CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Navy veteran from a Callaway, Neb., American Legion post was elected national vice commander of the 2.2-million member veteran’s organization during its national convention in Cincinnati today.
Douglas L. Boldt, a 40 year continuous member of American Legion Post 59 in Callaway, joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in October 1967. He was deployed on active duty March 1969 where he served on two U.S. Navy ships operating off the coast of Vietnam. The USS Arlington AGMR 2 was a communication relay ship. Along with duties in Vietnam, the Arlington saw action on Apollo recovery missions, as well as Midway Island summit conference with President Nixon and president Thieu from South Vietnam. Boldt’s second duty was the USS Niagara Falls AFS 3, a fresh produce supply ship off the coast of Vietnam. Boldt has seen both brown water and blue water duty. He was honorably discharged in 1973. He has held various offices at all levels of The American Legion, including Department (state) Commander of Nebraska from 2003 to 2004. At the national level he served as a member of National Executive Committee, as alternate NEC and NECman from 2004-2012. He served as a member of the National Security Commission, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement sub-committee.
As department commander, Boldt implemented a program called “OPERATION SCHOOL TALK” where he talks about his time in the military. Boldt serves on his department’s Boy State standing committee, and is the 1st Vice-President of The Nebraska Boys State Corporation. He is a member of the Governor’s Veteran Advisory Council.
He is a member of Callaway Lutheran Church where he has held various offices through the many years and continues to be a lay leader of his church.
Doug and Mary Ann have been married for 48 years; they have three adult children and eight grandchildren. They both enjoy trying to keep up with the families' activities.
Boldt is one of 12 national officers.