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On March 5, 1918 at noon, the 151st Field Artillery took on a barrage of gas bombs and Theodor Petersen, a combat medic, was critically injured.  He continued to instruct others on how to care for the wounded.  He was the first to remove his mask to test gas exposure.  He died that night.  
 The 151st Field Artillery Unit stuck together after the Great War and formed an American Legion Post at the St Louis caucus by 151st Private (Judge) Levi Hall.  Minnesota Post 1 was issued a Temporary Charter on 6/24/1919, then a Permanent Charter was issued on 8/25/1921.  151sst Lieutenant John Soper, Theodor's commanding officer and first Commander of Minnesota Post 1, carried their 151st Red Unit Guidon to all American Legion functions, and named their Post – Theodor Petersen Post One.  
In June 1925, at the NEC meeting, a motion was passed that allows Post 1 to retain the RED color for their Post banner.  It is the only red Post banner in the American Legion.  
 In 1988 5 Posts surrendered their Charters to the Department of Minnesota and the resulting merger created Minneapolis Post One electing Delbert Rose as the first Commander.  
Theodor Petersen 1 (governing charter)
 William Laidlaw 208
 Lawrence Wenell 233
Mill City 459
Navy-Marine 472
 Paul Revere 624  
 Minneapolis Post One still has the only RED Post banner.

2018 Vikings tickets donation

2018 National Commander tour

2017 ALR at MNRMF

2016 ALR at Marcy School

American Legion Post No. 1,  2507 E 25th St, Mpls. MN  55406  USA