If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion. National Guard and Reservists having been Federally activated (including basic training) during these same war eras also meet the eligibility requirements.

 Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)

Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)

Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)

Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)

June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)

Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)

April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)

Words from the Commander



I am Alton Head, the current Commander of the Willie B. Hatcher Post 516.  I took on this role and have learned a lot. Mostly I have learned that there is a lot of work involved in running an American Legion mmPost and that I must be able to count on the membership to help do the work.

Our mission:  To develop and maintain a strong Leadership present for our Community, improve Americanism among the Legion and residents of the State of Georgia. To put into effect, programs of the American Legion and to establish and overall policy of Community Leadership.   

The American Legion pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

In a word, "People." In a second word, Funds." In a third word, "Members."
None of these needs come automatically and without any one of them we have no Post. 


Commander Alton Head

​Mailing Address

Willie B. Hatcher American Legion Post 516

P.O. Box 605

McDonough, GA 30253

Phone: 1 (678) 782-5466