History of The American Legion
The American Legion was founded in Paris at the first caucus by members of the American Expeditionary Force on March 15, 1919. In the months following the organizations official name "The American Legion" was adopted, the Legion Emblem, the draft constitution was approved and so was the preamble. On September 16, 1919 the U.S. Congress charters The American Legion.
The American Legion convenes its first annual convention in Minneapolis from November 10-12, 1919. The American Legion's Constitution and Preamble was adopted. During the convention, on November 11, 1919, the charter for Amador Post 108 was signed. The first "Flag Code" was drafted on June 15, 1923 during a conference called by The American Legion in Washington, D.C. The code eventually was adopted by Congress in 1942. Today, the Legion is at the forefront of efforts to gain a constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from physical desecration.
American Legion Baseball program was created in 1925. Today, more than 60 percent of professional baseball players are graduates of The American Legion Baseball program. About 89,000 high school age youths play on Legion sponsored teams each year. By 1931 membership in The American Legion increases to more than one million veterans. To read more History of The American Legion visit www.legion.org
1929 PHOTO (left to right) AL DAVIES, LUTE C. BOURNE, LOUIS MALATESTA, CHARLES RAGGIO, ANTONE SPINETTI, CLYDE GETCHELL, ALEXANDER GIBSON, HOWARD DAYTON, ALFRED MALATESTA
History of American Legion Post 108 Ambulance Service
American Legion Post No. 108 Ambulance Service was formed by the members of Amador Post 108, American Legion looking for a community project back in 1929. The ambulance service was operated by volunteer members of Post 108. The first ambulance was a 1928 Buick Hearse (shown in photo above).
In 1933 American Legion Post 108 began an "Ambulance Ticket" campaign to raise money for the ambulance service and help support the services. The first Ambulance Ticket was sold for $3.00.
It was around the early 1970's that the ambulance service personnel were paid for their service.
Paramedic programs were established as a county option in California in 1971. Los Angeles County became the first county in California with paramedics. The popular television show Emergency! demonstrated the potential for improved pre-hospital care. Paramedic programs began to be established in many counties in California.
Before 1980, the responsibility for emergency medical services (EMS) and disaster medical preparedness was spread among a variety of state departments. It became clear that a more unified approach to emergency and disaster medical services was needed. The Emergency Medical Services System and Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act created the Emergency Medical Services Authority in 1980.
In 1983 the first EMT-II's were introduced and the first time that limited Advance Life Support was provided to the community.
It wasn't until the mid 1980's that the first Paramedics came aboard and full Advanced Life Support (ALS) was provided to the citizens of Amador County. On July 1, 2005 American Legion Post No. 108 Ambulance Service expanded its operations into Calaveras County. Almost doubling the size of its operation. Today American Legion Post No. 108 Ambulance Service employees over 80 Paramedics, EMT's and Registered Nurses.