INSTALLATION OF 2022-2023 OFFICERS
INSTALLATION OF 2022-2023 OFFICERS
2022-2023 OFFICERS FOR POST 532
L TO R PAST COMMANDER RONDALL BROWN, PAST NATIONAL COMMANDER BILL OXFORD, ROBERT SIEBERT COMMANDER POST 532
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COMMANDER ROBERT SIEBERT, 1ST VICE COMMANDER PHIL CANTLEY, JIM QUINLAN NC COMMANDER, SOMMER RECTOR, ADJUTANT, JACK GREVE, JUDGE ADJUTANT
COMMANDER JOE BUCKNER PRESENTS ADJUTANT MITCHELL SHIELDS AN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE POST.
COMMANDER RONDALL BROWN PRESENTS JUDGE ADVOCATE JACK GREVE AN AWARD FOR HIS DEVOTION TO POST 532 FOR MANY YEARS. WE THANK JACK FOR HIS COMMITMENT
COMMANDER JOE BUCKNER PRESENTS AN AWARD TO COMMANDER RONDALL BROWN FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO POST 532 AND WHILE COVID-19 WAS PREVALENT, HE KEPT THE POST GOING, THANK YOU RONDALL.
American Legion District 25, Chaplain of the Year
George Lee Post 532, Hayesville NC
It is with great respect and gratification I announce the 1st annual “Chaplain of the Year” award for District 25, Department of North Carolina American Legion went to Chaplain Carl Maxwell, USAF of George Lee Post 532. Our District Commander J.D. Baker, USN made the presentation during a Memorial Day service at Unaka Baptist Church.
Chaplain Maxwell became our Chaplain about 7 years ago and has set the standard for looking after veterans and their families in Clay and surrounding counties. Under his leadership Post 532 developed the Tri-county Veterans Missions Counsel to meet physical needs . Chaplain Maxwell maintains contact with the veterans at the Clay County Care Center to insure they do not feel forgotten. He leads by responding to the needs of all veterans by working with other Veterans groups. Chaplain Maxwell is the example for the American Legion slogan “For God and Country”.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions for military veterans. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth. Following is a chronology of significant dates in Legion history: History of Post 177 & Post 532 Hayesville’s First American legion Post, named after Robert Napoleon Roach, who was killed in action on October 22, 1918 during WW I in France. He is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France. On July 30, 1927, a meeting was held for forming a Post of the American Legion. All men that served any time during the World War at home or abroad being eligible, were invited to be present. An application for a Charter was filled by the following; Bascom Neal Haigler, George B. Thompson, Robert M. Tiger, Roy Smart, Will Taylor, Bynum Penland, Carl Parker, Allen Bell, A.B. Ledford, Carmen Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Dent Nelson, Gad Nelson and Walter Burch on July 30, and accepted by the national organization on August 2, 1927. At the August 26, 1927 meeting the first officers were elected; Post Commander-Bascom Neal Haigler, 1st vice Commander-George B. Thompson, 2nd Vice Commander-Will Taylor, Adjutant-Allen J. Bell, Finance Officer-Marvin Alexander, Chaplain-Roy Smart, Historian-Claude C. Long, Sgt-at-Arms-Henderson Setzer. In 1936/37, the Post was no longer active. On August 22, 1940, a group of ex-servicemen got together to reorganize the Bob Roach Post 177. The Commander- Arthur Jones, Vice Commander-J.N. Alexander, Adjutant-Allen J. Bell. On Saturday October 19, 1946, The War Memorial on the Hayesville Square, was dedicated to those who gave their lives in the two World Wars. The Commander, Vernon F. Martin, of the Bob Roach American legion Post 177, conducted the ceremony. The black draped stone was unveiled while the Legion Boys Choir sang “My Buddy” with piano accompaniment by Mrs. C.E. Standbridge. The American Legion Charter for the Bob Roach Post 177 was cancelled two years later in October 1948. In summer of 2008, Veterans of Clay County, applied for a Charter to form a new American Legion Post in Hayesville, to be named after George Lee. Mr. Lee passed in December 2008, he was a prominent Clay County resident, a World War II Veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart. He had also been a member of the original Bob Roach Post 177. On January 17, 2009, an American Legion Charter was presented, establishing the George Lee American Legion Post 532
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