American Legion Daniel - Shafer Post 445 HQ

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 Daniels - Shafer Post 445 of The American Legion Department of Missouri, Edgerton, Missouri

On February 11, 1946, local veterans from World War II held an organizational meeting with officials from the Fourth District of The American Legion Department of Missouri at Shafer's Drug Store in Edgerton, Missouri. Sixteen veterans joined together to form what would become Post 445 in Edgerton. The Post was named in honor of Gene Daniels who was killed in action while crossing the Rhine River as a member of the U.S. Army.

The first officers were: Kenneth Pait, Commander; Clyde Daniels, 1st Vice Commander; Carl Llafatt, 2nd Vice Commander; Horace Powell, Adjutant; Raymond Keefhefer, Sergeant-At-Arms; Charles Hahn, Finance Officer; Vernon Clemons, Chaplain; Marvin Foster, Historian; Charles Sellers, Child Welfare.

The Post decided on June 10, 1946 to change its name to "Daniels-Shafer" to honor Abe Shafer III who died on active duty at Great Lakes Naval Base.

An Auxiliary Unit was formed in 1947 and the current Post Headquarters was constructed on the City Park. An addition on the building for a kitchen was done in 1966.

Post 445 has been heavily involved in many community projects. The Post has done numerous fundraisers (fish fries, breakfasts, Veterans dinners, food stands at the Edgerton Fall Festival, Pioneer Days, sponsoring donkey basketball and baseball games, and building rentals) to enable them to conduct their operations. Some of the operations done by the Post are: support of Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs; support of 4-H program; teen dances; children's Christmas parties; Valentine and Halloween parties; Independence Day celebrations; provided U.S. Flags for schools; insured veterans' graves were decorated on Memorial Day; provided graveside military honors at many veterans' funerals; sponsored a tractor pull at the Edgerton Centennial Celebration; and performed many other civic activities and child welfare actions.

Post 445 has received many honors for its work. The American Legion National Headquarters presented the Post with many awards including several National Citations on Child Welfare and Americanism; Citation for Distinguished Service; Special Membership Citation; and Post of Distinction Birthday Award. Post 445 was also recognized with a National Citation for Meritorious Service from The American Legion Auxiliary; Certificate of Appreciation from General John J. Pershing Honor Award Trophy; and Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Volunteer Service from The National Foundation.

Membership in the Post has varied over the years but it is estimated that over 150 veterans have been members of Post 445 at some time during its existence. As of 2013 the Post had 39 members. A list of Past Post Commanders is maintained in a prominent place in the Post Headquarters and list of all members past and present is also maintained.

Roster of Past Post 445 Commanders, Past Post 445 Fourth District Commanders, and Past Post 445 Department Commanders and National Officers