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Stachon Takes Command Of Illinois VFW

During the 2012 State Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention, the assembled delegates unanimously elected Joe Stachon as their commander for the 2012-13 year.

Stachon is a Gold Legacy Life member of Johnson-Phelps Post 5220 in Oak Lawn, where he served in all chairs, including post commander 10 times. He was an All-State Commander four times.

He also holds offices in the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent 42. He also served the 3rd District in a number of offices, including commander in 2002, and currently serves as district quartermaster.

Stachon served in the U.S. Army from January 1968 to October 1969, earning his eligibility to the Veterans of Foreign Wars while serving with Company B, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade as a combat rifleman, earning a National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and Parachute Badge.

Wounds received in action resulted in a medical retirement from the United States Army.

Stachon also served the Department of Illinois in many offices, including National Aide-de-camp, National By-laws Committee, Department Ways and Means Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff, National Chief of Staff, Regional Membership Director, and the Department Newspaper Committee.

He retired from the Chicago Police Department after 30 years of service, and is an active member of FOP Lodge 7 and the Retired Chicago Police Association.

Stachon is involved in various veteran and civic organizations as a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 575, life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 84, treasurer of American Legion Post 757, member of the 173rd Airborne Association, member of Chapter 242 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, vice-president of the Oak Lawn Athletic Club, member of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, a member of Oak Lawn Elks Lodge 2254, and commissioner on the Palos Heights Veterans Commission.

Stachon and his wife Barbara have been married for 42 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren. They reside in Palos Heights.

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