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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.


Arthur Lamb video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Arthur Lamb video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Lamb, Arthur W.
Date: September 27, 2007
Arthur Lamb enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served until 1946 in the Amphibians. Interviewed by Pattie Johnston on September 27, 2007, Lamb talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Colmery desk

Colmery desk
Date: between 1943 and 1944
Wooden desk with green leather top. Harry W. Colmery (1890-1979) sat at this desk at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. while hand-writing the first draft of what would become the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944, also known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, over a period of five months. The desk was later moved to Colmery's law office in Topeka.


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 Walter Colmery

Harry Walter Colmery
Creator: New York Times Studios
Date: between 1936 and 1945
This is a portrait of Harry W Colmery, 1890-1979, Topeka attorney, American Legion National Commander, and author of the G.I. Bill of Rights.


Harry Walter Colmery

Harry Walter Colmery
Date: Between 1917 and April, 1919
This is a portrait of Harry Walter Colmery (1890-1979) dressed in his World War I uniform. Colmery was an attorney in Topeka, Kansas, an American Legion National Commander, and author of the G. I. Bill of Rights.


Harry Walter Colmery

Harry Walter Colmery
Creator: Underwood & Underwood
Date: Between 1937 and 1945
This is a formal portrait of Harry Walter Colmery (1890-1979), who was an attorney in Topeka, Kansas, the National Commander of the American Legion, and the author of the G. I. Bill of Rights.


Harry Walter Colmery

Harry Walter Colmery
Date: 1937
This is a portrait of Harry W. Colmery, Topeka, Kansas, attorney; American Legion National Commande; and author of the G. I. Bill of Rights.


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.


Harry Walter Colmery, American Legion Commander, speaking at the dedication of the Flanders Field Chapel, Waeregham, Belgium.

Harry Walter Colmery, American Legion Commander, speaking at the dedication of the Flanders Field Chapel, Waeregham, Belgium.
Creator: American Battle Monuments Commission
Date: August 8, 1937
This is a photograph of Harry Walter Colmey, American Legion National Commander, speaking at the dedication of the Flanders Field Chapel, Waeregham, Belgium, August 8, 1937. It was copied from Dedications American War Memorials In Europe, 1937.


Harry Walter Colmery as a young boy.

Harry Walter Colmery as a young boy.
Date: between 1900 and 1905
This is a portrait of Harry Walter Colmery, 1890-1979, Topeka attorney, American Legion National Commander, and author of the G. I. Bill of Rights. The photograph was taken when he was a young boy.


Harry Walter Colmery, as a young man.

Harry Walter Colmery, as a young man.
Date: between 1910 and 1915
This is a photographic portrait of Harry Walter Colmery, 1890-1979, Topeka attorney, American Legion National Commander, and author of the G. I. Bill of Rights. The portrait of Colmery was taken as a young man.


Harry Walter Colmery speaking at the Montsec Memorial Dedication, Montsec, France, August 3, 1937

Harry Walter Colmery speaking at the Montsec Memorial Dedication, Montsec, France, August 3, 1937
Creator: Studio Waroline
Date: August 3, 1937
This is a photograph of Harry W. Colmery, Topeka attorney, American Legion National Commander, and author of the G. I. Bill of Rights speaking at the Montsec Memorial Dedication, Montsec, France, August 3, 1937


Harry Walter Colmery with his wife Minerva and children

Harry Walter Colmery with his wife Minerva and children
Date: between 1930 and 1939
Harry W. Colmery, his wife Minerva (Mina), and their children Harry Jr., Mary, and Sarah are standing by a car.


Rufino Garcia signing his G. I. Bill paperwork

Rufino Garcia signing his G. I. Bill paperwork
Creator: Veterans Administration Center (Wichita, Kan.)
Date: December 28, 1962
Rufino Garcia signing his G. I. Bill paperwork at the Veterans Administration Center, Wichita, Kansas.


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.


Veterans housing project, El Dorado, Kansas

Veterans housing project, El Dorado, Kansas
Date: Between 1947 and 1957
This black and white photograph shows a housing project in El Dorado, Kansas. In the foreground, a sign by Arnall & Matlock Building Contractors urges veterans to take advantage of the G.I. Bill of Rights to purchase one of the newly built homes in the development. Through the G.I. Bill of Rights, an honorably discharged veteran could secure a low interest loan to buy their home.


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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