The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary

History

 The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary

History
For nearly every man in World War 1 who endured the dangers and hardships of camp and battlefront, there was a woman serving at home to help make possible America's victory - his wife, mother, sister, daughter, or granddaughter.

The war was won, and the men of the Armed Forces banded together in the American Legion to carry forward their services to the Country in peace time. It was only natural that the women of their families should desire to continue to serve with them. The results was the American Legion Auxiliary, the largest and most influential women's organization of its kind in the world today.  

The war was won, and the men of the Armed Forces banded together in the American Legion to carry forward their services to the Country in peace time. It was only natural that the women of their families should desire to continue to serve with them. The results was the the American Legion Auxiliary, the largest and most influential women's organization of its kind in the world today. 

The establishment of an Auxiliary to the American Legion was provided for by the first National Commander of the American Legion in 1919. By the time 1920 National Convention, 1,342 local units of this Auxiliary had been formed; intensive organizational efforts were authorized.

Harold Kerr Unit #173 was established in 1921. The first president was Mrs. J.M. Kerr. Our local Unity has 175 members. 

The American Legion Auxiliary was has one great purpose - "to contribute to the accomplishment of the aims and purposes of The American Legion." Except for the addition of those words, the Preamble to its National Constitutions is the same as that of The American Legion.

The American Legion Auxiliary sets up no policies of its own, always following those of The American Legion. Its activities are designed to carry out the parts of The American Legion's programs which can best be accomplished by the work of women.

Meetings

The Ladies Auxiliary Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at 7pm. All Ladies Auxiliary members are encouraged to attend.

National Auxiliary Time Line

 Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers. While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community. The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.1919
The American Legion Auxiliary is first established to support The American Legion.1921
The first National Convention convenes in Kansas City, MO. The Poppy of Flanders Field becomes the memorial flower of the Auxiliary.1925
The Auxiliary moves its National Headquarters to the War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis, IN.1927
It is decided that only veteran-made poppies will be distributed by the Auxiliary.1934
The Auxiliary establishes Junior membership.1936
The American Legion Auxiliary’s Bulletin becomes the National News.1937
The Girls State program is created.1944
The Auxiliary’s program for the rehabilitation of disabled veterans is created.1947
The first Girls Nation is held in Washington, DC.1950
The first Golden Press/Golden Mike media awards are presented.1953
The first Women’s Fourum on National Security convenes in Washington.1970
The Auxiliary Emergency Fund is established.1972
Cavalcade of Memories is established at National Headquarters.1979
President Carter signs a bill extending Legion eligibility to Vietnam-era veterans.1980
The first Awareness Assembly is held in Washington, DC, replacing The Women’s Forum.1988
Heart of America Awards are initiated, replacing the Golden Press/Golden Mike Awards.1990
Eligibility is extended to veterans of Grenada, Lebanon, and Panama.1992
Eligibility is extended to veterans of the Persian Gulf hostilities.1995
The 50th session of Girls Nation is celebrated.2000
The American Legion Auxiliary celebrates it 80th year.2001
The American Legion Auxiliary becomes a host sponsor of the Department of National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.2002
In response to the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, Auxiliary members donated nearly $100,000 to various relief efforts.2003
American Legion Auxiliary members respond to the wartime deployment of U.S. Troops overseas in “Operation Iraqi Freedom2006
American Legion Auxiliary National President JoAnn Cronin raises over $100,000 for the Auxiliary’s co-hosted event: the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.2007
American Legion Auxiliary National President Jan Pulvermacher-Ryan begins an endowment fund for the National President’s Scholarship entitled “Educating Children of Warriors.” The goal is $1.2 million.2008
The Auxiliary moves its National Headquarters to 8945 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis.2009
November 10, 2009 the American Legion Auxiliary celebrates its 90th anniversary of Service Not Self for Veterans, God and Country. 

