Post History

Alvin Myo Dunn  |  Born April 5, 1923  |  Died: October 20, 1942

Enlisted January 12, 1942

Alvin Myo Dunn was a Sergeant in the 475th Bombardment Squadron, Army Air Corps. He died in a training crash at Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Louisiana. He received a “Citation of Honor from General H. H. “Hap” Arnold. Dunn was still in training when the accident occurred. The 475th was just 3 months away from being deployed to the Pacific. In 1948, the new American Legion post was opened at 321 South Santa Fe Avenue in Vista, CA on land donated by A. M. Dunn, grandfather of Alvin M. Dunn. The post was named in honor of his late grandson.

November 2010 article reprinted with writers permission

VISTA: American Legion Post 365 celebrates new building


Vista’s American Legion Post 365 will hold two events this weekend to celebrate its move from one end of South Santa Fe Avenue to the other.
The post vacated its original building at 321 S. Santa Fe Avenue earlier this month and moved to a former restaurant at 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave.
On Friday, the Legion will host a “Hail and Farewell” dinner for outgoing Mayor Morris Vance and Mayor-elect Judy Ritter. On Saturday, the post will hold a grand opening ceremony at 1 to 5 p.m.
“In recent years, the building had started to have a lot of problems,” Post 365 Commander Chris Yates said this week, adding that the building at 321 S. Santa Fe Ave. didn’t have adequate parking and wasn’t easily accessible for elderly or disabled members.
The new building, a few miles east on South Santa Fe, is a one-level building with ample parking. Inside, there is a long bar and plenty of room for tables and booths. The hall also features flat-screen TVs and a pool table.
“It gives the veterans of North County an accommodating location where there’s plenty of parking and easy access,” Yates said.
Throughout October, Legion members worked to renovate the building at 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave., which has been vacant since about 2007. Members painted, installed new flooring, put in a new flag pole and made upgrades to the restrooms.
Yates said 25 people have joined the Legion or transferred into the Vista post since the new site opened about a week ago. The group has about 250 members, he said.
Post members held their first event at the building on the Marine Corps’ 235th birthday on Nov. 10.
“It’s a place where vets can come for information or resources, or just a social watering hole,” Yates said. “Veterans can let loose, play a little pool and socialize with each other.”
The old building, which Legion members built in 1942, was purchased by Vista’s redevelopment agency in May for $640,000. The city also loaned the veterans’ group about $360,000 to buy the new site at 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave. The Legion only has to repay the loan if it moves to another location or ceases its nonprofit use of the building.
Bill Rawlings, the city’s director of redevelopment and housing, said the city helped the Legion find its new home and facilitated its purchase.
“We’re happy they like their new facility and it meets all of their needs,” Rawlings said, adding that the Legion is a “bright star example” of how Vista has worked with property owners in its efforts to redevelop the South Santa Fe corridor.
Rawlings said the former Legion post will “remain vacant until the area is redeveloped, which is a top priority for the city.”

Call staff writer Cigi Ross at 760-901-4067.
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