Steven H Nipp Post 143

Post 143 was incorporated in July 1984 by John Dunlap, Charles Gavitt and Arthur Carr and located in "the round building" at E. 601 Seltice Way in Post Falls.  John Dunlap commanded the Post from it's inception until the time of his death in 2012 - nearly 30 years.  The current building on Poleline Road was built in 2007.  The Post officially changed it's name to the Steven H. Nipp Post 143 a few years later.


Cpl. Steven H. Nipp, US Marines, was killed in action in Vietnam on Feb. 8, 1969. Nipp, 20, was a 1966 graduate of Post Falls High School. 












Semper Fi Marine Cpl. Steven H. Nipp. On Feb. 8, 1969, the Post Falls High School grad ('66) gave his last full measure of devotion on the battlefield during his second tour of duty in Vietnam. American Legion Post 143 bears his name. Steve had been gone 48 years, but his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten when he was remembered on the black marble Killed in Action monument at the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Kootenai County courthouse.





Our first, and longest running Commander, John Dunlap, served from 1984 until his passing in 2003. 














We are always looking for artifacts, photographs, news articles and other written components for the history of our Post and of the United States military.

Those with knowledge, talents, or materials relating to the history of the Post are invited to contact the Post Adjutant  at (208-773-9054) or email to

Pertinent historical material may also be left at the Post marked for the Historian.