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“First in the World”

Post # 14 American Legion Ambulance Service

 
 
"First in the World" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. "First in the World" Marker
Inscription. In 1924, the members of the David C. Harrison American Legion Post # 14 initiated the first American Legion ambulance service in the world. Its eighteen founding members were veterans of World War I who volunteered their time to transport the sick and injured to hospitals in Wilmington, Dover, Milford, and beyond. Prior to this time, persons needing medical assistance were transported by train. This practice was often time-consuming and thereby dangerous to patients who were seriously ill and in need of treatment. At the time of its founding, services were provided to a district that extended from Summit Bridge to Milford. Originally located on South Main Street in Smyrna, the service was moved to this location in 1961.

The Post # 14 American Legion Ambulance Service has been in continuous operation since its founding, and now serves an area from the Delaware Bay to the Maryland border, from Collins Beach to Garrison’s Lake. Staffed largely by volunteers, the service was responsible for answering more than 25,000 calls for assistance during its first seventy-five years of operation.
 
Erected 2001 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-67.)
 
Location. 39° 18.108′ N, 75° 36.722′ W. Marker

Ambulance 64 station house. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. Ambulance 64 station house.
is in Smyrna, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of West Glenwood Avenue and North Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east on West Glenwood Avenue. Click for map. Marker is on the front wall of the ambulance building. Marker is in this post office area: Smyrna DE 19977, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sgt. John B. Maberry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Old Asbury Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Home of Allen McLane (approx. 0.2 miles away); The John Cummins Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Green Pottery (approx. ¼ mile away); The Delaware House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Gray Box Chateau (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Smyrna.
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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