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Francis Scott Key Post 11

FSK Post 11 History

The only American Legion Post in Maryland, Chartered in 1919, in continual operation and no reorganization with another Post that has not had a repeat Post Commander!

The caucus met July 16th, 1919 in the Frederick City Armory, called to order by Lt. Col. D. John Markey. Capt. Elmer F. Munshower was chosen temporary president and Clarence L. A. Dunsing temporary secretary.


Selection of a post name was brought before the floor for nominations. Lt. William M. Storm suggested the name of Earlston L. Hargett, who made the supreme sacrifice, be chosen. Other names suggested were Francis Scott Key, Winfield Scott Schley and Frederick City. A vote by ballot resulted in the selection of Francis Scott Key.


President Munshower then appointed the following committee on by-laws, Lt. William M. Storm, chairman; David M. Schroeder, Joseph W. Urner and Lt. Paul E. Marsh.


The following were named to the temporary executive committee, Lt. Col. D. John Markey; chairman, John Hershberger, Jr., Rufus Earl Derr, Charles Clifford Doll and Francis H. Urner. The temporary executive committee was instructed to make application at once for a charter and to name a time for the next meeting at which the constitution and by-laws will be adopted and permanent officers will be elected. It was stated that about twenty-five days will elapse until the new charter arrives and the committee will call the next meeting as soon as practicable after the charter is received.


Col. Markey stated that the American Legion was destined to become one of the largest and finest organizations in the United States. Every branch of the service will be represented and there will be no distinction in rank as to service. No matter where, when or how the men served, said Col. Markey, every man who rendered service to his country will be eligible to membership and every eligible man is invited to join.


The question came up as to whether service men outside the city might become members of the local post or whether similar organizations would be formed throughout the county? Col. Markey stated that fifteen eligible persons in any of the county towns may obtain a charter. And he stated that posts be organized in such towns as Brunswick, Middletown, Myersville, Emmitsburg, Buckeystown, Libertytown or in whatever town or locality that fifteen members make application for a charter. However, anyone in the county eligible may join the local post. Later when posts are organized throughout the state, a state convention will be held and delegates will be elected to the National Convention to be held in Minneapolis November 10th, 11th, and 12th when final steps in the organization of the Legion will be taken.


Those present at the meeting were given membership cards and requested to bring others to the next meeting to join the post. The following were present and became members:


Lt. Col. D. John Markey Capt. Elmer F. Munshower

Maj. Charles H. Conley Lt. Paul E. Marsh

Lt. Holmes D. Baker Lt. William M. Storm

Lt. Carroll H. Hendrickson Lt. David M. Schroeder

Lt. Lawrence E. Phebus Lt. Robert F. Barrick

John J. Snyder Robert E. Crumbaugh

Elden A. Kefauver John Hershberger, Jr.

