Smith-Pletcher Post 779
2928 Penn's Valley Pike Centre Hall, PA 16828

Welcome to the Smith-Pletcher Post 779 Website




                                      Dean Ripka Memorial Scholarship

                                                    Applications are due May 15, 2014

         Post 779 provides a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving            



Each year the Post awards a $2,000 scholarship to a Penns Valley High School student to use to further their education.  The scholarship is paid in four installments. 

PRIORITY NO 1:  Recipients must be children of Legionaries of Post 779.  Parent name and membership number required for verification. 

PRIORITY NO 2:  Recipients must be grandchildren of Legionaries of Post 779.  Grandparent name and membership number required for verification.   

PRIORITY NO 3:  In the absence of either of the above, the Smith-Pletcher Post will select a worthy recipient from the Penns Valley High School with the approval of the membership of the Post 779.

Eligible Penn's Valley Seniors should apply with a well written letter, addressed to the Post Commander, explaining their high school accomplishments and their plans for the future.  Applicants will be judged by their priority status first and by the quality of their letter second.  For more information contact Commander Larry Young.

Applications are due May 15, 2014



Here is a link to a video about a wife who searched for 68 years to find the fate of her husbane a WWII airman.  Submitted by Gary Way.





Here is one that is back to the front page by request.  Jim Hafer submitted this and it is still on page 4 of our From the Web section.  Gary Way just found it again and asked for it to be reposted.

Click on the link below

Angel Flight







Here is a good one from our web contributions.  It is about Larry the flagman.  Hi gives a new meaning to flagman.  You will not finish it without tears in your eyes.


Check out our section of web favorites like the one below, submitted by Pete Banholzer.

Click here: What honor looks like: The flash mob at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport |

Click on the From the Web tab on the left.




This photo was sent in by Post member Ryan Terrizzi.

He is the one in the gray T shirt. 


The American Legion On-line Update keeps you informed of the latest American Legion news it can be found at this link.

There is a  lot of good information here for the Legion Family.


 Please attend your organization's meetings, voice your opinion, and VOTE




Approximately 30% of all patients in the US diagnosed with this lethal form of cancer served in the military at some point. However, this site,, is an excellent resource to learn about Asbestos in the military and the various treatment options for Mesothelioma.  It is sponsored by a law office that represents Mesothelioma patinets.





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An album of photos of Dean has been placed on our Facebook Page.!/pages/American-Legion-Smith-Pletcher-Post-779/147669981915036?sk=photos


Our post email address is:

Drop us a test message to get your email address on our new list.


Questions about membership, dues, and any other questions about our Post, please click on "Contact Us" on the left side of this Home Page


Attention all Event Coordinators!

Please make a list of all the volunteers that gave their time in putting on your event. Post 779 will post the names of all volunteers on this website so we can recognize their effort!

Please EMAIL your list of names, the event, and date of the event to:

 Mike Tarone at


Gary L. Way at


Mike Tarone is now editing and adding content.  Send any information you would like posted on this website to Mike at


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Lowes Discounts to Veterans

The note below is from Holly Serface, Director of the Centre County Veterans Affairs Office

I just called Lowes yesterday because many veterans have been calling me
in reference to this.  Some of the cashiers are confusing picture ID
cards with military ID cards.  You need to be on active duty or a 20
year military retiree or medically retired (100% service connected) with
a military ID card in order to get the 10% at Lowes.  Apparently,
recently some of the cashiers were accepting the veteran's discharge or
DD 214 for the 10%.  Many veterans have been calling me to find out how
they could get the ID card.  Again, you have to be active duty, military
retiree or 100% service connected medically retired in order to get the
10%.  I know that some of our veterans are getting the 10% with their VA
Medical ID card, but, again, I guess it depends on which cashier's line
you get into.

I am not sure what they are talking about for the Legion card, but I can
guarantee you, the Legion card, will not suffice.  I know this because
this has been going on in Florida for a long time at all the Lowes
stores.  Once this store trains all the cashiers in what to look for,
they will not get the 10% unless they meet the above categories.  They
have finally stopped those people using their DD 214 or military
discharge for the 10%.



American Legion Newsletters can be viewed on line




Nate Summers, Gary L. Way, Denny Royer, and Marshall Brooks pose with Representative Kerry Benninghoff after the ceremony.

Vietnam War veterans were honored at a ceremony at the Bellefonte Area Middle School.  State Representative Kerry Benninghoff presented certificates of appreciation and medals from the State House of Representatives to Vietnam War veterans from the 171st Legislative District.  Also taking part in the ceremony was U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson.  The keynote speaker was retired Army Major General Walter F. Pudlowski.

Representative Benninghoff has been a strong supporter of Veteran's Interests. 




Free Membership

The Post has voted to pay the dues for all of our WWII veterans.  If you are a WWII vet and receive a dues notice, just return it with the note WWII Vet and we will process your card.  We also pay the dues for all 50 year members and all of our members who are on active duty.  If you are in one of these groups, please return your dues notice with a note to the Post and we will take care of your membership.


If you are interested in becoming a paid up for life member click here for more information and an application. 


William Harold Smith - Age 21

Chester Pletcher Age - 20 

These are the hero's that the Post honors with it's name.


Never forget their sacrifice


The Post erected a plaque and placed it in the entrance hall to our Post in the memory of Donald Lucas who was killed in the Vietnam War at age 20.


Never forget the Americans who served with honor and those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom! 


We have added a paragraph on obtaining military discharge records in the E-newsletter and in the "GET RECORDS" sections of this website.


 The Smith-Pletcher American Legion Post 779

Since our charter in 1946, The Smith-Pletcher American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.

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Smith-Pletcher American Legion Post 779 has three primary entities, the American Legion Members, The American Legion Auxiliary Members and the Sons of the American Legion Detachment Members.


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