POST 134, Fulton County, Atlanta GA
   

CONTACT US

James Poulin - Commander
jpoulin@earthlink.net


Mike Fallaize - Adjutant
mike@fallaize.com


 

Come Join Us

American Legion Post 134 meets for lunch the second Thursday of every month at 12:00 pm (noon).

American Legion is an organization of U. S. Military veterans that share the ideals of service and patriotism. If you have served at least one day of active military duty since December 7, 1941 and were honorably discharged or you are still serving active military duty honorably, you are eligible for membership with the American Legion.

Next Post Meeting
Date/Time:  October 13, 2022
Location: Atlanta Athletic Club. 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek, Georgia. (Dress Code: Shirt with collar (Polo shirt acceptable, no torn or frayed jeans).

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Prospective members are always welcome!


Please see the current Bugle Call Rag Newsletter for all monthly post events.   Click for Directory

 
   

WHO WE ARE

Post 134 has a fantastic history. Past members include Bobby Jones and Ty Cobb. The current membership includes members who have distinguished combat records in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Our members have distinguished themselves in diverse fields in the business world and hold leadership positions in civic and community organizations. We participate in the American Legion's Boys State and the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Marietta National Cemetery, the Oratorical Contest, and other activities as presented by members.

Post 134 is the home of the award winning bulletin, the "Bugle Call Rag". Recently, the National American Legion Organization made awards to the "Bugle Call Rag" and Post 134 members Frank Murphy and Vic Mahoney for outstanding editorials. The newsletter is currently edited by Phil Mathis.

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Short History of American Legion Post 134

By William H. Baker, CAPT (Ret) USNR, Post Historian

In 1933, a group of members of American Legion Post #1 (Atlanta's first Legion chapter) decided to form a separate post.

They were led by Frank Kempton, son of the Fulton County Daily Reporter's founder, and Elbert Parr Tuttle, prominent attorney and future Army Reserve brigadier. They outlined a distinct set of guidelines, including preserving the comradeship of World War I, abstaining from petty politics, and fostering patriotism.

Eleven men attended the first organizational meeting at the Piedmont Hotel April 25, 1933. The Piedmont, which opened January 15, 1903, occupied an entire block of downtown Atlanta between Luckie, Forsyth, Peachtree, and Broad streets. Named temporary chairman was Trammel Scott, a major in WWI and minor league baseball standout. Tom Cornell was designated secretary.

Tasked with drafting a constitution and bylaws were James Bankston, Kempton, and Fonville McWhorter, a major in WWI, assistant cashier of Central Bank & Trust, and marshal of the day in a 1922 citywide celebration honoring the visit of Marshal Ferdinand Foch, commander in chief of Allied armies in France.

The others present at the organizational session were asked to bring additional candidates for membership to the next meeting.

The second organizational meeting was at the Piedmont on May 3, 1933. Some 25 potential members were present. Contrary to the tradition of naming Legion posts for World War I soldiers, these men chose the name, "Fulton County Post.". Two days later, the group applied for a charter from the Legion's national headquarters in Indianapolis. It was granted May 21, 1933, designating it Fulton County Post and adding the number "134". There were 38 charter members of the new post.

Post 134's first meeting opened at 6:30 p.m. on May 24, 1933 in The Lawyers Club located in the Citizens and Southern National Bank Building at 50 Broad Street.

Its first officers were a distinguished lot.

Tuttle was elected commander. He had been an Army aviation cadet when World War I ended and, in 1933, was a partner in the law firm of Sutherland, Tuttle, and Brennan. A colonel in World War II, Tuttle was wounded in hand-to-hand combat on Okinawa. Later, he was appointed chief judge of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dr. Edgar Hill Greene, a future president of the Georgia Medical Association, was senior vice commander. George Harrison was named junior vice commander. Ralph Emerson McGill, noted columnist, and future editor, of The Atlanta Constitution, was selected as historian. Canon William Turner was chaplain, William J. Davis, Jr., was finance officer, and Frank Carter chaired the Executive Committee.

In November, 1934, a pattern was established which continues to this day: Executive Committee meetings the first Thursday of the month; membership meetings the second Thursday.

Applications tumbled in. Post 134's Executive Committee limited the membership to 50. In 1941, anticipating a flood of World War II veterans, the membership cap was increased to 200; later to 500. (The Legion's congressional charter had been amended to admit WWII vets.) The post now welcomes veterans of all modern-era wars in which U.S. troops have participated.

