American Legion post to honor author

American Legion Post 275 of La Jolla will host author Gail Chatfield at 11:30 a.m. May 20 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Sala Room, 2000 Spindrift.

Chatfield, who has talked to the group before, is the author of a history of the 3rd Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II, “By Dammit, We’re Marines.”

Her speech this time will be about her research from a recently acquired journal of Army Air Corps pilot Frank Hall, who was imprisoned in the Stalag III in April 1944, one month after the famous escape of 70 airmen through a tunnel they had dug.

Lunch will be served at noon. The $15 cost includes a choice of entrees, complimentary wine and parking. Active duty Armed Forces members and veterans visiting or living in the area are invited.

Reservations can be made through post Cmdr. Jose Payne King, (619) 572-1022 or