National convention

The first commandant of the station attended the first national convention

As a historian at Simeon L. Nickerson Post 64 in Middleboro, Mass., I recently received a box of historical records from the family of World War I Army Captain Fletcher Clark Jr., the post’s founder. .

Among the items were letters sent by Captain Clark regarding the formation of Middleboro Post. The first meeting was attended by 80 World War I veterans on June 3, 1919. The second meeting of Post 64 on July 14, 1919 voted to name the post after Army Sgt. Simeon L. Nickerson, a Middleboro man who was killed in action in a heroic feat along with two others who would have saved their unit.

Captain Clark was elected as the first Commanding Officer of Post 64. At Middleboro’s 250th anniversary parade, he was appointed Grand Marshal, which he led on foot, a feat he accomplished for the next 66 years carrying his Legion uniform. During his life, he was a lawyer and even set records in this position: for example, he and his secretary worked together for more than 60 years! He was honored by the city for his 52 years as an elected animator.

He also attended the first ever American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis. Among the artifacts from recent donations was a copy of November 11, 1919 Minneapolis Grandstand, which covered the convention; a convention pass; two congress booklets; and Captain Clark’s convention registration papers.

See the full article, with photos, on Legiontown.

About the Author: I am a historian, commander and member of the Post 64 Honor Guard, and Air Force veteran who not only served but also took the time to honor and remember others for their service.