Welcome to American Legion Post 18

Bloomington Indiana

Picture of Sergeant Burton Woolery

Our post was named in honor of Sergeant Burton Woolery, the first casualty from Monroe County during WWI. He enlisted as a member of the Indiana National Guard in Bloomington, joining Battery F, 1st Field Artillery, 42 Rainbow Division. He was sent overseas to France October 18th 1917, and was placed in charge of a 3 gun emplacement. He was killed by a direct hit of enemy artillery on July 29th, 1918 at Beauvardes, France.

He was buried first at the site of his death, then moved to the American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France. In July of 1921, his body was returned to the United States, and August 1st he was placed in his final resting place at Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IN.