Parker Veteran's Center
116 N. McGlohon St.
PO Box 1001
Ahoskie, NC 27910
The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans' organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members,men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments — one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Washington, DC. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership and program implementation capacities in local communities and the Legion's standing national commissions and committees, the national organization has a regular full-time staff of about 255 employees.
Post 102 meets the 4th Tuesday each month beginning at 6:30PM with dinner. Dinner is free during your birthday month. Meetings are not held during the month of December. American Legion Ladies Auxiliary also meets the same night. Membership dues are currently $30 per year, and membership year runs from 1 July – 30 June. Check your membership card, if it does not have 2011 on it, you need to please renew your membership dues.
Have you paid your dues? Remember you will be delinquent if you have not renewed your dues
by December 31st of each year.
American Legion Post 102 was first chartered in 1920 with 15 members in Winton, NC. A second charter was issued in 1932 in Ahoskie with 20 members. The permanent charter was issued in 1964 as Hertford County Post 102 at Ahoskie.
After WW2 there were three American Legion posts in Hertford County. Murfreesboro Post 270 was chartered in 1946, and turned in their charter in 1964. Ahoskie Post 213 was chartered in 1947 as an all black member post. Post 213 turned in its charter in 1957. Today's Post 102 membership represents all three former posts with members from Ahoskie, Winton and Murfreesboro. Post 102 has members from all races.
Since 1920 membership has ranged from 11 to 254 members. Shortly after WW2 membership reached an all time high of 249. That record was broken in 2002 with the post climbing to 254 members. In the 21st century post membership has averaged about 200 per year.
Post 102 had several different homes over the years but there are few records to report on this subject. There are rumors of the Sheriff raiding the post when it was located at the Big Chimney in Ahoskie during the 1950s. The Sheriff was looking for illegal slot machines, but there were none at the post due to an anonymous tip. In 1996 the Roy Parker family donated the former News-Herald building to the post for a post home. Post 102 promptly named the building the Parker Veteran's Center, and began the process of remodeling the building. The Parker name on the building was very fitting as Roy Parker, Sr. was a founding member and former officer of Post 102. His son, Joe Parker, served many years in the North Carolina Army National Guard.
Post 102 was incorporated in December 1994.
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is a U.S.-headquartered patriotic service organization for women interested in voluntary service. It is a non-profit organization, affiliated with The American Legion (a veterans' service organization). There are nearly one million Auxiliary members in 10,100 communities across the world.
The American Legion Auxiliary is an organization with dedicated, empowered women across the world, who are devoted to America's veterans (current and past) and children and youth, with the notion of inspiring Auxiliary members' communities.
The American Legion Auxiliary is responsible for programs such as: Girls State, Girls Nation, Freedoms Foundation, educational scholarships and is a national co-sponsor of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Click here to visit the American Legion Auxiliary Web Site.
Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Membership
If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.
• April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
• Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
• June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
• Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
• Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
• Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
• Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)
American Legion also has a program to be Paid Up For Life
Post Commander Aubrey Steve Vinson
First Vice-Commander James Hutchinson
Second Vice-Commander Tony Hammond
Adjutant Johnnie Ray Farmer
Finance Officer James Britt
Chaplain Rev Michael Reid
Historian William Winfield
Sergeant-at-Arms Willie Sanders
Judge Advocate Donnie Taylor
Service Officer John R. Bracy, Jr.
Atheletic Director Wayne Meeks
American Legion Baseball
American Legion Baseball began in Ahoskie sometime in the 1950s. James 'Catfish' Hunter played Legion baseball in Ahoskie with Post 102 from 1961 until 1963, and as a young man, I recall this being one of the most memeorable times of my young life attending these games with my Dad. At the time I didn't realize the significance this young player had on the legion's baseball team or his future with baseball. All I can recall is that they were some very exciting times in Ahoskie. I remember large crowds at the games where my Dad and I would walk to the game instead of riding because of the crowds and parking. Hunter was later drafted by the then Kansas City Atheletics, now the Oakland Atheletics. Catfish went on to play fifteen seasons in the American League with Kansas City, Oakland and the New York Yankees. He won the American League Cy Young award in 1974. During his career he pitched five wins in six World Series games and played in six All-Star games. Catfish was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, and he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1987.
After a 31 year absence, American Legion Post 102 was proud to bring Legion Baseball back to Ahoskie in 1997. Starting in 2005, Post 102 has sponsored two teams, a junior team for fifteen and sixteen year olds, and a senior team for seventeen, eighteen and nineteen year olds. The teams play all of their home games at Hertford County High School baseball field.
Ahoskie's Junior Team won third place in the Area One playoffs in 2013.
The Senior Team did not finish the 2013 campaign.