On 28 February 1946, fifteen Dent County veterans from all services formed together and were Chartered by the National Veterans of Foreign Wars to establish the Dent County Memorial Post 6280. The post was located on South Carty Street in Salem, MO. Although, there are no records available; presumably they were all World War II vets. Accordingly, the modern day post co-located with American Legion Post 99 on Highway 32 (approx 1.5 mile west of Salem), conducted a cake cutting ceremony that was open to the public. Also present was Katie Anderson from The Salem Publishing Company. In military tradition, the youngest and oldest members cut the cake. Our oldest member (not present) is Al Hayman, a WWII Army Air Corps pilot and our youngest member is Sierra Redd.
Present for duty are Kasey Hayes (youngest member) and Glen Salzwedel (oldest) are seen cutting the cake with the ceremonial saber provided by VFW Jr Vice Commander Dave Pace.
Glen Salzwedel was a combat infantryman and 4 time Purple Heart recipient who fought in the Korean War. Glen is reputed to be a Charter member of VFW Post 5651 in New Melle. Kasey Hayes is also a combat infantryman with two tours of Iraq and our top recruiter..
The Group photo consist of the following: (Front row) Chaplain Larry Venable*, Officer of the Day Ralph Ryder**, Quartermaster John Rostron**, Commander Eric Surles**, Kasey Hayes (ball cap), Glen Salzwedel**, Roman “Ski” Iwanski, (2d Row) Surgeon “Clifton” McDonald, Thomas Russell (ball cap), Adjutant Tod Kinerk**, JAG “Clay” Lindsey (ball cap), Tim Richardson (ball cap), Jr Vice Commander and Purple Heart recipient Dave Pace*, and Trustee George Flint (also a Korean War vet).
* wearing VFW ball caps
**wearing VFW white or black service hats
Not pictured were Post Officers: Sr Vice Commander Bob Westerfield and VSO John Russell