Gilbert C. Gerster "Gay"

Born: July 23, 1897 - Died: November 18, 1979
[Gay In Uniform]

[Gay In Legion Cap]
"Gay" was the Legionnaire looked up to by all members as the Memorial Show Case in our Meeting Room bears witness. It contains the many testaments to his accomplishments in The American Legion and in the civic sector. As a Dough Boy in France during W.W.1,"Gay' was a amblulance driver with Amblulance Co. 5, 2-3-12 of Field Hospital No.12. He returned to his native shores at New York aboard The USS Von Steuben on September 1st, 1919.
Very active in The American Legion, he was Commander of our post four times and 9th. District Commander two times; 1949 and 1962.
He also served as Department of Indiana Sgt-at-Arms and Chef De Gare of 40/8 Voiture 612.

"Gay" was appointed Postmaster of Dillsboro on March 9th, 1955 and also appointed as a Board Member of The Service System, Local Board #13 from March 20th, 1956 to Janurary 17th, 1972. He was also a Dearborn Country Special Deputy Sheriff.

"Gay" was honored by our post on February 14th, 1964 as our "Mr. Hoosier Legionnaire".
His plaque reads-
"A splendid example of a true Legionnaire in the Post, District and State."

On June, 13th, 1976 "Gay" was awarded "The 9th. District Legionnaire Of The Year"

His certificate reads as follows-
"This honor is not lightly bestowed. The delegates and/or alternates have cause to know that this Legionnaire has given unselfishly of time and talent in The American Legion: we know this Legionnaire to be a dedicated American: we more than appreciate the efforts put forth by the one so honored, which efforts have caused The American Legion to become a greater, stronger organization."
Sign- Roscoe Thurston, Commander, 9th. Dristrict, Department of Indiana.