The American Legion Post 175
The American Legion Post 175 was first organized by sixteen Veterans on September 27, 1945. The Post was granted its Permanent Charter in April 1946. The 16 founding members were: R.B. Bullock; C.H. Hall; B.A. Humphries; C.R. Jenkins; W.F. Knox; C.D. Mayer; J.G. Payne; H.G. Puller; Joseph Rotella; B.I. Rowe; L. Hampton Stewart; B.T. Talley; Lloyd L. Traylor; Harold Warren; W.F. West; and E. Ray Winters.
What Makes this Post Unique
The American Legion Post 175, initially formed by a group of sixteen Veterans in 1945, has served the local and "extended" community for over 70 years! The Post began in a nice little house across the street from the Mechanicsville Recreation Building (its first Post home). The Post later moved to a small house on Route 301, next to the Timberlake Realty Company. It later moved to the 'back room' of Johnson's Grocery Store on Atlee Road in 1978, where it remained until the dedication of its current home at 8700 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville, Virginia on October 21, 2011.
The current Post Home is also home for the following affiliated organizations: The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA); Sons of the American Legion (SAL); and American Legion Riders (ALR).
The American Legion Post 175 also sponsors and/or supports the following organizations and units: all Hanover County, Virginia Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units; Scouts BSA Cub Pack and Troop 553, and a champion American Legion Baseball team.
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), Unit 175, was formed in July 1973. Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion may join the Auxiliary.
The Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.). The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion.
Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Riders, The American Legion Auxiliary, and The Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All these organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.