The new Commander of American Legion Post 2 is a former medic, an accomplished sculptor,and enjoys making dolls.
Rae Fredrickson, a 54 year old licensed practical nurse, U.S. Army veteran, mother of three and a grandmother of two, was elected Tuesday to a one year term by the Post's membership.
Fredrickson's victory over William Tulloch, a past commander of Post 2 , makes her the first woman to command the 71 year old Bristol Legion Post and one of only a handful in the states history to hold the position.
The new commander is single, and one of only three women among the post's 651 members.
She teaches adult education courses in doll making in Bristol and New Britain, and her sculpture has been shown in many museums and published in national art periodicals.
Fredrickson said her campaign, which included a bitter snub from the post's nominating committee was an uphill fight.

excerpt taken from Bristol Press article by Barry Millman

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