John W. Davin enlisted in the United States Army in September
1967, earning his eligibility to the Veterans of Foreign Wars during
his service in Thailand and Korea. John served 23 years in the Army,
retiring from active duty in October 1990. Of those 23 years, 14
were spent overseas.
During his military service, John was awarded the Meritorious
Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with
Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal (6th award); Army Forces
Expeditionary Medal (Korea); National Defense Service Medal with
Bronze Star; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Korea
Defense Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (6th
Award); and the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development
Ribbon with the numeral 3.
John joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1975. He has served 39
years in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and still serves in positions
at the Post, District, State and National Level. John is a Bronze
Legacy Life member of Bolingbrook Post 5917 in Bolingbrook,
Illinois, where he served as Post Commander for 10 years – attaining
All-State Commander status five times. He served as the Post Senior
Vice Commander during the 2011-12 term, when his Post attained
John has served District 18 in several offices, including Junior
Vice Commander 1996-97; Senior Vice Commander 1997-98; and District
Commander 1998-2000, attaining All-State District Commander status
during the 1999-2000 term.
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At the State level, John has served in a variety of positions
including, State VFW/Military Order of the Cootie Coordinator; and
State Community Activities Director for several years. At the
National level, John was a member of the National Citizenship
Education Community Service Committee from 2002-05; National
Legislative Committee from 2005-2013; and was a National
Aide-de-Camp in 1996-97.
In addition to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, John is a life member
of the Disabled American Veterans; Bolingbrook American Legion Post
1288 and AmVets.
John also serves as a trustee on the Board of Directors of
American Veterans Helping Veterans Organization and is a member of
the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree.
[Text received; JOHN DAVIN,
COMMANDER, DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS]