William Boulton Dixon
Following World War I, a group of veterans met at the rectory of St. Thomas Church in Fort Washington, PA. The old “Auger Mill” became the home of the American Legion Post in 1930. They applied to the state headquarters for a temporary chapter under the name of Whitemarsh Post and were given the designation of American Legion Post No.10. They later decided to adopt the name William Boulton Dixon Post No. 10 to honor a late local hero of World War I, William Boulton Dixon.
William Boulton Dixon was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Princeton University in 1915. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war and was commissioned a first lieutenant. Dixon was killed by a direct hit of a German field gun near Thiaucourt, France on October 17, 1918. William’s brother, Fitz Eugene Dixon married Eleanor Widener. There is a rich history related to Post #10 with the Dixon, Boulton and Widener families.
The Mission of the American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship, and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with “comfort items” and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state, and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation, and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
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American Legion Auxiliary
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