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American Legion: Harry O. Baxter Post
(Chester, PA)

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Past Commanders: Thomas H. Worrilow, of 324 W 8th St. - (First Commander)
History of the Post: This American Legion post was named in honor of Harry Ogden Baxter, the only Moyamensing fireman to die in the line of duty in World War II. He was killed by enemy shellfire on Christmas Day in the Battle of the Bulge and is buried in a military cemetery in Belgium.

The Baxter post was chartered in 1945

"The Pennsylvania Headquarters of the American Legion tells me that the Baxter Post was merged with the Alfred Stevenson Post 190 in 1969, due, they believe, to dwindling membership numbers. The combined Post, now known as the Stevenson/Baxter Post 190, then relocated to 719 Upland Avenue, Upland, where they operated for some years despite falling membership numbers. The remaining members tried to keep the Post operating, but the financial burden was too high. The building was sold about ten years ago. The Post still exists on paper, stills has officers, but only has 26 members in total. They are still officially an American Legion Post because these 26 men won't give it up.

"In 1950, the membership of Post 190 alone was 445 members.

"The date of the Harry Baxter Post charter is not yet known, nor is the original location."

-Lee Bennington, rlbenni@netscape.net


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