Post 43 Breaking News
COMMANDER’S COLUMN by ... GET OUT AND VOTE MAY 20th - As most of you know this month we'll be voting for our Post Officers, Executive Committee and one member of the Board of Trustees. So it's extremely important that you ...
First Vice Commander By ... Membership at Post 43 is the best it's been in a long time with over 85 new members this year alone that's nearly 16% of our goal of 510. 108% is good but I think we can do even better, like 120%. ...
Second Vice Commander by ... We have come a long way this past year, between are building upgrades and membership growth, that continues to welcome Hollywood Post 43 into the future and ever closer to our 100 year birthday. The ...
CHAPLAIN’s CORNER By ... I will try to make the world better and happier by my presence in it. I will try to help other people find the way God wants them to live. I will try to be on the side of good, in the stream of ...
SERVICE OFFICER By ... What is a Veteran? A "Veteran" - whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of ...
Post 43 News Notary Services Available As  a  California  Commissioned  Notary  Public  since  1967, Post 43 Auxiliary founder and member Olivia  Headley is an official  of  integrity appointed by the ...
Mental Health Awareness ... Deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002/3 as part of a four-man team, one of our greatest accomplishments was our proactive role in combating suicide.  Our team was available ...
POST EVERLASTING A number of our members passed on to Post Everlasting recently.  Theodore Fell passed on the Post Everlasting on March 10. Frank Mancini who joined us in May 1952 passed on March 17. Clifton Clark ...
WOMENS AUXILIARY By ... Auxiliary elections are May 4. The past year progressed quickly! I made it through the year with the gracious guidance and support of my fellow executives and several experienced Auxiliary members. I ...
Post News and Candidate ... **IMPORTANT POST 43 ELECTION INFORMATION** Nominations - Delegates Nominations for the Delegates to the 2014 State Convention shall be at the regularly scheduled meeting on April 21, 2014.  ...
POST 43 BAR The Post Bar is currently open on Friday or Saturday evenings from 7pm - 1am. (Unless otherwise noted-see below).  Members are allowed two guests, but members must be here with their guests at all ...
SONS Report by Robert ... Spring is definitely here.  Cherry Blossoms are glistening, tree's blooming and flowers and gardens are growing. Speaking of growing, we voted in a few members at our last Sons meetings. Also we have ...
Post 43 Meeting Schedule May 4 - Regular and Aux. Meeting 7 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm. Delegate Election 5pm-7pm TBD - Voiture 47 Meeting 7 pm May 11- Executive Meeting at 6 pm May 20 - Wednesday - Regular and Aux. ...
Chef's Menu May 4- Pasta with Shrimp or Chicken, Fresh Vegetable & Lemon Cake May 20 - Hamburger the way you like it! French Fries, Fruit Tart and Birthday Cake  
MAY BIRTHDAYS   John Adams Wilbert Adams Armando Aguilar Lonnie Anderson William Armstrong BrIan Binkley Eugene Brusie Paul Carlson Jason Chacon Robert ...

Hollywood Post 43, 2035 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3296

Hollywood Post 43 ClubhouseSince 1919 Post 43 has been composed of Hollywood’s finest professionals in the Entertainment industry. Here you’ll find your next star and the crew members to help get them there. Check out our members’ pages and discover the wealth of talent and experience this post has to offer. Our Clubhouse has been a landmark on Highland Avenue since 1928 and our halls are where many of Hollywood’s best and brightest have gathered.

 Hollywood Post 43
(323) 851-3030



Special Events

  • COMMANDER’S COLUMN by Don Schilling

    GET OUT AND VOTE MAY 20th - As most of you know this month we'll be voting for our Post Officers, Executive Committee and one member of the Board of Trustees. So it's extremely important that you come to the May 20th meeting and vote. Elsewhere in the newsletter are the candidate's statements as to why you should vote for them. Read them carefully. Unfortunately, time did not permit us to get pictures of all the candidates along with their statements. However, this year there will be a new election ballot that includes candidate photos. That way you can put a name with a face... or vice-versa.  It's equally important that you encourage your fellow Legionnaires to vote as well. Several times in the past Post elections have been decided by just a few votes. REMEMBER these are the men and women who will be making important financial decisions that affect you and the future of Post 43. As author Louis L'Amour once said, "One who does not vote has no right to complain."

  • VOTE



    Officers Election 

    Election for Officers of Post 43 shall be at a new extended time on Wednesday May 20, 2015 - from 5 pm-9 pm (Note: Extended hours and different meeting day) in the Chandelier Room upstairs. 

