About 80 members and friends of American Legion Abler-Engel Post 454 Mount Calvary gathered Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Cabaret Supper Club in St. Cloud to celebrated the post being granted its charter 75 years ago on Dec. 19, 1945.
The charter listed 42 original members. A charter member of Post 454, Henry “Bud” Freed who resides in Fond du Lac, was planning on attending but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was unable to attend.
The post was originally named Alex M. Abler Post 454 after U.S. Navy Reserve aviation radio-man Alex Abler who died at 26 years of age. He was killed in an airplane accident while serving on an aircraft carrier during an operational training flight near the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad during World War II.
On March 11, 1971 the name on the charter was changed to Abler-Engel Post 454 to recognize PFC Allen Engel, 20, who died during combat duty on June 19, 1967 while serving with the U.S. Army’s 9th Division in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War.
(Please see the September 24 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)
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