History of American Legion Post #156
The original name of Post #156 was Grantley Post. The name was based on the location of the original Post home, Edmonson Avenue and Grantley Street, in Baltimore.
American Legion Post #156 was established in early 1943 based on the idea of Legionnaires Charles F. Brenner and Martin Gilbert. They secured 15 prospective members in order to apply for a Post Charter. A temporary charter was granted in May 1943 under the name of Grantley Post, and the first meeting was held on November 23, 1943. State Adjutant Jack Tribby, Vice Commander Ralph Dolby and Department Service Officer James Onion attended this meeting and assisted the initial membership in the formation of the Post and election of the first officers. In 1971, the Post home on Grantley Street was sold and the meetings were moved to a location in Columbia.
Post #156 assumed its current name, Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial, on April 14, 1974, based on a membership vote to honor three Howard County servicemen who died within weeks of each other during the Tet Offensive of 1968 in South Vietnam. Private First Class Stephen Hamilton Adams, USMC, was killed in action on March 16, 1968; Warrant Officer Gary Williams Hanna, a helicopter pilot with the 9th Cavalry Division was shot down in Thua Thien Province on January 31, 1968; Specialist 4th Class Thomas Woodrow Moore, a helicopter mechanic with the 150th Transport Squadron was fatally injured during a mortar attack on Vinh Long Airfield, January 31, 1968.
Post 156 will celebrate its 75th anniversary in September of this year!