    Nominations - Delegates

    Nominations for the Delegates to the 2015 State Convention shall be at the regularly scheduled meeting on April 20, 2015.  Members may self-nominate.  Elections for the (13) Delegates shall be on May 4, 2015 from 5 pm-7 pm in the Chandelier Room upstairs.  Prior to April 20 you can Phone, E-mail, Mail, FAX or Hand Deliver your self-nomination to the Post.

    ARTICLE XI - ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS Section 8.  The circulating or distribution of resolutions, letters, tickets, or other devices by a member or members of Hollywood Post, suggesting, recommending, opposing, or containing the name or names of proposed candidates for Post delegate, or any other office in the Post, is hereby prohibited on any Post property or properties controlled by the Post. This does not prohibit any announcement by a candidate published in the Hollywood Legionnaire under ground rules promulgated by the Executive Committee.



    For Commander

    Don Schilling - It's been an honor and pleasure to be Post 43 Commander this past year. I would like to continue to be of service to the Post as the Commander and presiding officer of the Executive Committee. As a retired military officer and public relations professional with over 35 years experience, I feel I have the time, leadership and managerial skills to help guide and promote Post 43's ongoing efforts to support our veterans and serve our community. Your votes and support are very much appreciated. Thank you.

    For 1st Vice Commander

    Keven Freedman - My name is Keven Freedman and I have been a member of the American Legion Hollywood Post 43 for over seven years.  I have had the greatest pleasure in serving the membership of Hollywood Post 43, by being your photographer, Executive committee member (2 years), Historian District 24, and currently your 2nd Vice Commander.  I am running for the honorable position of 1st Vice commander, to continue to serve you, our Post and our District.  Over the years, the American Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, has won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth. I feel that with my life experiences', skill sets, and certainly with what I have learned during these past years of what it means to be a Legionnaire, I possess the necessary qualifications to hold this very important position.  I will continue to foster growth of our membership, and working closely with our commander, 2nd Vice and Executive Board. I would appreciate your vote as we enter a new American Legion year with new officers.

    Tim Shaner - With another opportunity to take Post 43 Membership to an all time high I can't wait. We are well over 105% with over 80 new members this year alone. As we look to the future, and the upcoming election, look for 'leadership' and 'experience'. Our current Executive Committee has shown just that and I thank them all for their dedication and service. As a VSO we need to work 'together' for the greater good, stay focused on our legacy, our mission and to serve veterans and their families. Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to serve you and I ask you to make every effort to come down and VOTE on May 20th!

    For 2nd Vice Commander

    Tim Mosman - My name is Tim Mosman and I am running as a candidate for 2nd Vice Commander.  I ask you, a member, for your vote.  I favor the 2nd Post meeting of each month be one with Entertainment with the Auxiliary and SONS.  I favor more going to Theaters and Hollywood Bowl.  I favor more teamwork between the Commander, 1st Vice, 2nd Vice, Executive Board, and Adjutant.  I favor more teaching of the Four Pillars of the American Legion to all our members. I favor teaching of protocol of the American Legion meeting.  I favor a welcome home night of our members ordered to active duty and come home.  They deserved to be recognized and welcomed back. I support the Commander and his continued theme of Patriotism.  I ask for your vote - Elect Tim Mosman!

    Fernando Rivero - I currently serve on your Executive Committee and as your Public Relations Committee Chairman at Post 43.  Over the past several years, I have worked tirelessly toward improving our post and securing our future, I have 18 years of experience in television as a producer at major networks and studios while still serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve. I believe Hollywood Post is once again a beacon for the future of the American Legion with a diverse, active, and vibrant membership dedicated to veterans and our community.  As your 2nd Vice, I will continue to bring my experience, vision, and passion to bear in service of our members. Please VOTE for FERNANDO!  

    For Executive Committee

    Brian Binkley - Greetings fellow Legionnaires from Brian!  Thank you Kevin, for the nomination to be a representative of the upcoming Executive Committee first of all.  This post means a great deal to me as I genuinely do care about not only about our current members, but our future ones as well.  I am the Chairman for the Vet Mentoring, Career Development, and Education committee and also the Orientation Committee for Post 43.  In both roles, I've been meeting with Legionnaires, professional employment recruiters, and government officials to help other veterans.  I am currently coordinating a potential opportunity working directly with Mayor's office where I will be able to expand in my position.  I am doing my very best with all my current resources; however, as a member of the Executive Committee, I will be able to work together with the other members of the board collectively to help my comrades.  Vote Brian!

    Jennifer Campbell - I am currently co-chair of both the Entertainment Committee and the Sports Committee.  The Sports Committee has been wildly successful and I am proud of how we've represented Hollywood and Los Angeles in the LA Marathon and Hollywood Half races.  I was highly involved in the success of last year's Awards Ceremony, recognizing the important contributions of our members.  I've been involved and present in numerous activities from regular meetings to the Oratorical Contests, to numerous special events.  I would like to focus on new member retention and continue the traditions of this incredible Post.  I feel it is imperative to have a strong female presence at this Post and I would be honored to serve our members on the Executive Committee. 