George Hoskins Morgan Victor Kreh

Marion T. Green John A. O’Brien

Marion R. Coleman Robert Niles Abrecht

Francis B. Sappington, Jr. Millard F. Stockman

Richard B. King G. Ernest Lipps

Charles W. Hoffman Phillip R. Esterly

Charles Leroy Kemp Clarence L. A. Dunsing

Francis H. Urner Joseph W. Urner

Irving M. Landauer Rufus Earl Derr

Charles A. Haller Harmon S. Klein

Paul B. Rhodes C. Clifford Cramer

Harry M. Shipley Paul B. Hammond

Walter E. Sinn Charles Clifford Doll

Frank D. Howard Vernon Derr

Carl B. Willard Samuel D. Schell

Charles E. Chew Harry M. Mullen

Reno S. Crum

FSK Post 11 Past Commanders

Year Served Commander Date of Death


1919-1920 Philip R. Winebrener* 18 May 1990

1920-1921 William M. Storm* 15 August 1960

1921-1922 G. Hunter Bowers* 08 December 1996

1922-1923 D. Ralph Zimmerman* 29 March 1986

1923-1924 Elmer F. Munshower* 06 July 1976

1924-1925 Daniel E. Leatherman* 07 May 1972

1925-1926 Alton Y. Bennett* 31 December 1975

1926-1927 E. Austin James* 09 April 1973

1927-1928 G. Ernest Lipps* 02 April 1976

1928-1929 Francis Petrott* 11 January 1951

1929-1930 Guy Anders* 29 February 1952

1930-1931 Ruger R. Rice* 28 January 1954

1931-1932 Irving M. Landauer* 12 November 1943

1932-1933 Charles S. Houck, Jr.* 25 October 1945

1933-1934 Charles E. Hudson 08 September 1953

1934-1935 F. Lester Smith* 05 April 1943

1935-1936 Harry E. Pettingall* 20 April 1967

1936-1937 George S. Rodock, Jr.* 31 August 1968

1937-1938 James G. Conroy* 21 December 1966

1938-1939 Guy K. Motter* 18 April 1960

1939-1940 Wilbur W. Baker* 23 December 1963

1940-1941 G. Raymond Shipley* 27 May 1979

1941-1942 J. Earl Gilbert* 18 August 1973

1942-1943 Clifford M. Yinger* 04 February 1987

1943-1944 Lawrence C. Willard* 10 February 1977

1944-1945 Thomas E. Williams* 31 August 1977

1945-1946 Louis E. Eichelberger* 22 April 1977

1946-1947 John R. Fitzpatrick* 03 December 1981

1947-1948 W.M. Ray Spurrier* 03 April 2003

1948-1949 Robert E. Clapp, Jr.* 24 November 1997

1949-1950 Alvey M. Norwood* 14 June 1987

1950-1951 J. Alfred Cutsail* 01 February 1998

1951-1952 Richard W. Graham* 07 September 1996

1952-1953 Edward A. Crowther* 16 August 1976

1953-1954 George E. Van Fossen* 03 December 2010

1954-1955 J. Robert Edwards* 20 November 1988

1955-1956 James E. Doub* 13 April 1974

1956-1957 William H.S. Miller* 31 March 1995

1957-1958 Carmey E. Reeder* 10 April 1987

1958-1959 John R. Newton* 23 December 1970

1959-1960 William R. Eyler* 05 April 1998

1960-1961 Robert E. Kennedy* 10 April 2010

1961-1962 James R. Reid* 06 January 2010

1962-1963 Earl J. Fisher, Jr.* 03 December 1996

1963-1964 John P. Miller, Jr.* 11 January 1994

1964-1965 Patrick J. O’Neill* 06 October 1972

1965-1966 Dale F. Carter* 22 December 2013

1966-1967 Howard H. Murphy* 17 March 2014

1967-1968 Merhl L. Murphy* 17 March 2011

1968-1969 Harry M. Mossburg* 08 March 2006

1969-1970 Howard R. Kerchner* 03 December 1984

1970-1971 Milton A. Frank, Jr.* 24 July 1985

1971-1972 Edgar R. Spurrier* 31 May 1974

1972-1973 Warren W. Erich* 20 August 1991

1973-1974 Jason H. Yelton* 09 June 1983

1974-1975 J. Rolfe Castleman* 19 August 1983

1975-1976 Roland D. Hahn* 04 June 1998

1976-1977 William A. Kennedy, Sr.* 12 February 2012

1977-1978 Ralph R. Putman

1978-1979 Joseph Rizzo

1971-1980 Fern B. Nelson* 01 June 1985

1980-1981 Richard W. Graham, II

1981-1982 Richard L. Stup

1982-1983 George T. Horman

1983-1984 Steven K. Smith* 26 June 2019

1984-1985 Joseph W. Baldi

1985-1986 William A. Kennedy, Jr.

1986-1987 Harold K. Keller, Jr.

1987-1988 David E. Winpigler

1988-1989 Bryan M. Hissey* 18 February 2020

1989-1990 D. Warren Harrison

1990-1991 Dale R. Markus

1991-1992 Clarence J. Nickens* 10 April 2001

1992-1993 Darryl L. Feaga

1993-1994 J. Wayne Droneburg

1994-1995 Harold E. “Sonny” Blank* 15 March 2003

1995-1996 Randy E. Weddle

1996-1997 Timothy E. Lamson* 06 April 2019

1997-1998 Vee R. Redding* 07 May 2012

1998-1999 William J. Lach

1999-2000 Ronald G. Cool* 27 April 2004

2000-2001 Edward C. Wise* 16 January 2009

2001-2002 Ronald D. Govans

2002-2003 Ronald W. Turley

2003-2004 Michael A. McClanahan* 29 December 2009

2004-2005 Chris “Sam” Delgado

2005-2006 Robert E. Smariga

2006-2007 Ronald E. Bowie

2007-2008 Ronald E. Stuhlemmer

2008-2009 Joseph J. Kundrat, Jr.

