Rockland American Legion elects first female commander

By Stephen Betts | May 09, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts Destiny Poole

Rockland — Destiny Poole, an Iraq War veteran, will become the first woman to serve as commander of the American Legion Post in Rockland.

Poole will be formally sworn in May 20 as commander of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt Post. She was elected April 4.

The Rockland post was founded in 1919 by 15 World War I veterans.

Poole served in the Army for nine years, between active and reserve status. Among her assignments was being part of the U.S. effort in the Iraq War -- known as Operation Iraqi Freedom -- that began in 2003. She also served in Seoul, South Korea, as well as stateside duties.

She left with the rank of E4 specialist, paratrooper, rigging, water purification specialist.

She completed her Army service in 2009. Originally from California, when she left the Army, she came to Maine, where a group of her friends had lived.

She has worked for the past six years at North End Composites in Rockland, building boats for Sabre and Back Cove yachts.

She has been going to the post for about two years, the first time as a guest of an auxiliary member. She became a Legion member in 2016.

The post reached its peak in membership shortly after World War II, when there were 600 members. There are about 340 members now, along with 140 in the auxiliary.

The Legion has had several homes in Rockland over the years, now located on Limerock Street in a building it had built in 2001.

Poole said one thing she wants to do is to attract more veterans to the organization. The Legion includes some World War II and Korean veterans, as well as many from the Vietnam War era and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"We want to help the veterans who served before and ones who will serve in the future," she said.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | May 09, 2017 23:35

Congratulations Commander Poole! Thank you for your continued service.

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