History of American Legion Post book now available

MONTICELLO — “The 100-year History of American Legion Thornton William Post 81” is now available at the White County Historical Society and the Legion post.

The 84-page full-color coffee table book covers the entire history of the post, which was first established on Sept. 20, 1919. It is written by Post Commander William Madden and is Madden’s 40th title.

Madden spent about six months writing the book and putting it together. Besides the entire history of the post, Madden also interviewed members of the Monticello Veterans Honor Guard and some previous commanders of the post for the book.

The Honor Guard has about 40 members and the post has had 69 commanders in its history. The book also contains a chapter about Dean A. Duvall, who went missing during the Vietnam War.

There are also chapters on the Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion.

Madden decided to produce the book in large print to make it easy to read.

The book will also be available at the post’s Annual Holiday Bazaar scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9.