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Rice heads up American Legion as state commander

Dave Rice

The American Legion, Department of North Dakota, elected new officers for the 2012-2013 year with Dave Rice elected Department Commander. He will provide leadership for North Dakota's 16,500 Legionnaires from 215 posts located throughout the state.

Rice graduated from Mayville High School in 1969 and went on active duty in the United States Navy at the age of 17 serving on a U.S. Navy Cruiser off the Coast of Vietnam conducting Naval Gunfire Support Operations. Upon completion of four years of active duty he returned to North Dakota and joined the Navy Reserve where he served another 38 years of honorable service before retiring in 2011.

Rice graduated from North Dakota State University with a Master's Degree in Agriculture Economics. He worked for the NDSU Extension Service over thirty years before retiring in 2008. He lives east of Harwood, with his wife Donna, and has two grown children and two granddaughters.

Rice has held numerous offices in the American Legion at the Post, District and Department levels and has been a member for 39 years. He is also a member of several other veteran organizations and has served on boards of other non-profit organizations in his community.

Also elected were Department Vice Commanders David Rolfson, Watford City, Bud Goldsmith, Streeter, and Ron Matthews, Fargo. Eugene Kachena from Pisek was elected commander elect and is expected to become commander next year.

The American Legion promotes patriotism, lobbies for a strong National Defense, ensures the nation's veterans are taken care of and conducts several programs for our Countries Youth. Military Veterans and their family members interested in supporting these efforts should contact their local American Legion Post or go to