In April of 1934 four men felt the prospering
village of St. Clair Shores
should be represented by a Veterans organization. The men were Bill
Randall, Joe Dendoven, Leo Delo, and Charlie Pasters. There was some
indecision as to whether they should be American Legion or Veterans of
Since Joe Dendoven was a member of the Fairview Post and Bill
Randall was a member of the Alger Post, the decision was swayed toward a V.F.W.
These four men held meetings in Leo’s garage while they recruited more
members. Later they moved their meetings to St. Clair Shores Inn. These
meetings were primarily of organizational purposes. On the 21st
of August with 57 members they drew up and submitted a charter to form a
V.F.W. post based on the inactive half-way post #1146 of East Detroit, which
explains why our post number is comparatively low.
The following year Walter F. Bruce, who was a charter member, died.
Being the first member of the newly formed post to pass away, the remaining
members decided to name the post after him, hence the name Corporal Walter
F. Bruce Post #1146
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