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AMVETS MEMBERSHIP: Department Commander Biography

Department Commander Paul KerbyPaul Kerby, a lifetime member of AMVETS Pekin Post #235, was elected AMVETS Department of Illinois Commander on June 8, 2013, at the 68th Annual Department Convention.

Commander Kerby has been a member of AMVETS for over twenty years. In 1999, he became a life member. He has served at the post, district and department levels since he became a lifetime member. At Post 235, he served for two-and-a-half years as commander. Commander Kerby also serves as a member of the honor guard based out of the Pekin post. At the district level, he has been an officer in District III. In recent years, he has served the department as the Senior Vice Commander of Programs and Membership.

Commander Kerby has dedicated his life to serving veterans. In addition to his service and volunteerism, Kerby also was an AMVETS Veterans Service Officer for the AMVETS Department of Illinois. He served veterans in Chicago and Springfield for six years before retiring.

Commander Kerby served in the Marine Corps Reserves in high school before enlisting in the Army. He served nearly five years in the Army. He then served in the Air Force, retiring in 1976 after sixteen years of dedication to our great nation. In his time enlisted, Kerby was a combat engineer, a supply sergeant and an electronic tech.

On a personal note, Kerby currently resides in Pekin, IL. He has been married for over 50 years to his wife Mary, and they have four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

When asked about his time in AMVETS, Commander Kerby said it has truly been a pleasure to work with the AMVETS and help serve fellow veterans.

If you would like to reach Commander Paul Kerby directly, you may email him at

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Kerby
AMVETS Dept. of Illinois