Harold Kerr Unit #173

Past Presidents

Mrs. J.M. Kerr 1921

Mrs. Maurice Grabeil 1922 & 1923

Mrs. George Middleton 1924 & 1925

Mrs. Edward Snyder 1926

Mrs. A.J. McCrackin 1927

Mrs. Fred Hamilton 1928

Mrs. Wilson Downing 1929

Mrs. Lela McDonald 1930

Mrs. Robert Moore 1931

Mrs. Chester Miller 1932

Mrs. Herbert Miller 1933

Mrs. Roscoe Herring 1934

Mrs. Herbert Bakes 1935

Mrs. John Hare 1936

Mrs. Hugh Patton 1937

Mrs. C.K. Startzman 1938

Mrs. J.S. Wheeler 1939

Mrs. Myron Mohr 1940

Mrs. Ronald Frantz 1941

Mrs. Harold Eleyet 1942

Mrs. Lee Miller 1943

Mrs. A.C. Franks 1944

Mrs. W.H. Collins 1945

Mrs. H.H. Henke 1946

Mrs. Thomas McWade 1947

Mrs. Burl Rose 1948

Mrs. Raymond Linn 1949

Mrs. Kay Benshoff 1950 (District President 1955 - 1957)

Mrs. Harry Proctor 1951

Mrs. Eldon Briggs 1952

Mrs. Michael Wayne 1953

Mrs. Sarah Kearfot 1954

Mrs. Marjorie Carnes 1955

Mrs. John Miles Weaver 1956

Mrs, Delvy Kegg 1957

Mrs. Ralph Stamm 1958

Mrs. Marion Spain 1959 & 1964

Mrs. Mary Smith 1960 &1969

Mrs. Merle Wise Stamm 1961 & 1965

Mrs. J.C. Powers 1962 & 1963

Mrs. Shirley Matthews 1966 & 1967

Mrs. Sally Zupp 1968

Mrs. John Beck 1970

Mrs. Dill Dugan 1971

Mrs. Dwight Castle 1972

Mrs. William Jones 1973 & 1974

Mrs. Linda Matthews 1975 & 1979

Mrs. David Devol 1976 & 1983

Mrs. Betty Miller 1977 (District President 1981 - 1983)

Mrs. Robert Lentz 1978

Mrs. Linda Stamm 1980, 1981, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Mrs. Richard Hurst 1982

Mrs. Sue Carman 1984, 1985, 1986 (District President: 1989 - 1991)

Mrs. Ruth Peters 1987, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2005 (District President: 2001 - 2003)

Mrs. Sue O'Brien 1988 & 1994

Mrs. Peggy Ackerman 1989

Mrs. Lynn Potter 1996

Mrs. Nancy Kauffman 1997

Mrs. Stacie Cooper 1998 & 1999

Mrs. Roxann Fischer 2018

Harld Kerr Unit # 173 Poppy Queens

Virginia Smith 1959

Sue Matthews Carman 1960

Cathy Poole 1961

Linda Pearson 1962

Mary Francis & Ann Beck 1963

Marie Blue 1964

Lu Anne Kegg 1965

Mary Anne Messner 1966

Joan Beck 1967

Kim Peck 1968

Joni Alloway 1969

Sheila Dearwester 1970

Laurie Jane Loughridge 1971

Holly Jo Croft 1972

Theresa Lamb 1973

Judy Day 1974

Lori Tapp 1975

Stacie Stamm Cooper 1976

Kelly Hackett 1977

Tracey Tapp 1978

Gretchen Brewster 1979

Carrie Duhl 1980

Melanie  Oduhlen 1981

Tricia O'Brien 1982

Barbara Bishop 1983

Teanda Murphy 1984

Keri Hackett 1985

Shala Bates 1986

Carrie Park 1987

Julie Brown 1988

Lauren Matthews 1989

Elizabeth Lee 1990

Danielle Clay 1991

Tara Snyder 1992

Allison Banta 1993

Jessie Potter 1994

Kacie Farrington 1995

Angel Easton 1996

Pattience Alspaugh 1997

Amanda Arthur 1998

Haley Cooper 1999

Bathany Alspaugh 2000

Cari Arthur 2001

Rahvan Bray 2002

Georgia Cooper 2003

Caitlynn Peters 2004

Rebecca Parker 2005





Elgibility Requirements for American Legion Auxiliory Membership


Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion, and to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States during any of the following periods and died in the line of duty during such service, or who, having received an Honorable Discharge, died after service:


A woman who is eligible for American Legion membership is eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary regardless of whether or not she is a member of The American Legion. However, eligibility of her female relatives (sister, mother, direct decedents) depends upon her membership in The American Legion. 

Gulf War/War on Terrorism

 

August 2, 1990 to date of cessation

Panama

 

December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990

Lebanon and Grenada

 

August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984

Vietnam War

 

February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975

Korean War

 

June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955

WW II

 

December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946

WW I 

 

April 6, 1917 - November 11,1918



Information on a veteran’s service record can be obtained by contacting: 

National Archives and Records Administration

Telephone: 1-866-272-6272

www.archives.gov