2009-2010 Matthew D. Staden

2010-2011 Howard E. Hoy

2011-2012 Michael D. Harbaugh

2012-2013 John D. Fouche

2013-2014 Carl R. Harbaugh* 03 June 2016

2014-2015 David L. Haller

2015-2016 David M. Giles

2016-2017 Andrew L. Stumpf

2017-2018 Wayne D. Kaikko

2018-2019 Keith W. Clevenger

2019-2020 David Swiderski


* Denotes Deceased

Prominent Officers from Post 11

National Executive Committee

Past Commander D. John Markey*, 1920-1921

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 2012-2013

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 2013-2014

Alternate National Executive Committee


Post Member D. John Markey*, 1919-1920

Post Member D. John Markey*, 1928-1929

Post Member D. John Markey*, 1929-1930

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 2010-2011

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 2011-2012

Dept. of Maryland Commander


Post Member D. John Markey*, 1923-1924

Past Commander Charles S. Houck Jr.*, 1935-1936

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 2003-2004

Dept. of Maryland Vice Commander


Past Commander William M. Storm*, 1921-1922

Past Commander Elmer F. Munshower* (Vice Cmdr-WMD), 1924-1925

Past Commander Charles S. Houck Jr.* (Vice Cmdr-WMD), 1929-1930

Past Commander Charles S. Houck Jr.* (Vice Cmdr-WMD), 1930-1931

Past Commander Charles S. Houck Jr.* (Vice Cmdr-WMD), 1933-1934

Past Commander G. Ernest Lipps* (Vice Cmdr-WMD), 1947-1948

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I* (Vice Cmdr-WMD), 1959-1960

