Elected at the national convention, five vice commanders act as representatives of the national commander. They may preside over meetings of the National Executive Committee or the national convention, and perform other duties for the commander. No two vice commanders can be chosen from the same department during the same year.

To contact an American Legion national vice commander, contact Jennifer Norton at National Headquarters by calling (317) 630-1234 or via e-mail.

Current national vice commanders:


National Vice Commander Francis J. MacDonald Jr.

Francis J. MacDonald Jr.

Francis J. MacDonald Jr., is a member of the 26th Yankee Division American Legion Post 230 in Bourne, Mass. Hserved in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1978 then went onto the U.S. Army Reserve in 1978 retiring as a command sergeant major in 2013.  MacDonald has held various offices at every level of The American Legion, including National Executive Committeeman (2015-2017) and department commander (2010-2011).  Additionally, he has served on a number of national committees including the National Security Council, Marketing Commission, Children & Youth Commission, Legislative Commission and Legislative Council.  He is a member of National American Legion Media Association, National Association of Department Historians American Legion, Army Navy Air Force Veterans in Canada United States Chapter, and Past Department Commanders Club.  He is the membership guru for the Department of Massachusetts with 16 Gold Brigade awards.

MacDonald is married to his wife, Maureen.  They have two daughters, a son and four grandchildren who are all members of the American Legion Family.

National Vice Commander David L. King

David L. King

David L. King is a member of American Legion Man 'o' War Post 8 in Lexington, Ky. King joined The American Legion in 1982 while stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1992, beginning as an infantry private through sergeant first class, and later commissioned as a second lieutenant and retired as a captain.

King served as Department (state) of Kentucky commander (2003-2004) and Alternate National Executive Committeeman (2013-2015).  He has served on several post, district, department and national committees.  He presently serves on the National Americanism Council and has been the National Oratorical chairman since 2013.  He is a graduate of The American Legion National College Class of 2000.

King has served as a Scout master, youth sports official, Special Olympics volunteer and elder in his church.  King is a licensed auctioneer conducting charity auctions for the Make a Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, The American Legion Auxiliary and more.

King is married to the former Sylvia Rocha and have two children, Jennifer who is a financial advisor, and Christopher who is a senior chief in the U.S. Navy.

National Vice Commander Robert D. Liebenow

Robert D. Liebenow

Robert D. Liebenow joined the U.S. Navy in 1966. He was attached to Attack Squadron VA 163 out of Lemoore, Calif., and spent more than seven months aboard the USS Hancock off the coast of Vietnam.  Liebenow was honorably separated in 1969 as a petty officer third class.

Liebenow has been a member of The American Legion Department of Oregon since 1972. He is a member of Hillsboro Post 6 where he has served as vice commander, commander, finance officer and adjutant. Currently he is the membership chairman.

Liebenow was appointed District 1 adjutant in 1988, elected vice commander in 1989 and commander in 1990. Under his leadership, District 1 was at 108 percent of membership.

He was elected department vice commander in 1995 and commander in 1996. He also served as department finance officer from 1998 until 2002. At the national level, Liebenow has served on the Americanism Council, Counter Subversive Activities Committee, Children and Youth Commission and Veterans Employment and Education Council. He was elected Alternate NEC in 2013 and replaced Charles Schmidt as NEC in 2016 when Schmidt was elected national commander. Liebenow served as a member of the NEC Liaison Committee to the Convention Commission and two years on the NEC Liaison Committee for the Marketing Commission. He also served two years on the Resolution Subcommittee.

Liebenow and his wife Linda, a past department Auxiliary president currently serving as department secretary, have two children and three grandchildren.

National Vice Commander Bruce C. Feuerbach

Bruce C. Feuerbach

Bruce C. Feuerbach is an honorary life member of the Merkel-Bockholt Post 107 in Keystone, Iowa. He became eligible for The American Legion by serving in the U.S. Army from January 1967 to November 1969. After basic training and advanced infantry training, Feuerbach served in Germany for 16 months, then for one year in Vietnam before being honorably discharged.

Feuerbach has held the position of post commander, county commander , district commander, department (state) commander, and served as Alternate National Executive Committeeman and National Executive Committeeman. Feuerbach is a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 217 in Atkins, Iowa. He served on many committees on all levels of The American Legion to include National Americanism Council Member, National Resolution Assignment Committee, National Legislative Commission and the National Security Commission.

Feuerbach is married to Velda and they have three children, one of which is deceased.

National Vice Commander Richard A. Heigert

Richard A. Heigert

Richard A. Heigert is a member of Rock Memorial American Legion Post 283 in Imperial, Mo. He served as Post 283 commander in 1985 and has been serving as post finance officer since 1986. From 1989–1991 he served as the 13th District commander (Missouri).  He was elected the Department of Missouri commander for the 2003-2004 year and followed that as the Alternate National Executive committeeman from 2004 to 2008 and National Executive Committeeman from 2008 to 2012.  He currently serves as a member of the Marketing Commission and as the Legislative Council liaison for Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.

Heigert served 28 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves from 1966 to 1994 with active duty during Vietnam (1966 – 1970) and Desert Storm (1991), retiring in 1994 as an intelligence officer.      

He served the veterans of Missouri as a member of the Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations, representing The American Legion from 2003 to 2018.

Heigert and his wife, Beverly Ann Shinault, have three daughters, a grandson and two granddaughters.