Williamsburg American Legion Post 288

Williamsburg American Legion Post 288

Post History

During the early part of December 1919 a discussion arose among the participants in the World War of this community as to the advisability of organizing a POST of the American Legion in Williamsburg, OH. This resulted in an investigation being started as to the procedure necessary to form the POST.

Very soon specific instructions were received and immediately a petition was sent to State Headquarters requesting that the petitioners be granted a charter. On December 19, 1919 a charter was granted to the following named comrades.

John T. McKeever                                  Robert P. McKeever

William C. Long                                            John H. Gardner

Wilber G. Keilis                                              Walter C. Curry

John W. Smith                                                  Earl B. Martin

Robert F. Engelage                                        Frank H. Hauck

Harry L. Hines                                                Eugene F. Boyd

Lynn W. Bishop                                             Harry C. Dennis

Hugh F. Walker

Immediately following this a special meeting of all men of this community who served in the Military Forces of the United States during its participation in the World War, was called.  The meeting was held on December 17, 1919 at the home of comrade R.P. McKeever.  At this meeting all thecommunications from State Headquarters were read by John T. McKeever, chairman pro-tem.

Therefore Williamsburg Post 288 American Legion of Ohio was duly formed on December 17, 1919 at 7:30pm and the following officers elected by majority vote:

John T. McKeever, Commander

Harry Britton, Vice Commander

Harry L. Hines, Adjutant

Walter C. Curry, Historian

John Smith, Chaplain


Executive Committee:

R. Paul McKeever

John Gardner

Wilber Ellis

Eugene Boyd

Frank Hauck

At this meeting for organization there was an attendance of 27 and an enrollment of 27 paid up members.

(***This record of the founding of American Legion Post 288 was taken from the original hand written account of the first official meeting***)