September 2017

Dear Legionnaire,

This note comes by way of introduction.  As the newly elected Commander of The American Legion Post 460, Castroville, I deem it necessary to introduce myself and provide you with a very brief biography.
I was born in Texas and raised in Indiana in a farming community much like Castroville.  At the age of fifteen (15) the family relocated to Eagle Pass Where I attended High School and graduated in 1957.  The United States Navy came calling and I volunteer shortly thereafter.
After a short career of thirty (30) years I retired as a Chief Warrant Officer.  Upon retirement I entered a second career as an educator in 1986 and taught in San Diego, California for eleven (11) years, the University of Maryland, Sul Ross State University and finally retiring from Medina Valley ISD in 2006.  The last couple of years I served as City Councilman, District One.
My wife Hilda and I have been members of the Castroville Community for the last fifteen (15) years.  We are members of Our Lady of Grace Church and are involved in various community affairs.
I am indeed humbled and honored to serve as Commander of Post 460, The American Legion.
For questions and/or comments please feel free to contact me at 830-538-9362 or Email:


Jesse Mendoza

Thanksgiving Day 2017

November 18, 2017

Dear Legionnaires,

For this Thanksgiving Day and the coming holiday season I wish you and your families an abundance of happiness and love as you gather with family and friends.
“Almighty God whose great commandment is that we shall love our neighbors as ourselves, and who has taught us that we should do to others as we would have them do to us, we ask your blessing upon the work of The American Legion and especially Post 460.  As our purpose is to help our fellow citizens and primarily those who have served this Nation with honor in time of conflict, and to promote all that serves well our community, so we pray that You will enlighten our minds with a clear vision of Your will for us, inspire our determination to follow that vision of Your will in our deliberations, and strengthen our hands in all our undertakings. May the programs developed here inspire and enrich the lives of our fellow citizens; may the dedication offered here be a source of strength in our community; that our work may bear fruit worthy of our ideals and aspirations under You, O Father, and in Your holy name. AMEN.”


Jesse Mendoza
Commander Post 460

To: All Members

From:  Jesse Mendoza, Commander

Subj:  Note of Thanks

A sincere “Thank You” to all who supported our Annual Birthday Celebration, our 99th.  Preliminary indications show that it was a great success.  The cooks, meat trimmers, bean cooker, The Auxiliary who was a tremendous help with the potato salad and sweets, the clean up crew before and after, our cashier, ticket sales personnel and floor personnel and to those who purchase a meal ticket or raffle ticket and finally, those who provided the wood.   If you were involved in any way, Thank you!  A complete report is forthcoming.

Our next event is the celebration of “National Vietnam Veterans Day,” March 29, 2018.  A FREE Breakfast to all veterans but particularly the Vietnam Veteran will be served from 6:30am to 8:30am at The American Legion Hall, 1305 Fiorella Street.  The purpose of this celebration is to recognize, thank and honor United States military veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
An Act of Congress honoring Vietnam veterans with a day of recognition was signed into Law by President Trump in March of last year, 2017.  March 29 is now designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day by the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 according to Gateway Pundit.  The U.S. Flag is to be flown at half-staff in commemoration of those who served in Vietnam.


Jesse Mendoza, Commander