Commander's Corner

Check out the Commander’s Corner for the latest articles. The Commander will be discussing events they went to, what to expect in the year ahead, membership goals and how to achieve them. The Commander’s Corner can review the Commander’s project and give the personal view of what is going on at headquarters.
March 24, 2021
Spring 2021

COMMANDER’S CORNER Spring 2021 As I write this, the post-holiday surge of COVID-19 has come and gone but there now appears to be a resurgence here in Pennsylvania.  The vaccine is being distributed haphazardly at this point but should become available to all of us within a few months.  We cannot get back to some […]

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November 23, 2020
Update from the Commander

My Pennsylvania American Legion Family; As we enter into the Holiday Season for 2020, I send along my hope that all of you and your families are well.  With the increase in COVID-19 cases here in Pennsylvania and all across the country recently, it is more important than ever to practice safe distancing when you […]

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Commander's Bio

Michael D. Murphy III

DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
2021 - 

Mike was born and raised in the City of Pittsburgh in a family of four brothers and five sisters. After graduating high school, he enlisted into the Army and reported to Ft. Jackson S.C. on July 11, 1967 for Basic Training. He then reported to Ft. Holibird, MD. for Combat Intelligence School and then to Ft. Dix, N. J. for advanced Infantry Training as a Mortar Crewman. Mike volunteered for Airborne Training and was assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Bn. 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division as Mortar Crewman. While at Ft. Bragg N.C.  participated in several assignments during the civil unrest in 1968. He also was part of the longest Airborne Operation in History called "Focus Retna". Mike served until July 10, 1970 when he was Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant. 

Mike worked for the Pittsburgh VA Hospital, initially he started in the laundry and then transferred to the Guards, Mike was later sent to N. Little Rock Arkansas for Police Training and was the first Police Officer in the Pittsburgh V.A. He left the VA for employment as a Pittsburgh Firefighter on Jan. 16, 1974

While serving as a firefighter, Mike was off duty in Jan. 1988 when he was called by his Mother- in- Law that the house next to hers was on fire. Mike rescued several people from the burning house before other firefighters arrived. Because of his actions The City of Pittsburgh, the Public Safety Department and The American Legion honored him. Mike was later promoted to Lieutenant and several years later to Captain. Mike retired from the Fire Department in June of 1999. He then accepted a position as Director for Veterans Services in Allegheny County. He was then reassigned as Assistant Director for the next 18 years retiring in 2016.

Mike married his sweetheart Amelia in October 1970. Together they have three children, Joseph, Michael IV, and Amy Lynn, Four grandchildren Anthony, Daniel, Hanna and Michael V. They also raised a foster child named Jonathon, from Cambodia, for 10 years. Jonathon joined the Air Force and served 23 years retiring as a Master Sergeant.

As a member of the American Legion, he was Post 5 Commander in 1986 and 1988, 35th District Commander 1991-92 and 32nd District Commander 2012-14

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