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PNC Geiger passes away

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PNC Geiger passes away
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Past National Commander John H. Geiger, an icon in The American Legion for decades, passed away early this morning after a lengthy battle with an illness. He was 85 years old.

Geiger, elected national commander on the closing day of 53rd National Convention in Houston, led The American Legion during the 1971-1972 year. A resident of Des Plaines, Ill., he was a member of Hiram J. Slifer Post 135 in Chicago. He was a member of the Legion for 66 years, first joining Minden, Iowa, Post 437 in 1945 while serving overseas.

A retired architectural engineer, Geiger was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 11th Armored Division. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

A more in-depth story on PNC Geiger, featuring memories from many of the commander’s Legion friends, will appear on the Legion website in the following days.

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tjhaynes1

January 13, 2011 - 3:31pm

Throughout his lifetime, John Geiger worked tirelessly to carry out the aims and purposes of The American Legion. But his contributions to the organization and this nation reach far beyond the story of one man's labor. He was a leader, a real leader who understood his place in history. He had been mentored by The American Legion's founding generation and raised to leadership. He carried their vision on to a new time. But he knew leading in his own day was not enough. He believed the values supported by American Legion programs were timeless and wanted the organization to continue serving the country long after he was gone. So he made it his mission to build a bridge to the future. As National Commander, he opened the door of opportunity to a new generation. When he left office he began mentoring and over the years equipped many to carry on. Mission accomplished! As long as there is an American Legion, John Geiger will be with us. May God bless his family. Thomas "TJ" Haynes

Joe

January 12, 2011 - 11:35pm

THE AMERICAN LEGION WILL CONTINUE, ALTHOUGH IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT JOHN GEIGER AND HIS FAMOUS SAYING " KEEP SMILING" :-) I FEEL HONORED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND PROUD TO CALL HIM MY FRIEND. HE WILL BE MISSED. Joe Frank

Bill Schrier

January 12, 2011 - 8:40am

More than just another Legionnaire, John Geiger was a one of a kind leader, mentor and a man who believed that the American Legion made a difference in the day to day lives of Americans be they veterans or a citizen. One needed to have sat with John to really understand how this patriot thought about this nation and it's people.Perhaps he drew his strength from having served in WW-2 and fought at the battle of the bulge or maybe it was his many years of service that gave him the insight no matter. This nation and The American Legion has lost a great man and all legionnaires have lost a friend. Remember to button your coat when you stand and walk across the room, John is watching

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