World War II was over. The men were coming home to a new life. Many had never been anywhere until Uncle Sam called.
Here in Argentine, the guys were always active in sports; there was the Railways Ice Company team, the Santa Fe Market team in softball, and the Argentine Eagles basketball team.
In 1947 we wanted to start a club of veterans. The Argentine Eagles Vets Club was our first choice, then the American Veterans Group, then the American Veterans Council. We would meet at someone’s home or at a church basement. Then someone mentioned the American Legion Post III. We went to their post on a meeting night; I, John Joe Salazar, Lupe DeLeon, Joe Jaime, Chuck Jaime, Vince Sauceda, Moses Porras, Fred Sauceda and a few others. John Joe spoke up and said that we wanted to join their post since we were all veterans. The post III commander replied that we don’t accept Mexicans in our post. Our group turned around and left the building.
At our next meeting, we decided to form our own Legion post. John Joe Salazar knew some members of Rosedale Post 346 that were willing to help us organize and get our charter.
In August 1948, Ezra Campbell, Chuck Bowman and other officers of Post 346 installed John Joe Salazar as our first Argentine Eagles American Legion Post 213 Commander.
The Methodist Mission on 26th and Argentine Boulevard, originally the W. Jones building (1890), became our post home.
Note: This history reported in May 2011 by Loney Sauceda, a charter member of Argentine Eagles American Legion Post 213 and a 63-year Legion continuous member.