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Detachment Commander

The Sons of The American LegionDavid W. Lee, Commander

Detachment of New York

2021 - 2022

David is a 48-year member of the Sons of The American Legion who belongs to George F. Johnson Squadron 1700. Dave has been an active member in every level of the organization, including Squadron, County, District levels, as well as Detachment Vice-Commander twice.  He has served on multiple committees and commissions ultimately rising to chairman of two, the Legislative Commission for the National Organization of the Sons of The American Legion and the Finance Committee for the Detachment of New York Sons of The American Legion.

Dave’s eligibility is through his stepfather Glenn Butler, who served in both the US Army and US Navy during the Korean war. During his service in the Navy, Dave’s father, Glenn, served on the USS Bennington and was a life member of the Maine Post 1390, Maine NY for 54 years prior to his passing. Dave’s mother, Addy Butler, is a member for 52 years of the Auxiliary Unit 1390 Maine and is the current Broome County Auxiliary Chair of the Holiday Gift Shop for Veterans at the Veterans’ Home in Bath, NY.

Dave graduated from Maine-Endwell High School in Endwell, NY in 1982 and that same summer began work at the State University of New York at Binghamton, now called Binghamton University. After over 38 years of employment, he retired at the end of April this year. Many of those years was working in the Student Accounts Office. He was elected as the CSEA Local 648 Union President in 2004 and represented over 750 members up to the point of his retirement.

Dave is married to Brigit Nicolaisen. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, all of whom are members of the organization. David is the paramount example of a volunteer, whether it be for the local, Post, County, District, State or National Organization, Dave’s priority is to help serve America’s Veterans, their families and community at every turn.

Becoming State Commander of the Detachment of NY has been a long-term life goal of Dave’s and he is very excited to take on this role and represent the great state of NY.


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