Eischens 1st woman to lead Kasson American Legion
Kasson’s American Legion Post 333 received it’s charter 100 years ago, in 1920. A lot has changed in those 100 years including the fact the post is now being led by its first female commander, Christy Eischens.
Eischens actually became commander last June after being a member of the post for five years.
She said she has been proud of what the local post has been doing including the recent Post Everlasting Ceremony honoring deceased veterans, Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion.
She said she was invited to a similar program by the Hayfield Legion Post and wanted to do the same thing in Kasson. The ceremony was well attended, she said and will likely become a yearly event.
Eischens, who is a nurse anesthetist at Mayo, said she joined the Army Reserve as a high school senior and served in the Reserves for four years. She was encouraged to enlist, she said, by her father who is a Vietnam veteran.
During her years in the Reserve, she said, she worked in general supply, an area that involved working in the warehouse, storage and driving a forklift.
She has lived in the Kasson area for 20 years, she said, but until friends told her about the Post she didn’t even realize the Legion was in Kasson. She looked into it and decided she wanted to be a part of the organization.
She added that she was also a non-traditional student as far as her post high school education is concerned and did not go to nursing school until later.
Post 333 started with two dozen members in 1920, she said, one year after the American Legion was started in 1919. The local post is named after Adolph Oiseth, the first Kasson casualty of World War I who died in 1918.
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