American Legion Matawan Post 176

American Legion Matawan Post 176 American Legion Post 176 - Matawan, NJ

Commander: Robert Meyer

Cmdr Emeritus: John "Al" Savolaine

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow se

rvicemembers and veterans. Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with "comfort items" and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities. The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.


Army First Infantry Division Monument in Washington, D.C., adds names of Iraq, Afghanistan soldiers killed in action, including son of Keeley Frank, wife of Department of Kansas Commander Randy Frank. 


Kristofferson, under pressure from his family, joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, attaining the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He also completed Ranger School. During the early 1960s, he was stationed in West Germany as a member of the 8th Infantry Division. During this time, he resumed his music career and formed a band. In 1965, after his tour in Germany ended, Kristofferson was given an assignment to teach English literature at West Point. Instead, he decided to leave the Army and pursue songwriting. His family disowned him because of his career decision; sources are unclear on whether they reconciled. They saw it as a rejection of everything they stood for, although Kristofferson says he is proud of his time in the military and received the Veteran of the Year Award at the 2003 American Veterans Awards ceremony.


Saluting the Tuskegee Airmen: pioneers who defied prejudice to become a highly respected WWII fighter group, breaking barriers and paving the way for military integration. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site stands as a testament to their heroism and the triumph of equality.

Alt text: Black and white image of seven men in uniform watching a briefing.

(Photo Credit: Toni Frissell)


“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” - Martin Luther King Jr.


From the ice to the battlefield, these 20 men paused their NHL careers to serve their countries in WWII.


It’s official - Tun Tavern will be reconstructed in time for the 250th anniversary of the Marine Corps! Click on link below for details.

“A temporary replica of Tun Tavern was built for the 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia. For the 2026 Semiquincentennial, Homecoming 250’s partner The Tun Tavern Legacy Foundation will recreate The Tun as a permanent, operating tavern. The Semiquincentennial and area redevelopment provide an unmatched opportunity to realize the dreams of many Marines, Masons, and others: to raise a pint of beer or ale at Tun Tavern. Although its original site at Water Street is now occupied by Interstate 95, we are working to recreate The Tun as near as possible to its original site.”

American Legion Matawan Post 176 would like to thank our community for their support during Veterans Day 2023! We would ...

American Legion Matawan Post 176 would like to thank our community for their support during Veterans Day 2023! We would especially like to thank the following individuals and organizations for supporting todays's ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery:

Senator Sam Thompson
Matawan Mayor Joseph Altomonte
Matawan Councilwoman Deana Gunn
Matawan Councilman Brian Livesey
Matawan Councilman Steven Russell
Former Matawan Councilman John Lazar
Reverend Jeff Gray
The Matawan Police Department
GFWC Woman's Club of Matawan
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Thank you!!!
-Robert Meyer, Matt Ward and Post 176


Happy Veterans Day from American Legion Matawan Post 176! Please join us at Matawan's Rose Hill Cemetery (the flagpole) today at 11am if you would like to participate in our annual Veterans Day ceremony. We will have light refreshments at the Matawan Woman's Club (Jackson Street) after the ceremony. All are welcome!!!


This banner is dedicated to the stadium's namesake, Hobart Amory Hare "Hobey" Baker, a college ice hockey and football star for Princeton.


Happy birthday to us! 🎉

For 76 years today, the United States Air Force has provided the American people with , Anytime, Anywhere ✈️ 💪


Authors John Allan Savolaine and Matthew H. Ward presented on their book to the Middletown Township Historical Society on July 25, 2023.


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