The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
The Papillon American Legion Post was chartered and opened on August 5, 1919 and officially sanctioned “Harry Bossard American Legion Post #32”. Harry Vern Bossard was the son of Layton Bossard and Mary (Pederson) Bossard. The family lived in Sarpy County, Nebraska. When Harry registered for the draft of “The Great War” he was working as the manager of the Mills County Power Company in Glenwood, Iowa. Harry was a corporal in the U.S. Army, 355 th Infantry Regiment, 89 th Infantry Division, Company C, 314 th Field Signal Batallion, American Division. Corporal Harry Bossard died on August 11, 1918 (Armistice Day) while serving in France during the Meuse Argonne Offensive. The Germans had launched a massive attack to retake land held by American forces in many areas along the front. The Germans used gas agents on key post positions; Corporal Bossard and a number of his men occupied such positions. According to HonorStates.org, “Bossard experienced a traumatic event which resulted in loss of life on August 11, 2018. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Died of Wounds”. Harry’s younger brother, Corporal Royal Bossard, survived the attack and was with Harry when he died, two weeks before his 28 the birthday. Corporal Harry Vern Bossard is buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France, Plot B, Row 38, Grave #36. A headstone in memory of Corporal Harry V. Bossard is also erected within the Cedardale Cemetery in Papillion, NE.