Twenty officers gather for dinner at the Allied Officers Club in Paris at the request of Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., under orders from General Headquarters, with approval from Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing, to discuss morale and the idea of launching a new veterans organization at home.

Among those attending the dinner, where the March 15-17 Paris Caucus is proposed, are future American Legion founders Lt. Col. William Donovan, Lt. Col. G. Edward Buxton, Lt. Col. Bennett C. Clark, Lt. Col. Franklin D’Olier, Lt. Col. George A. White, Lt. Col. Eric Fisher Wood and Capt. Ogden Mills.