Tony F. Soza-Ray Martinez, Thunderbird Post 41


The history of the American Legion Tony F. Soza/Ray Martinez Post 41 reflects the pride and honor of the individuals who have served our country. As we continue to build on the legacy of those before us please consider sending us any historical photos of the American Legion Post 41.   

Los Veteranos Documentary - Braun Sacred Heart Center. Click on the picture to see the documentary.


Click on the picture of Commander Frank Diaz or Past Commander Richard Lucero to hear a brief history of the creation of Post 41.
Click on the photo of Mike Gomez to hear about his journey as a World War 2 Veteran and his role in establishing Post 41. 



The story of Gloria and John Ramirez by Irma Payan

Born in Metcalf, Arizona. Grew up in several mining communities in Arizona and New Mexico. She called herself an original “Coal miner’s daughter”. Their Father passed away when she was 9 (due to pneumoconiosis-black lung). Lived in Phoenix for the rest of her life. Attended and graduated from Lowell Elementary School and Phoenix Union High School. During WWII, she worked in a munitions factory in California. For 32 years she worked for the City of Phoenix Water Department. Became involved in the American Legion Auxiliary Post 41 in 1962. She loved serving on fundraising committees. On Friday BINGO nights she would make and serve tostadas as her contribution. When the annual Legion BBQ came around, she would bake up a storm. The baked goods booth was a big hit! In 1969-70 she proudly served as auxiliary president. Along with being involved in the auxiliary she was active with her church, volunteered at Memorial Hospital, and served on the council of Marcos de Niza Senior Center. She passed away in April 2005.

Below is a list of the names of those who served Post 41 with honor.