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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.

75th Annual Tree Planting Ceremony - 2021
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.
On Friday, May 21, 2021, Star Post 309, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Military and Veteran Affairs Unit, celebrated the life achievements of our Past Star Post Commander,
Thomas Vetter.
Click here for more photos of the Tree Planting Ceremony.


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 to join today!

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American Legion Auxiliary

Star Unit 309

The Star Post 309 Legion Family

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Vets 4 Kids Charity Golf Tournament - 2019

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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.

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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.

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