    Terry Duddy -Now that I am retiring I want to help revive the Liberty Theater that still interests our many members in the Entertainment Arts. We will be bringing a proposal to the Post soon.  The second thing I want to promote is the formation of multiple film projects from our members; using only members in all front of and behind camera positions. During the Hollywood Bowl season, June, July, August, and September the entire building could be used during the daytime and several projects could be done at the same time in multiple areas; then premiered in our new Digital Theater.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays scene and showcase nights would be summer fare, as well as during the rest of the year a flexible Writing/Directing/Filming, etc. schedule is possible.  All these things are possible without jeopardizing the income generation that we depend on to make anything possible here at Post 43.  Join me, thank you.

    Danielle Duffaut - Fellow Comrades, I am running for an Executive Committee position.  I am currently the Post, District, Area, and County Council Chaplain.  I was in the Army National Guard on Active Duty for 20 years from 1988 to 2007 in the position of Clerk Typist, Admin Sergeant, Automated Logistics Sergeant, and Personnel Services Sergeant.  I have experience with maintaining a database and personnel records, using FEDEX, UPS, WORD, POWERPOINT, ACCESS, EXCEL, the Internet, and Outlook, email and doing data entry.   I have sat in on Executive Committee Meetings and learned a lot and now I want to have a voice.    

    Alex Herrera - Comrades I bring a wealth of experience to this position from three other organizations. It is my desire to be a cohesive and active member to this group. My name is Alex Herrera and I am running for Executive Committee. Thank you.

    Michael Hjelmstad - It's been my honor to serve on the E.C. this year and I'm excited for the future of this post.  My work in the museum has highlighted our history and I'm humbled to be a part of building on the tradition of Post 43.  This year we have opened the post for more member activities and have seen an increase in participation at the committee level, especially the sports and activities committees, and we're open for Sunday football.  I'd like to continue the momentum honoring the past and continuing our legacy of service.  I'm Sgt. At Arms for our District and a contributing correspondent with The American Legion National media. 

    Raymond Hsu - VOTE DR. RAYMOND HSU FOR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!  Running on a platform of Insight and Perspective, Dr. Hsu has demonstrated leadership experience being the Commander of the 437 Medical Company.  Dr. Hsu's deployment to Afghanistan supporting our troops in the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign is one of many experiences that offered him insight to know when the working parts of an institution call for change versus maintaining its status quo.  As a Licensed Psychologist in California, Dr. Hsu brings an objective perspective to the Executive Committee to serve the good of the Legion.  A Thought Leader amongst his peers, he has demonstrated his commitment to Post 43 by establishing and chairing the Mental Health Committee, bringing an awareness of mental health needs while concurrently decreasing its stigma.  There is a paradigm shift being experienced by Post 43 and Dr. Hsu is the candidate to lead that change by voting him for Executive Committee!

    Robert Kelly Jr. - As nearly a 20 year member of the Legion in two States and six Posts. I bring a plethora of skills together to help bring Hollywood Post 43 moving forward as it has. I've had prior Post Commander and Executive Board experience in the 16th District. My direct experience has had positive change in my past Post's. I can bring knowledge, experience and true commitment to a position on the Executive Board. I've traveled extensively within out District, Area and State for the past two years since being a member of our great Hollywood Post. Additionally, my experience as a Director   And State Officer in other Veteran Organizations will bring a wealth of knowledge to help lead and work together with other members of the Executive Board and the Legionnaires. Vote for Robert Kelly Jr. Thanks 

    Jim Murtha - Even though I am a new member of our Post, I have personally benefited from all the hard work that others have put in prior to my becoming a member.  Our post is a place that I call home, a place where I have a sense of normalcy that I don't have anywhere else.  If elected to the Executive Committee I promise to work hard and diligently. To be a good steward of all of our Post's resources to ensure it can continue to grow, thrive so that when the next Veteran becomes a member, our Post can do for them what it has done for me. Thank you.

    Terrence Pallend - Re-elect Terrence Pallend! Re-elect Terrence Pallend! Re-elect Terrence Pallend! Terrence has been an active member and faithful servant of Hollywood Post 43 for 10 years. Terrence is an Executive Committee member, the current chair of the Restoration & Beautification Committee, and served as Assistant Historian from 2006 -2007. Terrence understands the legacy of Post # 43 and is qualified to help lead the way in preserving our beloved post for future generations of veterans. Terrence holds a degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California, is a licensed Real Estate Agent, and owns a small business specializing in helping clients find investment properties, and office, and retail space for other businesses. 

