Awards & Honors
Sons Of The American Legion -
Charter Presentation Ceremony
Charter Presentation Ceremony
On Wednesday May 18, 2022, A Charter Presentation ceremony was held to officially recognize the formation of our Sons Squadron.
In attendace were representatives from various levels of the organization, as well as representatives from the Oxford Junction community, fellow Legionnaires and Sons members.
The Cake. It looks too good to eat, but we did anyway!
Commander Nowachek, with grandsons who are all charter members. Pictured (l to r) are Zain Sauer, Ty Jensen, Post Commander Ron Nowachek and Grady Sauer.
Post 473 Commander Ron Nowachek and 2nd District Commander Jerry Becker
Sons 473 Commander Derek Feuss and Post 473 Commander Ron Nowachek
Left to right, Ken “Rocky” Rochholtz - Past Department Commander now representing the Detachment of Iowa as the National Executive Committee member to the Sons of The American Legion, Bob Waugh - Department of Iowa Commander, Derek Feuss - SAL ßquadron 473 Commander, Jerry Becker – 2nd District Commander, and Ron Nowachek…Commander of Wapsie Post 473
Dennis Kloser – 2nd District SAL Advisor and Robert Hines - SAL Squadron 473 Adjutant
Robert Hines with Post 473 Service Officer & SAL Squadron 473 Advisor Bill Goodman.
Road Runner Award
Wapsie Post 473 Commander Ron Nowachek is shown accepting a Road Runner Award from Department Vice Commander Dick Hogan. This award was presented at the 2nd District Spring Conference, which was held in Clinton on Saturday, April 9th. In order to qualify for this award, a Post must achieve at least 105 percent of their membership goal. Post 473 was also presented with a Post Excellence Award; this coveted award is presented under the hand of the National Commander to Posts who meet stringent requirements in five different categories.
At their meeting on April 8th, Wapsie Post 473 Commander
Ron Nowachek (right) presented Tom Zaruba (left) with a certificate commemorating 50 consecutive years of membership in The American Legion.
Tom is currently serving as the Post Membership Committee Chair and has done a sensational job with a myriad of duties in the Oxford Junction Post over the years. Congratulations Tom!!!
Certificate of Recognition
At their October 14th meeting, Wapsie Post 473
Events & Activities
July 4, 2022
The American Legion of Iowa Boys State Graduation Ceremony
Delegates Await The Start of Graduation Ceremony
Boys State Counselors Await Start of Graduation Ceremony
The Ceremony Begins
Color Guard Prepares to Post the Flags
Presentation of the Department of Iowa Foundation Scholarship
Parents & Guardians Watch the Ceremony
Memorial Day 2022
Avenue of the Flags - Oxford Junction
Photo By - Patrick Fowler
Video Shared By - Oxford Junction Cemetary Association
Photo By - Julie Koranda
Drone photo of ceremony participants and attendees.
Photo By: Anamosa Journal-Eureka
2022 American Legion Scholarship
The 2022 American Legion Scholarship was awarded to Midland High School Senior Laura Ruley. Wyoming Post 259 Legionnaire Lennie Miller is shown presenting the scholarship. This scholarship, which is presented annually, is provided by The American Legion Posts from Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Wyoming. Students from all three of these communities attend Midland High School.
2nd District Boys State Orientation
2nd District Boys State delegates attended an orientation session at the Marion Post on Sunday, May 1st. Jay Bentley, the delegate sponsored by Wapsie Post 473 is shown in the top row, fourth from the left.
Boys State is being held at Camp Dodge on June 19 – 24, 2022
2nd District's 2022 Spring Conference
Commander Ron Nowachek and Service Officer Bill Goodman listen to "words of wisdom" from District Commander Jerry Becker at the 2nd District's 2022 Spring Conference, which was held at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton.
July 4th 2021 Celebrations
In addition to celebrating our nation’s independence, the July 4th weekend also served as a celebration of Oxford Junction’s 150th year
Oxford Junction's welcome sign
that shows the year of its founding
Wapsie Post 473 Legionnaires marching in the parade
(above) Post 473 members raising new flags in
(right) Old Glory is proudly flown during the Friday night fireworks display at the Great Jones County Fair, in Monticello. Ron Nowachek, Commander of Wapsie Post 473 in Oxford Junction, provided the flag.
Department of Iowa
Boys State 2021
Boys State 2021
Johnny Thomsen served as
Post 473’s delegate
Memorial Day 2021
Wapsie Post 473 Honor Guard members as shown marching into
Mayflower Cemetery for their 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony.
Following the event a dinner was held for participants and community members at
the Legionnaire Ballroom.