The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion that exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. The S.A.L. is made up of males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion.

Together, members of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion comprise The Legion Family. All three organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.

For more information, visit Legion.org/Sons.

» Detachment of Ohio Constitution and Bylaws

Sons of The American Legion Detachment of Ohio Executive Committee

David L Dilts - Detachment Commander

David L Dilts

Detachment Commander
Zanesville Squadron 29

SALCommander@ohiolegion.com     davidleedilts@hotmail.com

Timothy S Conway - Detachment 1st Vice Commander

Timothy S Conway

Detachment 1st Vice Commander / Membership Commission Chair
Loudon Squadron 257 Loudonville

SAL1stVice@ohiolegion.com     truckertim622001@yahoo.com

Jeffrey M Vrabel, Jr. - Detachment 2nd Vice Commander

Jeffrey M Vrabel, Jr.

Detachment 2nd Vice Commander / Activities Commission Chair
Mahoning Valley Inc Squadron 15 Poland

SAL2ndVice@ohiolegion.com     jeffvrabeljr@gmail.com

Todd E Bidlack - Detachment Chaplain

Todd E Bidlack

Detachment Chaplain
Winnow-Arn Squadron 541 Continental

SALchaplain@ohiolegion.com     toddbidlack@gmail.com

Lang, Gary

Gary Lang

Detachment National Executive Committeeman
Russell Chadwick Squadron 389 Beverly

SALnec@ohiolegion.com     glang3263@roadrunner.com

Coakley II, Jon POW MIA Committee Chairman

Jon W Coakley II

Detachment Alternate National Executive Committeeman
Paschall Squadron 164 Grove City

SALanec@ohiolegion.com     bigbuckeyejc@aol.com

Dennis K Albright - Detachment Immediate Past Commander

Dennis K Albright

Detachment Immediate Past Commander
Joseph W Hoffman Squadron 757 Chillicothe

qubert71@outlook.com

Scott J Thornton - Detachment Adjutant

Scott James Thornton

Detachment Adjutant
Conn-Weissenberger Squadron 587 Toledo

scottj.thornton@gmail.com     SALadjutant@ohiolegion.com

Jeff Vrabel Sr.2022

Jeff Vrabel, Sr.

Detachment Assistant Adjutant
Mahoning Valley Inc. Squadron 15 Poland

jeffvrabelsr@gmail.com

Towns, Bill J A

William L Towns, Jr. (Bill)

Detachment Parliamentarian
Don V Cross Squadron 357 Minerva

docbill@neo.rr.com

Jeff Vrabel Sr.2022

Jeff Vrabel, Sr.

Detachment Assistant Parliamentarian
Mahoning Valley Inc. Squadron 15 Poland

jeffvrabelsr@gmail.com

Chester B Crooks - Detachment Sergeant-at-Arms

Chester B Crooks

Detachment Sergeant-at-Arms
Bellaire Squadron 52

chetty_b@msn.com

Johnny R Conley - Detachment Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms

Johnny R Conley

Detachment Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
James Dickey Squadron 23 Portsmouth

jrconley1896@aol.com

Tom D Hurst - Detachment Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms

Tom D Hurst

Detachment Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
Ward L Adams Squadron 454 Ridgeville Corners

tmhurst@bright.net

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Mike Jochumsen

Detachment Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
Bellaire Squadron 52

michael.jochumsen@xerox.com

Sam D Chicwak - Detachment Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms

Sam D Chicwak

Detachment Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
Belle Valley Squadron 641

samchicwak@gmail.com

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Colton S Conway

Detachment Historian
Harry Higgins Squadron 88 Ashland

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Randy E Matthews - Detachment Americanism Chairman & 2nd District Commander

Randy E Matthews

Detachment Americanism Chairman
Isaac Van Wert Squadron 178 Van Wert

load529@yahoo.com

Charles E Kvochick - Detachment Buckeye Boys State Chairman

Charles E Kvochick (Charlie)

