Among other things, it is a post – the only post – operating in exile. Post 1 was formed in 1919 and chartered in 1920, and made its home at the American Club in Shanghai. During the late 1940s, the battle between communist and nationalist forces for control of China was settled in favor of the communists. In November 1948, Post 1 sent its records to National Headquarters in Indianapolis and went into exile.
Today, China Post 1 is part of the Department of France and a member of FODPAL (Foreign Departments and Posts of The American Legion). The post still has no permanent home, although "watering holes" around the globe offer a space for meetings, which are considered to occur "wherever two or more members meet." Visit their website to learn more about their amazing history.