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Lost stories of Berg and Averkamp show need to document
Legion and VFW posts, newspapers working to keep stories preserved
Albert Averkamp, right, stands next to his brother Andrew.

    During Memorial Day 2004, the villages of Dickeyville and Potosi came together when they formed VFW Post 5276 after World War II. The communities came together to honor two men, Jacob Berg and Albert Averkamp.

    Berg, was the son of Edward and Magdalene Berg, born and raised in Potosi.

    Six months after Pearl Harbor, Berg joined the Army and set to work preparing for the European theater. During the assault on Italy in the fall of 1943, Berg was killed, falling on Nov. 13.

    Over time, records for both Averkamp and Berg were lost, and some of the details on their service and their lives is missing. It is an issue that many halls are suffering from, changes in leadership, in location, or in the case of the Uppena-Kroepfle Legion Hall, a dormant period as the post was re-established.

    American Legion and VFW Halls are important parts of the community. They are buildings where wedding receptions are held, family get-togethers, and where those that served meet and reflect.

    To make sure the stories of those who those structures are named after are not forgotten,, along with its contributing newspapers, are asking readers who have information about any of the people that area Legion or VFW posts are named after, or any images of those who served, email or call 723-2151 and ask for the editor, or call area veteran posts.