The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, The American Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Star Post 309 received its temporary charter in 1927 and was founded by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies who were veterans of World War I. Among the founding members was William I. Traeger who served as the Sheriff of Los Angeles County from 1921 to 1932.
The Star Post is unique among many other American Legion posts. We are a veterans organization comprised primarily of Los Angeles Sheriff’s employees and their family members who are military veterans. Our ranks include active and retired - sworn, civilian, reserve - members of the Sheriff’s Department.
74th Annual Tree Planting Ceremony - 2020
The Tree Planting Ceremony is Star Post's official Memorial Day observance. Since its inception in the 1930s, we have only had to cancel the Ceremony once during World War II. There was no chance we would allow the Ceremony not to continue in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. We held the ceremony, with a limited number of Star Post Officers, on Saturday May 30, 2020.
This year we celebrated the life achievements of Robert W. Bollong. Bob, as he preferred to be called, served as Star Post 309 Commander in 1959. He was a 30-year member of the LASD and spent the great majority of his career at Firestone Station. He retired in 1982 at the rank of Deputy IV. Bob served in the US Navy during World War II and was assigned to the USS LST-481, a Tank Landing Ship as a Seaman Second Class. Bob transferred to the Post Everlasting on April 19, 2013.
American Legion Riders Chapter 309
Our newest addition to the American Legion family is our American Legion Riders Chapter 309. What is the American Legion Riders (ALR)? Put simply, it is an enjoyable post activity now a commission of the Department of California for Legionnaires, Auxiliary members, and SAL members throughout the state who enjoy motorcycle riding. It is also an ideal way to support The American Legion's programs. Since motorcycle riding is a popular free time and social activity, Posts and Departments can benefit from the growing popularity of The ALR as a way to connect and communicate across the Nation.
Interested in joining? First you have to be a member of one of our Legion components: The American Legion for veterans; the American Legion Auxiliary for spouses, daughters, granddaughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters of veterans; or a Son of the American Legion for sons, grandsons, and direct male descendants of veterans. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join today!
American Legion Auxiliary
Star Unit 309
The Star Post 309 Legion Family
Vets 4 Kids Charity Golf Tournament - 2019
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our third annual charity golf tournament. Our Vets Fore Kids golf tournament brings together veterans and supporters who generously give so that we can continue our American Legion programs. Click on the photo below for more pics of the event.
A special thanks to our sponsors:
Platinum Level - Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, American Legion Ronald Reagan Palisades Post 283
Gold Level - LA County Professional Peace Officers Association
Silver Level - POPA FCU, Securitas, 3M Corp
Bronze Level - LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, FOP Lodge 1, Offices of Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee
Notable Sponsors: Straussner-Sherman, Vienna Psychological Group, Andy and Coronne Jacob, Juan Santiago, Josie Woolum
On Course Sponsors and Vendors - Bastards Canteen, Ohana Brewing, La Verne Brewing, Classic Beverages, Alan Shea (Project Carbon), Backyard Mary, Cruise Planners, Sentry Printing and Signs, POPA FCU, Dixon Golf, Integra Golf, Andrew Linga and Greg (photographers), Marc Saunders (photographer), Jerry Berry and Pete Ramirez (military displays), and the
California Country Club for their great hospitality.
Installation of Post Officers
Deputy Cesar Alex Valiente is named the 2019 American Legion, Department of California Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Valor
At the 101st Annual Department of California Convention, Deputy Alex Valiente was the recipient of the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Valor, Alex and his wife Wanda saved two people during the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass killing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both are deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and had previously been awarded the LASD's Medal of Valor, the highest award a Sheriff's Department member can receive. His family, friends, and fellow legionnaires from Star Post 309 were on hand to witness the awards presentation. Alex credits his time in the United States Marine Corps with giving him the strength to persevere.
73rd Annual Tree Planting Ceremony - 2019
The Tree Planting Ceremony is the Star Post's official Memorial Day observance. This year we celebrated the life achievements of two of our Past Commanders, Armand Cruz and Arthur Robinson. Both of these great men lived a life of service dedicating their lives to the protection of others in their roles as military service members and deputies on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
To all of our retired veterans, thank you for allowing us to spend time with you at the 2019 Round-Up. We will see you again next year.
Welcome Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Assistant Sheriff Bob Olmsted to the
American Legion Star Post 309 family.
We appreciate your commitment to our veteran community and accept your challenge to continue the good work of The American Legion.
Star Post 309 - Team 100
Star Post 309 had a very good showing at the National Commander's Dinner hosted by our comrades at Pacific Palisades Post 283 at the historic Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. The Team 100 charge by our National Commander is for us to continue our recruitment efforts and continue the good work of the American Legion.