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American Legion Post Celebrates 75 Years

The Perry Hall event honored members with 50 or more years of service.

The  celebrated its 75th anniversary during a Sunday luncheon, which featured a special salute to longtime members and several shared memories. 

James Cloman, who served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-1946, said he looks back on his 65 years of post membership “just with a sense of accomplishment.”

At the age of 23, Cloman was the youngest person in the nation ever to be elected a post commander. He quickly helped to establish the post’s first permanent home at 7523 Belair Road. He then spent many years participating in community service efforts, supporting various veterans’ causes and assisting with the mission of “teaching Americanism at our schools.” Now at 86, he is less involved with the post, but maintains many of the friendships he forged there. 

“We have had great times over the years,” Cloman said. “I imagine that the guys who are still active have the same camaraderie.”

Another former post commander, 89-year-old Bob Burton, is a 63-year post member who was honorably discharged as a sergeant from the U.S. Marine Corps after serving during both World War II and the Korean War.

At Sunday’s celebration, Burton recounted the early history of the post, telling how a temporary charter was issued in December 1936 after a local group of 17 World War I veterans began gathering regularly at the Fullerton Post Office. A permanent charter was issued in 1940, the same year that veterans’ wives banded together to start an Auxiliary Unit.

In 1974, a ground-breaking ceremony occurred at the post’s present location on Silver Lake Drive. Doris Burrs, a 50-year member of the Auxiliary Unit, recalled when the current facility, which held nearly 300 guests on Sunday, consisted of just a small lounge and kitchen.

“There was a little pot-bellied stove that we would sit around, telling stories and laughing,” said Burrs, whose husband of 57 years, George Burrs, was a private first class in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954.

State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier awarded certificates to George and Doris Burrs, as well as other post and Auxiliary Unit members with 50 or more years of service. Klausmeier has long been an avid supporter of the American Legion.

“It’s one of the most important organizations in our country, supporting veterans who serve the nation and give the ultimate sacrifice,” Klausmeier said. “It’s a great group of people. They deserve everything they get.”

In addition to the post's 75th anniversary, another milestone was recognized during Sunday’s event: In May 1961, 50 years ago, a local Sons of the American Legion Squadron received its charter. Six squadron representatives were recognized as “Life Members,” along with six women in the Auxiliary Unit and 17 post veterans.

Post 130 “Life Members”

  • Carl Burton
  • Robert C. Burton Jr.
  • Marland E. Carlson (deceased)
  • James A. Cloman
  • Robert Hubard
  • Gerard Klinger
  • Bard H. Leaverton (deceased)
  • William MacLeod
  • Thomas McCall (deceased)
  • Eugene G. McKenna (deceased)
  • Roy E. Mosier (deceased)
  • David Scaaf
  • Robert Scheller
  • John Schrenker Jr.
  • L. Wayne Smith
  • Edward Sullivan (deceased)
  • Lewis C. Walter (deceased)

Auxiliary Unit “Life Members”

  • Doris Burrs
  • Carolee Comes
  • Anna “Cass” Klinger
  • Nancy Murray
  • Anna Mae Thomas
  • Margaret Zealor

Sons of the American Legion Squadron “Life Members”

  • Mark Gilbert
  • Mitch Gilbert
  • Joseph Gladden
  • Lou Kulaga
  • Bruce Paquin
  • Frank Talbott

“50 Years or More” Members

  • George Burrs
  • Robert Burton
  • James Bush
  • James A. Cloman
  • Paul Crowe
  • John Devlin
  • Gordon Dieter
  • John Ehrardt
  • Thomas Graves
  • Anthony Grelli
  • Charles Hilbinger
  • Joseph Lubner
  • William MacLeod
  • William Marx
  • Frank Pasta
  • Pete Pasta
  • Walter Russell
  • Charles Schaum
  • Robert Schnick
  • Joseph Schwartz
  • Ambrose Shinsky
  • Ignace Thibodeaux
  • William Wedemeyer

“50 Years or More” Members – Auxiliary Unit

  • Marie Biles
  • Doris Burrs
  • Edna Reed

2010-2011 Officers

  • Post Commander: Robert Watson
  • Auxiliary Unit President: Sharon Holter
  • Squadron Commander: Mark Gilbert
Baltimore County Parent June 13, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Thank you Perry Hall Patch for reporting on this special occasion and the dedication to service and Americanism of these special people.
Cheryl June 14, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Thank you ladies and gentlemen for serving our country and our community.

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