The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members, and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at nearly 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.
About this Post:
American Legion Post 230 opened its doors in February 2, 1949. The post was named after Staff Sergeant James Alvin LeBlanc of the U.S. Army Air Corps, was killed in action in Africa November 9th, according to an official notice from the War Department received Sunday by his parents, Technical Sergeant George L. LeBlanc and Mrs. LeBlanc of Ft. Bragg. LeBlanc who was 20 years of age, graduated from the Fayetteville High School in 1940 and enlisted in the Air Corps at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.