A retired deputy sheriff and U.S. Army Vietnam-era veteran from Clayton was elected Thursday as a national vice commander of the American Legion.
Richard W. Neville took his oath of office during the American Legion’s 96th National Convention. He will be one of five vice commanders chosen for one-year terms by the Legion, which has 2.4 million members and is the nation’s largest veterans organization.
Neville is a member of American Legion Post 71 in Clayton and served as state commander for the organization, as well as a full array of positions, including commander at the post and district level. He was director of the Student Trooper Program for 7 years.
After completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri in 1964, Neville received military police training at Fort Gordon in Georgia, and was assigned to Fort Polk in Louisiana until returning to civilian life in February 1966.