American Legion national commander to tour southern Minnesota in February

James W. “Bill” Oxford

ROCHESTER — American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford will tour much of southern Minnesota in his 2020 tour.

The schedule has Oxford, who hails from Post 29 in Lenoir, North Carolina, flying into Rochester International Airport Feb. 16. The next day, he is slated to have breakfast at Adams Post 146, lunch at Waseca Post 228 and dinner at Albert Lea Post 56.

After overnighting in Albert Lea, Oxford will have breakfast Feb. 18 at Wells Post 210, lunch at Madelia Post 19 and dinner at Redwood Falls Post 38 before spending the night at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel.

On Feb. 19, Oxford will eat breakfast at Gaylord Post 433, lunch at Minnesota State University in Mankato and dinner at New Prague Post 45. The commander plans to stay overnight in Bloomington before flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Feb. 20.

Oxford is a veteran of the Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War as an aviation electronic technician for the A-6 Intruder. He served in Vietnam during his initial enlistment. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1970, then joined the North Carolina National Guard, eventually retiring as a colonel after more than 34 years of military service.

He served as department (state) commander of the North Carolina American Legion from 2010 to 2011.