On April 6, 1942, a Constitution and By-Laws amendment was adopted by the American Legion Department for the organization of Colored Veterans of the World War in Texas. In order to organize a post, it was necessary to have ten (10) charter members with the annual dues set at one (1) dollar. J.E. Armstead, of Houston TX, was the first commander of the Colored Veterans of the World War and served from 1942-1945. During the convention each District had five (5) votes and one vote for the 6th Division and a total of 26 Negro votes.