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Address to be delivered at Versailles, October 6, 1937, at the dedication of the monument erected to General Pershing by the Republic of France

Address to be delivered at Versailles, October 6, 1937, at the dedication of the monument erected to General Pershing by the Republic of France
Creator: Colmery, Harry W., 1890-1979
Date: October 6, 1937
This speech was written and delivered by Harry W. Colmery at Versailles, France, October 6, 1937, at the dedication of the monument erected to General Pershing by the Republic of France. Harry Colmery was serving as the National Commander of the American Legion and represented that organization on this trip. He was a resident of Topeka, Kansas.


Certificate of appreciation for Harry Colmery

Certificate of appreciation for Harry Colmery
Date: 1934
This large, hand-crafted certificate was presented to Harry Colmery in appreciation for his efforts as executive director of the 1934 Western Sectional Tournament sponsored by the national American Legion organization and hosted by Topeka's Capitol Post 1. In the tournament held August 23-25, 1934, six American Legion Junior Baseball teams from the western half of the country competed to determine which of them would vie against the Eastern Sectional winner for the national championship. It was the second straight year that Topeka hosted the tournament. Teams from the following cities participated in the Western Sectional in 1934: New Orleans, LA; Milwaukee, WI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Wichita, KS; and, Neligh, NE. New Orleans defeated Seattle in the tournament final by a score of 10-6, but the team ultimately lost to Cumberland, MD in the national title series played in Chicago. The certificate of appreciation was signed by members of all six Western Sectional teams, plus the following officials: Senator Arthur Capper; Governor Alf Landon; Topeka Mayor Omar Ketchum; Frank Ripley, President of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce; and, Russell Cook, National Director of the American Legion's Americanism Commission. Topekan Harry Colmery was a long-time local, state, and national leader in the American Legion, as well as a prominent national advocate for veterans' rights. He is widely credited for his role in drafting the G.I. Bill of Rights legislation, and for his advocacy in securing the bill's passage in 1944.


Edwin M. Watson to Harry Colmery

Edwin M. Watson to Harry Colmery
Creator: Watson, Edwin
Date: June 15, 1944
Edwin M. Watson, Secretary to the President of the United States, invites Harry Colmery to be present at the signing of the G. I. Bill. Harry Colmery was a member of the committee that worked on the G. I. Bill of Rights and is credited with writing the initial draft of the bill. He testified in Congress in favor of the bill. This telegram invites him to the signing ceremony at the White House. Mr. Colmery had served as National Commander of the American Legion in 1937 and was an advocate for veterans rights and benefits throughout his life.


Harry W. Colmery

Harry W. Colmery
Creator: American
Date: 1936
This is a campaign poster for Harry W. Colmery, who ran for National Commander of the American Legion. He was elected to that office and served 1936-1937. Throughout his life, Colmery was active in the American Legion serving as commander of his local post, Judge Advocate of Kansas Department, and Department Commander of Kansas.


Harry Walter Colmery

Harry Walter Colmery
Creator: Allen Studios
Date: Between 1965 and 1970
This is a photograph of Harry Walter Colmery taken later in life.


Several members of the "first team" that helped create and pass the first GI Bill

Several members of the "first team" that helped create and pass the first GI Bill
Date: between 1943 and 1944
These thirteen members of the "first team" quarterbacked the creation and passage of the first GI Bill. Front row left to right: Lyon W. Brandon (Miss.); Roane Waring (Tenn.); Rep. John Gibson (Ga.); Harry W Colmery (Kan.); Pat Kelley (Ga.); Frank Reilly (Mass.). Back row: Frank Sullivan (D.C.); John Stlle (Ill.); Divid Camelon (NY); Sam Rorex (Ark.); Jack Cejnar (Ind.); and T. O. Kraabel (N.Dak.). Copied from The American Legion Magazine, January, 1969, Volume 86, Number 1, page 27.


Testimony concerning the G. I. Bill of Rights presented by Harry W. Colmery

Testimony concerning the G. I. Bill of Rights presented by Harry W. Colmery
Creator: Colmery, Harry W., 1890-1979
Date: 1944
Harry Colmery may have used this copy of prepared remarks when he presented testimony to Congress concerning the G. I. Bill of Rights. It contains several hand written notations. Later versions also contain questions and answers from the committee, so they were obviously prepared at a later date. Harry Colmery was a past National Commander of the American Legion and served on the committee that proposed the G. I. Bill. He is credited with writing the initial draft of the proposed legislation. Harry Colmery lived in Topeka, Kansas.


Warren H. Atherton to Harry W. Colmery

Warren H. Atherton to Harry W. Colmery
Creator: Atherton, Warren H.
Date: November 30, 1943
Warren H. Atherton, National Commander of the American Legion, wrote to ask Harry Colmery, a past National Commander of the American Legion, to serve on a committee to look at veterans benefits following the end of World War II. This committee ultimately drafted and advocated for the adoption of the G. I. Bill of Rights. Colmery lived in Topeka, Kansas, but he also had a suite at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D. C.


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