“We must have compassion for our fellow members, and all those we serve. We must serve with integrity. And, we must have the determination to complete the task.”
Stanley A. Pleasant

Department Commander

Stanley A. Pleasant

Phone: 740-362-7478 | Email: commander@ohiolegion.com

Stanley A. Pleasant was appointed to the high office of Commander by unanimous vote at the 99th Department Convention in July of this year. As Department Commander of the largest Veteran’s organization statewide, Stanley will serve a 1-year term as the lead Ambassador of over 540 locations and 96,000 members.

Stanley graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) degree in Business and Information Management, and is a graduate of The American Legion Extension Course Institute (ALEI). He has two daughters (Tiffanie and Tessa), five grandchildren and one great grandson. He resides in Dayton, Ohio.

Service to Veterans

Stanley has an impressive 22-year membership with The American Legion. He is a life member of the Chappie James Post 776. At National Level, he serves on the National Americanism Council. At Department level, he serves as the Current Commander, served as the 1st Vice Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, and Treasurer. At District level, he serviced as the Thundering 3rd District Commander, 1st Vice Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, Finance Officer, Judge Advocate, and Assistant Sergeant- at-Arms. At Post level, he served the Chappie James Post 776 as Post Commander for two terms, as Post 1st Vice Commander for three terms, as Post Adjutant for five terms, as Post Trustee for three terms, and as Post Historian. In addition, Stanley has served as Finance Committee Chairman, Child Welfare Committee Chairman, 2nd Vice Commander of the Montgomery County Council, and Buckeye Boys State Commissioner and Trustee.

In addition to his service to The American Legion, Stanley is as a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2800 where he served as an Adjutant and Junior Vice, and is a member of American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 24.

Service to Country

Prior to finding his home at The American Legion, Stanley devoted 37-years to the Department of Defense. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Manpower Management Technician in 1992, and retired from the Department of Defense as a Management Analyst in 2013.



Robert ‘Bob’ Schmitt | 1st Vice Commander

Email: 1stvice@ohiolegion.com

The First Vice Commander serves under the Commander of the Department of Ohio. His responsibilities include being Membership Committee Chairman, ensuring that the Legion message is heard by all veterans, and providing the overall mission for the membership year.

Born and raised in Toledo, a graduate of Whitmer Senior H.S., attended the University of Toledo for 3 years and entered the Air Force. Bob returned to school under the GI Bill at Oakland Community College in Pontiac MI. and received a Degree in Applied Science with Honors (Magna Cum Laude). Bob is married to Barbara for 49 years and they have two grown children, Ryan and Tara. Tara has our three grandchildren, Makenna, Evan and Avery all of whom are members of The Legion Family. Bob also has 3 brothers, Ron, Mike, Dan and 1 sister, Denise who are also members of The Legion Family. Bob is a retired Refrigeration HVAC Mechanic and Steamfitter.

Bob gained his eligibility in The American Legion through his Active Duty in the Unity States Air Force from September 1967 until March 1971. Bob received a 6 month early release to return to school. Bob severed 1 year at Utapoa, Thailand a B-52 Base as a Munitions Specialist. Bob was selected Base Airman of The Month in March of 1969. Upon returning to the States was had been cross-trained into Security Police and served in the Air Defense Command and finished time at Alpena, MI. Bob’s dad insisted that he join The American Legion and Paid his first years dues, the rest is history.

Bob is still serving his Post as a Trustee and Judge Advocate, Lucas County Council Judge Advocate. Also the President of the Toledo Lucas County Memorial Day Association that he made a 501(c)3 Public Charity. Vice President of Toledo Soldiers Memorial Association formed in 1879. Member of Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. Trustee / Treasurer of Home Owners Association.

Bob is also a Life member of the VFW and the Catholic War Veterans.

Roger Friend | 2nd Vice Commander

Email: 2ndvice@ohiolegion.com

The Second Vice Commander serves under the Commander of the Department of Ohio. He travels throughout the state being present at events enhancing the 4 pillars of the organization. His focus is constantly in speaking, to assure it is understood that The American Legion is present to serve our veterans now and into the future.

Service to Country

·        Enlisted USNR 2 by 6 program July 1968

·        22 Yrs. 8 Months combined Active and Reserve time serving on the following.

·        EM “A” School July 1969-Feburary 1970

·        USS William R Rush DD714 February 1970-May 1971

·        USS Stanley DLG-32 Training Duty 1972

·        USS John F Kennedy CV-67 Training Duty 1973

·        Discharged October 1974

·        Re-enlisted USNR July 1986

·        ARCO ARDM-5 July 1986-February 1998

·        CRANE Naval Base February 1998-November 2001

·        Naval Submarine Base Groton Conn. November 2001-June 2002 (Mobilized After 911)

·        CRANE Naval Base June 2002-Feburary 2003 (Retired)

Service to Veterans

·        Post 804 2nd Vice Commander/ 1st Vice Commander / Commander/ Adjutant

·        6th District 2nd Vice Commander/ 1st Vice Commander / Commander / Judge Advocate

·        6th District National Security Committee Chairman

·        Department of Ohio National Security Committee Chairman

·        Department of Ohio Assistant Sergeant at Arms

·        National Appointment National Security Council

·        National Appoint Nation Legislative Council


·        Married to my Lovely Wife Cindy 48 years (May (9th 1969)

·        2 Daughters Kalani and Felicia


Dennis Clausing

Post 421 Fairview Park
National Executive Committeeman

Email: dclausing@wowway.com

Clausing, Dennis

Robert Klostermeier

Post 553 Adams Township
Alternate Nat’l Executive Committeeman

Email: battlescar@bex.net

Klostermeier, Bob

Bill Edwards | Treasurer

Email: treasurer@ohiolegion.com

James Vaughan | Department Chaplain

Email: jimvaughan47@gmail.com

Malcolm Glasgow | Assistant Chaplain

Email: macglasgow@sbcglobal.net

Ron Chapman | Past Department Commander

Email: rchap@fuse.net

Douglas Whitney | Judge Advocate

Email: whitney.doug@gmail.com

Gary Minadeo | Parliamentarian

Email: happy2help@att.net

Elizabeth Kendrick-Creech | Historian

Email: lizcreech49@gmail.com

Virgil Arling | Assistant Historian

Email: va284@roadrunner.com

Arnold “AJ” Whatley | Sergeants-At-Arms

Email: awhat@att.net

Assistant Sergeants-At-Arms

Robert Weiler | weilerre@gmail.com

Molly Doss | mollydoss22@gmail.com

Ralph McCoy | ralph000456@gmail.com

Robert Derr | robertderr07@aol.com

Edwin Long | edlonfg.blue@gmail.com

Tom Leach | tommyecat@yahoo.com