POST 801, BOMBAY BEACH, CA
American Legion Post 801 was originally chartered in 1979 with the name “Bombay Beach,” and renamed in 1995 after deceased Post Adjutant Billie J. Dale. In 2016, the post had 36 members and the Auxiliary unit had 37. Most members are snowbirds who travel to the desert between November and March to escape cold weather elsewhere.
Post 801 shut down for a few years because it was broke; the post owed money for back utilities and fell to disorganization and lack of member participation. Donations from members and the community over the years have kept the post going. Today, the bar is open to the public, run by volunteers, and overseen by a few active members that usually hang out there.