The Vice Commander assists the Commander and presides over meetings in the absence of the Commander.

Phone:  408-590-0575


The American Legion is a patriotic Veterans' service organization committed to mentoring youth, sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community, and advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to to fellow Service Members and Veterans. 

At one time, Gilroy boasted two American Legion posts- Post 217, chartered June 1, 1921, and Las Animas Post 669, chartered August 26, 1946. Eventually, Post 699 (as well as Morgan Hill's post) was merged with Post 217. Post 217  currently has over 350 members, living in and around Gilroy and Morgan Hill, CA. 

Commander Jose A. Loquiao

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​​Officer Ted Higashi assists the Commander and presides in the absence of the Commander and 1st Vice Commander.

Phone:  408-310-8580


2nd Vice Commander Ted Higashi

1st vice commander Bill Dunmyer

​​Chaplain Jose Delgado is here to facilitate the relationships that members have with each other and God. He serves non-denominationally and is available to those members who are in need of personal and spiritual counseling. 

Phone:  408-427-5824



Adjutant Sam Palmisano 

​​​​​As the Post Adjutant Sam Palmisano coordinates administrative matters. He ensures every member receives the benefits of their membership as well as coordinating special and ongoing events.  

Phone: 408-406-8050


As Post Commander, Jose Loquiao oversees the general workings of our post.

He presides over all post meetings and appoints all committees and committee members. He served 3 years in the United States Army, including one tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.
He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6309 and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Monterey Chapter 33-4. 

Phone:  408-465-6142


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Military Headstone application

sgt-at-arms Jesse Sanchez

Chaplain Jose Delgado

​​​​​​Officer Jesse Sanchez knows how to arrange and to maintain procedural order during post meetings. He also understands flag etiquette, how to properly display the flag. He also helps welcome new membership.

Phone:  408-607-0755


Financial Officer Ray Sanchez Paul Bates

Any deceased Veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable or any Service member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty may be eligible for a Headstone/Marker or a Medallion, not both.

Veterans who passed away on or after November 1. 1990 – A Marker/Headstone will be furnished for the grave of any eligible deceased Veteran and provided for placement in private and local government cemeteries regardless of whether or not the grave is marked with a privately-purchased headstone or marker.

Veterans who died before November 1. 1990 - A Headstone or Marker will be furnished for the UNMARKED GRAVE of any eligible deceased Veteran. 

To obtain the most recent information about headstones and markers including the complete and most current list of available emblems of belief (listing all names and graphics), please visit our website at

Please refer to the document by clicking on the button labeled; "Headstone Application" to review requirements details and to print, fill, and mail the Application for a Headstone or Marker.

Questions?  We are always eager to help.

The Legion's Adjutant: Sam Palmisano can help answer any questions that arise. (His contact information is listed on this page).

The Financial Officer officer oversees the  financing and the dispersal of funds. He is Chairman of the Financing Committee.  

Phone:  408-607-3280