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Awards & Honors

Sons Of The American Legion -
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.

Sons Of The American Legion Squadron 473 Charter Presentation Ceremony
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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.

50 consecutive years of membership in
The American Legion

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

was presented with a certificate of recognition, from

the National Commander for exceeding membership

goals for 2021. Pictured (l to r) Post Chaplain Curtis

Thornhill, Post Commander Ron Nowachek and Post

Membership Committee Chair Tom Zaruba.

Events & Activities

July 4, 2022

The American Legion of Iowa Boys State Graduation Ceremony

The American Legion of Iowa Boys State graduation ceremony, which was held on Friday, June 24, 2022 at
Camp Dodge.


Among the delegates who attended were Jay Bentley, sponsored by Oxford Junction Post 473; Logan Bicknese, sponsored by Wyoming Post Post 259; and Shayden Hansen, sponsored by Lost Nation Post 381.


Mason Petersen, who is a member of Wapsie Post 473, served as a Counselor at this year's event.

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

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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
Wapsie Park

(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

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.