Welcome to American Legion Post 703


Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of The American Legion and the The American Legion Riders make up what is known as The Legion Family. All these organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.

URGENT Message from the Honor Guard Chairman Jim Locke*****
Ladies and gentlemen , as of today only three people have responded to the request for the Veterans Day events , that were requested in our news letter.
I need to confirm the Color Guard requests we have for Veterans Day, I cannot wait till the practice on October 20 to see if we have enough volunteers to meet the requests.
If I do not get a response by Tuesday, October 16, for the events requested, I will be forced to cancel our commitments.
Please consider volunteering for any of the following events
1) Friday, November 9th , 9:30 at leisure village, Color Guard
Need 2 flag bearers, 2 rifle, and a Sgt of the Guard ( Jim locke cannot attend this one)
2) Sunday , November 11th, Fox Lake Train station, 11am Color/Honor Guard
Need 6 Flag Bearers , one for each family , the MIA/Pow, and the  National Colors
7 rifle
1 Sgt of the Guard ( Jim Locke)
1 bugler
3) Monday November 12th , Gavin JR high, 7am till 10am, Color Guard
Breakfast served to participants
Need 2 Flag bearers, 2 rifle, and 1 Sgt of the Guard( Jim Locke)
Also, any Veteran that would like to share their stories with the students, I need your name, rank , years of service, and branch of service in order for you to be recognized during the ceremony. We will rotate through the classrooms and share our experiences with the students. Memorabilia is recommended, and It is a rewarding experience. Please consider joining us. This is our 3rd year participating.
4) Monday, November 12th, 11am, Thomas Place, Color Guard
Need 2 Flag bearers, 2 rifle, 1 Sgt of the Guard( Jim Locke)
Lunch and raffle prizes for those participating
Again practices are scheduled for Oct 20, and Nov 3rd from 11am till 1pm, and I am requesting that anyone expecting to participate in any of the above events to please make the practices.
Thank you, Jim Locke
Commander Post 703
It is with deepest sympathy that I inform you of the passing of one of our Auxiliary members, Lolly Class.
She was the beloved wife of our past Commander, Adjutant, and Finance Officer Chuck Class.
There will be a memorial service held at:
Ehorn Adams Funeral Parlor
10011 Main Street

Richmond, IL 60071

on Saturday October 27th from 1-5pm.
Our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
Thank you,
Kelly Herden
Commander Post 703

Hello Legion Family,

It seems we were misinformed on the date for the Marine Corp breakfast. This will actually take place on Saturday November 3rd. The event starts at 7:30 am. If you can volunteer to help with this event you should be there around 6 am. Please let me know if you can make it.


Russ Gilley
SAL Commander

Just recd this notification. As your Service Officer I have constantly talked about getting registered, update or followed up with your VA claim. Here is yet another golden opportunity for you to have your voice heard in regards to questions regarding claims and or benefits.
For God and Country,
Bob Gabriel
Svc Ofcr
Post 703 

Greetings Legion Family,

General Membership Meeting is every 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 pm
After the meeting is served a nice meal.

For God and Country
Bob Gabriel
Post 703
Fox Lake, IL

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Poppies' Day will be May 19 + 20, 2017

Help is needed to sell and promote this special cause.

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Welcome to the Fox Lake American Legion Riders Group page!

Regular meetings are held the third Monday of the month starting at 7:15 P.M. at our Post Home 703 N HWY 12 Fox Lake, IL.

The American Legion Riders are a diverse group of motorcycle enthusiasts sharing common goals. All are members or spouses of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion—and all are united by patriotism.

They answer the call to ride in service to America’s military, her veterans, and for the children and youth of our country.

