Becoming a Member of Squadron 281
Membership in The Sons of the American Legion is open to male descendants (includes stepsons and adopted sons) of:
1. A member of The American Legion; or
Eligibility Dates (Periods of War) Include:
World War I April 6, 1917 — Nov. 11, 1918
World War II Dec. 7, 1941 — Dec. 31, 1946
Korean War June 25, 1950 — Jan. 31, 1955
Vietnam War Feb. 28, 1961 — May 7, 1975
Lebanon/ Grenada Aug. 24, 1982 — July 31, 1984
Operation Just Cause (Panama) Dec. 20, 1989 — Jan. 31, 1990
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Aug. 2, 1990 — Today (This includes Iraq and Afghanistan)
Membership applications for The Sons of the American Legion are available through Post 281 or at any American Legion post.
Please note: If you are not a male descendant of a member of The American Legion, you will need to provide a copy of your relative's discharge papers.
To obtain military records of veterans (DD214/discharge papers), you will need to contact the National Archives & Records Administration. NARA maintains records from all branches of the military on individuals who are discharged, retired, or deceased.
If you are the next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, you may now access the vetrecs.archives.gov section of the NARA site to order copies of military records electronically. All others must use Standard Form 180 or request the information in a letter. Standard Form 180 is available also as a PDF file on the NARA website. The NARA site provides complete information on information required to process your request.
Or write directly to the:
National Military Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132