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About the American Legion Auxiliary Collection

The American Legion Auxiliary Collection [1997.004] contains applications dating from 1917 to 1930. The following information about the applicant is included:

  • Unit name, number, and state
  • Maiden name and married name of the applicant
  • Name of the veteran who is a member of Post number
  • Birthdate and location of the applicant
  • Date and location of death
  • Address of the applicant
  • Eligibility for membership
  • If the individual is a charter member of the unit
  • Names of applicant’s parents
  • Date of application
  • Membership dues
  • Signature

A military service record is on the reverse side of application which contains:

  • Name and serial number of veteran
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place mustered in
  • Date and place mustered out of service
  • Names of parents
  • Wife’s name
  • Full name of company, regiment, brigade, and division

Applications may also include promotions, date and place of hospitalization, transfers, names of camps in this country, service overseas, offensive and defensive engagements, and individual citations or citations for the company. The applications are filed by town and post number.

The American Legion was incorporated by the US Congress in 1919. Membership is open to those who have served federal active duty since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission is “to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad.” Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary is open to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of members (or those eligible for membership) in the American Legion.

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