1959 Golden Knights Al Championshttps://ba7c1e.a2cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/upload/1959/0b293dd0.jpg
The 1959 American Legion National Champions. "...At the American Legion Nationals in '59 in Minneapolis, there was no retreat. The Corps had to simply sweat out waiting for the posting on a board of the score of the Chicago Cavaliers, who had put on a magnificent show. The official with the Cavalier score slowly rounded the track in a jeep. Gradually he ascended a ladder and moved the name of every corps down one slot. He put his hand on the card in first place. The card read, simply, B.S. They slowly smiled and removed his hand, slotting the Cavies card into second place. Those in gold roared; those in green walked away in silence."
Bill Furlong - Thanks to Ed "Bedbug" Biedrzycki and Fred Ruth
Chuck Metzger - Thanks to Ed "Bedbug" Biedrzycki and Fred Ruth
1959 - Departing for the Nationalshttps://ba7c1e.a2cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/upload/1959/08c37920.jpg
Bobby Paul, Jerry Dalton, and Monsignor Boyle pictured as the corps depart for the Minneapolis AL Nationals, 1959. Photo courtesy of Jerry Dalton.
1959 AL Nationals Paradehttps://ba7c1e.a2cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/upload/1959/08bbc760.jpg
Who else but the Golden Knights could include their equipment truck in a parade? Notice Father Garner and Fred Dooley marching with the corps. Courtesy of Jerry Dalton.
1959 Golden Knightshttps://ba7c1e.a2cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/upload/1959/08a69060.jpg