40&8 Service Award

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Each year at its annual Christmas Party, Voiture 103 of the 40 & 8 presents a Distinguished Service Award to one of its members. It is the Voiture’s most prestigious award. 

The recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award was Art Jones. Art is a 50- year member of the American Legion and a 25-year member of Voiture 103. 

Voyageur Jones was born on October 31,
1928 in Cranston, Rhode Island and enlisted
in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1949 in Boston,
Massachusetts. He survived the Battle of
the Chosin Reservoir and also served in VietNam 1969 -1974. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years. 

Art was employed by Montgomery Ward for 12 years and Southeast Community College for 12 years. He has been a member of the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve continuously for over 40 years and, among many other awards, received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering at the VA Hospital in Lincoln. Art has been very active with the Post 3 Honor Guard for over 28 years, participating in well over 170 funeral services. 

In his spare time, Art volunteers with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and also is a member of the Elks and VFW --- sharing his time with these organizations on a regular basis. 

Congratulations, Art! 


Quilts of Honor Awards 2019 Post 3


Richard Christy

Served in Vietnam 67-69

C Battery 6th Battalion 84 Field Artillery


Frank Rall

WWII Veteran

15th AirForce, 98th bomb group, 344 squadron flying in B24's.

Was shot down, landing in Yogolsavia after 13 missions

District 15 Citizenship Award 2019-20

Commander District 15

Jack Sibert the District 15 recipient of the 2019 District Citizenship

Award, received his medal from District 15 Commander Gerry Wolf at the

District 15 convention. His medal will be presented at the Department Convention in Kearney.


Cody Kerr Award

July 2018-19

For more than 60 years, the

Department of Nebraska has

recognized Legionnaires for their

community service through its

Cody Kerr Memorial Award.

At the time of his death, 47-year

old Cody Kerr, a World War II

veteran from Valentine, was the

department’s community service

chairman. His selfless service

to The American Legion and the community was so well respected that his

Legionnaire friends wanted to find a way to honor his memory. They did so by

developing the Cody Kerr Memorial Award, which was first presented to his

widow, Belle Kerr, in 1954.

This award, presented annually at department convention, is given to a

Legionnaire who has performed superior work in a community service project

or program for the prior year. Any Legion member can nominate another

Legionnaire and the selection committee is comprised of the three immediate

past department commanders.

The 2018 recipient of the Cody Kerr Memorial Award was presented to Post

3’s very own Ed Schnabel at the department convention in Kearney. While most of us are aware of Ed’s daily contributions to American Legion activities in Post3, the Cody Kerr Award recognizes Ed for the many other things he does in the

community in service to others.

Space does not allow printing Ed’s entire nomination form, but it made it clear

that Ed was most deserving.

Ed taught school and was active in other civic activities in Hartington. He also

taught school in Farnam and organized a committee to start a community blood

drive there. (He continues donating blood to this day and is an 18-gallon donor

with the Lincoln Community Blood Bank.)

Ed became active with the Lions in Farnam and helped charter a new Lions

Club in Lincoln. He remains very active with the Star City Lions club now.

Ed has been involved with a number of projects within the Lincoln Public

Schools and volunteers many hours at the VA Health Clinic in Lincoln. He

participates with Post 3’s Honor Guard and remains very active in his church.

Congratulations, Ed, for making all of us very proud of you!