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.