Walter Schmidt VSO CPA

Virtual Tour of Legion Museum

In Veteran Service Organizations on November 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Legionnaires and visitors now have the opportunity to view a selection of pieces from the comfort of their homes. A virtual tour of the Emil A. Blackmore Museum at The American Legion’s National Headquarters is available. There, the history of the organization is illustrated by items such as the gavel and block used to preside over the first national convention in Minneapolis in 1919; the wars Legionnaires have fought in through a captured Viet Cong AK-47; and Legion programs and causes presented by items such as a promotional bat from the 1965 American Legion World Series, held in Aberdeen, S.D. In fact, the tour even offers a few sights not on view in the museum. A statue of St. Michael the Archangel was presented to the Legion by General Armando Diaz, head of Italy’s military forces in World War I.


The American Legion – Ham Radio

In Veteran Service Organizations on November 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm

One of the American Legion’s more popular forums, it can be found at with current postings below.

The American Legion’s BurnPit

In Veteran Service Organizations on November 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

On most of the FOBs and COBs (Forward Operating Bases and Contingency Operations Bases) the trash that accumulates each day is put into a burn pit, most often a 50-gallon drum, liberally sprinkled with gasoline, and incinerated. On cold mornings, groups of service-members and local allies can be found huddled around the burn pit seeking warmth and camaraderie. Although the health risks associated with such behavior are only now fully being recognized, troops have long suspected this was not an entirely healthy endeavor. But, most were willing to join their brethren for the heat, the conversation and the feeling of belonging to something bigger than themselves. The American Legion Burn Pit is no different: slightly irreverent, fluid, fast moving, and meant to inspire the sort of “water cooler discussions” which the burn pits on COBs and FOBs foster. It can be found at with recent items below.