American Legion Department of West Virginia Commander Speaks to ALMBS

American Legion Department of West Virginia Commander Fred Buchanan

Fred B. Buchanan was elected and installed as Department Commander for the Department of West Virginia on July 12, 2014. He is eligible for The American Legion by virtue of his Naval Service during the Viet Nam era as a Hospital Corpsman. Fred has been a member of Huntington Post 16 for 33 years and is an Honorary Life Member, a PUFL member, a dual member with the Sons of The American Legion and is active with the Post 16 Riders Chapter. He has held many offices in the Post including Commander and has been Post Adjutant for the past 13 years. He has served the Department of West Virginia as Chaplain, District Commander, Vice Commander, National Parade Chairman and Chair of several committees. He has served the National American Legion as a Vice Chairman of the National Americanism Commission as well as several committees. He has been awarded the Dr. Ben I. Golden Award for community service; Silver Brigade (3 times); Gold Brigade; West Virginia Recruiter of the Year and is on the Board of Incorporators for Mountaineer Boys State.

Fred was born and raised in Huntington, WV and is an alumnus of Marshall University. He retired in 2000 from the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department with the rank of Sergeant and received several commendations. He spent 12 years as a Courthouse Marshall with Cabell County and is presently employed in the federal security system. He was a top graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy, the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy and has taken continuing education at several universities.

Fred’s community involvement started as a member of the Huntington Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) where he chaired many successful projects. He was named an Outstanding Young Man in America. He is a founding member of the Clan Buchanan Society International and served as National Trustee and West Virginia Regent. He is a former Commissioner, Cabell County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission; a member of VFW Post 9738 Men’s Auxiliary; a member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 313; a member of the Veterans Committee for Civic Improvement; and a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Resources of the Tri-State (A.R.T.S.). Fred has been very active in the Boy Scouts of America where he organized and chartered Cub Scout Pack 2 and Boy Scout Troop 2. He served as a Scoutmaster for the National Jamboree Contingent and he was honored as a West Virginia Ambassador of Youth, Order of the 35th Star and the God and Service Award from the National organization. He was the first West Virginian and only the 68th nationally to receive this honor.

He is a 60 year member of Madison Avenue Christian Church (DOC) and has sung in the Chancel Choir for over 50 years. He has served as a Deacon, Elder and several Department Chairmanships as well as Church Historian.

He and his wife Ann, a Past Department President of The American Legion Auxiliary, have been married for 48 years and are the proud parents of two: Michelle Lynn Smallwood (deceased) and J. Scott Buchanan and his wife Melinda of Franklin, TN. They are also the doting grandparents of Carey, Sarah, Taylor, Brena and Frances.