Past Department Commanders

  The following distinguished legionnaires from Virginia have held the high office of Department Commander and have held National Offices in the American Legion.

PAST NATIONAL COMMANDERS

Year

Name

1956-1957 * + Dan Daniel (1097), Washington, DC
1965-1966 * + L. Eldon James (31), Hampton
1998-1999 * Harold “Butch” Miller (364), Woodbridge
2013-2014 * Daniel “Dan” Dellinger (180), Vienna

* = Past Department Commander                                       + = Deceased

PAST NATIONAL VICE COMMANDERS

Year

Name

1935-1936 + E. Whitney Godwin (57), Suffolk
1938-1939 * + Charles W. Crush(59), Christiansburg
1946-1947 + Ernest H. Dervishian (1) , Richmond
1952-1953 * + Dan Daniel (1097), Washington, DC
1976-1977 * + Wilbur Walker (137), Richmond
1987-1988 * + Paul Phifer, Jr. (38), Richmond
1996-1997 * Robert L. Bowen (364), Woodbridge
2005-2006 * Michael E. Harris (42), Martinsville
2014-2015 * William R. Bryant (28), Triangle

 * = Past Department Commander                                       + = Deceased

PAST NATIONAL SGT-AT-ARMS

Year

Name

1998-1999          * George C. Lussier, Jr. (28), Dumfries
2013-2014 * Ron Miluszewski (139), Arlington

 * = Past Department Commander                                       + = Deceased

PAST NATIONAL CHAPLAINS

Year

Name

  1963-1964 * + Rev. John J. Howard (137), Richmond
1981-1982 + Rev. George R. M. Rumney (325), Danville
 2001-2002 Dr. David Russell (320), Spotsylvania

 * = Past Department Commander                                       + = Deceased

PAST NATIONAL HISTORIAN

Year

Name

1986-1987 + J. Ruffin Apperson (137), Chesterfield

 * = Past Department Commander                                       + = Deceased

PAST NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN

Year

Name

2000-2002           * Dan Dellinger (180), Vienna

* = Past Department Commander                                       + = Deceased

PAST NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMEN

Year

Name

1919-1920 * + John J. Wicker, Jr. (38), Richmond
1920-1922 * + Robert T. Barton (21), Richmond
1922-1923 * + Junius F. Lynch (36), Norfolk
1923-1924 + E. E. Goodwyn (46), Emporia
1924-1927 * + John J. Wicker, Jr. (38), Richmond
1927-1929 * + Henry M. Taylor (38), Richmond
1929-1931 * + Nelson C. Overton (25), Newport News
1931-1933 * + Roby C. Thompson (12), Abingdon
1933-1935 * + E. Whitney Godwin (57), Suffolk
1935-1937 * + Robert B. Crawford (32), Farmville
1937-1939 * + Wilmer L. O’Flaherty (38), Richmond
1939-1941 * + Gates R. Richardson (54), Bedford
1941-1943 + Randolph H. Perry (74), Charlottesville
1943-1944 + W. Catsby Jones (1), Richmond
1944-1945 + C. K. Hunter (104), Appomattox
1945-1947 + Fred C. Buck (12), Abingdon
1947-1949 * + F. Clinton Knight (24), Alexandria
1949 + Fred C. Higgason (36), Norfolk
1949-1951 * + Lemuel W. Houston (55), Fredericksburg
1951 + W. Marshall Geoghegan (102), Victoria
1951-1953 + G. Hunter Wolfe (12), Abingdon
1953-1957 * + Lemuel W. Houston (55), Fredericksburg
1957-1965 * + L. Eldon James (31), Hampton
1965-1967 * + Thomas S. Ely M.D. (185), Jonesville
1967-1968 * + Sam T. Crawford (177), Fairfax
1969-1981 * + Thomas J. Gear (48), Hampton
1981-1989 * + Emmett B. Burley (16), Lynchburg
1990-1993 * + Edwin J. Dentz (176), Springfield
1993-1997 * + Roger N. Messier (273) Poquoson
1997-2001 * Bill Bryant (28), Dumfries
2001-2005 * George Blume (182), Blacksburg
2005-2008 * + R Gordon (284), Colonial Heights
2008-2013 * George C. Lussier, Jr. (28) Dumfries
2013-2015 * Thomas Saunders (29) Danville

