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American Legion to honor Carl Dustin April 16

World War II veteren went on to serve his community via the Boy Scouts

World War II veteren went on to serve his community via the Boy Scouts

La Jolla resident Carl Dustin, and with his wife June on their wedding day in 1946
La Jolla resident Carl Dustin, and with his wife June on their wedding day in 1946

The American Legion Post 275 will honor Carl Dustin for his service to the Post, his country, and to God, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 during the post’s regular meeting at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The event is open to friends and family.

Dustin was born in San Diego in 1923 and has been a longtime resident of La Jolla. As a teenager during the Depression, he worked at a number of jobs but found time to achieve his Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America.

In February 1943, Dustin joined the Navy and found his Eagle Scout training of great value as it shortened his basic training in Farragut, Idaho, from 10 months to three months. It was during one of his leaves that he met June Stein of La Jolla, who was to become the love of his life; they were married at the end of the war in 1946.

During World War II, Dustin served as a Petty Officer 2nd Class on the destroyer escort USS Herzog, and the light cruiser USS Providence in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

After finishing his service to his country, he enrolled in San Diego State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He joined a local sunglass and fashion accessory company of which he eventually became president and CEO.

Carl and June had two children during their (so far) 69 years of marriage.

Over the years, his chief interest has been the Boy Scouts of America. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 595 for more than 10 years and is a recipient of the Scouters Key, the Silver Beaver Award and was a National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree Scoutmaster — all the highest awards in Scouting. Furthermore, he has trained some 20 Eagle Scouts in his troop over the last few decades.

Dustin is an avid outdoorsmen serving as president of the County Fish & Game Association (CFGA) and was elected as Sportsman of the Year. He and his wife are members of the La Jolla Presbyterian Church where he has taught the sixth-grade Sunday school for more than 23 years.

After World War II, he joined the American Legion Post 6 in San Diego. After three years he transferred to Post 275 where he served as Commander for 10 years and Adjutant for 11 years — all during his 65 years of service. He has also served as vice president of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Association and designed many of the plaques on display. u

n IF YOU GO: The American Legion meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. Any friends of Carl and June who would like to attend may call for reservations at (619) 322-1866. Dinner is $20 including hotel parking.