DICK MUNKRES POST 287
501 EAST PRICE STREET
SAVANNAH, MISSOURI 64485
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.
The American Legion was formed to speak for America’s veterans and to provide an instrument for them to provide further service to the United States through their local communities. American Legion Dick Munkres Post 287, Department of Missouri, is named in honor of Richard B. "Dick" Munkres, who was killed in action during World War I in France while serving in Headquarters Company, 336th Infantry, 89th Division, American Expeditionary Force on October 21, 1918. Post 287 held its first meeting on April 23, 1920. Its first commander was Eddie Gray.
The Post has conducted their meeting at their Headquarters on Legion Memorial Park since October 17, 1956.