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Board Members

Executive Board Members


Joined U.S. Army in 1971

Stationed in Germany from 1972 through 1974.

Promoted to SGT. in 1972

Joined American Legion in 2001 at the Donovan Post #1626 in Cheektowaga

Went from member to SGT. of Arms

Did Post Membership as First Vice Commander

Elected to Commander in May 2018

Joined V.P.R.F. at founding and became Vice President.

Took role as President in 2020

“We need to upgrade the Posts that we built in the 1950’s so that our future veterans have a home.”


Entered Hospital Corps School of Great Lakes, Illinois in February of 1966

Graduated and assigned to US Naval Hospital Camp Le June NC in June of 1966

Graduated from Field Medical Service School Montfort Point, NC in December of 1966

Assigned to the 3rd Battalion 10th Marines 2nd Marine Division CLNC from December of 1966 to February of 1968.

Promoted to HM3 (E-4) in January of 1968

Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1971

AMVETS – Passed County Commander

American Legion Post 527 Hamburg Past Post Commander and Life Member

Bett-Toomey Detachment 216 Marine Corps League Life Member, current adjutant

Lackawanna Marine Club Treasurer

Veterans Post Restoration of Erie County current Treasurer



John Stiegler

Vietnam Era Navy Veteran

Machinist Mate 3rd Class

Served aboard USS Concord AFS 5, combat supply ship

Veterans Representative in Town of Cheektowaga since 2010

Life Member D.A.V. and V.F.W, Past Commander

F.J. Donovan American Legion Post 1626, Past Commander

2016 Enrollee in NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Chef-de-Gare Voiture #51, Society 40/8 since 2017

Member of Memoria Council for the WNY Veterans Cemetery since 2020