Alton Head, Commander

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The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

 Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

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Our leaders

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The Willie B. Hatcher American Legion Post 516 was established at 13 April 1953 as a temporary chapter. The Post was formally chartered at 11 March 1985. Mr. Hatcher was born May 1917 to Bernie and Rosa Hatcher of Highway 42, McDonough, GA.

Mr. Hatcher was drafted into the United States Army during 1941. He was subsequently assigned to the 97th Engineer General Support Group located at Manila, Philippines. He attained the rank of Technician Fifth Class while on active duty, and was killed in action on November 1, 1944.

Mr. Hatcher is interned at the United States Manila American Cemetery located at Manila, Philippines. His final resting place is “Burial Plot F Row 14 Grave 93.”

Linda Choice


About Willie B. Hatcher