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Posted: March 8, 2014 6:55 p.m.

The ladies of the Legion

Social Circle American Legion charters auxiliary unit

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American Legion Post 332 Ladies Auxiliary Unit members are: Carrine J. Stubbs, Ashley N. Carlson, Lou Ella Underwood, Judy Hatton, Susan Hatton, Mary A. Baker, Rosemary Mathews, Shirley Johnson, Sue S. Ellis, Virginia H. Johnson, Glenda J. Lewis, ...

History was both represented and made at Social Circle’s American Legion Post 332 Thursday night.


The post, formed in July and chartered in January, had its Ladies Auxiliary Unit sworn in at the Mews Assisted Living facility during its monthly meeting. The charter unit pledged to support the legion, its officers were pinned, and the whole group was sworn in.

Among the roughly two dozen women sworn in was the oldest member, 90-year-old Lou Ella Underwood. Joining Underwood were her granddaughter Yvonne Smith, vice president, and great-granddaughter, Ashley Carlson.

Social Circle resident Underwood will now lend her support to the 90 members of Post 332, after a lifetime of support for soldiers within her own family. Her husband , Willie Underwood, was a World War II veteran; her brother, Carlton Durden, was a prisoner of war in the Korean War. Her son , Randall Underwood, served during the Vietnam War, and her grandson, Joseph Smith, is currently serving in the Air Force.

Yvonne Smith brought Underwood into the auxiliary unit after her friend, Kim Braswell, thought she would enjoy helping out veterans. Yvonne Smith was used to supporting such men, and has been involved with her son’s career from Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, to ROTC, and up to the U.S. Air Force.

“She called me and I came to the meetings and thought I would like to do it,” Yvonne Smith said. “I thought with becoming a charter member, Granny had so many ties with people family who served in the military, I thought it would be great for her to be a member and a part of history.”

Yvonne Smith was sworn in as vice president and Braswell was named President Thursday at the onset of the ladies unit.
American Legion Post 332 was formed to provide assistance to local veterans, their families and the community, while also partnering with numerous organizations including the Boy Scouts and Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Helping out the post is the women’s auxiliary, providing support and helping to raise funds.

In order to join the ladies auxiliary unit, women have to be related to a veteran.

The women gathered at the post’s temporary building Thursday as officers were sworn in by Anneta Tucker of District 9. The group repeated a pledge to support Post 332, and had its officers sworn in, including Braswell and Yvonne Smith; Secretary Nancy Posner; Treasurer Leslie B. Adams; Historian Serran S. Blanton; Chaplain Marion Fallin; and Sergeant at Arms Martha D. Strickland.

Other charter members are: Carrine J. Stubbs, Ashley N. Carlson, Lou Ella Underwood, Judy Hatton, Susan Hatton, Mary A. Baker, Rosemary Mathews, Shirley Johnson, Sue S. Ellis, Virginia H. Johnson, Glenda J. Lewis, Karen Lopshire and Katie Braswell.

The auxiliary unit is working with the legion post to help get its permanent home, a brick house located at 549 Cherokee Road in Social Circle refurbished. In order to do so the unit holds fundraisers such as the doughnut sale it just completed, and an Independence 5K run/walk and fun run on June 28.

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