The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s 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 over 2.4 million in 14,000 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.
The American Legion Cecil Cox Post 147 was named after the first Clovis, California serviceman to be killed during the World War I. The Clovis post was chartered March 3, 1921, constructed in 1923 and incorporated December 11, 1934. The first Commander was John Y. Spence. In 1986 Gloria “Dode” Radics was elected as the first woman Commander of Post 147. Dode served in the USMC during World War II. She is a Life Member of The American Legion and was named Legionnaire of the Year in 1988 for her dedicated service.