Smith-Pletcher Post 779




   POST COMMANDER:   Kevin Wenrick

     CLUB MANAGER: James Clouse


Club Hours

Monday through Friday 2pm ~ 2am or at bartenders discretion

Saturday and Sunday 12pm ~ 2am or at bartenders discretion

Hours May Vary Dependent On Business

Go Fund Me in Rememberance of Hobart Kistler


Kerry Horner

Ron Summers



Sick Call:

Larry Young

Andy McNitt




Moment  Of  Silence

As Of September 1st 2016, 
Our Club Now Observes A Moment Of Silence
Every Evening At 7pm
To Honor Those Comrades Who Have Served,
Those Still Serving, Our Prisoners Of War,
Those Missing In Action, and Unaccounted For,
And For Those Who Paid The Ultimate Price

For Our Freedom

Production Of The Post 779 Memorial Walkway

To Honor Veterans Began September 2018

Applications Are Still Available To Order Dedication Bricks 

For More Information, or To Order Please Stop By The Club

Or Call 814-364-9416

Here is a link to a video about the memorial to the Gulf War veterans. 

Submitted by,

Gary Way


 Vietnam Wall - THIS IS SOBERING!
This is really sobering. Click on the link and find the city you went to high school and look at the names. Click on the name and it will give details of the death.

Vietnam Wall
First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear.
Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.

I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes. Those who remember that time frame, or
perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.

Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.
The following link will take you to the  page on Donnie Lucas, a Centre Hall resident who was killed in the Vietnam war.




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 patients.



1912 - 2012





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:

Gary L. Way 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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