It was chartered in 1975 by a group of forward
work,” wrote first Post Commander Kenneth ‘Ken’
They worked on increasing funds and the membership in the meantime. “To raise money we held bingo for several years in the upstairs of the old reception center at the lake and made lots of money for the Post. After the club opened we went from about 45 members or so to over 600 members and became famous from there on out.”
“We finally wound up with about an 8 person working crew—some I can’t remember but—myself, George Littlefield, George Hill, Gene Williams, Burdell Clark, etc—can’t remember all the names. George Littlefield and I did most of the work. We had a booth at the county fair that we all took turns running the different shifts and made a couple of thousand each fair.”
“I was Post Commander for 5 years or so. Then Gilge (Thomas Gilge)
came along,” and was the next commander for a year. He was succeeded
by Erich Hartman who served a year; continuity was supplied by
George Littlefield, who had been working for the Post from the very
beginning, seven or more years before and then served five more as
commander. “But then Clark passed away and we wound up at the
current location” near the intersection of Highway 71 and Kingsland
Road, 1889 Bella Vista Way, on property given by the Cooper
Corporation in an attractive but small building. “I changed jobs and
An attractive sign marks the location on the
east side of Highway 71, a mile south of
Soon after the formation of the post, it attracted veterans from other conflicts: the Korean War and World War II especially. American Legion Posts are only named for deceased veterans. In 2007 the Post was re-chartered to reflect the present name, Marshall S. Sayner Post 341; Sayner was a prominent member of the Post as well as of the community. He served as District Commander, Vice Commander of the Department of Arkansas and was responsible for recruiting several hundred members into the Post over his lifetime.
sign of current progress, in 2008 Vice Commander Jake Greeling
started a golf tournament which is very successful. A second year is
underway. Commander Norvil Lantz, Jake Greeling, and Ron Raby
Recently, the Post has, under the inspired,
knowledgeable, and dynamic leadership of Commander Norvil Lantz, Vice Commander Jake Greeling,
Finance Officer John Chelstrom and many others, established
an invigorating atmosphere and a well earned esteemed reputation in
From the very beginnings to now - - - An extraordinarily spectacular story of veterans that has just begun - - - -
A list of Post Commanders follows:
Commanders of American Legion Post 341,
Post 341 was founded by the first four officers.
Kenneth Dover, Vietnam, First Post Commander, 1973-1978: Served five years.
Vietnam, 1978-1979: Served a year as Commander.
George Littlefield, Vietnam, 1980-1985: Served five years as
Bydell Clark, World War II, 1986-1987: Served a year as Commander. Deceased.
World War II, 1987-1988: Served a year as Commander.
World War II, 1988-1989: Served a year as Commander.
World War II, 1989-1990: Served two years as Commander.
Kenneth Asa, World War II, 1990-1991: Served a year as Commander.
World War II, 1991-1992:
World War II, 1992-1993: Served a year as Commander.
Don Slade, Korea, 1993-1996: Served three years as Commander.
Walter Wolf, World War II, 1996-2000: Served four years as Commander. Deceased.
James Sperry, 2000-2002: Served two years as Commander.
World War II, 2002-2004: Served two years as Commander.
Ray Gilman, World War II, 2004-2006: Served
two years as Commander.
Charles Forbush, Korea, 2006-2007: Served a year as Commander. Deceased
Post name changed to
Marshall S. Sayner Post 341.
Jake Greeling, Vietnam, 2009-2012
Served three years as Commander.
Jake Greeling, Vietnam, 2009-2012 Served three years as Commander.
Jim Heath, Vietnam,
2012-2013 Served one year as Commander.
Jim Heath, Vietnam, 2012-2013 Served one year as Commander.
John Chelstrom, Korea &
Vietnam 2013-? currently serving as Commander.
John Chelstrom, Korea & Vietnam 2013-? currently serving as Commander.
E. H. “Henry” Cathey