VFW Post | Crystal, MN

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    (763) 537-9914
                        5222 Bass Lake Rd
Crystal, MN 55429

VFW Post History

The history of Crystal VFW #494 is a rich one that can be traced back decades. Today, the Charles R. Knaeble VFW Post 494 is known for its civic projects, including the Avenue of Flags at Glenhaven Cemetery in Crystal, where personal burial flags of veterans are flown every Memorial Day.

The History of Post 494

Charles R. Knaeble, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knaeble, entered military service before the start of WWII in February, 1941. When the attack on Pearl Harbor took place months later, it was the standard “duration and six months.” He was in the invasion of North Africa in 1942, the invasion of Sicily in 1943, and saw duty in England for a while, including the D-Day Invasion of France in which Charles was a tank turret gunner. In August of 1944 Charles was killed in battle at Percy, France when his tank was hit by German artillery.

Originally, the Charles Knaeble VFW Post 494 was named after the Spanish-American War veteran Hugo Hartig, during ceremonies performed on March 28th, 1931. The first Auxiliary was formed in 1931, just three months after the VFW post was formed. Because of an error, however, the Post was not registered with the State Department of VFWs. In 1947, Commander Orville Danielson registered the post as “Charles R. Knaeble Post 494” as an honor to the young man killed during WWII.

The Club also sponsors a Voice of Democracy program, Patriotic Art program, the “Patriots Pen,” National Home for Children, cancer aid and research, Buddy Poppy Month, Loyalty Day, and firearm safety. In addition, the “Cooties” work at hospitals, and are involved in other civic projects for our area and communities.

2014 – 2015 Post 494 Officers

• Commander: Larry Bengston
• Sr. Vice Commander: Jay Leamons 

• Jr. Vice Commander: Geno Faraci

• Quartermaster: Jim Richter
• Gambling Manager/Assistant Quartermaster:
  Gene Burdick 
• Adjutant: Harland Anderson
• Chaplain: Jim Doten

• Judge Advocate: Jim Hagenbrock 
• Surgeon: Dan Zere
• Officer of the day: Fred Crimmins
• Door Guard: Bob Vorderbruggen
• 1 Yr. Trustee: Robert Krause 
• 2 Yr. Trustee: Jerry Thomas
• 3 Yr. Trustee: Lloyd Olson  
• 1 Yr. CMC Trustee: Steve Hawk  

• 1 Yr. CMC Trustee: Curt Skoog 
• 1 Yr. CMC Trustee: Don Fernstrom
• 2 Yr. CMC Trustee: Bob Vorderbruggen
• 2 Yr. CMC Trustee: John Rooney 
• 2 Yr. CMC Trustee: Howard Beal 

• 3 Yr. CMC Trustee: Gene Burdick 
• 3 Yr. CMC Trustee: Jim Doten 
• 3 Yr. CMC Trustee: Jay Leamons 

2013 – 2014 Auxiliary 494 Officers:
• President: Marge Rubenstein 
• Sr. Vice President: Monica Cochran
• Jr. Vice President: Lisa Sunberg
• Secretary: Maddy Seeman 
• Treasurer: Virginia Sroka
• Chaplain: Natalie Stuhr
• Conductress: Debbie Larson
• Guard: Nancy Long 
• Patriotic Instructor: Mary Biebeu
• 3rd Yr Trustee: Yvonne Meniur
• 2nd Yr Trustee: Maddy Seeman 
• 1st Yr Trustee: Nancy Long 


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