"First in the World"

"First in the World" (HMQ4E)

Location: Smyrna, DE 19977 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.108', W 75° 36.722'

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Post # 14 American Legion Ambulance Service

In 1924, the members of the David C. Harrison American Legion Post # 14 initiated the first American Legion ambulance service in the world. Its eighteen founding members were veterans of World War I who volunteered their time to transport the sick and injured to hospitals in Wilmington, Dover, Milford, and beyond. Prior to this time, persons needing medical assistance were transported by train. This practice was often time-consuming and thereby dangerous to patients who were seriously ill and in need of treatment. At the time of its founding, services were provided to a district that extended from Summit Bridge to Milford. Originally located on South Main Street in Smyrna, the service was moved to this location in 1961.

The Post # 14 American Legion Ambulance Service has been in continuous operation since its founding, and now serves an area from the Delaware Bay to the Maryland border, from Collins Beach to Garrison's Lake. Staffed largely by volunteers, the service was responsible for answering more than 25,000 calls for assistance during its first seventy-five years of operation.

HM NumberHMQ4E
Marker NumberKC-67
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 447228 N 4350447
Decimal Degrees39.30180000, -75.61203333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.108', W 75° 36.722'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 6.48" N, 75° 36' 43.32" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111 W Glenwood Ave, Smyrna DE 19977, US
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