VETERANS: Peace Campaign

For the American Legion, biggest, richest and most influential of U.S. veteran organizations, its 27th convention, which closed in Chicago last week, was no occasion for oldtime roughhouse play. Throughout a four-day session, the Legion did everything possible to sell itself—or give itself—to the new World War II veterans, male and female. The question was: would they have it?

Retiring National Commander Edward N. Scheiberling, solidly backed by newly-elected Commander John Stelle, onetime Governor of Illinois, answered a firm "yes." Said he: the Legion is a going concern with 1,666,802 members, $15 million in its treasury, and $200 million...

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