In addition to the national commander and vice commanders, six national constitutional officers are appointed annually by vote of the National Executive Committee. They are the adjutant, treasurer, judge advocate, historian, chaplain and sergeant-at-arms. Officers elected by the national convention take office upon adjournment and serve until the end of the next convention.
Responsibilities of national officers:
Stanley K. Hamamoto, National Chaplain
Stanley K. Hamamoto was appointed national chaplain of The American Legion on Sept. 2, 2021, at the organization’s 102nd national convention in Phoenix.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Stanley K. “Pastor Stan” Hamamoto has also served as the chaplain for the American Legion Department of Colorado. He served in the Coast Guard from 1952-1960 and is currently a member of American Legion Post 209 in Colorado Springs.
He is an ordained minister with the Christian National Church (Disciples of Christ) and has extensive pastoral experience. Before becoming a minister more than 20 years ago, Hamamoto had a 40-year career as an accountant.
Hamamoto engages in many community activities, such as district visits, Four Chaplains observances and chaplain’s workshops. He fills the pulpit when called.
Robert B. Gilmore Jr., National Historian
Robert “Bob” Gilmore Jr. was appointed national historian of The American Legion on Sept. 2, 2021, at the organization’s 102nd national convention in Phoenix.
Gilmore was raised in Phoenix and is a resident of Peoria, Ariz. He served in the U.S. Navy from September 1978 until January 1987 where he was trained as a nuclear propulsion electrical operator and served aboard fast attack submarines. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). He is currently working for Capital Power Corporation as a Instrument, Controls and Electrical (ICE) Technician. He has a BSEET from DeVry Institute of Technology and enjoys helping Scouts and others in the STEM field.
Gilmore joined The American Legion at Post 62 in Peoria in February 2002. He has served as post sergeant-at-arms, historian, adjutant and vice commander. He served as sergeant-at-arms, senior and junior vice commander and commander for District 11. He was a two-year department historian and department vice commander for Area B. He has been a department delegate for 15 years serving on various committees and was a member of the Naval Forces division. He has been a past webmaster for The National Association of Department Historians of The American Legion (NADHAL) and a member since 2005. He is also a member of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) since its founding in 2011, donating time and equipment at the national headquarters. He is a 2005 graduate of the National College of The American Legion.
Michael W. Griffith, Sergeant-At-Arms
Michael W. Griffith was appointed sergeant-at-arms of The American Legion on Sept. 2, 2021, at the organization’s 102nd national convention in Phoenix.
A Navy veteran from Pottsboro, Texas, Griffith served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician from 1969 to 1973. Griffith, a Legionnaire since 1970, is a member of Missing in Action Post 231 at Lake Texoma, Texas. He has served as post commander six times. Griffith is a past district commander, division commander and department vice commander.
He has been married to his wife, Cathy, since 1972; they have one daughter and two granddaughters.