Director Bob (SMAJ/Gabe) Gabriel (847-691-5990)
Deputy Director      Anthony Kloski
Sergeant At Arms Jim Solberg
Chaplain Steve Zebich
Treasurer Nancy Wells
Secretary Dale Reynolds
Historian Mindy Schwartz
Road Captain Pete Mazik

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Monday and Thursday

$1.00 draft beer


$ 2.00  Miller bottles


Loaded Bloody Mary's $5.00


meat raffle from 3pm to 5 pm

September 1st - 3 Aces Band from 3- 6pm POWW wrestling

Doors open at 6 pm show time 7 pm Kitchen is open from 5 pm to 9 pm .

September 24th - Paint and Sip with Mo Wallace at 6:30 pm

$ 30.00 per person includes all paint supplies and one drink. Sign up at the bar to make sure there is room for everyone. 847-587-2323
Queen of Hearts Game  every Tuesday, 7: 30 pm draw
Tickets can be bought every day at the Drop Zone Bar
Tickets are 6 for $5.00
Jackpot now at $ 7,270.00
Note: winner need not be present
50/50 drawing will be held  tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00  must be present
Official rules are at the bar.
As part of our commitment to veterans and the community, the Fox Lake American Legion offers our hall, outside grounds and meeting room as rentals when they are not being used.
Hall rental: $650.00 for hall rental and $250.00 cash security deposit required.

maximum occupancy 250 people.

Outside grounds: $ 150.00  with cash security deposit $250.00

Meeting room: $50.00    maximum occupancy 40 people

Call today for a FREE estimate!
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KIA from WW II coming home - TSgt Harry A Carlsen

Dear Veterans and Friends:

After 75 years, USMC TSgt Harry A Carlsen is coming home.

USMC TSgt Harry “Bud” Carlsen served in the United State Marines during World War II as the Quartermaster Maintenance Chief for Company A of the 2nd Marine Divisions’ 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion. From August through December of 1942, he participated in landing assaults against several strongly defended enemy positions in the South Pacific including Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo, Florida, and Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands.
In November of 1943, he was among the first troops to assault the heavily fortified enemy defenses of Betio Island Red Beach One, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands as part of an advance team whose mission was to establish a headquarters for tractor battalion operations.
TSgt Carlsen was Killed in Action on November 20, 1943.  He was 31 years old.  Bud was one of 550 Marines killed in the battle whose remains were not identified. Dog tags were removed, gravesites obliterated, and records lost.
In 1946 his unidentified remains were moved to Hawaii’s Schofield Mausoleum. 1949 his remains were reinterred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Hawaii’s Punchbowl in grave E1212.
Due to extensive research by William Niven, Rick Stone (Chief Rick Stone and Family Foundation), and Mark Noah (History Flight), the search for Bud focused on grave E1212.  Work by Nancy Spellman, Bud’s niece, and great nephew Ed Spellman, led to the exhumation of E1212 and the conclusive identification of Bud in June 2018.
TSgt Carlsen’s family chose Glueckert Funeral Home in Arlington Heights for his services.   Information about arrangements can be found at www.glueckertfh.com
Our deepest thanks goes to the family of TSgt Carlsen for his service and sacrifice for our Nation.
TSgt Carlsen’s remains will arrive at O’Hare Airport on Delta Airlines Flight 2573 from Salt Lake at 1:33 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
A procession to Glueckert Funeral Home will depart O’Hare at ~2:30 pm escorted by the Patriot Guard and a USMC escort.  The procession will travel through Bensenville, Elk Grove Village, Mt Prospect and Arlington Hts.  Please be patient as there may be delays for the flight.
The route will be:
North on York Road / Elmhurst Road to Algonquin Road
West on Algonquin Road to Arlington Hts Road
North on Arlington Hts Road to Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd, Arl Hts, IL
EVERYONE is invited to stand along the route to honor this Fallen Hero.  If possible, stand with an American Flag. 
Also, veterans and friends are asked to form a Flag Line at Glueckert Funeral Home.
Please take some time from your busy day to honor one of our Nation’s Fallen Heroes.
Greg Padovani
Chairman, Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights
Honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.

Fox Lake American Legion Post 703

(847) 587-2323


703 N. U.S. Hwy 12
Fox Lake, Illinois