During World War II, there were 12.5 million men and women in uniform. This lasted for about five years. The Korean War saw about 4.5 million in uniform. Later conflicts saw fewer men and women in service. The absence of a draft and technology has driven the number in needed in service down, down, and down further. At the same time, fewer people stepped forward to serve.
In July 2012, the population of our great country was 313,914,040 citizens. Today, there are about 1,400,000 military. That is less than 1% of our citizens serving in uniform and defending the rest.
Where just about every town in America and families once provided one or more of their family to serve their country, few now step forward to serve.
Our members have heard the call and dedicated part of their lives to serve their country. Many returned to or eventually migrated to Orange County and Chapel Hill. They took off the uniform and went to work making their new home a better place in which to live and work. They continue to do this today, but we are fewer in number.
We have a beautiful new facility that yearns for youth and family. Chapel Hill Post 6 has been welcoming veterans for over 100 years! What about you? Do you want to continue our legacy as an American Legionnaire in Chapel Hill?
Learn more by reading our booklet, Why Belong
To join, contact us! Download American Legion Membership Application Post 6
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I am just trying to learn more about the American Legion. I live in Chatham County, but the post office calls it Chapel Hill :-). I served in the US Army from Dec. 28, 1977 to Dec. 28, 1982. I was trained to maintain medical equipment. My MOS was 35U (I think it is now called 68A). I was trained at USAMEOS at FAMC in Aurora, CO. My first permenant party assignment was Ft. Jackson, SC. I also served in Augsburg, West Germany. I was a very lucky trooper and served in peace time. I dealt with terrorist attacks only in West Germany. I got to do some very interesting work for NSA in Bad Aibbling and some other interesting work in Bad Tolz. My assignment in Germany was fantastic.
I can send you a digitized copy of my DD-214.