History of West Fargo VFW
Arthur W. Jones Post 7564

The West Fargo VFW’s Post name is named after Arthur W. Jones, the first veteran from the West Fargo area that was killed in World War II. Arthur W. Jones, born January 18, 1922, was killed in action November 5, 1942, serving in Guadalcanal – South Pacific.

In 1946, 10 veterans got together and decided to form a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in West Fargo, ND. On March 10, 1946, a charter was issued to the Post. During that summer, there was a lack of interest and the Post folded.

In 1948, some veterans again got together and decided to try forming a Post. On July 29, 1948, a new charter was issued to the West Fargo Post with 26 members on the charter. They elected their first Post Commander, Earl Hanson.

The Post did not grow very much due to West Fargo being only a village. Money was a scarce commodity and the Post meetings were held at a local barber shop, bar, and fire hall. Bingo games during Thanksgiving and Easter were the only source of income.

In 1952, under the direction of Post Commander Ed Franck, the Post purchased the corner lot on 4th Avenue and Sheyenne Street for the sum of $600.

During 1953, under the direction of Post Commander Vernus Loberg, the adjoining lot was purchased for $500. In 1953, under the direction of Post Commander Fred Krebsbach, building bonds were sold.

In 1955, under the direction of Post Commander Les Ulness, a building committee was formed and the first Post home was built with a 40′ x 100′ building at a cost of $25,000.

January, 1956, the VFW Auxiliary was formed with 49 members on the charter. Florence Loberg was the first Auxiliary President.

March 28, 1959, at 3:00 a.m., the building caught fire. It gutted the kitchen and office with all records lost in the fire. The Post started all over again with a remodeling.

mem6bbWith another building fund, the Post opened a new club in 1974. Today, it is the Post home of VFW Post 7564 and it’s Auxiliary at 308 Sheyenne Street.
The VFW Post membership is nearing 1100 members and there’s almost 700 members of the Auxiliary. The Post Home is completely remodeled with one of the most active VFW Posts and Auxiliaries in the country.

The mottos of “Honoring the dead by helping the living” and “We’d do anything for this country” truly lives with the West Fargo VFW and Auxiliary. Countless hours are spent by the members on hospital visitations, community activities, and patriotic programs.

Past Post Commanders

1948 – 49  Carl Hanson
1949 – 50  William Sherman
1951 – 52  Joe Jameson, Jr.
1952 – 53  Edward Franck
1953 – 54  Vernus Loberg
1954 – 55  Fred Krebsbach
1955 – 56  Lester Ulness
1956 – 57  Bert Sackman
1957 – 58  Clayton Nesemeier
1958 – 59  Paul Hemple
1959 – 60  Duane Flick
1960 – 61  Richard Quam
1961 – 62  Monte Thoreson
1962 – 63  Douglas Lee
1963 – 64  Carl Jensen
1964 – 65  Herbert Haar
1965 – 66  Toralf Aalgaard
1966 – 67  Victor Kleiboer
1967 – 68  Tom Blakeway
1968 – 69  Clayton Isaacson
1969 – 70  Joe Puente
1970 – 71  Morris Milligan
1971 – 72  Paul Vance
1972 – 73  Paul Vance
1973 – 74  Phil Rausch
1974 – 75  Joe Shoman
1975 – 76  Archie Detienne
1976 – 77  Clinton Dowling
1977 – 78  Gene Rausch
1978 – 79  Gene Rausch
1979 – 80  James Rohrich
1980 – 81  Donald Green
1981 – 82  Donald Green
1982 – 83  Otto Evenson
1983 – 84  Glen Maurer

1984 – 85  Arvaal Olson
1985 – 86  Roy Paulson
1986 – 87  Roger Olson
1987 – 88  Robert Rudd
1988 – 89  John Fleming
1989 – 90  Lavern Fillbrandt
1990 – 91  Ray Harkema
1991 – 92  Ray Harkema
1992 – 93  Larry Schaan
1993 – 94  Leroy Heinz
1994 – 95  Dale Ronning
1995 – 96  Gary Josephsen
1996 – 97  Don Roerick
1997 – 98  Don Olson
1998 – 99  Louis Chase
1999 – 00  Grant Bottcher
2000 – 01  Daryl Best
2001 – 02  Roger Jacobsen
2002 – 03 Ron McDonald
2003 – 04  Charlie Weible
2004 – 05  Jim Hapala
2005 – 06  Bill Tuff
2006 – 07  Chris Rolph
2007 – 08  Bill Tuff
2008 – 09  Bert Hanson
2009 – 10  Ross Berg
2010 – 11  Richard Fuller
2011 – 12  Craig Johnson
2012 – 13  Mike Wiersma
2013 – 14  Jamie Olson
2014 – 15  Shorty Vetter
2016 – 17  Shorty Vetter

Past State Commanders from VFW Post 7564

1976 – 77 Paul Vance
1985 – 86 Harold Carnahan
1989 – 90 Otto Evenson
1996 – 97 Richard Belling