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Post 29 History

About This Post

Post Namesake

Horace Orr Post 29 was originally chartered as Black Jack Post 29 on September 29,1919.  The post was named for nearby Black Jack Mountain and the light artillery maneuvers conducted there throughout World War I.  The name was permanently changed to Horace Orr Post 29 at the general membership meeting on April 26, 1922


"Blackjack" Post Chartered 29 Sep 1919 Has 24 Charter Members

Sep 1919

The American Legion, Temporary Headquarters, 19 West 44th Street, New York, NY gave a charter to "Black Jack" Post, State of Georgia, No. 29, Marietta GA on the 29th day of September, 1919.

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Post 29 Named in Honor of Sgt. William Horace Orr
Apr 26, 1922
Post 29 is named in honor of Sgt. William H. Orr, the first soldier from Marietta, GA killed in World War I.

William Horace Orr was born to Arthur Emmett Orr and Delilah Jackson Orr on October 17, 1893.

Horace resided at 103 McDonald Street in Marietta.  He worked as a salesman for the Dixie Culbert Metal Company in Atlanta when he was drafted.  Horace reported for training at Camp Gordon in Chamblee, GA on September 22, 1917.  He was promoted Corporal at Camp Gordon and before the 82nd Division sailed for France, was made a Platoon Sergeant.  He departed for Europe on April 10, 1918.  Sgt. Orr was killed in action on October 14, 1918 by a machine-gun bullet while leading a charge on a machine-gun nest in the battle of Argonne Forest in France.


Horace served in the Army, Company A, 325th Infantry, 82nd Division. His parents were notified of his death in December 1918.  His body was returned from France on March 2, 1922. His funeral was held Sunday March 5, 1922 at the Presbyterian Church with Dr. Patton delivering the funeral sermon.

The Blackjack Post, order of the American Legion, Marietta had charge of the services and burial.  He is buried in the family burial ground, now part of Mars Hill Cemetery near Acworth, GA. 

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You can read the complete Centennial History of Post 29 at this LINK

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