District 12 History project


How do you know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been.


The Legion does a great sales job but it is up to us to sell folks on joining our Posts to continue the proud heritage of the Legion Family Organizations in our district.


Share your post's legacy


In 2018, The American Legion will begin celebrating 100 years of service to veterans, military personnel, families and communities. To honor the Legion’s centennial, many events at the national, department and post levels will occur starting at the 2018 National Convention in Minneapolis and continuing throughout the 2019 convention in Indianapolis. Planning for these celebratory events is currently underway by the Legion’s 100th Anniversary Observance Committee, but help is needed at the post level to tell the larger story of The American Legion’s first century.

All 13,000 Legion posts worldwide, whether chartered in 1919 or 2009, have histories and legacies that have contributed to the overall identity of The American Legion. Each post can convey its legacy by sharing historical photos, videos and print material on the Legion’s new Centennial Celebration web page: www.legion.org/centennial


Here is a starter for our district.  It is the Post 516 history with a few modifications and district links.


American Legion Riders (updated from Post 135 history) Legion Riders in our district


A few of our Posts have histories listed:


HEB Post 379:  http://danlxi.org/history.htm


Post 516: http://post516.net/history/hist516.html


Post 624 does a good job with the history of ALMAC: http://www.alpost624.org/#!almac


Emanuel L. Young Post 838 has an excellent biography of its namesake http://elyoungamlpost838-fortworth.org/content.php?id=2


I would also like to finish a list of our past district officers.  Check here to see if you can help.


A brief description of the symbols used in our District 12 Logo


Tarrant County history from the county webpage


36 ID T-Patch History


Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, formally Carswell Air Force Base history: http://auth.cnic.navy.mil/fortworth/About/History/index.htm


136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard History: http://www.136aw.ang.af.mil/history/index.asp


Many great articles, pamphlets and other items are on the http://www.legion.org/  website and a “Capsule History of The American Legion” that I found in the Officers Manual is linked here.


Also from the Manual is the suggestion:

If possible, include a brief resume of your community’s history, and especially the part played by that locality in furnishing the men and women during the wars and conflicts.”  For those with a real fetish, here is a copy of the full Historian section.


How about a District 12 history project with no prizes or awards.

Send me what you’ve got and we can include it hub@12dis.org


Write your own American Legion Post History

Investigate your post background

Ask questions about Who, What, Why, When and Where

Who or what was it named for, and why.

When built, what for and other previous use (we do not have to tell all).

Let folks know why we are great.


May you have the hindsight to know where you have been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.