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Pickard elected S.A.L. 5th Zone Commander

Courtesy photo State Son’s of the American Legion of Michigan Commander Gordon “Zack” Pendell, left, congratulates John Pickard on his election as the Upper Peninsula 5th Zone Commander for the year 2021-2022 year.

GLADSTONE — Forty-five-year member and Past Commander of Sons of the American Legion Squadron #71 of the August Mattson American Legion of Gladstone John Pickard was elected to be the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Son’s of the American Legion 5th Zone Commander for the 2021-2022 Membership year. Pickard replaces William Bill Germain, who has served in that office the past five years.

“I grew up in a Legion family in Gladstone with strong support of veterans. Beginning with my grandfather, Cliff Murker, who was a charter member and third commander of the August Mattson Post. He served in France and Belgium in World War I. My father, Kenneth Pickard, was two-time commander of the post and was veteran of the China-Burma Theater in World War II. Lastly, my brother, Mike, was a Vietnam Era veteran. It was only natural to become a Son of the American Legion to honor my family and serve and help all veterans in need.”

The New Sons of the American Legion of Michigan elected from Three Rivers Squadron #170 of Three Rivers Michigan Gordon “Zack” Pendell as their New Michigan State Commander. Pendell is a 16 year member of the Hice-Shutes S.A.L. Squadron and very active on the district and detachment level.

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