This black and white photo portrait of Maurice Alkire of Grand Rapids, Michigan from March 1952- March 1953 was taken while he was serving the role of AMVETS Post 23 Commander. Alkire was a life charter member of the AMVET Post#23 and the Museum holds a suit jacket he wore as part of the organization (see 2019.26.1). He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. during WWII, was a member of several veterans organizations including the Walter Howard American Legion Croton Post #381, a member of AMBUCS, Sad Sacks, 40&8, the Elks Club #2602 in Florida and Fremont, the Moose Lodge, VFW Post in Ft. Myers, FL, and Newaygo. This jacket represents his participation in the AMVETS organization, a leading veteran’s service organization that for 75 years has assisted veterans and sponsored numerous programs that serve the country and its citizens.
Maurice Alkire of Grand Rapids, Michigan was a lifetime charter member of the AMVET Post#23. Maurice served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. during WWII, was a member of the Walter Howard American Legion Croton Post #381, a member of AMBUCS, Sad Sacks, 40&8, the Elks Club #2602 in Florida and Fremont, the Moose Lodge, VFW Post in Ft. Myers, FL and Newaygo.
MVETS (American Veterans) is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans. Their mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy, and services. As one of America’s leading veteran’s service organizations for more than 75 years, AMVETS has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who honorably served, or currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.
(Source: Official Website https://amvets.org/about-us/)