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COMMANDER’S COLUMN by ... New and exciting things are happening at Hollywood Post 43! Jerry Mullins, the Post's terrific administrative assistant, and I have been working with the on-line firm of Constant Contact to create ...
1st Vice Commander's ... We just installed seven new members and I felt very proud to listen to their stories as to why they wanted to join our Post. Each one had a different story but they all were excited to become a ...
Jr. Past Commander's ... To All Legionnaires, our Commander asked me to provide an article for the Legionnaire which could be beneficial to the membership as we transition from one Legion year to the next. While various ...
CHAPLAIN’s CORNER By ... All of life is a fluctuation between effort and rest. You need both every day. But effort is not truly effective until first you have had the proper preparation for it, by resting in a time of quiet ...
Out and About with Post ... by Frank W. PiersonWWII Marine Vet and Pool NeophyteAmerican Legion Hollywood Post 43 members are a busy bunch, do a lot of stuff.Just this past few days, three of our members and a friend have been ...
WOMENS AUXILIARY By ... On behalf of the entire Auxiliary, I thank the Legion for joining us for the installation of our new officers for 2014-2015. Your support helped to make the event more special than it already is. ...
Post 43 News Volunteers Needed to Assist Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude (https://www.operationgratitude.com) is looking of volunteers (age 12 and older) on Saturday, August 23rd, from 9am to Noon to ...
Promoting Patriotism TheTallest Flagpole in North America Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America . Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in ...
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Seven New Members Inducted at August 4th Meeting Shown here are new Post 43 members: Detroit Flanagan, USAF; Tyler Gare, USCG; James Gill, USAF; Serge Lamas, USMC; Guy Langman, USCG; Larry Pitkin, ...
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Chef's Menu September 8 - Chicken Florentine over Wild Rice and Dessert CakeSeptember 29 - BBQ Ribs & Chicken, Corn on Cobb, Coleslaw, Steak Fries, Peach Pie & Birthday Cake  
Post 43 Meeting Schedule September 8 - Regular and Aux.Meeting 7 pm , Dinner 5:30 pm.September 16 - Executive Meeting at 6 pmSeptember 29 - Regular and Aux.Meeting 7 pm, Dinner 5:30 pmVoiture 47 - September, Meets at ...
Amateur Radio and the ... American Legion and Amateur Radio Ever wonder what amateur radio is and what the American Legion and Hollywood Post 43 are doing about it?  Here is a YouTube video clip from the director of FEMA on ...
Lucy Lucy - Luc Besson has done it again. I went into the theatre unaware of the details of this movie. That was great because I was able to completely sit back and enjoy the ride. Of course I had ...

What's Inside Post 43

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

 


 

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  • Out and About With Post 43 Members
    Out and About With Post 43 Members
    Out and About
    With Post 43 Members
     
    By Frank W. Pierson
    WW11 Marine Vet and Pool Neophyte
     
    American Legion Hollywood Post 43 members are a busy bunch, do a lot of stuff.
     
    Just this past few days, three of our members and a friend have been seeking status as pool sharks in “The Greatest Pool Tournament in the World”, the BCAs at the Rio in Las Vegas. Around 6000 players competing for glory and $$$$$ in many categories on some 500 tables!
     
    T’was a sea of tables awash with breaking balls, broken hearts, and winner jubilation.
     
    Actually that last description, jubilation, is not quite on target because this crowd, when focusing on the next shot, was quiet to the extreme, just looking to be in the zone as each player stalked his or her table, thinking strategies and tactics, and just how to connect the cue ball with the object ball with precise finesse into a pocket, then the next shot, the next and next and next. Talk about stealth, heavy duty concentration, catlike prowess to sink a ball or make a run and do it with a straight quiet face maybe with just a twinkle.
     
    Post 43 had three members and a friend in the Vegas matches—Anaquad Cobe, Emily Duddy with her partner Brian Marshall, and yours truly. You see us all around the table in the photo, we guys, of course, all focused on Emily the starlet of our foursome.
     
    As the pool-hooked neophyte in this motley crew, I feel qualified to give you a quicky impression of what the experience on the Vegas tables was all about. The tables are “bar” size, meaning smaller than our venerable 100 year old vintage Brunswick in the little room off our Post bar on which Fats and other greats, plus our own Marshall Wyatt, our beloved ghost, have played. These Diamond tables are all of prime quality having the very best cloth, very responsive banks, and somewhat larger pockets. The essential difference from my limited experience is the sensitivity and speed of the balls following the slightest hit, plus the precision required because, I suppose, the tables are not only beautifully clothed and really level but the balls are highly polished. All this comes down to finesse playing as opposed to banging, extremely careful aim with just the right touch. 
     
