A mighty man at 'The Mighty Tenth'
The Tenth District of the American Legion Department of Wisconsin dedicated the spring conference, April 6, in Osceo, Wis., and the conference book to Past District Cmdr. Lou Chicquette — as the group celebrates the 100th year of The American Legion.
Chicquette served in World War II as a B29 tail gunner.
He is a charter member of Bay City Post 357, founded in 1946 and was the post's very first finance officer. He went on to become post commander and later was elected commander of The Pierce County Council of The American Legion. In 1965 he was elected district commander at the spring conference in Osseo. During his two years as commander, "The Mighty Tenth" led the state being "over the top" in membership with 53 of the 63 posts reaching or exceeding their respective membership targets.
In 1967, Chicquette was elected to the high office of department vice commander. He abandoned his campaign for department commander due to a fire that destroyed his Bay City woodworking plant.
However, at the age of 95 he continues to buy lumber for a large manufacturing company — still going to work every day.
He continues a lifelong love of the American Legion.