2016 - 2017
Paul D. Bennett was appointed National Historian of The American Legion on September 1, 2016 at the 98th National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Being one of twelve National Officers, he took the oath of office along with National Commander Charles Schmidt.
Paul served in the U.S. Army from June 1960 through December 1968; and then again from June 1970 through September 1985. During Paul's service to America, and being assigned to the Army Security Agency, he attended advanced individual training specializing in Signal Security and OPSEC duties. Later in 1975 Paul was selected to become an Army Career Counselor, remaining in the Army Security Agency. His duty assignments included 2 tours in Korea, 2 tours in Germany, a visit to Vietnam in 1965 with the 1st Cavalry Division-Airmobile, and an extended tour in Okinawa. Stateside, his assignments included Fort Carson, Colorado, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Fort Hood, Texas. Paul's final assignment was to Fort Gillem (Atlanta, GA.) During his career Paul received numerous awards including 2 Meritorious Service Medals.
A member of The American Legion for 41 years, and a member of George A. Whiteman Memorial Post 642 in Sedalia, Missouri, since 1991, a P.U.F.L. Since 2002, and a member of the SAL since 1997. His American Legion career is varied, and remains that way today. On the Post level, he has served his Post as Commander for 2 years, his District as Commander for 2 years, and on the Department level, he was one of two Vice Commanders, serving as the Western Vice Commander in 1999. Later, Paul was appointed and then elected as the Department Historian 2001, and has remained in that position through 2017. Additionally, he has been the Chairman of the Department Children & Youth Commission since 2010, and serves on the Department Membership Commission. In 2012 Paul was selected as the Department's Legionnaire of the Year. On the National level, Paul has been a member of the National Security Council since
and a new member of ANAVICUS.
Paul remains highly active in American Legion programs, especially the 4th Pillar. He is extremely active in the JROTC, Boys and Girls State, Oratorical Scholarship, and “Operation Military Kids”.
Paul is married to the former Judith Strunk, who is a Vietnam Era Veteran and a member of The American Legion, and a VIM of her local Auxiliary Unit. Paul and Judy have two daughters and one son, and 8 grandchildren....all members of the Legion Family.