American Legion Post 2016 was organized in 2016 with a vision by MSG Willie C. Swanson with the help of Harry Christian of Post 1918 in Montgomery.
Willie C. Swanson was a long-time member of Post 1918 and saw the need to organize an American Legion post in Union Springs with so many citizens that had returned home after having served their time during the Persian Gulf/War on Terrorism, Operation Just Cause – Panama, Lebanon/Grenada, Vietnam, Korea, World War II, and World War I.
Since its founding in 2016, The American Legion Post 2016, along with the support of The American Legion Bell Cook Hopson Auxiliary Unit #337, chartered May 22, 1953, collectively have devoted countless hours of volunteer time and donated thousands of dollars in support of programs and activities which benefit the nation’s veterans’ programs.
The American Legion has sponsored the Veterans Day Service in November since its existence.
Over the past 4 years on Memorial Day, the Post has honored those who have died in the nation’s wars by placing an American flag on veterans’ graves in the community.
Additionally, the Post has held membership drives at the annual Chunnenuggee Fair and the Black Belt Community Festival events; assisted in planning and participating in two Veterans Day programs at the Richard B Stone Armory, over the past four years; sponsored a community Veterans Day Parade in 2020; issued meal gift cards to first responders to show appreciation, and; hosting a recognition celebration for veterans in front of the Bullock County Court House amid Covid 19.
The Post is always willing to join other organizations such as the VFW and many other worthy organizations to volunteer services at CAVHS in Chantilly and Perry Hill facilities in Montgomery and join efforts with local city organizations during the holidays and special celebratory months.
The Post continues to participate in these programs today!
The American Legion Post 2016 takes great pride in the youth of Bullock County. The Post currently supports the JROTC in high schools, Boy’s & Girl’s State for students, and in the future, increase membership numbers to support additional programs such as Student Trooper Program, American Legion Baseball, and Boy & Girl Scouts of America programs.
All of these Legionnaires serving Post 2016 and the community, know how important our youth are and must invest in such programs as we grow our membership to support them.
As COVID 19 persist, the Post has adapted and led efforts to continue to serve veterans and their families. The Post is looking for land and building as a permanent home for Post 2016 American Legion Family.
Willie F. Chambliss
Willie J. Crawford
Gladys A. Leonard
John G. McGowan
Roy I. Murray
Richard L. Parker
Willie L. Patterson
Kent E. Rogers
Michael R. Rotton
Ronald W. Smith
Saint T. Thomas Jr.
Willie D. Walker
Clarence E. Wheeler
“VETERANS STILL SERVING VETERANS”