American Legion Post #827
"Gen. Draža Mihailović"
623 West Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868-2818
The "General Draža Mihailović" American Legion Post # 827 was founded in 1948. It was then and still is today the only American Legion Post worldwide to be named after a foreign military leader. This required special permission by National Headquarters of the Legion.
The first commander was Milan ‘Bill’ Knežević who was instrumental in founding and organizing the Post. At one time, the Post had over 160 members. Time took its toll and many of our members have passed on. Today, we are campaigning to recruit new members in order to keep our Post vibrant and active.
In 1984 the General Draža Mihailović Post # 827 erected a monument at the Serbian Cemetery
in Los Angeles to honor all veterans who served their country in time of war.
Through the years the Post has consistently financially contributed to children’s organizations, and sends every year a boy to Sacramento to participate in Boys State. We have also contributed to veterans and the Serbian Orthodox Church. We are an ardent supporter of all actions to commemorate Gen. Mihailović and his contributions to the allied war effort in World War II.
We are very proud to have had the late Major Richard Felman, USAF (Ret.) as one of our members. He inspired us to continue actively promoting Gen. Mihailović and his Četnik fighters who performed the largest single rescue of American and allied aviators from enemy occupied territory in World War II. Operation Halyard airlifted over five hundred airmen shot down over Serbia. This significantly helped to defeat the Axis Powers - Germany and her allies.
If you are on active duty today, anywhere in the world, or have served during any eligible war eras, you are a veteran and you're eligible to become a Legionnaire! It does not matter where you live worldwide – you can still join General Draža Mihailović Post # 827!
We're veterans just like you, nearly 3 million strong, who care about America, veterans and their families and our nation's youth. The Legion is a powerful voice in Washington dedicated to preserving the rights we've all earned - and were promised - by service to our nation in uniform.
We invite you to join us now. The American Legion is always there for you and your family - in Washington and posts throughout America and abroad. Just like you, we're "Still Serving America!"