The American Legion Huntington Beach Post 133
In the fall of 1919, a group of veterans of WW I gathered in Huntington Beach, California for the purpose of establishing a Post of The American Legion named “Joseph Rodman” after a resident of the City who had died from wounds inflicted in battle.
The original Charter was dated December 18, 1919. The Post was renamed Huntington Beach Post 133 in 1941, and incorporated in 1940.
The early years of Post 133 were marked by heavy involvement in the affairs of the City. The Post formed, funded and manned the volunteer Fire Department during the 1920’s. Many Legionnaires served in the Police Department, Fire Department and school district, as well as, on the City Council. In 1931, LaVerne Keller, Commander of Post 133 was appointed Chief of Police. Two other Post members served as Chief of Police, Les Grant in 1936 and Ben Dulaney in 1950. Another notable member of Post 133 was Celia Baker Young, the first female Judge in Orange County.
Originally, Post 133 met in a surplus school building provided by the oil company. In 1926, a City Hall and auditorium was built. A second floor was built and the building rededicated as Memorial Hall, in honor of veterans. An agreement was negotiated between the City and Post 133, written by the City Attorney, Lewis Blodget. This building remained the home of Post 133 until it was torn down by the City, and American Legion Post 133 was promised a new replacement in the future via a contract with the City.
Today the Post works with the city to plan its patriotic functions: Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Patriot Day ceremonies. Post 133 has a partnership with the city, Hometown Heroes, which displays banners of Huntington Beach military service members. We send boys and girls from high schools to Boys and Girls State. Once a year we provide a free lunch for veterans and a special lunch for WWII veterans. Post 133 adopts needy families to provide a Thanksgiving meals and Christmas meal and gifts. We send packages with items requested to the troops overseas. We provide needed personal items to homeless female veterans. We also, provide Long Beach VA with gas and food gift cards for their Social Workers to give to needy veterans. The Post always marches in the Fourth of July Parade. Most recently, the Post partnered with the Huntington Beach Central Library to open a Veterans Resource Center, where veterans can go for assistance.