Marriott East Hotel
7202 E 21st St,
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Mid Winter Conference will be held Friday, January 11th through Sunday, January 13th at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis. Committee breakout meetings and vendor booths will continue throughout the weekend.
James E. Wallace was elected as a national vice commander of the two million member American Legion during The American Legion’s National Convention in Minneapolis on Aug. 30, 2018.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, he joined American Legion Pinckney Memorial Post 419, Pinckney, Mich., as the charter finance officer in 1971. He served at HHC, Fort Richardson, Alaska after basic training. He was the Post 419 commander from 2004 to 2008 after holding several positions and committees at the post level. From 2009-2010 he was 6th district commander (Michigan). He was the 2010-2011 Department (state) of Michigan’s assistant director of membership and the 2011-2012 director of membership, department public relations director from 2012-2013, department finance committeeman from 2013-2014, and department commander from 2014-2015. He serves on the department’s Permanent Time & Place Committee.
He has been a member of the National American Legion Press Association since 2012, and a National Security committee members from 2012-2014 and 2016-2017. He is a 2012 graduate of the National American Legion College. He was a committeeman on the Americanism Council for the years of 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.
Doc has served the Sons for over 19 years through the Hamburg Post #527 in Western New York and received an honorary life membership from his Squadron and Post in 2015. Hamburg is a suburb of Buffalo, NY and boasts the largest Post in combined Legion Family membership in New York. He is currently a tenured university professor and has served as a public school administrator, holding a doctorate/PhD degree from the University of New York at Buffalo in administration. As a tenured Associate Professor, Doc has chaired the Educational Leadership department and served as program director at St. Bonaventure University for the past 13 years.
Doc has served as Squadron, County, and District Commander in the past years and has also served as Detachment Commander for New York in 2011-2012. He also served as National SAL Vice Commander from the East in 2014-2015 under Commander Mike Moss (CO). One of Doc’s proudest accomplishments was being the co-founder of the William P. O’Connell Memorial ROTC Scholarship from the New York District 7 and 8 Sons that is now in its tenth year, giving scholarship and recognition to a worthy cadet at two of New York’s universities that boost large ROTC programs (Rochester Institute of Technology and St. Bonaventure University). Doc received a National American Legion Award for his “contribution and impact to education” from National Legion Commander Paul Morin in 2006.
Department Headquarters Office Hours
Office is located in Freedom Hall A
Friday, Jan. 11: Noon- 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Open 7 a.m. - Noon
Closed Noon - 1 p.m. (lunch)
Open 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13: Closed