Near Florence in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
American Legion Post #1 / 2nd Lieutenant Fred H. Sexton
American Legion Post #1
This post, organized in May 1919 and chartered by national headquarters in June 1919, was the first American Legion post in S.C. Florence County veterans J.D. Smyser, R.B. Fulton, and N.S. Lachicotte represented S.C. at the first national caucus. The American Legion of S.C. held its first state caucus in Florence in July 1919. A monument to Florence County WWI veterans was erected here in 1928.
2nd Lieutenant Fred H. Sexton
American Legion Post #1 is named for 2nd Lieutenant Fred H. Sexton (1890-1918), killed in France in World War I. Sexton, a native of Union, moved to Florence in 1911. He enlisted in the S.C. National Guard and was promoted to 2nd lt., 113th Infantry, 29th Division, in 1918. He was killed in the Meuse-Argonne in Oct. 1918 and posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest American military honor.
Erected 2010 by by the Fred H. Sexton Post # 1, American Legion, Department of South Carolina. (Marker Number 21-29.)
Location. 34° 11.816′ N, 79° 41.467′ W. Marker is near Florence, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker is on E. Palmetto St. (U.S. 76), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Atomic Bomb Accident at Mars Bluff, March 11, 1958 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Francis Marion Memorial Highway (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hewn-Timber Cabins (approx. 2.4 miles away); Red Doe (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mt. Zion Rosenwald School (approx. 3 miles away); Mt. Zion Methodist Church (approx. 3 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); William R. Johnson House / The Columns (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Categories. • Heroes • War, World I •
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