Harrell Boedeker, Post 558's last charter member.


Malta Bend Memorial Post 558’s last charter member passes away

Malta Bend, MO

Harrell Boedeker, Post 558’s last charter member, passed away on Aug. 1, 2022. Boedeker was a member for 69 years, serving as post commander from 1960 to 1962, and later serving as a National Executive Committeeman for four years. He served in Korea during the Korean War, and once related that he had been trained as a welder in the Army but never did that job there. He also said he never had to pick up a weapon while in Korea. One of his most vivid memories of his service in Korea, he once said, was seeing railroad refer cars loaded with dead bodies. After the war he returned to Malta Bend, and later served as the town’s mayor and as an alderman.

Post 558’s charter was signed on July 21, 1954, at National Headquarters in Indianapolis, and on July 31, 1954, at Missouri Department Headquarters in Jefferson City.

Harrell Boedeker receiving a Quilt of Valor® at a post meeting from Keith and Christena Windmeyer in March 2019.
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