VFW Post 350 "Hells Bottom"

VFW Post 350, initialized on February 23, 1921, is the second oldest VFW Post in Maryland. The Post started in a member’s house on Maple Avenue. The current property was acquired in the 1960s in an area affectionately known as “Hell’s Bottom.” It got that reputation because, at one time, it was home to a biker bar that was located at the bottom of a valley; police radios wouldn’t work there. So if a call went out, the police had to respond en masse. 

We are a community service organization, and all non-veterans are welcome at least once. Our mission is to have a place where veterans can come in and associate with other veterans in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere—to meet and exchange stories about their service.  We host regular events of our own and, as a proud member of the Takoma Park Community, we honor requests from nonprofit organizations and our neighbors to use our facility for approved events.

We encourage all veterans in the area to become Post members and are most appreciative of those who make a tax-deductible donation to the Post to support our community work. More information on us can be found on our Facebook page and in a front-page article from the February 4, 2014, Washington Post.

Legacy Stories from the Americans All Heritage Honor Roll

We are pleased to host and share these legacy stories created by honorees’ family, friends and associates. They, like us, appreciate that heritage and culture are an integral part of our nation's social fabric and want to help students participate effectively in our nation's economy, workforce and democracy.

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Brendan Fitzgerald Maryland (March 16, 1967 - ?) Management and Program Analyst, Veteran, Service Dog, PTSD

Marine Corps veteran Brendan Fitzgerald and his dog Russell offer hope and courage to veterans, their families, and others struggling to overcome trauma. Russell became the first service dog to “report for duty” at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lt. Gen. Harold Gregory "Hal" Moore Colorado (February 13, 1922 - February 10, 2017) Veteran, Vietnam War, Author

Born in Bardstown, Kentucky, Lt. Gen. Harold Gregory “Hal” Moore moved to Washington, DC, where he completed his high school education. He attended The George Washington University (GWU) for two years before receiving his appointment to the United States Military Academy.