07-11-2019 History is made; American Legion is celebrating 100 years & the Coloma Post has firs

THIS KUTE KID IS… Nolan Quinn, age 3, of Watervliet. Nice “kewpie” hairdo, Nolan! His parents, Cory Quinn and Jayme Diehl, think he is one special little guy. His loving grandparents are Charles and Mary Quinn from Benton Harbor and Joe Diehl from Hartford. Nolan has Bill and Amy Loshbough as bonus grandparents and Karli Loshbough as a special auntie.

History is made; American Legion is celebrating 100 years

& the Coloma Post has first female commander

The Coloma American Legion is celebrating two milestones during the years of 2019-2020. On February 16, 1919, a group of 20 officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I founded the legion. One officer, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Jr., proposed an organization of veterans and for veterans. In March, 1919 about 1,000 officers and enlisted men attended the Paris Caucus. They adopted a temporary constitution and the name The American Legion. In May, 1919, the Legion held a second caucus in St. Louis. It completed the constitution and made plans for a permanent organization with headquarters in New York City. In September, 1919, Congress granted the Legion a national charter. The first convention convened in Minneapolis on November 10-12, 1919.

MILESTONE FOR COLOMA AMERICAN LEGION… Command of Post 362 is given over to first female commander. Kelly Disbrow (right) took command from Richard Kelemen on June 17.

Today the Legion is the world’s largest veteran’s organization with over one million members, of which over 60,000 members are in Michigan. There are three groups to Coloma Post 362: Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion. Post 362 in Coloma was chartered February 3, 1926. On June 17, 2019, Coloma made history for the Post by electing and swearing in its first female commander, Kelly Disbrow. Kelly is an Army veteran who served from 1987 – 1995 during the Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Liberation of Kuwait. She took her basic training in Fort Jackson, SC and went to AIT School in Fort Eutis, VA. She has been stationed in Stuttgrat, Germany and was in Saudi Arabia from Dec. 1990 to May, 1991. Kelly is a 13-year paid up for life member of Coloma Post 362. Members of Coloma Post 362 congratulate her and wish her a successful coming year.