Who We Are


 The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. 


American Legion Post 597 was chartered March 15, 1947. We are  located in historic old downtown Carrollton, Texas. We have a membership upwards of three hundred Legionnaires. In addition, American Legion Post 597 partners with affiliated organizations including American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, and the American Legion Riders. The Post also hosts and partners with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8923 Kelsie C. Edington Memorial Post. The Post is one of the largest and fastest growing American Legion Posts in North Texas and serves a large community in Dallas and Denton counties.
     Through its members, Post 597 pledges itself “to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and principles of true Americanism, for the common welfare of the living and the solemn commemoration of those who dies that Liberty might not perish from the Earth.” The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service-members and communities, the 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. ​

Four Pillars of Service


Strong National Security 

Freedom is not free; it must be defended by the very best military fighting force in the world, able to respond at home and across the globe to protect America’s interest.  The United States must maintain an unparalleled homeland security to ensure the safety of all citizens within our borders. 

Taking Care of Veterans 

The National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission advocates for, and exercises independent oversight for many benefits, programs and opportunities created to compensate and care for generations of American veterans and their dependents.  The American legion Family support Network offers free assistance to families of deployed servicemembers by calling a toll free telephone number 1-800-504-4098.  

Mentoring Youth 

The family is the cornerstone of American society.  However, modern society has placed demands on the family that didn’t exist in years past, demands that can deteriorate family strength and unity.  For more than 85 years The American Legion at all levels has focused their time, talents, and moneys on advocating for America’s children, mentoring them as they grow to be strong healthy adults.  Some of our Youth Programs include child safety, scholarship, education and temporary financial assistance.  

Patriotism & Honor 

The founders of The American Legion, having faced the enemy on foreign soil, had a tremendous appreciation for the America they left behind, the America that too many of their “comrades” died defending.  It’s no wonder, then, that they held strong the desire to maintain the rights and the liberties that our Nation bestowed upon its citizens, then and now.  They realized too that exercising the responsibilities of citizenship and enhancing loyalty to America were key ingredients in preserving what they fought for.  Today that effort to create better citizens and cultivate loyalty – patriotism – is carried on in the many programs under the heading of “Americanism.”

Join today, together, we can make a difference.


 The American Legion provides life-changing assistance and guidance for veterans, military personnel, their families and communities in thousands of ways every day around the world. Help comes in the form of personal assistance, cash grants, donated goods, disaster relief, labor, networking, volunteerism and advocacy. 

Post 597 Officers


Commander  -  Walt Cunningham
1st Vice Commander  -  Eddie Lopez
2nd Vice Commander  -  Vaughan DeCanniere
Finance Officer  -  Ray Bomar
Service Officer  -  Tim Herrel
JAG  -  Charlie Davis
Chaplain  -  Tim Himes
Sergeant at Arms  -  James Gaughan
Adjutant  -  Joe Johnson
Historian  -  John Norsworthy

Social Media Webmaster - Eddie Lopez