Detachment Buckeye Boys State Chairman
Irvin Hiskey Squadron 535 Bellville

k44813@yahoo.com

Craig R Smith - Detachment Legislative Chairman

Craig R Smith

Detachment Legislative Chairman
Irvin Hiskey Squadron 535 Bellville

craigrsmith1958@gmail.com

Searles, Rocky

Rocky B Searles

Detachment Oratorical Contest Chairman
Don Gentile Squadron 532 Columbus

r_searles@sbcglobal.net

Mahlman, Evan Commander

Evan L Mahlman

Detachment POW / MIA Chairman
Bert G Taylor Squadron 300 Napoleon

e.mahlman216@gmail.com

Robert Carson- Department Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms

Robert C Carson Jr. (Bob)

Detachment Veterans & Childrens Foundation – North Chairman
Garfield Memorial Squadron 566 Akron

carsonrobert1957@gmail.com

Adam C Jones - Detachment Veterans and Childrens Foundation South Chairman & 7th District Commander

Adam Jones

Detachment Veterans & Childrens Foundation – South Chairman
James Dickey Squadron 23 Portsmouth

glimmer_man72@yahoo.com

Forshey, Bruce CMN Chairman 11th District 1st Vice

Bruce E Forshey

Detachment Children & Youth Chairman
Russell Chadwick Squadron 389 Beverly

bruce.forshey@gmail.com

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Christian L Hoeffel (Chris)

Detachment Child Welfare Foundation Chairman
Winnow-Arn Squadron 541 Continental

hoeffelchris@yahoo.com

Adam J Budner - Detachment Childrens Miracle Network Chairman & 13th District Commander

Adam J Budner

Detachment Childrens Miracle Network Chairman
Teddy M Zieja Squadron 627 Newburgh Heights

blechabum@yahoo.com

Buster Sutterlin

William R Sutterlin (Buster)

Detachment Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Chairman
Loudon Squadron 257 Loudonville

brs257@zoominternet.net

Robert D Showalter - Detachment Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation North Chairman

Robert D Showalter

Detachment Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation – North Chairman
James W Sullivan Squadron 733 Bettsville

roshow2850@yahoo.com

Gerald J Palmer - Detachment Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation South Chairman

Gerald J Palmer Sr. (Gerry)

Detachment Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation – South Chairman
Ross County Squadron 62 Chillicothe

gerpalm60@gmail.com

Wayne Lienau - Detachment Veterans Employment & Education Chairman

Wayne Lienau

Detachment Veterans Employment & Education Chairman
Ward L Adams Squadron 454 Ridgeville Corners

wlienau@bright.net

Honigfort_Steve

Steven R Honigfort

Detachment Public Relations Chairman
Kerner-Slusser Squadron 63 Ottawa

shonigfort@yahoo.com

Jeff Vrabel Sr.2022

Jeff Vrabel, Sr.

Detachment Ohio SALute Editor
Mahoning Valley Inc. Squadron 15 Poland

jeffvrabelsr@gmail.com

Daniel L Sagraves - Detachment Convention Screening Chairman

Daniel L Sagraves (Dan)

Detachment Convention Screening Chairman
Huber Heights Squadron 200

dansagraves@twc.com

Lang, Gary

Gary Lang

Detachment Finance Chairman
Russell Chadwick Squadron 389 Beverly

glang3263@roadrunner.com

Towns, Bill J A

William L Towns, Jr. (Bill)

Detachment Member Training Chairman
Don V Cross Squadron 357 Minerva

docbill@neo.rr.com

Towns, Bill J A

William L Towns, Jr. (Bill)

Detachment Constitution & ByLaws Review Chairman
Don V Cross Squadron 357 Minerva

docbill@neo.rr.com

Lang, Gary

Gary Lang

Detachment Appointments Chairman
Russell Chadwick Squadron 389 Beverly

glang3263@roadrunner.com

Membership

Membership is the lifeblood of any non-profit organization, and the Sons of The American Legion is no exception. We need to continually work hard at renewing the membership of our current members as well as pursue getting new ones to join the SAL in order to be successful in our charitable programs.

» Membership Information

Eligibility for Membership

SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, and the Global War on Terrorism, during the delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of The American Legion, or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the Sons of The American Legion.

The Ohio SALute Newsletter

Jeff Vrabel, Sr., Editor | SALNews@OhioLegion.com

The Official Newsletter of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Ohio

Squadrons and Districts are encouraged to send articles, photographs, meeting announcements, fundraisers, activities, and anything else that you think might be a good fit for our newsletter. The Ohio SALute is the best Detachment newsletter in the organization – let’s keep it the best by submitting information in a timely fashion.

