Wreaths Across America – We Remember

Commander Terri Clinton, President Ann Ritacco and SAL Commander Jim Gaddis laying wreaths at Ft Logan Cemetery December 16, 2017

American Legion

Department Commander 

Terri L. Clinton


Terri joined The American Legion in 2003 earning her eligibility for membership by service in the United States Army during the Panama era as a 98GKP, Electronic Warfare Specialist. She was assigned to the 125th MI BN at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, separating at the rank of Specialist in 1990.



Terri’s Pin

Terri’s project this year is ‘Operation Bear Hug” in sponsorship with CSU Legion Post 1879 in Ft Collins, CO. All funds raised will go to efforts to assist veterans with suicidal tendencies. Terri lost her brother-in-law in combat in Iraq. The pin is designed with him in mind. His name is inscribed on the edge with his KIA of 08/05. The butterfly represents a butterfly that landed on the canopy of the funeral service at the cemetery and remained there until burial. Terri described the butterfly as “Hugh and beautiful.”

All money raised will support suicide awareness for veterans.

You can buy her pin on our web store at http://coloradolegion.org/store/products/Commander%27s-Pin.html

Cost is $7.50 including postage.

Terri attended linguistics school at both the Presidio of San Francisco and Monterey, California, where she tested proficient in reading, speaking and writing Korean. She attended Military Intelligence school at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, and was issued a Top Secret Clearance.

Her involvement in the Legion intensified when her brother-in-law was KIA on August 5, 2005. She became the Adjutant of Post 178 in Lakewood, and was then elected District 5 Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander and Commander. She was elected Department Junior Vice Commander in 2015, Department Senior Vice Commander in 2016 and Commander at The American Legion Convention held on June 24, 2017.

Terri chaired the Department Female Veterans Action Committee for four years and revitalized the all-female post in Aurora, Colorado. While serving as Post 206’s Commander for three years, the post exceeded its membership goals and continues to flourish. She has also been a chair or member of several Department committees.

Terri attended National American Legion College in 2012 and has been a member of the National Media & Public Relations Commission for five years. She is a member of The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1 in Denver, Colorado, and also attends regular meetings of the Omega Gaveliers. She was Post 178’s Legionnaire of the Year in 2012.

Terri resides in Westminster, Colorado. She has three children: Cory, Chelsea and Hannah Ohlson, who also reside in Colorado, and are all members of the Legion family. She is employed by Woodruff-Sawyer & Company as an employee benefits Senior Account Manager.