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Post 66
Charter Members

  • Emanual Y. Herrera
  • Juan B. Vega
  • Fred J. Martinez
  • C.J. Soda
  • John Schiefferly
  • E.B. Fitzpatrick
  • William Ward
  • T.B. Ketchum
  • Ernest T. Smithers
  • Carnnelo Escolante
  • Geo. Wood
  • John H. Kolkana
  • Benj. F. Austing
  • Robert A. Keeney
  • E. Maggi
  • Ernest J. Pate
  • Bernard P. Hawkins
  • Samuel E. Branch
  • John H. Sigler
  • Ray Alford
  • David Moreno
  • Edwin R. Smith
  • R.A. Thompson
  • P.W. McConnell
  • Silvie J. Lusardi
  • Wayland Sorenson
  • Daniel Pelucca
  • M.J. Brassill
  • Harry B. Higuera
  • J.A. Robasciotti
  • Fred Thornbaugh

History of Post 66

The American Legion, Post 66 San Luis Obispo, CA was chartered September 26, 1919, with 43 members. The first meeting was held on Thursday October 2, 1919 at the Old Mission San Luis Obispo Hall. The original 1919 charter of Post 66 is framed and hangs on the wall in our Legion clubhouse. The charter lists all 43 charter members, who's names are also listed in the sidebar to the right.

We are over 500 members strong and growing. Post 66 is an integral part of the greater San Luis Obispo community and a proud advocate for veterans on the local, state, and national level. We have members locally from Santa Maria to Paso Robles, with about 50 out-of-state members who still value their connection with veterans in San Luis Obispo, Post 66. There are over 21,000 veterans in our county.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest, most influential, effective and dependable veterans service organization. Since our very first meeting in Paris, France in 1919, The American Legion has a vision for a Strong America which includes four pillars of service: Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. The American Legion is a powerful force in our nation. These four pillars of service shape our work and what we do for America.

In contrast to other veterans’ organizations, the American Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen our grass roots commitment to the veterans, their families and the communities we serve.

A Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans from our local Legion post all the way to the halls of leadership in Washington, D.C. 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.


Post Governance & Leadership

The Post 66 By-Laws state, “The administration, governance and management of this Post is entrusted to the Executive Committee.” Good post governance is an essential duty of post leaders and it includes a variety of elements. It is realized in the long-term success of our post.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee members are: Commander, First Vice Commander, Second Vice Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer and six Executive Committee Members-at-large. The Executive Committee Members-at-large (6 Elected) are advocates for the general membership, assist post officers in directing post business, and act as post representatives in the absence of post officers.

Vision of Success:

“Post 66 excels in service to fellow veterans, their families, and our community, while consistently operating as a model of quality post operations."

Key Goals:

Mission Statement:

“American Legion Post 66 exists to support fellow veterans, their families,
and our community.”


Volunteers are Super! They are!

Your Volunteer Time Has Value: Volunteer time is now estimated to be worth over $24 per hour in California! The volunteer time of Legionnaires like you, is even more valuable to our Legion.

We track our Post member’s volunteer time using the “Service Hours Sheet” form available on the ‘Resources’ page of our web site. Our service hours are then combined with data from other Posts in the ‘Consolidated Post Report’. This is how The American Legion, among other things, knows of the millions of hours our Legionnaires volunteer in service each year.

Post 66, like most non-profit organization, is run by good volunteers, like you. Here are a few areas where we routinely need good volunteers to help get the job done.