The American Legion Department of Oregon


Donald L “JR” Hall, Jr. (MD)

Sons of The American Legion National Commander


Donald Lee “JR” Hall, Jr. has been a member of the Sons of The American Legion for over 20 years before being elected national commander in 2023. He is eligible through his grandfather, Ed Hall, an Army, World War II veteran.

Hall, and his wife, Margie, have been married for 38 years and together, they have three children and seven grandchildren. They all enjoy spending family time together as often as they can.

Volunteering has always been a part of Hall’s life. He began coaching youth sports at age 18 and did so for over 25 years. He then turned his focus to the Sons of The American Legion.

He is a member of Glen Burnie Squadron 40 in Maryland, where he has held most offices and still volunteers regularly. He worked his way through the Southern Maryland District as vice commander and commander in 2011.

On the detachment level, he has served as sergeant at arms, vice commander, and in 2014/15 as the detachment commander. Hall also serves on the Detachment Internal Affairs Committee and the Detachments Mentorship Committee for future leaders. He has taught youth classes at SAL conventions and meetings for the last several years.

On the national level, Hall has served on the SAL Internal Affairs Commission and the Americanism Commission, where he was the chairman for three years. During his time as chairman of the Americanism Commission and Children and Youth Committee, Hall organized the first-ever youth room at a national convention in 2019.

He enjoys working with others and offering ideas and planning. He believes in The Sons of The American Legion and The American Legion Family.

“We can all make things better by working together,” Hall said

Robert Liebenow

Sons of The American Legion Oregon Detachment Commander   2022-2023

Rob graduated from Hillsboro Union High School on June 3, 1966, and 10 days later was on his way to San Diego for Navy boot camp. After boot camp, he was assigned to the destroyer base at 32nd and Harbor in San Diego. In 1968 he was transferred to Attack Squadron VA163 out of Lemoore, CA. VA 163 was attached to the USS Hancock and spent 7 ½ months off the coast of Vietnam. After returning stateside, Rob was honorably separated on July 16, 1969, as a Petty Officer 3rd class.

Upon returning to Hillsboro, OR., Rob married Linda in November of 1969. They have two children and three grandchildren. Rob and Linda currently live in Wilsonville, OR. Linda is a Past Department President and has been continually active at the unit, district, and department levels for many years, currently serving as Department Secretary. Their son and two grandsons belong to the SAL, daughter, and granddaughter belong to the Auxiliary.

Rob joined The American Legion in July of 1972 and is currently a 48-year member. His first Post was Sherwood Post #56, where he served as 2nd Vice Commander, 1st Vice Commander and 2 years as Commander. In 1980 Rob transferred to Hillsboro Post #6 and is still a current member. Rob has served Hillsboro in many capacities, including Commander, Vice Commander, Finance Officer, and Adjutant, having held each position several times. He is currently the membership chairman and over the years has helped increase the post membership by over 150%.

In 1988, Rob was appointed Adjutant for District 1. In 1989 he was elected Vice Commander and in 1990 was elected Commander. Under his leadership, District 1 came in second in membership at 108%.

Rob was elected Department Vice Commander for the 1995-96 Legion year and was elected Department Commander for the 1996-97 Legion year. Rob was elected Department Finance Officer in 1998 and held that office until stepping down in 2002. Rob has served as Department Americanism Chairman, for several years as Constitution, Bylaws, and Internal Affairs Chairman, Vice President of Oregon American Legion Foundation, and several other commissions and committees.

On the National level, Rob has served on the Distinguished Guest Committee, the Americanism Council, the Counter Subversive Activities Committee, the Children and Youth Commission, and the Veterans Employment and Education Council.

Rob was elected Alternate NEC in 2013 and held that office until August of 2016 when he stepped up to the position of NEC when that position became vacant after NEC Charlie Schmitt was elected National Commander. Rob was elected to a two-year term in 2017. Rob served as a member of the NEC Liaison Committee to the Convention Commission. He is currently serving on the Resolution Sub Committee and is on the NEC Liaison Committee for the Marketing Commission where he served as chairman from 2017-2018.

Rob was elected National Vice Commander at the national convention in 2019 and served in that position until August 2021.

Rob is a 13-year member of The Sons of The American Legion. On June 24, 2022, he was elected as SAL Detachment Commander for Oregon.

Rob is a member of the 40 et 8 Voiture 316 Grand du Oregon. He is Cheminot of District #10 and VAVS Grand Director. He is the 40 et 8 representative at the Portland VA and is a member of the VAVS Committee. Rob has been volunteering at the hospital for over 20 years.

Rob was born July 17, 1948, in Forest Grove, OR. And attended school in Hillsboro. He worked for the Kmart Corporation for nearly 19 years as among other things receiving manager, and security manager, and when he left the company, he was sporting goods manager. He then worked for 16 years in the assembly business. He retired in 2015 and spends his time with family and The American Legion.



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