The American Legion Department of Tennessee



VOLUME XXXIX, NO. 2                                                                                                                                                                  AUGUST 1, 2022

Local Veterans Still Serving


FROM THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER.  As we put 2022 in the rear-view mirror with all the restrictions that have impeded our posts from properly serving their communities and veterans, let us set our sight toward 2023. To create growth and cohesiveness across the Department, we must recognize we are Local Veterans Still Serving our communities.
Please remember:

A VETERAN IS A VETERAN - which means The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities.

SELFLESS SERVICE - which means The American Legion celebrates all who contribute to something larger than themselves and inspires others to serve and strengthen America.

AMERICAN VALUES AND PATRIOTISM - which means The American Legion advocates for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship, and honoring military service by observing and participating in memorial events.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - which means The American Legion meets the unique needs of local communities.

ADVANCING THE VISION - which means The American Legion educates, mentors, and leads new generations of Americans.

HONOR THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US - which means The American Legion pays perpetual respect for all past military sacrifices to ensure they are never forgotten by new generations.

Lanny Culver
Department of Tennessee Commander

From The Department of Tennessee

Senior Vice-Commander


    First, I would like to thank everybody that supported and voted for me at the Department Convention. I am committed to doing my best for each legionnaire in the Department. We have two new Division Vice-Commanders, and several new District Commanders all of which are dedicated and committed to doing their very best, and I am looking forward to working with them.

    I’m the second person to hold the Senior Vice-Commander position. We are in a learning environment. The Department Commander has asked me to work with the appointed Committee Chairmen. I think this is a good learning experience for someone who could potentially become the Department Commander, since they are the ones responsible to appoint these Committee Chairmen and should be knowledgeable of their duties.

    I attended Post 44’s meeting and Fish Fry on July 11, 2022, there was a really good turnout. I attended the Grand Opening of the Rutherford County Veterans Hall in Murfreesboro on July 15, 2022. I’ve attended the East, Middle and West Division Officers Orientations. They all went very well, and we had very good participation from all in attendance.

    I was honored to attend the National Membership Workshop in Indianapolis. It was very informative, and I was able to gain a lot of important information by talking with other Departments and hearing about their accomplishments and disappointments in their departments.

    I’m looking forward to the upcoming District Commander tours throughout the Department. This is where the Posts get a chance to see firsthand what the incoming officers are all about and is why there should be at least one person present from each Post within the District, who can get the information firsthand, and return this information to their individual Post. Hope to see you all there.

Respectfully submitted,
John A Davis
Department of Tennessee

Senior Vice-Commander    


Lanny D. Culver, 209 Eastern Shores Drive, Lexington, TN 38351 (731-225-8033)
 John Davis, 4086 Smithville Highway, McMinnville, TN 37110 (
Robert Hensley, 1211 /Glen Abbey Way, Gray TN 37615, (423-335-2969) 
Nancy Harper, 5082 Coro Road, Memphis, TN 38109 (901-493-2580)
   East: Todd McKinley, 3528 Rustic Hills Dr., Kingsport, TN 37660 (202-256-0219),
   Middle: Shawn Brunelle, 262 Sundrop Lane, Crossville, TN 38571 (931-200-4869)
  West: Joel Pipkin Jr., 314 Clark Road, Scotts Hill, TN 38374 (
   First:  James McLaughlin 1796 Blue Ridge Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876 (865-450-0485)
   Second: Gregory Buckles, 425 Warrior Lane, Hariman, TN 37748 (601-473-9658) 
   Third: Ronald White, 941 Lusk Loop Rd, Dunlap, TN 37327 (423-298-7417)
   Fourth: Skip Ritter, 4112 Charlton Sq., Cookeville, TN 38501 (931-210-7001)
   Fifth: Ronald Hessil, 108 Sara Dilton Rd., Murfreesboro, TN 37127 (262-515-1746)
   Sixth:  David Zeveney, 726 Gardendale Lane, Clarksville,TN 37040 (931-581-7334)
   Seventh: Robert A. Harris, 200 Lake Circle Dr, Tullahoma, TN 37388 (931-581-7334)      
   Eighth: Jerry Graham, 5801 Sardis Scotts Hill Rd, Sardis, TN 38371 (214-504-6176)
   Ninth:  Elton Wilkerson, 3026 Bell Rd., Martin TN 38237 (731-587-9047)
   Tenth: Paul Hethmon, 249 Blackberry Drive, Collierville, TN 38017 (901-850-0140)
Dean A. Tuttle, 318 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 (615-391-5088)






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