raub decided to form their own Post.

The Post was named for the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Roberts of Raub, Gladwyn L. Roberts, who lost his life on the battlefield in France on his 20th birthday, June 18, 1944. He was a graduate of Parshall High School, after which he joined the Army as a paratrooper. He received his military training at Camp Roberts in California, at Nashville, Tennessee, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Marshall, North Carolina, before being sent to England.

The Gladwyn L. Roberts Post was the 233rd Post to be organized in the state. Through membership in the American Legion, the Post aids veterans and their dependents of any war in the United States. These men of the armed forces are banded together in the American Legion to carry forward their service to their country, and to prevent the security and freedom of America from being lost. All of its activities are designed to promote peace and goodwill on earth for God and country, community, state and nation.

In 1967, when the Roseglen Golden Jubilee book was published, the Post had thirty-four members, with Joe Johnson as Commander, Clifford Jorgenson, Vice Commander, Alfred Fines, Adjutant and Finance Officer, Julius Mattson, Chaplain, Athletic Officer Wes Cumings. Meetings are held once a month, alternating these at Roseglen and Raub, with the Auxiliary holding a joint meeting.

Each year, Veterans Day is observed. The Post has a Christmas party and, in March, the Legion's birthday is observed with an Oyster Stew and Card Party, which is open to the public. In June, they send a boy from the community of high school age to Boys State in Fargo. Throughout the summer months, the Post sponsors the Babe Ruth Baseball League.

The Post has been honored to have Gladwyn's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Roberts, as members. Mr. Roberts passed away in 1966, as did a few of the Post's charter members.

May we remember lovingly all our departed comrades who have received their reward of life everlasting. May this splendid example guide us now and forevermore.