I Am the American Legion

Pierre Harper

“My joy comes from helping those who are the Legion – the Legionnaires ... helping them at Legion College and teaching them the things we do
to support veterans.”

Branch of Service: Marine Corps

Years: 1998-2003

MOS: 0431 Embarkation Chief

Rank at discharge: Corporal (E-4)


  • Naval Achievement Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Naval Unit Commendation
  • Naval Unit Citation
  • National Defense Medal

American Legion Post:
Bennett-Wells Post 1780, Buffalo, N.Y.

Number of Years in the Legion: Five


  • New York Boys State governor (1997)
  • Post 1780 commander (2008-2011)
  • County vice commander (2010-present)
  • County Boys State chairman (2008-present) 
  • New York American Legion College instructor (2009-present) 
  • National Foreign Relations Council vice chairman (2010, 2012)
  • 100th Anniversary Observance Committee (2011-present)
  • National American Legion College facilitator