Legion post displays veteran’s medal

LEAVITTSBURG – The Elmer Dade American Legion Post 699 has added a display of the casket flag and medals of Elmer Dade, for whom the post is named.

Chuck Jaros, sergeant at arms for the post, said Dade, a Leavittsburg native, will not only have his portrait displayed on the wall of the post but also his many medals and ribbons and his casket flag.

Charles Allen, post commander, said a presentation of the flag and medals was made earlier in the year by Dade’s family and then publicly displayed for Memorial Day.

Dade’s medals include a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, European-African-Middle East Combat Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Combat Infantry Medal.

Bill Dade, Elmer Dade’s brother, said his mother wanted the post to have his brother’s military items.

“I have one sister who is living who gave the items to me because she did not have any use for them. There was no use in me having them. I’d rather have them here at the legion where people can see them and they can be displayed,” he said.

Elmer Dade served during World War II in the 82nd 325th Airborne Glider Infantry All American Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.

He was a sergeant in France on D-Day, when he was wounded and taken back to England. He was patched up but later died of his wounds on June 9, 1944, in Holland, at age 29.

Jaros and Allen said more than 200 people stopped on Memorial Day to see the items.

Elmer Dade was among seven children of Max and Florida Dade.