    So, instead of a noisy bunch at the table, imagine opponents sitting or moving around like cats aiming for a kill. Not even a purr. Just those eyes.
     
    In one of Emily’s matches, I was taken by some lady in a wheelchair two tables down, just swinging herself around the table like a trapeze artist, stopping on a spot, then, while still seated in the wheelie. effortlessly placing her body and cue stick over the table for just that kind of kill.
     
    Seems about anybody can get into the pool game, love it and get hooked just like she and I did.
     
    P.S. At this time when Emily, Brian and I have finished in Vegas though Anaquad is still competing in team events, nobody has won any money. But. speaking for myself, the Vegas BCAs has been well worth it all. What an introductory adventure! Maybe next year there’ll be more of us from the Post. Hope so. 
     
  • Post 43 Supports Marty Tregnan Golf Academy
    Post 43 Supports Marty Tregnan Golf Academy

    Shown here at Marty Tregnan Golf Academy in Griffith Park is Post 43 First Vice – Commander Don Schilling and Post 43 member Mel Rogow with young people from the Yucca Park Community Center in Hollywood . Ranging in age from 7 to 17, Hollywood Post 43 provided funding for them to take a 10 week program of instruction on how to play golf.

  • Hollywood American Legion Welcomes Newest Medal of Honor Recipient
    Hollywood American Legion Welcomes Newest Medal of Honor Recipient

     

    CENTURY CITY, Calif. (May 16, 2014) – Members from Hollywood American Legion Post 43 met and offered congratulations to newest Medal of Honor recipient, Sgt. Kyle White today at the 20th Century Fox studios here.

    White was awarded the nation's highest military decoration by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House Tuesday for his valorous actions during a Taliban ambush in Aranas, Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2007. 

    White and his girlfriend Helen Ball were treated to a VIP tour of the studios and backlot at Fox, but it was Hollywood who was starstruck by White.  “It was such an incredible honor to meet someone like Sgt. White and be able to thank him for all he’s done for us, said wide-eyed FX TV producer Eric Soto, whose son is currently a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    “As an American, it was a privilege to shake the hand of a true hero,” said Post 43 past commander, Jeric Wilhelmsen, “as a fellow veteran, it means so much more.”

    About Post 43:

    Hollywood Post 43, “Post of the Stars,” has been home to local veterans for 95 years.  The post’s historic clubhouse on Highland Avenue has been a Hollywood landmark since 1929, its members included Clark Gable and Mickey Rooney among many Hollywood notables. Today, with over 500 members, Hollywood Post 43 Legionnaires continue serving America, supporting local veterans and the community. With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans and 14,000 posts across the nation, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans’ affairs, Americanism, and youth programs.

    Pictured (from L to R): Michael Hjelmstad, Fernando Rivero, Army Lt. Col. Steve Cole, Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. Kyle White, Brian Fagan, Jeric Wilhelmsen. (photo courtesy Hollywood American Legion Post 43)

    Contact: Fernando Rivero, Public Relations Committee Chair, Post 43

     (310) 562-1891

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  • West los angeles Veterans administration destroyed medical records

    Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller.

    Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests.

    “The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater Los Angeles Medical Center, told TheDC. 

    “We just didn’t have the resources to conduct all of those exams. Basically we would get about 3,000 requests a month for [medical] exams, but in a 30-day period we only had the resources to do about 800. That rolls over to the next month and creates a backlog,” Mitchell said. ”It’s a numbers thing. The waiting list counts against the hospitals efficiency. The longer the veteran waits for an exam that counts against the hospital as far as productivity is concerned.”

    By 2008, some patients were “waiting six to nine months for an exam” and VA “didn’t know how to address the issue,” Mitchell said.

    VA Greater Los Angeles Radiology department chief Dr. Suzie El-Saden initiated an “ongoing discussion in the department” to cancel exam requests and destroy veterans’ medical files so that no record of the exam requests would exist, thus reducing the backlog, Mitchell said.

    Audio from a November 2008 meeting obtained by TheDC depicts VA Greater Los Angeles officials plotting to cancel backlogged exam requests.

    “I’m still canceling orders from 2001,” said a male official in the meeting 

    “Anything over a year old should be canceled,” replied a female official.

    “Canceled or scheduled?” asked the male official.

    “Canceled. … Your backlog should start at April ’07,” the female official replied, later adding, ”a lot of those patients either had their studies somewhere else, had their surgery … died, don’t live in the state. … It’s ridiculous.” 

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  • Shirley Temple Passes

     

    Shirley Temple

    Hollywood Post 43 Honorary Colonel Shirley Temple
    Passes on to Post Everlasting

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  • 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.

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History of the American Legion

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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.