Unit 19 Officers

American Legion

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth

For God and Country

Our Leaders

National Commander


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Hudson County Commander


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Post Commander

Jack Dunne

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History of Post 19

On July 14th, 1919 Post 19 of Bayonne was issued a Temporary charter in the American Legion under the name of "Peter E. Leddy Post 19, Bayonne New Jersey".

The temporary charter was signed by the following members: William H. Errien, Dominick D. Sharkey, William L. Leahey, George Wright, Michael J. McFadden, Harold T. Rose, Patrick J. Hogan, James M. Campbell, Joseph D. Givens, Elbert Scofiled, Raymond Miller, Harold A. Bell, Howard R. Watson and Harry B. Mohring.

  • On the 9th of September, 1920, Post 19 was issued a permanent charter.
  • In 1931, a replacement charter was issued, officially changing the name from the "Peter E. Leddy Post no. 19" to its present name of "Bayonne Post 19"
  • On July 29th 1940, "Bayonne Post 19" became incorported, and on September 10th, 1941 "Bayonne Post 19" was issued a Supplemental Charter.

In the years following Post 19 has seen its members elevated in the community as well as the organization.


Commander Dunne named Battalion Chief.

Promotion ceremonies were held at City Hall last week for two new fire department battalion chiefs and five new captains. Battalion Chiefs John “Jack” Dunne III and Jason Zebrowski, and Captains Roger Nunez, John Devlin, Marcial Pivano, Albert James, and Steven Weiss attained their new ranks through competitive examinations administered by the state.

Canteen Events

Pool Leagues / Karoake

Miss Evelyn hosts live karaoke the first and third friday of each month. Join in the fun and sing your night away. Meet our friendly bartenders and ask about drink and snack specials.
Post 19 is the proud home of several champion pool teams, bringing home gold cups and awards from Las Vegas.

Hall for Hire

Private Partys Welcome

Have a Special Event coming up, check out our banquet hall for hire, can accomodate up to 100 guests. Weekend availability limited. perfect for birthdays, baptisms etc.