On November 1, 2003 Douglas Reed Niermeyer was elected the 55th Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and at the age of 36 he is the youngest person ever to be elected to that office. This is a honor as well a great responsibility and there has only been one other Commander-in-Chief from the Missouri Commandery, LTG John C. Bates who served as the 15th Commander-in-Chief from 1909 to 1911.
Douglas was born December 6, 1966 in Washington, Missouri, the second child of Daniel and Rosann (Reed) Niermeyer. He grew up in Union, Missouri where he can trace his family heritage in the area back to as early as 1795. Doug graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering and joined IBM in Fishkill, New York that same year as a Project Engineer. Over his career with IBM he took on a number of leadership roles and was instrumental in helping reengineer a large segment of the IBM's Microelectronics Division in 1992. In 1995, he decided to make a career change and became a mobile employee in the newly formed IBM Global Services Division as a Business Consultant, IT Specialist, and Project Manager. This allowed him to live anywhere but he would have to work from home and get on a plane at a moment's notice. He moved back to his hometown of Union, Missouri in late 1995 and on June 22, 1996 he was married to Michelle Lee Pierce. To this union two daughters have been born: Elayna age 5 and Madison age 3. Over the next six years he would see his IBM Consulting group grow from 15 to over 1,500 and in the summer of 2001, with his travel demands becoming too great, he decided to leave IBM for the benefit of his young family. This was truly a Godsend as his last contact with IBM had him working on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. Since that time, Doug has been working on various family business projects and is now looking to get involved in the St. Louis area doing Business Consulting and Project Management again.
Doug is able to claim a number of Civil War ancestors in his family serving both sides during the war and joined MOLLUS under the service of his great great great grandfather CPT Andrew Fink who led three different Missouri companies. CPT Fink fought against Price's Raid through Missouri in 1864 including a battle in Doug's hometown of Union, Missouri on October 1, 1864.
Doug became involved in MOLLUS in 1994 through contact with Companion Rick Griffin (Past Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans) he was introduced to Jerry Carroon and Doug soon became involved with the Connecticut Commandery. He served as Connecticut Jr. Vice Commander and ADC of the Commandery-in-Chief in 1995. Upon relocating back to his home state of Missouri in late 1995 he helped reactivate the Missouri Commandery in 1996 which had been dormant since 1939. Doug has served as Missouri Commander from 1995-2002, Chancellor-in-Chief 1997-1999, and rose through the ranks to Commander-in-Chief. He still serves as Missouri Recorder and over the years has given support to various Commanderies including helping Texas reactivate and Rhode Island charter a new Commandery. Doug has used his positions to help facilitate changes in national business processes which are ongoing and has published over 500 webpages of historical material on the internet, mostly dealing with MOLLUS. Doug is involved with a number of military hereditary organizations and currently serves as President of the Midwest Association of the Society of the Cincinnati, Missouri Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars, and is the pending Commander of his local Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp.
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