Three members of special note over the years:

  • The immortal golfer Bobby Jones, who achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in WWII.
  • Legendary outfielder Ty Cobb, "The Georgia Peach", who served with the Army Chemical Corps in France during WWI.
  • Charles E. Glover, who, after Navy duty in the Pacific during WWII, rose to editor in chief of the newspaper division of Cox Enterprises, supervising 21 daily papers.

Unlike many Legion posts, 134 has never owned a building, baseball field, bar, or dance pavilion. Instead, the post has met at hotels, including the Cox Carlton and Georgian Terrace, officers clubs, prominent restaurants, social clubs, including the Piedmont Driving and Ansley Golf clubs, and in members' homes. Three examples of the latter: a steak dinner at the Habersham Way home of Jackson P. Dick, and barbecue suppers hosted respectively by Trammell Scott and Artie Pew.

Past commander Victor Mahoney first edited the post's monthly newsletter, The Bugle Call Rag. Under current editor, and also past commander, Todd Copley, the publication has won numerous Legion awards.

The FBI awarded Post 134 with a certificate of special service during World War II. National Legion headquarters recognized the post with a certificate of meritorious service.


Previous Post 134 Commanders

1933-34  Elbert Tuttle
1934-35  Fonville McWorter
1935-36  Alex Conoley
1936-37  Homer Thompson
1937-38  Trammel Scott
1938-39  Jackson Dick, Sr.
1939-40  Roy Collier, Sr.
1940-41  Julius Sallee
1941-42  Alex Hitz
1942-43  William Erb
1943-44  Frank Kempton
1944-45  Milton Dargan, Jr.
1945-46  George Harrison
1946-47  Horace Powell
1947-48  Charles Rawson
1948-49  John Stewart
1949-50  John Candler II
1950-51  Parks Huntt
1951-52  Allen Post
1952-53  J.B.Osborn, Jr.
1953-54  Frank Walsh, Jr.
1954-55  Herbert Hopkins
1955-56  William Daniel
1956-57  Ernest Tomlison
1957-58  Robert Crumley
1958-59  Stephens Mitchell
1959-60  Broadus Carmicheal
1960-61  Clinton Higuley
1961-62  William Perkins
1962-63  Charles Cross
1963-64  Allen Lulian
1964-65  Preston Miller
1965-66  Robert Alford
  
1966-67  Preston Roddey
1967-68  Henry Taylor
1968-69  Lowry Nicolson
1969-70  Charles Fisher
1970-71  Elyea Carswell
1971-72  Ewing Miles
1972-73  John Cook
1973-74  Porter Warren
1974-75  Robert Veal
1975-76  Edwin Hill
1976-77  Dudley Bachler
1977-78  Howell Parham
1978-79  Hughes Schroder
1979-80  Candler Guy
1980-81  James Minter
1981-82  Floyd McRae
1982-83  John Luke
1983-84  Phil Carlquist
1984-85  George Hightower
1985-86  Bruce Bromberg
1986-87  Hugh Howell, Jr.
1987-88  David Williamson
1988-89  Tom Reid
1989-90  William Roberts
1990-91  Charles Wood
1991-92  Charles Knowles
1992-93  James Ivey
1993-94  Jack Fairchild
1994-95  Ralph Moor
1995-96  Charles Wills
1996-97  William Martin
1997-98  Everett Pritchard
  

1998-99  George Hooten
1999-00  Nimrod McNair
2000-01  Victor Mahoney
2001-02  Farish Chandler, Jr.
2002-03  Bryant Roland
2003-04  Albert N. Thompson
2004-05  Charles Shepherd
2005-06  Frank Murphy (served a partial year)
2005-06  Robert E. Atwater, Jr. (served a partial year)
2006-07  Robert E. Atwater, Jr.
2007-08  Frederick O. Viele
2008-09  Sam Steger
2009-10  Ramon Garcia
2010-13  Todd Copley
2013-14  Arnold Wall
2014-15  John Ottley, Jr.

2015-16  Phillip Mathis

2016-17  Al Alberghini

2017-19  Michael Fallaize, Sr.

2019- 22  Walter Conway

2022-       James Poulin

 

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2022