Women veterans, tell your stories
1957 American Legion National Historian Emily Herbert. (American Legion Archives)

Women veterans, tell your stories

Female Legionnaires, or those who love them, are welcome to contribute to the popular Legiontown site, at www.legiontown.org, under the new Women Veterans category.

As The American Legion’s Centennial Celebration continues, it’s good to remember that women have always been eligible for Legion membership, all the way back to 1919. Legion posts then, and now, are named after female veterans who gave their lives while serving their country. Female members have served at every level of the organization. And now Legiontown has a category for such stories to be told, and possibly be disseminated more widely in Legion media.

Pictured above is Emily Herbert of New Jersey. The World War II WAVES veteran was elected national historian by the National Executive Committee in 1957, making her the first female national American Legion officer.