Patricia A. Harris of American Legion Post 124 in
Apex was elected State Commander of The
American Legion Department of NC at ceremonies in Raleigh on June
15, 2013. Harris was sworn in by National Executive
Committeeman Jerry L. Hedrick of Post 8 in Lexington.
Commander Harris is a second generation Legionnaire,
in her father’s (WWII) footsteps by joining Post 157 in Raleigh.
Patricia became the Post’s first elected female Commander in its 83
plus years. There are three generations in Unit 157 where she
started as an Auxiliary member. Her mother Daisy and daughter
Patricia Jr., were both past Unit Presidents. She is a 22 year
retired non-commissioned officer, combat soldier. Patricia and
her late husband Walter deployed together to the Persian Gulf War
from Ft. Hood, TX leaving two small children, so she fully
understands the plight of today’s deployed military families. Her
signal team was launched forward with elements of the XVII airborne
corps, 10th Mountain Division and 3rd ACR, which was among the first
to enter into Iraq, during the ground war. She received
numerous awards and medals for her service.
Patricia has served The American Legion, as Post
Commander, 2nd Vice Commander, Children & Youth Chair and on the
Executive Committee while a member of Post 157 in Raleigh. As
a member of Post 124 in Apex, she has served as 1st Vice Commander,
2nd Vice Commander and as a member of the Oratorical Committee.
At Department level she has served as District Commander, Division
Commander, on Leadership and Development Committee, Internal Affairs
Commission, Legislative Commission and Resolutions Committee.
Nationally, Patricia is a member of the 21st Century Membership
Strategic Plan Committee for the Legion’s 100th Birthday,
National Children & Youth Commission, and Veterans Rehabilitation
Committee, attended National Legion College and is a National Legion
College facilitator. In her community, Patricia is a member of
Poplar Springs Christian Church, ANAVICUS, American Legion Auxiliary
Unit 157, National 20&4 Honor Society for Women Legionnaires, NC
Echelon 27, VFW Post 10999, DAV Chapter 1, US Army Community
Advisory Board, National Council of Negro Women, Sgt Audie Murphy
Club, Wake County Veterans Council and Raleigh Community Club.
Patricia resides in Raleigh, NC with her mom, and has
two adult children, a step-daughter and four grandchildren (two SAL