Legion History

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.

Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post 1040 History

The original American Legion Post 1040 was erected on the site of the former Elsmere Grade School, and was dedicated on October 10,1931. The current building was constructed in 19–.

The Post is named in memory of Nathaniel Adams Blanchard, believed to be the last American Service member killed in action in World War I in France. He was a member of Company G  307th INFANTRY 77th Division. He was killed at the end of the Meuse Argonne Offensive on November 9, 1918. His body was returned to Delmar and he rests in the Bethlehem Cemetery at the corner of Kenwood and Elsmere Avenues.

Some 14,246 Americans who lost their lives in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, are buried in the American Cemetery in Argone, France.

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