Publication deadlines are listed below.

2025 Winter Edition for January, February, March – Articles due no later than December 11, 2024
2025 Spring Edition for April, May, June – Articles due no later than March 12, 2025
2024 Summer Edition for July, August, September – Articles due no later than June 12, 2024
2024 Fall Edition for October, November, December – Articles due no later than September 11, 2024
» Ohio SALute Newsletter

Detachment Convention

The 60th Annual Convention of the Detachment of Ohio Sons of The American Legion will be hosted by: District 1 / Squadron 3 – on Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, 2024.

The Convention Meeting site is: Hilton Garden Inn Findlay

1050 Interstate Dr. West
Findlay, OH 45840

567-250-2525 / Book your stay Here

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Overflow hotel for the SAL Convention is: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Findlay North

1920 Express Way
Findlay, OH 45840

567-271-0330 / Book your stay Here

code: ALD

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Also you may wish to visit: https://visitfindlay.com/oh-american-legion/ or Scan this QR code for host hotels, restaurants, and area activities you may enjoy if planning on attending this year’s Detachment Convention.


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» Detachment Convention Main Page HERE

2024-2025 Detachment Commander’s Shirt

$50.00 per shirt

Click HERE to download the order form for incoming Detachment Commander, Tim Conway’s shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Commander’s Homecoming Bottle Raffle

The Auction began in 1988 at Detachment Commander Terry Kettering’s Homecoming when a bottle of Canadian Club was bought by Dale Hartley. Since then, it has been auctioned at each Detachment Commander’s Homecoming with all funds being donated to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. In 1991 at Kent Blanchard’s Homecoming, the original bottle was retired in grand style and a new, gold-plated bottle of Canadian Club was presented to continue the tradition.

 

 


The Ohio Past Detachment Commanders Club Scholarship Information

The Ohio Past Detachment Commanders Club Scholarship Application

District Commanders

DISTRICT 1

Wayne Lienau

DISTRICT 2

Randy Matthews

DISTRICT 3

Russell Powell

DISTRICT 4

Mark Haeufle

DISTRICT 5

Dewey Kuhl

DISTRICT 6

John Loudermilk

DISTRICT 7

Adam Jones

DISTRICT 8

Phillip Lightfoot

DISTRICT 9

Rex Buchs

DISTRICT 10

Matthew Baxter

DISTRICT 11

Chester Crooks

DISTRICT 12

Rocky Searles

DISTRICT 13

Adam Budner

DISTRICT 14

Bob Carson, Jr.

John Robinson, Department SAL Liaison

Phone: (740) 816-7596 | Email: adjutant@ohiolegion.com

SAL Forms

Part of the administrative requirements from year-to-year is the submisison of certain report forms to the national, state, and district organizations to
document important details about a squadron [or district]. Providing the details requested on these .pdf or Excel tabs will automatically populate the corresponding
fields on the actual report forms listed below. Specifically, this file will produce completed versions of the following:

1) Annual Squadron Data Report [due to Detachment Headquarters by April 15th each year; National deadline is May 1st]
2) Officers Certification Form (for both squadrons and districts; specific to the Detachment of Ohio) [due to Detachment HQ by May 1st]
3) Notification of Post/Squadron Commanders & Adjutants (to be filed by the Post Adjutant) [due as soon as new officers are known]

Please enter all of the required information where indicated by the orange highlights. Optional information is highlighted in yellow.

SAL_OH_SDR+OCF+NPSCA_Forms (PDF)

SAL_OH_SDR+OCF+NPSCA_Forms (XLS)

Single form Entries:

Officers Certification Form:

(PDF or XLS or ONLINE)

Consolidated Squadron Report Form:

(PDF or PDF fillable)

SAL Annual Squadron Data Report

SAL_OH_2023-2024_Detachment_Membership_and_Awards_Manual

Click Here for up to date Legion & SAL Charter Forms

SAL Charter Application – GENERAL

SAL_Squadron_Charter_Cancellation_Form

Charter Cancellation Guidelines

2024 SAL Convention Call_Full Packet

National Appointment Form

Detachment Appointment Form

SAL_OH_Detachment_Recruiter_Pin_Form

Individual Recruitment Award Pin

Annual OPDCC Scholarship Application

SAL National Constitution and By-Laws

SAL OH Detachment Constitution and By-Laws