"These are not soldiers, these are iron men", were the words General "Blackjack" Pershing used when describing the all volunteer division from Pennsylvania known as the 28th Division, or the Keystone Division. After that famous comment, they were henceforth know as the Iron Man Division. It is after one of those iron men that out post is named. Lt. George D. Montgomery grew up in Dubois, and played football and basketball for the DuBois High School. In France on August 27, 1918, he was killed in action. He was part of a group of 230 Iron Men defending the recently captured town of Fisemette. During a massive German counter offensive, over a thousand German storm troopers attacked from both flanks, while simultaneously a German flame thrower division came through the center of the town The bridge crossing the Versle River to their rear was cut off by German machine gunners making it a killing zone. When it was all over, 200 of the force of 230 men were killed, wounded or captured. Losing his life in this battle, Lt Montgomery became the first officer from our area killed in WW1, and the DuBois American Legion honored him by naming the post after him.
Chartered and incorporated by the US congress in 1918, the American Legion has since become the nation's largest wartime service veterans organization