Ripon American Legion namesakesRipon’s American Legion Post was named after the first local casualties of World War I and World War II, who were Frank H. Brown, left, and Francis James Parfitt.

Ripon American Legion named after first local casualties of WWI, WWII 

via the Ripon Commonwealth Press newspaper (WI) web site

Memorial Day, originally known as “Decoration Day,” is celebrated the last Monday of May.

It is a national holiday that originated in the years following the Civil War and honors those people who died while serving in the U.S. military.

This Memorial Day, the Ripon Historical Society honors the two men who the Ripon Brown-Parfitt American Legion Post Number 43 is named after.

The American Legion was founded in 1919, just one year after the close of World War I.

It is a non-profit organization that enhances the well-being of American’s veterans, their families, the military and communities through their devotion to mutual helpfulness.

The Ripon post was organized June 30, 1919. On Sept. 16, 1919, then-President Woodrow Wilson signed an act to incorporate the national American Legion organization and Ripon became a unit at that time.

At the September 1919 meeting, the post was named the “Frank H. Brown Chapter of the American Legion,” in honor of the first Ripon serviceman to have died during World War I.

Brown (1892-1918) was originally from Fond du Lac and had purchased a greenhouse business on Metomen Street with his brother just before he entered the Army.

He was a private with Company D 2nd Regiment and served in France with the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division. The June 28, 1918 Ripon Commonwealth Press reported that he died “from wounds received in action. The first of Ripon’s brave boys to die in the gigantic struggle.”

Brown’s body was not returned to Wisconsin until 1921. The April 8, 1921 Commonwealth reported on the funeral held in Fond du Lac, noting “about fifty members of the Ripon Post American Legion, which was named after the deceased, attended in uniform. ... all the pall bearers and the entire firing squad were Ripon men.”

Read the entire article on the Ripon Commonwealth Press web site.

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