Joseph J. Frank, national commander of the American Legion, will visit Utah Legionnaires during a visit to Salt Lake City Friday, May 9.

A resident of St. Louis County, Mo., Frank was elected commander at the close of the organization's 78th convention last September in Salt Lake City.A Vietnam War veteran, he suffered a permanent disability in a land mine explosion while serving with the 39th Engineer Battalion. Frank is a life member and founder of Crestwood Memorial American Legion Post 777, which was renamed Joseph L. Frank Memorial Post 777 in memory of his father.

He was national vice commander from 1987 to 1988; chairman of the Foreign Relations Commission, 1993-1994; and chairman of the National Legislative Commission, of which he was a member nine years.

Frank is a former employee of the Veterans Administration, now the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He received presidential certificates for service to the nation and the Selective Service System and for community achieve-ment. He serves on the executive board of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Missouri Governor's Council on Disability.