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The late Oregon department commander and Gales Creek native was honored at a ceremony.

COURTESY PHOTO - Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Major John Kalmbach served as post commander of American Legion Post 90 in Banks and department commander of the American Legion in Oregon. He died in April.A past department commander of the American Legion received posthumous honors in his hometown of Banks this month, as the local American Legion post was renamed in his memory.

American Legion Post 90 is now formally known as John Kalmbach Post 90. Kalmbach, a longtime American Legion member and post officer, died April 21 at age 83.

Post 90 honored Kalmbach at its membership appreciation barbecue on Tuesday, Aug. 13, announcing the new name and presenting a framed photograph to his widow, Ellen Kalmbach.

"PDC Kalmbach played a vital role in the revitalization that saw an increase in post membership and keyed member participation within its Legion Family, supporting veterans, children and youth programs, and many other community service endeavors," a statement from Post 90 announcing the new name reads in part.

The national executive committee of the American Legion also approved a resolution honoring Kalmbach's life, which was read by Steve Adams, current department commander of the American Legion in Oregon, at the Aug. 13 ceremony.

Kalmbach grew up in Gales Creek and graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, being honorably discharged with the rank of command sergeant major.

In his later years, Kalmbach was American Legion Post 90 commander for four years and department commander of the American Legion in Oregon from 2009 to 2010. He also coached youth baseball, led a Boy Scout troop and owned and operated his own businesses.

The ceremony also honored Rodger Rau, post adjutant of John Kalmbach Post 90, who was named Oregon Legionnaire of the Year.COURTESY PHOTO - American Legion Department Commander Steve Adams embraces Ellen Kalmbach after giving her a framed photograph of her late husband, John Kalmbach.


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