Post 12 Leadership
2023 - 2024
1st Vice Commander
2nd Vice Commander
Sergeant At Arms
Waggoner - Trimble
American Legion Post 12 was named after PFC Stephen Waggoner and Mechanic Karl Dell Trimble.
Both of the soldiers were from Council Grove, Oklahoma. Both were assigned to the 357th Regiment.
The 357th Regiment was the point of the spear in final of the Meuse-Argonne Campaign in late October, 1918. After a successful first day attack towards the German lines at “Le Grand Farm,” just on the outskirts of De Bantheville, Meuse, Lorraine, France, the 357th came under a vicious German Artillery counterattack.
During the almost incessant German artillery barrage, PFC Stephen Waggoner and his machine gun team were lost. Their bodies were never recovered. Sadly, during this same artillery counterattack, Mechanic (E-4) Karl Dell Trimble of the 357th and also of Council Grove, OK, was mortally wounded.
The Charter Members of Post 12, all veterans of World War One and the AEF chose to name the Post in Memory of their Fallen Comrades from Council Grove, Stephen D. Waggoner and Karl D. Trimble in 1941.
Post Executive Committee
Jim Von Thaer
Founding Post Members
Ray L. Maxwell Rodney P Jones
T.A. Gale R.W. Moyes R.H. Reed
A.B. McFarland Carl B. Martin
Ernest H. Lombard W.B. Oliverson
T.A. Roberts Devereux Shields
Floyd Marmon Vincent L. Mikeska
C.E. Cavener H.E. Boecking
Harvey D. Power J.C. Curtis
R.H. Hutchinson W.O. McPherson
Carl C. Phelps Albert L. Mason
W. K. Denison Charles B. Pritshept
Don H. Hardin C. H. Carnahan
Cecil Page Roy R. Parker
J. R. Cavett C. Guy Freeland
C.O. Remington W. C. Jenkins
Claude C. Kuykendall
Clarence Earl Marsh Ralph B. Galbraith
Robert O. Larimer Alec D. Ralston
Barney L. Fisher Lark Cassel
Leonard J. Baker Dee Oliver Chambers
Samuel R. McCasson Frank R. Stockton
Notable Post Members
Leo C. Mayfield, served in WWII in the United States Coastguard. Mayfield was a lifelong member of American Legion Post 12. After his military service, Mayfield went on to become a teacher in the Putnam City school district, then a principal, and finally the Superintendent.
Mayfield Middle School in Oklahoma is named in his honor.