General Information

The American Legion South Houston Post 490 is located across from the main entrance to Ellington Field, south of Houston, Texas. Post 490 is in the 22nd District, 2nd Division, Department of Texas. The Post Commander for 2016-2017 is John J. Cronin.

General Membership Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. The Board of Trustees meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 P.M., the Executive Committee at 7:00 P.M.

The Post and its activities are supported by the Auxiliary Unit 490. The Post sponsors the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 490 and The American Legion Riders.


  • Commander: John J. Cronin
  • 1st Vice Commander: Roland Aguillar
  • 2nd Vice Commander: Ron Harter
  • Adjutant: Jerry Blaylock
  • Chaplin: Jack leavell
  • Finance Officer: Wendell Denney
  • Judge Advocate: Gregory Treacy
  • Service Officer: **Vacant**
  • Historian: Betty Klappenbach
  • Sergeant of Arms: Don Anderson
  • Asst. Sergeant of Arms: Robert Harvery
  • Executive Committeeman #1: David Balboa
  • Executive Committeeman #2: Jerry Hunter
  • Americanism: **Vacant**
  • Children & Youth: **Vacant**

Children and Youth

Through our Annual Golf Tournament we sponsor elementary schools in the South Houston community and give school awards to elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the area. We sponsor boys to Boys State, conduct Oratorical Contests, and award annual scholarships to Post members and their dependents.

Our Community

We provide gifts to underprivileged children of veterans and meals to needy families during the holidays. We provide funds to the Special Olympics, South Houston Community Center, needy school children in the area, Jaycees of Clear Lake, the USO at Ellington and the Shriners. Our American Legion Riders group provides funds for battered women and money to the Legacy Fund (scholarships to children of military personnel killed in action since 9-11). We provide meeting space for community related activities.

Our Veterans and You

Each month we provide food and haircut coupons to our veterans at the VA Hospital. We host 25 to 30 VA patients at our monthly Steak Dinners. We donate time and funds to the VA volunteer services. We participate in the Annual BBQ Cook-Off at the VA Hospital which feeds hundreds of patients and staff.

The Auxiliary sends Care Packages to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Auxiliary give care baskets to homeless veterans when they arise in their new home. We assist veterans in emergency situations and help them obtain services at the VA. We host special events for Ellington military personnel. Our Service Officer provides valuable information on veteran benefits and Houston military events.

We have several special events honoring our veterans such as Memorial Day Services, Four Chaplains Services, 4th of July events, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremonies.

Post Activities Available To Our Members

Our newly remodeled Post Clubroom is open for members and their guests on Monday through Friday from 12:00 Noon until 12:00 Midnight; and until 1:00 A.M. on Saturday. It is open on Sunday from 12:00 Noon until 9:00 P.M. We have many fun events at the Post: Super Bowl party, Chili Cook-Off, Air Show, monthly birthday parties for our members, Oktoberfest, steak nights, hamburger nights, soup and salad lunches on Friday and other get togethers. Click here for informaion about our next Chili Cook-Off.

The Post Hall is available for rental for parties, weddings, receptions, meetings, and other events for a reasonable rate. Post members receive a special rate on hall rentals. RV Parking is available adjacent to the post.

To continue our great work you need to belong to our great organization and participate in our programs. YOU are an integral part of our FAMILY and your membership allows us to continue our support to the active duty, National Guard, Reserves, and retired military personnel, all veterans, Children and Youth, and our Community.

Please join our team and sign up today.