About American Legion Post #303
Fifty years ago, a handful of U.S. military veterans in Bonita Springs started an American Legion Post, dubbed John Murphy American Legion Post 303, with the help of one local family. John F. Murphy was the son-in-law of Carmen and Mary Reahard, of Bonita Springs, who died in service to his country as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corp. The Reahards, who developed much of the Imperial Shores community, donated a small portion of land to build a Post on, in return for having the Post named in their son-in-law's memory. Any American Legion Post must be named after a deceased veteran. Although the original land was donated, in 1996 the non-profit organization purchased surrounding land to give the facility about 4 acres. "It started with about four guys around a tree," said current American Legion Post 303 Historian Ron Madaffer.