The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers 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.
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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 Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with "comfort items" and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need 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.
The Department of Texas
The purpose of this organization is to foster and to perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism, to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in the Great Wars: to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to maintain law and order, a representative form of government, and to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Texas.
Texas Department Commander
Fred Brock Post #828
The American Legion Fred Brock Post #828 has a long and colorful history, which dates back to 1932 when George D. Newton Post #420 0f San Antonio received its Temporary and Permanent Charter. The American Legion #828 was named for Sergeant Fred Brock who was an Army Sergeant killed in the line of duty on August 18, 1943 at Fort Huachuca, and in doing so became the first 92nd Division soldier to die at his “Post of Duty.”
On April 6, 1942, a Constitution and By-Laws amendment was adopted by the American Legion Department for the organization of Colored Veterans of the World War in Texas. In order to organize a post, it was necessary to have ten (10) charter members with the annual dues set at one (1) dollar. J.E. Armstead, of Houston TX, was the first commander of the Colored Veterans of the World War and served from 1942-1945. During the convention each District had five (5) votes and one vote for the 6th Division and a total of 26 Negro votes.
In 1945, the Negro American Legion Post #420A was sponsored by Post #420. Post 420A came under the 22nd All Negro District which was headquartered in Houston TX. On January 1, 1946, Fred Brock Post #420A was granted a Temporary Charter. From 1946 - 1950, Post #420A did not have a home. These Legionnaires would rotate meeting at different Buddies homes.
On August 23, 1950 Negro Post #420A was presented a full charter and became Fred Brock Post #828. Also in 1950, the 22nd District was broken up and became the 6th Negro Division which was then further broken into the 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th Districts. Fred Brock Post #828 was assigned to the 27th District. From 1950 - 1959 Fred Brock Post #828 met in the Lindbergh Park building on the corner of Commerce and Walters Streets.