Past Commander William R. Eyler*, (Vice Cmdr-WMD), 1968-1969

Past Commander David E. Winpigler (3rd Vice Cmdr.), 2000-2001

Past Commander David E. Winpigler (2nd Vice Cmdr.), 2001-2002

Past Commander David E. Winpigler (1st Vice Cmdr.), 2002-2003

Dept. of Maryland Executive Committee


Past Commander Charles S. Houck Jr.*, 1928-1929

Past Commander Charles S. Houck Jr.*, 1931-1932

Past Commander Charles S. Houck Jr.*, 1932-1933

Past Commander George S. Rodock Jr.*, 1939-1940

Past Commander George S. Rodock Jr.*, 1940-1941

Past Commander George S. Rodock Jr.*, 1941-1942

Past Commander G. Raymond Shipley*, 1948-1949

Past Commander Alvey M. Norwood*, 1951-1952

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1952-1953

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1953-1954

Past Commander Alvey M. Norwood*, 1954-1955

Past Commander Earl J. Fisher Jr.*, 1965-1966

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1966-1967

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1967-1968

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1969-1970

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1970-1971

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1970-1971

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1971-1972

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1971-1972

Past Commander William R. Eyler*, 1972-1973

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1972-1973

Past Commander Warren W. Erich*, 1973-1974

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1974-1975

Past Commanders Jason H. Yelton*, 1974-1975

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1975-1976

Past Commander J. Rolfe Castleman*, 1975-1976

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1976-1977

Past Commander Roland D. Hahn*, 1976-1977

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1977-1978

Past Commander Roland D. Hahn*, 1977-1978

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1978-1979

Past Commander Roland D. Hahn*, 1978-1979

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1979-1980

Past Commander Roland D. Hahn*, 1979-1980

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1980-1981

Past Commander Fern B. Nelson*, 1980-1981

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1981-1982

Past Commander Richard W. Graham II, 1981-1982

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1982-1983

Past Commander Richard L. Stup, 1982-1983

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1983-1984

Past Commander Richard L. Stup, 1983-1984

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1984-1985

Past Commander Fern B. Nelson*, 1984-1985

Past Commander Steven K. Smith*, 1984-1985

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1985-1986

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1985-1986

Past Commander Joseph W. Baldi, 1985-1986

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1986-1987

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1986-1987

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1987-1988

Past Commander Harold K. Keller Jr., 1987-1988

Past Commander William A. Kennedy Jr., 1987-1988

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1988-1989

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1988-1989

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1989-1990

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1989-1990

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1990-1991

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1990-1991

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1991-1992

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1991-1992

Past Commanders Dale R. Markus, 1991-1992

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1992-1993

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1992-1993

Past Commanders Dale R. Markus, 1992-1993

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1992-1993

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1993-1994

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1993-1994

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1993-1994

Past Commander Darryl L. Feaga,1994-1995

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1994-1995

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1994-1995

Past Commander Harold E. Blank*, 1995-1996

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1995-1996

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1995-1996

Past Commander Harold E. Blank*, 1996-1997

Post 11 Member James Stephenson, 1996-1997

Past Commander Randy E. Weddle, 1996-1997

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1997-1998

Past Commander Randy E. Weddle, 1997-1998

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1997-1998

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1998-1999

Past Commander Vee R. Redding*, 1998-1999

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1998-1999

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1999-2000

Past Commander William J. Lach, 1999-2000

Past Commander Randy E. Weddle, 1999-2000

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1999-2000

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 2000-2001

Past Commander Ronald G. Cool*, 2000-2001

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2000-2001

Past Commander Vee R. Redding*, 2000-2001

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 2001-2002

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2001-2002

Past Commander Timothy E. Lamson*, 2001-2002

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2001-2002

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 2002-2003

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2002-2003

Past Commander Timothy E. Lamson*, 2002-2003

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2002-2003

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 2003-2004

Past Commander Ronald D. Govans, 2003-2004

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2003-2004

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2003-2004

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 2004-2005

Past Commander Ronald D. Govans, 2004-2005

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2004-2005

Past Commander Timothy E. Lamson*, 2004-2005

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 2005-2006

Past Commander Ronald D. Govans, 2005-2006

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2005-2006

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2005-2006

Past Commander Ronald D. Govans, 2006-2007

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2006-2007

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2006-2007

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 2007-2008

Past Commander Ronald D. Govans, 2007-2008

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2007-2008

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2008-2009

Post Commander Joseph J. Kundrat Jr., 2008-2009

Past Commander Ronald W. Turley, 2008-2009

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2008-2009

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2009-2010

Past Commander Joseph J. Kundrat Jr., 2009-2010

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2009-2010

Post 11 Member Charles Wisner*, 2009-2010

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2010-2011

Past Commander Joseph J. Kundrat Jr., 2010-2011

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2010-2011

Post 11 Member Charles Wisner*, 2010-2011

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2011-2012

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2011-2012

Post 11 Member Charles Wisner*, 2011-2012

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2012-2013

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2012-2013

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2013-2014

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2013-2014

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2014-2015

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2014-2015

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2015-2016

Past Commander William J. Lach, 2015-2016

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2016-2017

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2016-2017

Post 11 Member Keith W. Clevenger, 2017-2018

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2017-2018

Post Commander Keith W. Clevenger, 2018-2019

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2018-2019

Western Maryland District Commander


Past Commander Alvey M. Norwood*, 1977-1978

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1989-1990

Past Commander Timothy E. Lamson*, 2003-2004

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 2003-2004 (Honorary)

