Ballard-Cochran Post 40
of the American Legion

meet our post 40 officers

  • Commander

    Thomas Haymaker


    United States Air Force Veteran, served from 2009-2015, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5). While serving, he completed two tours to Kuwait and Afghanistan. He is a graduate from the University of Washington and the Community College of the Air Force, where he majored in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, and Applied Avionic Science.

  • Sr. Vice Commander

    Bill Metcalf


    Served with the U.S. Army in Viet Nam, 1968-1969. Became a mortician. Like to go fishing now, or talk about fishing when I can’t go. Catch and release guy, so I can always fib about total and size of caught fish. I like to help vets and their families in need. Lifetime member of VFW, and 22 year member of American Legion. Father of two sons and grandfather of two grandsons whom I dearly love.

  • Jr. Vice Commander

    Jim Robinson


  • Adjutant

    Robert Kluckhohn a.k.a. Kluck


    Robert H. Kluckhohn, Jr., b. 1944, service brat. In Korea when the Reds invaded, Mom, Sis and I took a school bus from Kimpo to Inchon and caught a Norwegian freighter around to Nagoya, Japan. Went back later; graduated from Seoul American High School '62. Enlisted Army Signal Corps 1966; Basic Ft. Benning, AIT Ft. Gordon (72B Commcenter Specialist). Rode the last troop ship out of Brooklyn Army Terminal to Bremerhaven. 45th Medical Bn., 3rd Armored Div. at Frankfurt/Main: Opns clerk, radio and radio-teletype op, projectionist. Made Spec 4. Summer of '67, to Benning, washed out of OCS and on to Viet Nam. 54th Signal Bn., I Field Force, Nha Trang. Battalion Chaplain's Assistant: parish secretary, altar guild, acolyte, driver and private gunman, assigned to produce the battalion newsletter. Tet '68; R&R in Sydney, leave in Tokyo, then Ft. Lewis and ETS in time for Thanksgiving. Army Commendation Medal. Expert with M14 and M16. Danger to self and bystanders with hand grenade.


    UW 1971-3, BA Psych, Olympic College Bremerton 1963-5, UW 1962-3 Engineering (ROTC). Washington State Patrol Communications Officer I and III 1969-71 and '76-2001, helped a couple Troopers in danger, helped catch a couple murderers, helped develop the Patrol's second Computer Dispatch system. Married Prudence Cramp R.N. 1971; one daughter, one son, one handsome, brilliant grandson, 6.

  • Finance

    Larry O’Neil


  • Finance

    Bob Hazen


  • Sergeant at Arms

    Kenneth 'Kenny' Strackeljahn


  • Chaplain

    Alicia Starova


    Wife, mother and disabled Post 911 veteran who served as an Officer Candidate for both the USMC and US Army from Seattle, Washington. I studied at Lee University of Cleveland Tennessee and graduated with honors with a BA in International Studies and BA in Bible/Theology while serving on the Spiritual Life Council. I am a candidate for MS/Psy.D in Clinical Psychology. I currently work with the King County Crisis Connections Crisis and Suicide Intervention. In 2017, I connected with American Legion Post 40 and serve as Chaplain. I love music (I was a vocal and saxophone major before changing my degree program), travelling, and cooking (to get into other countries I used my abilities in cooking to work while I traveled abroad and now bake for fun).

American Legion Post 40

mailing address:

PO Box 31204

Seattle, Washington 98103-1204


Post 40 meetings are held at:

2812 NW Market St.

Seattle, WA 98107

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