Department Commander

Robert E. “Bob” Schmitt

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Bob Schmitt was appointed to the high office of Commander by unanimous vote at the 100th Department Convention in July of this year. As Department Commander of the largest Veteran’s organization statewide, Bob will serve a 1-year term as the lead Ambassador of over 540 locations and 96,000 members.

Born and raised in Toledo, a graduate of Whitmer Senior H.S., he 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 | 1st Vice Commander

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.

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 9/11)

·        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

Jean Wilson | 2nd Vice Commander

The Second Vice Commander serves under the Commander of the Department of Ohio. She travels throughout the state being present at events enhancing the 4 pillars of the organization. Her 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.

Jean Wilson is a Post awarded life member of both Yeager-Benson Post 199 and AmVets Post 13 and a Unit awarded life member of Yeager-Benson Auxiliary Unit 199. Jean earned her eligibility in these organizations by serving in the United States Army 1969-1971. Jean has served her American Legion Post in all the offices; she served as Post Commander 1990-1992 and is currently serving her 18th year as Post Finance Officer. She is both a past Hamilton County American Legion Commander and Fabulous Fourth District American Legion Commander. She was the Big Brown Jug Commander 2000-20001. Jean serves the National American Legion on the Americanism Committee.
Jean met and married her husband, Jerry while both were serving in Ft Jackson SC and they have two children, Tammie and Woody and seven grandchildren.

She served on the Joseph House Board for ten years serving twice as President; she served on the Cincinnati Fisher House for ten years and currently serves on the Friends of the Fisher House at the Cincinnati VA.
Since 2011 Jean has served on the Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission and was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Women’s Task Force. For the past seven years she has served on the Harrison Mayor’s Fund and currently serving as the Board President. Recently Jean was recognized by the Xi Eta Lota, Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority of Harrison as the First Lady of Harrison Community Service award for 2018. The City of Harrison recognized Jean’s support of not lonely Veterans and their families but her Community by bestowing the honor of being the Grand Marshall of the City of Harrison July 4, 2018 parade.
Jean was elected to serve 2018-2019 as the Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander on Sunday July 1, 2018.


Robert Klostermeier

Post 553 Adams Township
 Nat’l Executive Committeeman


Steve Masowick

Post 685 Streetsboro
Alternate Nat’l Executive Committeeman


Richard Staley

Post 95 Foody-Cornwell
Department Treasurer


Gary Minadeo

Post 7 Brewer-Tarasco
Department Parliamentarian


Stanley Pleasant

Post 776 General Daniel “Chappie” James
Past Department Commander


Russel Bohland

Post 587 Conn-Weissenberger


Father Louis Schmit

Post 387
Department Chaplain


Harold Landis

Post 512

Department Historian

Historian- Harold Landis

James Vaughan | Assistant Chaplain


Douglas Whitney | Judge Advocate


Virgil Arling | Assistant Historian


Assistant Sergeants-At-Arms

Stanley Oren |

Kent Long |

Melissa Fowle |

John Hood |

William Keller |

Holly Lewis |