Melvin Cowart Post 274 FT. Myers Beach, Fl.
Notice to Members 11/23/19
From Dan Parker, Post 274 Adjutant
As Adjutant of Post 274 part of my duties is to keep the membership advised of Post activity through email, web site and the Post lounge informational TV. A month ago a Past Post Commander of Post 274, who also served as manager, and finance officer was accused of charges of disloyalty, neglect of duty, dishonesty, and/or conduct unbecoming a Member of the American Legion.
A trial was held culminating with a guilty verdict and expulsion from the American Legion by 50 member jury of his peers (unanimous).
The American Legion Department of Florida was brought into investigate a transfer of membership to another Post. The following is the results of the Department of Florida Judge Advocate efforts:
I have been investigating the Michael Adcock/Post 274 Issue for the past several weeks. The point of contention is Mr. Adcock's claim that he transferred prior to being served with charges by Post 274 and he is not able to be tried by this post.
According to Department and National Membership records, a transfer to Post 103 submitted 2020 dues through myLegion on September 9, 2019 and transferred his membership from 274 to 103. When the dues posted to Mr. Adcock’s record on September 18, 2019, the transfer to Post 103 was also posted.
Knowing a member may not transfer while under charges, Department of Florida adjusted Mr. Adcocks membership back to Post 274, on October 7, 2019. On the date of the trial, MYLEGION.ORG showed Mr. Adcock was still a member of Post 274.
I have a handwritten receipt, with no signature, just a printed name of Ron Lakin, Post 103 Adjutant indicating a payment of $50.00 dues from Mr. Adcock on August 25, 2019. No record of this transaction can be found on the National database. although Mr. Lakin did provide a notarized copy of the receipt. Department Asst. Adjutant Comer requested a copy of Mr. Adcock's check for the August 25 transaction/transfer and days later received no reply. His phone calls go unanswered. This begs the still unanswered questions, if Mr. Adcock paid dues on August 25, why would he make a second payment on September 9? Being personally served with charges on September 4 and fully aware of the charges
and trial date, why would he transfer his membership on September 9? There are simply too many inconsistencies with this transfer.
Information from National was provided by:
Jill A. Lennertz
Sr. Customer Service Supervisor, IT/Data Services
Phone 317-860-3117 :: Fax 317-860-3130
On September 3, 2019, Commander Joe Bullock presented notarized charges against Mr. Adcock at the regular Post 274 meeting. The following morning ( September 4,2019) Mr. Adcock was served with charges in person at his residence by the Post 1st Vice Commander and the Sgt. at Arms and also advised a trial would be held on October 7, 2019 at the Post. On that date Mr. Adcock did not appear or was he represented at the trial, and had not corresponded with the Post in any form before trial.
Mr. Adcock was tried, in absentia, on October 7, 2019, found guilty by a jury of his peers and sentenced to expulsion.
I have spent several weeks of my time as well as my assistant researching this issue to provide a fair assessment. It seems Mr. Adcock is being less than cooperative in concluding this investigation.
Based on the facts available to me, I ask that present Post 103 member Michael Adcock 102809919, be expelled as a member of The American Legion Department of Florida immediately as a result of the trial and judgement of his peers at Post 274 on October 7, 2019.
I also ask that Mr. Adcock be advised of this action as I have no email address for him. Post 274 should likewise be notified.
Department Judge Advocate
Department of Florida
Retired U.S. Air Force