The American Legion Post in Naples, Florida was originally formed in 1943 by a group of Naples men who had served in WW I and WW II. The Post was named in memory of Hardee R Mills, who was the first Naples man to loose his life in WW II. The first Commander was Freeman Davidson.
The first meetings were held in a fish house near the foot of Crayton Dock, which was called the Bay Dock at Crayton Cove. Soon after WW II the Post was given an old Army Barrack from the Army Training Airport, located where the current Naples Airport is today. The members moved the barrack to the present site where it now stands. A building lot was given to the Post by Omar Clark, who owned the subdivision at the time. Later the Post purchased the adjacent lot. When R. L. Walker became Commander the Post built out the present building which statnds on the two lots.
The first Charter for Post 135 was received on March 8, 1945, the same day Germany surrendered.
The Charter members of the original Post 135 are listed below:
Earl F Cameron R A Townsend A T Tomlinson Richard J Aldacosta
Wilbur S Storter, Sr Harvey Doxey, Jr Joseph J Townsend Samuel D Morris
Preston Sawyer Henry F Earnshaw Free Davidson William C Hunter
Jack R Connon Raymond W Dietrich
Apparently, the Post lost it's Charter for a short period of time after the War. The current Charter for Hardee R Mills Post 135 was signed on May 15, 1952, and is effect today.
The Women's Auxiliary, of American Legion Post 135's, Charter was signed by the Departmen of Florida on July 22, 1946. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
A Sons of the Legion for American Legion Post 135 was Chartered on April 6, 1976. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.
The 40&8 Voiture 795 was chartered on July 22, 1974 and has been a great asset and supporter of Post 135. They are very active in helping nursing students persue their careers.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Naples community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans in the Naples area. An important traditional ceremony is held at the Memorial Wall in Cambier Park at 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war front
Scholarships and Community Projects
American LegionPost 135 and it's affiliates sponsor various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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