Past Commander Ronald D. Govans, 2012-2013

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2019-2020

Frederick County Commander


Past Commander Alvey M. Norwood*, 1950-1951

Past Commander Richard W. Graham I*, 1954-1955

Past Commander William H. S. Miller*, 1958-1959

Past Commander William R. Eyler*, 1963-1964

Past Commander Earl J. Fisher Jr.*, 1967-1968

Past Commander Dale F. Carter*, 1971-1972

Past Commander Merhl L. Murphy*, 1976-1977

Past Commander Fern B. Nelson*, 1981-1982

Past Commander William A. Kennedy Jr., 1986-1987

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1991-1992

Past Commander David E. Winpigler, 1996-1997

Past Commander Timothy E. Lamson*, 2000-2001

Past Commander Edward C. Wise*, 2004-2005

Past Commander Ronald D. Govans, 2008-2009

Past Commander Matthew D. Staden, 2012-2013

Past Commander David M. Giles, 2016-2017

Past Commander Keith W. Clevenger, 2019-2020


* Denotes Deceased

FSK Post 11 Honorary Life Members


Ruger R Rice* (PC) – 1st Awarded

1954 G. Ernest Lipps* (PC) – 2nd Awarded

1973 Alton Y. Bennett* (PC)

1973 William R. Eyler* (PC)

1973 Richard W. Graham, I* (PC)

1973 Robert E. Kennedy* (PC)

1973 Alvey M. Norwood* (PC)

1973 Lawrence C. Willard* (PC)

1973 William H.S. Miller* (PC)

1974 Luther E. Bell*

1974 Robert J. Burrall*

1975 Edwin A. Brookey, Sr.*

1976 William A. Kennedy, Sr.* (PC)

1977 G. Hunter Bowers* (PC)

1977 Louis E. Eichelberger* (PC)

1977 H.Q. Miller*

1977 G. Raymond Shipley* (PC)

1977 Thomas E. Williams* (PC)

1977 Philip R. Winebrener* (PC)

1977 Clifford M. Yinger* (PC)

1977 D. Ralph Zimmerman* (PC)

1978 Joseph E. Elkins, Sr.*

1978 F. Ross Myers*

1978 Herbert S. Schroeder*

1979 Hobart B. Albaugh*

1979 A. Hart Etichson*

1979 David M. Kemp*

1979 Calvin W. Wachter*

1980 Earl J. Fisher, Jr.* (PC)

1981 James A. Grove*

1981 Joseph B. Price, Jr.*

1982 Milton A. Frank., Jr.* (PC)

1982 Charles F. Handley*

1983 J. Alfred Cutsail* (PC)

1983 Merhl L. Murphy* (PC)

1984 Fern B. Nelson* (PC)

1984 Carmey E. Reeder* (PC)

1984 Harmon L. Staley*

1985 Dale F. Carter* (PC)

1985 James W. Harrison*

1985 Joseph S. Kennedy* (PC)

1986 Edwin A. Brookey, Jr.*

1986 Howard M. Murphy* (PC)

1987 James R. Reid* (PC)

1987 Merhl W. Sulcer*

1988 Abner Devilbiss*

1988 Lawrence E. Fagan*

1988 J. M. Holdcraft*

1988 W. Dare Morton*

1988 Cecelia M. (Nolan) Nestor*

1988 W. M. Ray Spurrier* (PC)

1990 Ralph R. Putman (PC)

1990 Lewis A. Rice*

1990 Donald B. Schattenburg*

1990 David A. Winpigler (PC)

1991 Harry S. Mossburg* (PC)

1993 Bryan M. Hissey* (PC)

1994 D. Warren Harrison (PC)

1996 Harold E. ‘Sonny’ Blank, Jr.* (PC)

1996 William H. Long*

1996 Richard L. Stup (PC)

1997 Robert E. Clapp, Jr.* (PC)

1997 William A. Kennedy, Jr. (PC)

1997 Florence S. Rice*

1997 George E. Van Fossen* (PC)

1998 Milton H. Brandenburg*

1998 Richard W. Graham, II (PC)

1998 George T. Horman (PC)

1998 William J. Lach (PC)

1998 Joseph Rizzo (PC)

1999 Clarence J. Nickens* (PC)

1999 W. Noel Werking

2000 Harold K. Keller, Jr. (PC)

2000 Ronald W. Turley (PC)

2000 Randy E. Weddle (PC)

2001 Lawrence D. Allison*

2001 John F. Fleischman

2001 Robert E. Smarga (PC)

2001 Robert M. Yoder*

2002 Darryl L. Feaga (PC)

2002 Joseph W. Baldi (PC)

2002 Vee R. Redding* (PC)

2003 Edward L. Welty*

2004 Anthony P. O’Toole

2006 Larry E. Biehl

2006 Howard E. Hoy (PC)

2007 Ronald E. Stuhlemmer (PC)

2008 Anthony J. Malavenda*

2008 Clayton C. Ward

2009 Ronald E. Bowie (PC)

2011 Timothy E. Lamson* (PC)

2012 Patrick Williams

2013 Matthew D. Staden (PC)

2013 Peter R. Twentey

2014 Dave Swiderski

2017 Norman M. Covert

2017 J. Wayne Droneburg (PC)

2017 Patricia L. Swiderski

2019 Keith W. Clevenger


* Denotes Deceased

(PC) Denotes Past Post 11 Commander


(Excerpts from the FSK Post 11, 100 Year History.)

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