Jerome L. Goolsby
Commander, Sons of The American Legion Pony Express Squadron 359
CREATED - 11 July 1999
UPDATED - 30 June 2022
Jerome L. Goolsby is member of The Sons of The American Legion through his late father's Vietnam Era U.S. Navy service. He has been a member of S.A.L. Pony Express Squadron 359 since 1997. He has served the Squadron as Commander from 1998 - 2001, 2002 - 2008, 2009 - 2011, 2015 - 2022 and is the Commander for 2022 - 2023. In his first four terms as Commander, the Squadron was "Over The Top" in membership each year, and was "Over The Top" again in 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2022. In 2003, the Squadron was the co-winner of the Outstanding Squadron Award for the Detachment of Missouri. He also served as Western Vice Commander of the S.A.L. Detachment of Missouri for 1999 - 2000 and 2000 - 2001 and as Assistant Adjutant for 2009 - 2010. Commander Goolsby was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by Sons of The American Legion National Commander Raymond P. Giehll, Jr. at the 2008 National Convention of the Sons of The American Legion.
Mr. Goolsby is a dual member of the S.A.L. and The American Legion. He served in the USAF from 1975 - 1995 retiring in 1995 as a Technical Sergeant. He became a member of The American Legion through his active duty service during the Lebanon/Grenada service period. During his USAF career he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal [with one oak leaf cluster], the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal [with five oak leaf clusters], National Defense Service Medal, Nuclear Deterrance Operations Service Medal (with "N" device) and the Humanitarian Service Medal along with other awards.
He has served his Post as Historian in 1995 - 1996, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 and 2017 - 2023, as 1st Vice Commander from 1998 - 2000 and 2022 - 2023, as Adjutant for 2000 - 2008 and from 2009 - 2023 and served as Commander from 2017 - 2022; Mr. Goolsby has also served as 4th District Historian for 1998 - 2000, 2011 - 2012 and 2014 - 2018, 4th District Southern Vice Commander for 2000 - 2002, 4th District Adjutant for 2009 - 2011 and as 4th District Commander for 2002 - 2004, 2006 - 2008, 2012 - 2014 and 2016 - 2018. He was named a Distinguished Legionnaire of The American Legion Department of Missouri in 2015.
Mr. Goolsby also served as Chairman of the Joint Veteran's Committee of St. Joseph, Missouri in 1999 - 2000.
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