Who are the namesakes of the three American Legion posts in Ireland?
Father Francis Duffy (of Post IR-02 in Killarney, County Cork) was the beloved chaplain of the "Fighting 69th" Regiment and the 42nd Division during World War I; Irish-born Commodore John Barry (of Post IR-03 in Claremorris, County Mayo) is considered the "Father of the American Navy" and was one of its greatest heroes during the Revolutionary War; and John F. Kennedy (of Post IR-63 in Dublin) was, of course, the 35th president of the United States, who won the Legion’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1961and was assassinated in 1963. The American Legion Magazine recently featured an article on what Legionnaires in Ireland are doing to recognize their brothers in arms. Read it here.
There is also a Flanders Field post in Belgium; a Riviera post in Nice, France; and a China post in exile, among others. All are members of FODPAL, Foreign and Outlying Departments and Posts of The American Legion. Learn more about the organization, and see where the Legion has a presence in the world here.