American Legion Burton Woolery Post 18
Burton Woolery was a well-known stone operator. He graduated from Bloomington High School and
enrolled at Indiana University in 1917, where he was a member of the Phi
Delta Theta fraternity. When WW1 broke out he was a freshman at Indiana
University and he enlisted in the service to his country. He served with
Battery F of 150th Field Artillery, 42nd Rainbow Division.
Sergeant Woolery was the first WW1 casualty from Monroe
County to be killed on foreign soil. He was killed instantly near a
small place, Esperance Ferme in France on July 29, 1918 in the
afternoon. All four guns were in position and he was the Sergeant in
charge of the 4th gun as he was yards away a shell whistled in and
killed him. He was buried just behind the gun position where his remains
stayed until 1921.
His remains were returned to the United States on July
15, 1921. The photo of the funeral of Burton Woolery was taken at the
corner of 7th and Walnut Streets. The interment was at Rose Hill
Cemetery. Dr. Frank Holland, The American Legion commander, presided at
The Post was named in memory of Sergeant Burton Woolery,
as he was the first service man killed from Monroe County in service to
his country on foreign soil. At this time The Post was located on South
College Ave. and the first commander was Dr. F. M. Garner.
A new Post was built at 1800 W. 3rd street,
which is the present location. This Post was dedicated on May 12, 1973;
the commander at this time was Wallace Williams.
The Post formed a Color Guard, with Drill Team and
Marching Group in 1946. For several years they competed in State and
Nation competition, where they won several State Championships and were
runner-up twice in National. They posted the colors for two presidents
in Washington, D.C. and stood in review for General Douglas Macarthur in
Post 18 also has an Honor Guard that are dedicated
Veterans who for several years have attended veterans funerals. Honoring
the veteran�s family with the American Flag, a gun salute and the
playing of taps for Veterans of Monroe and surrounding counties.
For a guided tour of our Post, please see our About Us page.