RALPH GREER POST 49
ATCHISON COUNTY MEMORIAL BUILDING
ROCK PORT, MISSOURI 64482
The American Legion, the nation's largest congressionally
chartered veterans organization, dates to 1919 when those being discharged
following World War I held organizational meetings in Paris, France, and
later in St. Louis, Missouri. Today the American Legion has some 18,000
local Posts in all states of the union and several overseas locations.
The Department of Missouri also dates to 1919
as a state organization within The American Legion. The Legion's national
headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with another headquarters located
in Washington, D.C.
History of Ralph Greer Post 49 of The American Legion Department of Missouri, Rock Port, Missouri
Ralph Greer Post 49 was organized on October 10, 1919 and a permanent charter issued in February 1921. The Post
was named after Ralph Greer, who was the first soldier killed in action during World War I from
Rock Port, Missouri.
Post 49 has provided great support to Rock Port as well as to Missouri and the nation. The membership helps
provide military funeral honors to veterans who have answered the final call; participates in parades and other
patriotic civic events; sponsors students to State Government Day in Jefferson City and helps host County
Government Day to educate students in how their county and state governments function. The Post also provides
a scholarship for a senior graduating Rock Port High School and helps to raise money for a special fund to
upkeep the Atchison County Memorial Building.
Post 49 also was part of a dedication ceremony for a grave marker for COMSY SGT Ambrose Porter of Company D,
12th Missouri Calvary, whose heroic actions during the American Civil War resulted in him being the only
person from Atchison County to receive The Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor.
Roster of Past Post 49 Commanders, Past Post 49 Fourth District Commanders, and Past Post 49
Department Commanders and National Officers