Detachment of New Jersey


Matthew Thalasinos

Updated July 30, 2023

Detachment of New Jersey--Sons of The American Legion


Webster’s definition for Americanism:

1: a characteristic feature of American English especially as contrasted with British English

2: attachment or allegiance to the traditions, interests, or ideals of the U.S.

3 a: a custom or trait peculiar to America

 b: the political principles and practices essential to American culture

The Sons of The American Legion Detachment of New Jersey has several committees which fall under the umbrella of the Americanism Commission.

The committees and the chairman for each are as follows:

Boy’s State: PDC Tom Marsden

Girl’s State: PDC James Noble

Legislative: PDC Patrick Gallagher

National Emergency Fund (NEF): Dean Staknys

POW/MIA: Rich Hodum

Son of the Year: PDC C. David Page

Each committee reflects the values and spirit of Americanism. We are looking for more members to develop and assist in many areas.

Also, if you have an idea for another committee that you would organize and chair I would like to hear from you. My email is

For God and Country,

PDC Matt Thalasinos, Americanism Commission Chairman