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Hanniton Watts Post 193

Hanniton Watts Post 193 had its beginning in Pensacola, FL in the early months of 1946. Its organizers consisted of Dr. Eli Sanford Cobb and fourteen other veterans who lived in the community and had served in the World Wars.

Charter Members:

  • E.S.Cobb
  • Garlon Davis
  • Jewell George Davis
  • Henry Dubose
  • Thomas Graham Jr.
  • Elisha Head
  • Robert Jones
  • Robert Joseph
  • Fletcher McCorvey
  • Funnise McDole
  • Will McMillan
  • Clifford McQueen
  • Harry Whitaker
  • Remeo Wilson
  • Charlie Wynn

Dr. Cobb, a general practitioner and surgeon served this community for a total span of about forty-nine years. He served in the Army as a medical officer in France at the time the American Legion was born. It was through his guidance that Hanniton Watts came to be. A constitution was established and the name "Hanniton Watts" was adopted.

Hanniton Watts, born in Mobile AL. on the 29th day of December 1919, he died in action defending his country. He was killed in action on May 24, 1944. His name was chosen because he was noted as the first serviceman in the local area to make the ultimate sacrifice while serving during WWII.

Upon application and approval by the American Legion Department, State of Florida, Post 193 received its temporary charter on July 22, 1946. On June 21, 1962, Post 193 received its permanent charter.

In earlier years members met at each others homes, in 1971 the first Post Home was purchased and opened in 1982 we moved to current location.

Past Commanders

1971-1973 Clarence Tate 1973-1976 Jesse Hooks
1977-1979 James Lewis 1980-1981 Foster M. King
1981-1984 Willie J. Moorer 1984-1985 Melvin Springs
1986-1989 Willie J. Moorer 1990-1991 Benny Bailey
1992-1993 Willis T. Mallard 1994-1996 Felton T. Cannon
1996-1997 Willis T. Mallard 1997-2000 Edgar A. Carter
2001-2005 Joesph G.Holmes 2006-2007 Robbie Gregg
2007-2008 Joesph G.Holmes 2008-2009 Edgar A. Carter
2010-Present Bill Byrd    

Past Presidents Auxiliary Unit 193

Nealie Hooks Gerrie Bailey Rubye Williams Nellie Lewis
Gwen Lewis Edna Hardin Karen Seals Kathy Collins
Bessie Moorer-Bradshaw Ethel Soles

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Hanniton Watts American Legion Post 193, 2708 N. 12th Ave, Pensacola FL 32503
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