Sentimental Sunday – Remembering My Grandfather on Veterans Day

Willie Benoit’s service to his country did not end when he returned to Louisiana from France at the end of World War I. He lived his life in service as an active member of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight Club and the VFW; and as a volunteer for the selective service board during World War II. I wish I could thank him in person now for what he did for this country and thank him for what he did for our freedom!

Willie Benoit in uniform

Willie Benoit in uniform, WWI.

American Legion

My grandfather helped to organize the Vinton American Legion Post in the 1930s, and served as an active member until right before his death in the 1980s. I remember him putting on his hat and going to weekly meetings when I was a child.

American Legion Hat

Bill Benoit Named Head of Legion Post at Vinton, 1938

News article - Commander of American Legion

News article – Commander of American Legion

Vinton. June 15, 1938.

Bill Benoit was elected commander of the John C. Bowdon, American Legion Post No. 208 at this week’s meeting. Mr. Benoit has been a very active member of the local post since organizing five years ago, having served as secretary and treasurer the entire time.

 American Legion Post Commander’s Guide

American Legion Commanders Booklets

American Legion Commanders Booklets.

Vinton Area Veterans of World War I, 1975

Vinton News article

Vinton News article, Nov. 12, 1975: Vinton area Veterans of World War I. My grandfather is second from the left.

Selective Service Medal

Both of my grandparents received certificates for participating in the selective service board during World War II. My grandfather received a selective service medal.

Selective Service Medal and certificate.

Selective Service medal and certificate.

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Comments

  1. You have such a nice photo of your Grandfather in uniform. His dedication to the military was admiral. My thoughts are of him on the Veteran’s Day weekend.

  2. Annette Berksan says:

    Liz — Thank you!!!

  3. Shasta Gaither says:

    Willie Benoit is my 5th cousin!

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