Willie Benoit’s service to his country did not end when he returned to Louisiana from France at the end of World War I. He lived his life in service as an active member of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight Club and the VFW; and as a volunteer for the selective service board during World War II. I wish I could thank him in person now for what he did for this country and thank him for what he did for our freedom!
My grandfather helped to organize the Vinton American Legion Post in the 1930s, and served as an active member until right before his death in the 1980s. I remember him putting on his hat and going to weekly meetings when I was a child.
Bill Benoit Named Head of Legion Post at Vinton, 1938
Vinton. June 15, 1938.
Bill Benoit was elected commander of the John C. Bowdon, American Legion Post No. 208 at this week’s meeting. Mr. Benoit has been a very active member of the local post since organizing five years ago, having served as secretary and treasurer the entire time.
American Legion Post Commander’s Guide
Vinton Area Veterans of World War I, 1975
Selective Service Medal
Both of my grandparents received certificates for participating in the selective service board during World War II. My grandfather received a selective service medal.