On December 22, 1919, only six months after the National American Legion adopted its Constituton and bylaws, fifteen men from Springerville, Eagar and Nutrioso, Arizona applied to become the John H. Slaughter American Legion Post 30. On January 5, 1920, their charter application was approved by the National, having been previously approved by the Arizona American Legion. The Post took its name from a local young man, John Hamilton Slaughter, who had lost his life in the last weeks of World War I.

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