PNC Galbraith passes away

American Legion Past National Commander William E. Galbraith passed away March 4 in Chandler, Ariz. He was 86 years old.

Galbraith, a native of Beemer, Neb., was an active member of American Legion Post 159 in Beemer where he served as state commander from 1963-1964 and national vice commander from 1965-1966. He was then elected during the closing session of the 49th annual national convention in Boston as the Legion’s national commander for the 1967-1968 year. To date, Galbraith is the only national commander to hail from Nebraska.

Galbraith, a World War II Navy Armed Guard radarman, enlisted in the Navy following his 18th birthday in 1945 but was discharged in May 1946 due to a foot injury. When he returned home to his family’s farm, his father — an officer during World War I — had already signed him up for membership at Beemer Post 159.

A more in-depth story on PNC Galbraith, which will contain memories from friends and Legionnaires, will appear on in the following days.


  1. Another great loss for the Legion Family. Best wishes to his family. As we move forward, we lose the knowledge and wisdom but let it not be forgotten. People did great things and so let us remember this and learn from it.
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