This is our American Legion, yours and mine, veterans all. It is what we make it. We may have joined for many different reasons - perhaps to fill a void in our heart, or maybe a desire to serve, or simply to enjoy activities with comrades by our side, but together we are the American Legion. We are all members, united to make a difference.
Guidelines for the Legion were established in 1919 and have endured until today. They motivate us towards service to our armed forces veterans, our country’s youth and our nation’s security. They underline the American ideals of citizenship, fair play and leadership. Yet within the Legion, each Post is different. Each Post is shaped by its members to meet the needs of the community of which it is a part.
As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, we identify needs within our community and take action to meet those needs. Currently our Post has programs that inspire and train our youth; provide recognition and support for armed forces, law enforcement and fire fighters organizations; and provide volunteers for veterans’ clinics, hospitals and Fisher Houses. Your mission as a member of the American Legion is to identify where you fit, what your interests are and get started! It may take some effort and it may take some training to regain skills or hone the abilities you already have, but you will find your place.
The times of our lives we remember most, the times we talk about, that have been the most rewarding, were often the most challenging. They were the times where we were not certain about the future but it seemed like it was going to be an adventure. That adventure is still available in the American Legion.
The American Legion is us. We are it. Let’s move forward together.
Harry R Woodstrom
The American Legion Jonathan D. Rozier, Post 164, Katy TX
Ron has served Post 164 as sergeant-at-arms, membership chairperson, vice commander, and chaplain. He has also served on the post’s honor guard at funerals for veterans and at other ceremonies.
He was born in El Campo and graduated from high school in Ganado in 1964.
Ron was in the U.S. Army for three years, mostly working in multi-channel radio repair. He reached the rank of Specialist 5th Class (E-5) before leaving the Army in late 1968.
His basic training was at Fort Polk, Louisiana, followed by advanced infantry training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Ron went to Germany in August of 1966 and served 27 months in the 32nd Army Air Defense Command, 4th Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery. Ron was the UHF (ultra high frequency) radio section chief responsible for maintaining a UHF radio network for the battalion.
He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone from December of 1968 until retirement in November of 2001. He later worked for Erickson Electrical Equipment for almost 14 years.
Ron and his wife Kay have three grown daughters and one granddaughter.