* = Past Department Commander                                       + = Deceased

PAST DEPARTMENT COMMANDERS
YEAR NAME YEAR NAME
1919 + C. Francis Cocke (3) 1969-1970 + Robert E. Pope (53)
1919-1920 + Wlliam A Stuart (12) 1970-1971 Charles P. Powell, Jr. (25)
1920-1921 + Robert T Barton (21) 1971-1972 + John L. Gayle (1)
1921-1922 + Junius F. Lynch (36) 1972-1973 + Claude V. Swanson (232)
1922-1923 + E. E. Goodwyn (46) 1973-1974 + Emmett B. Burley (16)
1923-1924 + John J. Wicker, Jr. (38) 1974-1975 + Donald S. Houser (2)
1924-1925 + T. J. Michie (74) 1975-1976 + Sam T.A. Crawford (177)
1925-1926 + Frank M. Wray (74) 1976-1977 + Paul B. Phifer (38)
1926-1927 + Henry M. Taylor (38) 1977-1978 J. Ray Edmundson, Jr. (2)
1927-1928 + Dr. Israel Brown (36) 1978-1979 + Wirt Corrie (50)
1928 + F. Clinton Knight (24) 1979-1980 + Charles A. Wilson (42)
1928-1929 + Nelson C. Overton (25) 1980 + # Wilbur Walker
1929-1930 + Brantz M. Roszel (21) 1980-1981 + Rolfe C. Vanderberry (38)
1930-1931 + Roby C. Thompson (12) 1981-1982 + Jack M. Rainey (79)
1931-1932 + Adam T. Finch (43) 1982-1983 + Edwin J. Dentz (176)
1932-1933 + M. E. Bristow (1) 1983-1984 + James F. Draper (255)
1933-1934 + Homer K. Bowen (18) 1984-1985 + James W. Johnson (38)
1934-1935 + Robert L Insko (28) 1985 + # Lemuel W. Houston (55)
1935-1936 + Frank F. Rennie, Jr. (38) 1985-1986 Clyde C. Ferguson (28)
1936-1937 + Charles W. Crush (59) 1986-1987 + Howard L. Evans (273)
1937-1938 + Ralph M. Felton (8) 1987-1988 William R. Bryant (330)
1938-1939 + Fed C. Parks (12) 1988-1989 + Upton J. Boivin (139)
1939-1940 + E. Ralph James (31) 1989-1990 + Roger N. Messier (273)
1940-1941 + E. Emmett Warriner (40) 1990-1991 Dale D. Chapman (325)
1941-1942 + Fred E. Martin, Sr. (35) 1991-1992 Robert L. Bowen (364)
1942-1943 + Floyd W. Williams (145) 1992-1993 + Clyde L. Siler (113)
1944-1945 + G. K. Linkous (10) 1993-1994 George T. Blume (182)
1945-1946 + Morgan W. Strother (28) 1994-1995 Harold L. (Butch) Miller (364)
1946-1947 + Robert B. Crawford (32) 1995-1996 Gerald F. (Jerry) Wenditz (27)
1947-1948 + John A. Blakemore (12) 1996-1997 + N. Jack Peters (215)
1948-1949 + J. Westwood Smithers (84) 1997-1998 + James L. LaShure (110)
1949-1950 + Ralph A. Johnson (197) 1998-1999 + Roger L. Clevinger (164)
1950-1951 + Joseph L Hodges, Jr. (8) 1999-2000 Dan M. Dellinger (180)
1951-1952 + Dan Daniel (1097) 2000 # Cornelius T. O’Neill (186)
1952-1953 + William P. Kellam (113) 2000-2001 + Rob R. Gordon (284)
1953-1954 + Dr. Thomas S. Ely (185) 2001-2002 Thomas E. Saunders (29)
1954-1955 + L. Elson James (31) 2002-2003 George C. Lussier, Jr. (28)
1955-1956 + Anderson M. Renick (3) 2003-2004 Robert Hannon (49)
1956-1957 + Wsly R. Cofer, Jr. (48) 2004-2005 Michael E. Harris (42)
1957-1958 + Rev. John J. Howard (137) 2005-2006 Brett Reistand (270)
1958-1959 + G. E. Heller (54) 2006-2007 Jerry Howard (364)
1959-1960 + Phil A. Wilhite (84) 2007-2008 Andy Robertson (83)
1960-1961 + Murray B. York (24) 2008-2009 Les Clevinger (164)
1961-1962 + Henry L. Lam (113) 2009-2010 Ron Miluszewski (139)
1962 + # Wilmer L. O’Flaharty (38) 2010-2011 Mike Mitrione (55)
1962-1963 + Gates R. Richardson (54) 2011-2012 Doug Ramos (53)
1963-1964 + Nolan S. Cutler (25) 2012-2013 Ike Kelley (2)
1964-1965 + Joseph B. Halloway (2) 2013-2014 Linden Dixon (139)
1965-1966 + Ralph P. Mayo (84)  2014-2015 Gerald Rhoads (88)
1966-1967 + Wilbur L. Gray (290)  2015-2016  James Chapman (56)
1967-1968 + Thomas J. Gear (48)  2016-2017 David Stein (290)
1968-1969 + Gordon M. Ragsdale (139)

# = Honorary                                       + = Deceased