    Elizabeth Shaddix - I am running for Executive Committee.  Currently, I serve as your Service Officer for our Post.  I have business experience running my own small accounting company.  I have held positions on the Executive Board of several Veteran Service Organizations.  I am dedicated to helping Post 43 grow. Thank you for your Vote!

    Luis F Soto - Please support me for the Executive Committee. As a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient I will continue to support Post 43's efforts to help all veterans from all wars and their families. I have an MA from the University of New York and a long career as a TV and Film Director. I owned and managed a successful multi-million dollar business for over 20 years. Working with others to create reality from dreams is something I do well.  I will work tirelessly toward Post 43's future. It's the unique spirit and fellowship that makes Post 43 so special and I will be honored to serve. Vote Soto!

    Jeric Wilhelmsen - I have 10 years experience as an officer of the Post. In that time, I have significantly contributed to, and directed its growth. Although I was not an officer over this past year, I continued to contribute much of my time to create activities and opportunities for the members. Some activities include Karaoke night and the Post 43 All-stars running team. Also, I recently worked with National to make a video on homeless veterans which was distributed on the National website. Please vote for me so that I may continue to contribute my labor, ideas, and leadership.

Dept of Vet Affairs

VA News Releases

News Releases from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Member News and Information

  • Implementation of new VA committee

    TO:     All American Legion National Leadership



    FROM:   Michael D. Helm, National Commander


    SUBJECT:        Implementation of new VA committee


    Last week the President announced a new task force that he is commissioning for the purpose of making recommendations to VA in an attempt to address the “Customer Service Experience”.  The name of this initiative is called MyVA.  This initiative supports the agency’s earlier announcement that the nation would be divided into 5 regional customer support activities, and that the existing VISNs would eventually figure out how to fall into this model.  Details on this have not yet been addressed. 


    The initial announcement of the taskforce identified several industry professionals, and one VSO slot that will be initially staffed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).  The VA has briefed The American Legion and has let us know that the VSO position will be a rotating seat that will be filed by each of the 6 large veteran service organizations that are chartered by congress, but did not have any specifics to provide as to how long appointments would be for, how often these appointments would be changed, or what the selection criteria was for the existing selectees, or what the process would be in the future for selecting future nominees to fill the VSO spot.


                            For more information regarding this announcement, please see the VA’s press release. http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2683


                    As soon as we learn more about this process, we will update you accordingly.   



    MICHAEL  D.  HELM   

    National Commander

  • LEGIONNAIRES- Portrait Photography by Jon Endow




    Post 43 bartender, Jon Endow writes "I had the honor to photograph some of the veterans at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43.

    These portraits are now on exhibit at LA City Hall in the East Bridge Gallery. It will be up for the month of November.
    I would like to invite you to the Gallery Reception on November 25th.
    Parking is located at City Hall East - 201 N. Los Angeles St. LA, CA 90012
    Attached is a link to RSVP and REGISTER your Car for Parking.




Post 43 Calendar

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Post 43 in History

2015 Veteran Stand Down

Post Member Invites you to Wondercon!

  • Post Member Invites you to Wondercon!
    Post Member Invites you to Wondercon!

    Heraclio Kiki Aquilar III A.K.A. "Junior" is a new member of Hollywood American Legion Post 43.  He invites you to visit his Booth at Wondercon in Anahein!


member spotlight

  • Jimmy Weldon

    Webster the Duck and Jimmy Weldon

    Jimmy Weldon &

    Webster Webfoot Story

    Born James Weldon on December 23, 1923 in Dale, Texas, Weldon began his career as a disc jockey at KWCO in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1946, remaining there for four years. He made his television debut in 1950, as "Uncle" Jimmy (himself) and the voice of the duck puppet, Webster Webfoot on The Webster Webfoot Show, produced locally by Dallas station WFAA-TV.


History of the American Legion

Post 43 Media

Hall Rentals

Hall has 55 ft ceiling!The Hollywood American Legion Hall is a wonderful mid-size venue, with classic art deco architecture mixed with an historic military motif. The stage in the hall is small and intimate and the general admission set up allows you to be as close as you want to the action. This is a great venue to see your favorite artists up close and personal. The Hall has a rich heritage as an American Legion Post, but also has been a favorite haunt of local artists and politicians. Humphrey Bogart was often seen (and heard!) in the basement bar, and many films and television commercials are filmed here. The small and intimate atmosphere of this venue makes this a great place to enjoy a show. There is a collection of military memorabilia to peruse while you enjoy a drink in the foyer, and don't forget to slip downstairs to the bar for a roaring 20's style club. Learn More...

Preamble of the Constitution of the American Legion


We Associate Ourselves for the Following Purposes:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.