Department Commander

William “Bill” Combs, Department Commander, 2018-2019

William “Bill” Combs was born in Charleston, West Virginia and he grew up in St. Albans, West Virginia where he attended St. Albans High School and graduated in 1961. He served in the United States Army from June 2, 1961, until June 1, 1967; with an Honorable Discharge. He is married to the former Shirley Ann Hardman. Shirley has three sons by a previous marriage: Steven, Aaron and Danny. William has one daughter and one son by a previous marriage: Ina and Gregory. They have nine grandchildren: Erika, Macy, Nicole, Katie, Leslie, Wesley, Jonathon, Stevie and Zachary. After he left the Army, he worked for Baker Equipment Inc. for two years. Then he was employed by F. M.C. Corp. for four years. After F.M.C. closed their plant he was employed by the Boilermakers Local 667 Union for 29 years and retired in 1995. Bill and his wife reside in Point Pleasant, West Virginia where Shirley is a charter member of The New Beginnings Church. Bill has been an active member of The American Legion for 50 years. His membership started at St. Albans Post No. 73. Later, he transferred to Mason County Post 23, Point Pleasant, where he served as Post Commander, Vice Commander and on the Honor Guard and he continues to help on the Honor Guard when he is available. Another transfer to Post 31, Shinnston where he served on the House Committee and is currently serving as Assistant Sgt.-At-Arms. On the Department Level, he served as Assistant Membership Chairman under Fred Buchanan, Department Commander 2014-2015 and as Assistance Membership Chairman, under Kenneth Smith, Department Commander 2015-2016. He served as Vice Commander, under Sherman W. Baxa Jr., Department Commander 2016-2017 and served as a volunteer membership person, under Frank Nicholson, Department Commander 2013-2014. Also, he has helped with the Oratorical Program Contest with Frank Nicholson. He is on the staff at Mountaineer Boys State and he attended the State Membership Workshop. On the National Level, he served on the Aerospace Committees and attended the National Membership Workshop. He is a member of the National Sgt.-At-Arms Club. He is a Paid-Up-For-Life Member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and D.A.V. He is also an active member of the Sons of The American Legion., The Sons of The American Revolution and the 40&8.