Columbia American Legion honors post namesake

Columbia American Legion honors post namesake

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - An American Legion post in Columbia Tuesday honored the World War One soldier for whom the post is named.

A program honoring Horatio W. Rankin was held at the Marion County BusinessPlex on Highway 44 North.

American Legion Post 90 sponsored the event.

Rankin was a Marion County native and private in the 38th Infantry Regiment who was killed in combat in France, just one month before the war ended.

"He was a person who gave everything," said Barbara Street Sandifer, director of the Columbia, Mississippi Family History Center. "He never came back to the United States, he never had his feet back on American soil, he never hugged his parents again, he never saw his girlfriend again, he never had the life that all of us have had in freedom."

"He is buried in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, along with 14,000 more of this comrades," said Leo DeOrnellas, adjutant for American Legion Post 90. "He was a patriot, of course, and he gave his life for the country."

During Tuesday's event, new research about Rankin was presented.

Organizers also hosted a brief ceremony to remember Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.