American Legion Post 525 Home Page

Mount Prospect
Post 525

PO Box 173
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Bill Starr, Commander
Rockne Bork, Adjutant

In 1930, sixteen World War I veterans got together in Mount Prospect and decided to form an American Legion Post. As a result of their efforts, a charter was approved and issued on November 5, 1930 to Mount Prospect Post Number 525, Department of Illinois. The first elected Commander was Ira Jerome Gehringer.

Beginning with those sixteen members, our post has grown to 252. We owe a debt of gratitude to those sixteen comrades, who are now members of the Post Everlasting.

This Post has served its members, its community and its country for 81 years. On November 5, 2010 -- our post achieved its 80th anniversary.

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the Month
at Arlington Legion Post 208,
121 N. Douglas,
Arlington Heights
at 7:30 pm

Need a map to get to the meeting? Maps by Travel

Rodger Kruse named Service Officer of the Year in the 9th District

On November 14th, 2011, Rodger Kruse was recognized by the American Legion's 9th District command with the Outstanding Service Officer award. Pictured here are Roger, 9th District Commander Christine Gasinski, 9th District Sr. Vice Commander Anthony Siciliano and Ray Toczek, the 9th District Service Officer.

Previously during calendar 2011, Post 525 also had another member recognized for excellence. Lee Jensen was awarded the Outstanding Chaplain certificate from the 9th District commander.

The American Legion Christmas party for 2011 will be an All Veterans' affair. It was decided collectively by the cadres of the American Legion post 525 and Mt. Prospect's VFW Post 1337 to combine forces and host only one Christmas Party. So, this year it will be on Friday December 16th at Rob Roy golf course at 505 Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Heights. The fees per person is $20 to be paid in advance by contacting Bob Fey at 847 299 3510. Each attendee is encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to be taken and given to veterans at Great Lakes Hospital. The MacArthur middle school singers will furnish the entertainment. Be ready to sing!

In October of 2005, Barrington High School Senior Corinne Noble attended a meeting of American Legion Post 525 to thank the members for their support of her weeklong Girls State experience.

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Cadet Corinne Noble graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a 2LT in the United States Army. While a Firstie at the Academy, Cadet Noble served as XO for the Second Regiment in the Corps of Cadets. In the above photo, taken at the Graduation Parade, Cadet Noble (far right) is part of the Regimental Staff as they march out of the Corps.

American Legion Post 525 is an active organization of veterans that provides service to our veterans, community and nation. Listed below are some of the activities that Post 525 is involved in thoughout the year.

  1. Conducts Bingo at the North Chicago VA Hospital.
  2. Participates in "Welcome to Mt. Prospect Program" at the Senior Center.
  3. Participates in Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Band Shell in Lions Memorial Park.
  4. Places American Flags on Veterans graves prior to Memorial Day
  5. Conducts "Poppy Day" collection for disabled veterans
  6. Sponsors Mt. Prospect American Legion Baseball Team
  7. Sponsors Mt. Prospect Boy Scout Troop 23
  8. Presents American Legion Scholastic Awards at Lincoln, Jr. High School
  9. Presents American Legion Scholastic Awards at St. Paul School
  10. Participates in Post Everlasting & Flag Retirement Ceremony at Post 208 on Flag Day.
  11. Sponsors candidates to the American Legion Boys State, Girls State and Police Academy
  12. Participates in Independence Day Parade
  13. Attends Boy Scout Troop 23 Eagle Court of Honor
  14. Participates in the 9/11 Ceremony at the Mt. Prospect Fire and Police Building.
  15. Participates in Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Band Shell in Lions Memorial Park
  16. Participates in Palatine's Hunting Ridge School Veterans Day Program
  17. Provides funds to purchase replacement Service Flags for the Veterans Memorial Band Shell in Lions Memorial Park
  18. Delivers Christmas gifts from our Post 525 members to the North Chicago VA Hospital.
  19. Provides financial support to our needy veteran members.
  20. Our Service Officer, Chaplain and others visit members of our Post in hospitals, care centers or at home.
  21. American Legion Funeral Services are provided for our members when requested.

    Post 525 Supports Our Troops In Iraq

    Now that our President has given the orders to free Iraq from their ruthless dictator Saddam Hussein, American Legion Post 525 stands behind him 100% in accomplishing this mission as soon as possible. We especially pray for and support all of our troops that are now in harm's way in Iraq and hope that they will return home safely.

    Let us show our support for our Country and our Men And Women in uniform by displaying the American Flag outside our homes.

    On the morning of September 11, 2001 our country was under a vicious and cowardly terrorist attack that devastated thousands of innocent Americans lives. Our American Legion Post 525 along with all of our fellow veterans extend our heart felt thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families that were directly and indirectly affected by this unspeakable act of violence against our country and its citizens.

    At this time we call on all of America to stand united with our President during the difficult times ahead and hope and pray that those responsible will be brought to a swift justice. May God Bless America and Our President.


    If you are interested in joining the American Legion and have served at least one day of active military duty during the dates marked below and were honorably discharged or are still serving honorably, we would like to welcome you to be a member of Mt. Prospect American Legion Post 525.

    Dates of Service-
    Aug. 2, 1990 - to present
    Dec 20, 1989 - Jan. 31, 1990
    Aug. 24, 1982 - Jul. 31, 1984
    Feb. 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
    June 25, 1950 - Jan 31, 1955
    Dec 7, 1941 - Dec. 31, 1946
    Apr. 6, 1917 - Nov. 11, 1918

    Service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or if you saw service in the U.S. Merchant Marine (Dec 7, 1941 - Aug. 16, 1945)

    Post 525 has provided funds to purchase replacement Service flags for the Veterans Memorial Band Shell in Lions Memorial Park. Our Post has made a commitment to keep the service flags that are part of the Veterans Memorial in good serviceable condition and to replace them as needed.

    Post 525 has for the last 5 years conducted Bingo at the North Chicago V.A. Hospital in the mental patient ward. We hold Bingo every 2nd Wednesday of the month except during the months of July and August. The patients at the hospital look forward to this event and are very appreciative to Post 525 for providing this entertainment to them. Our Post gives out monetary awards to the winners of the Bingo games and also provides refreshments to the patients that attend the Bingo games.

    Congratulations to Frank Schoenberg who was awarded the "Outstanding Service Officer Award for the 9th District."

    Frank has been a Post 525 Service Officer for many years and has done an outstanding job for the Post in aiding and comforting our members who have been ill and have fallen on hard times. Over many years Frank has spent countless hours visiting with hospitalized veterans and veterans in their homes during periods of their recovery. Frank has kept our Post informed of their progress and has made recommendations on what assistance they might need. Because of Frank's outstanding devotion to his job as Service Officer of Post 525, the American Legion 9th District at their meeting on June 27, 2001, presented Frank with the "9th District Outstanding Service Officer Award." Out of the many Posts that make up the 9th District, Frank was the only Service Officer to receive the award.

    All the members of Post 525 congratulate Frank for being an outstanding Service Office for our Post.

    Congratulations to our Chaplain Bob McKillop. Bob was presented with the Air Force Chaplain's Cross at the annual American Legion State Convention held in Arlington Heights. He was the only American Legion chaplain from the Ninth District, First Division to receive the Chaplain's Cross at the state convention. Another job well done Bob!

    Read the Daily Herald Article about Bob's honor

    Voter Registration Services

    For veterans and their families. Will go anywhere to register. Contact Registrars Dick Reithal or Frank Stewart at 847-255-4879

    American Legion Post 525 is proud to sponsor
    Boy Scouts of America Troop 23

    Post 525 Guestbook

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