The first 6th Battalion 31st Infantry, 9th Division reunion is to be held at Branson, Missouri, June 4-6, 2015. More information at 6thofthe31st.com. Make your reservations now.
Over 2,000 former members of the battalion from Vietnam have been sent either emails or postcards in notification although we would like to reach out to many more through links such as this one.
Michael Joseph Jackson, military funeral honors bugler. plays Taps at the state of Rhode Island veterans cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island or any other military funeral around state.
Jackson, who has just played his 10,000 funeral for veterans, gives of himself unselfishly, sometimes four times a day in rain, shine, sleet or snow. That's how he got the nickname Iron Mike aka Action Jackson.
I recently met Jackson through a mutual friend after attending a service for a military member.
The bronze monument in front of Post 147 in Miami, Okla., bears words that denote patriotism, a call for brotherhood and a mystery.
After the Honor Guard performed the funeral services of a local veteran, Vernon Allen, the post received a call from his son. Legionnaire Roy Woods said while going through Allen's things, a giant bronze plaque was found, covered in trash, collecting dust in a garage.
Photo courtesy of Easton Area High School Memorial | From left to right: Chuck Snyder, Sam Sanguinito and EAHS Superintendent John Reinhart wield shovels at the memorial groundbreaking on Nov. 11, 2014.
A memorial in front of a local high school in Easton, Pa., will honor its nearly 300 graduates who fought in the Vietnam War.
Sam Sanguinito is a Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran, as well as a Legionnaire.
Schuyler County Veteran’s Memorial Park
Located at the intersection of State Route 228 and County Route 10 in Odessa, New York, this park opened in the summer of 2006 to honor veterans or currently serving military personnel.
Henry Repeating Arms presented Military Service Golden Boy Tribute rifles to six veterans, from World War II to Afghanistan, at the NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., on Feb. 12, 2015.
As lead sponsor of the event, Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms, chose to award local heroes of the community who’ve proven to go above and beyond the call of duty. “These men and their families sacrificed to protect this great country of ours, and we owe our freedom to them today,” Imperato said, choking back tears.
The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, a nonprofit educational group in Berlin, Germany, welcomes returning Army and Air Force GIs who served in Berlin from 1945 to 1994. The Welcome Home To Berlin Tour is a weeklong, all-expense-paid (except airfare) opportunity to visit old haunts and those areas in the East we couldn't see.
If interested, please contact Col. (retired) Ted Cimral at (757) 229-3062, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Tour dates are Sept. 27 to Oct. 4.
My maternal grandfather served during World War I. My father served in the Navy during World War II. My maternal uncle served in the Marines after World War II and was discharged, then joined the Army when the Korean War started and went to Korea. He was with the 2nd Infantry Division. He was in a battle and was captured. He was listed as missing in action until the end of hostilities, when he was accounted for from a list from a captured American doctor that stated that he was treated for malnutrition and pneumonia. He died while he was still a prisoner of war.
On June 10, 2014, history was made for the 65th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the “Borinqueneers,” hailing from Puerto Rico. President Barack Obama signed the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) legislation ushering the Borinqueneers into the annals of American history. The legislation was originally introduced by Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). The CGM recognition parallels the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is awarded less frequently and is arguably more rigorous due to its stringent legislative requirements.
I worked at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., for three and a half years. We had missile silos, B-52s, a fighter jet squadron and strike force helicopters to defend the missile silos. Instead of going to Vietnam, I stayed in Minot where I worked in personnel. One job was in-and-out processing, where we would take records in and help airmen and officers get situated and into their proper work area. Working with SAC was different from other commands. SAC seems to always get their personnel back after a tour to Vietnam.
In the mid 80's I was aboard the Coast Guard cutter Salvia; she had just gone over major repairs, mainly to the boom and winch. We were off the east coast of Florida testing the boom. The ship had about 15 degrees of list and was trying to lift a lot of weight off the ocean floor, when we got a call in from the Coast Guard base about a vessel on fire and sinking in our vicinity. We looked around and reported no, we don't see any vessel. The base had the woman on the phone and she kept saying she was looking at it.
-John Davidson of Prince Edward County, Va., Virginia Line, American Revolution
-Dr. Richard Davidson of Kentucky, U.S. Army, Fort Adams, Miss., 1804-1807, and surgeon at the Battle of New Orleans, War of 1812
-Louis M. Davidson of Mississippi, Pvt., Mexican War
-Roland J. Davidson of New Orleans, U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II and Korean War
-Kerry J. Davidson, U.S. Army, Vietnam War
Various other collateral family members in all branches of service, from Revolution to present-day campaigns.
In my family we have had five generations in the Navy. My grandfather, Canadian Navy; my father, Canadian Navy; myself, U.S. Navy, my son, U.S. Navy; and my grandson, now serving in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer.
I sort of think of my time in the Army as being between the bumps. I went in in April 1975 and left 10 years later in 1985. I had some really great assignments. I spent three or so years as a member of the famed Berlin Brigade, back in the days when we could stare into the face of communism by just looking over a wall. I remember riding the 28 bus to Stienstucken. It was the only place in Berlin where the Wall literally ran down both sides of the road. When the Wall went up in August 1961, the little hamlet of Steinstucken was separated from the city proper.
Harris and Mable Amundson had five sons; four of the brothers served in the U.S. Air Force: Gerald, Dorvin, Roger and Dennis. The fifth son, Kenneth, signed up but was rejected for a medical reason.
Jerry saved my life when I was 7 and he was only 12.
My brother, Gerald C. Amundson, was only two months from completing his senior year at the high school in Benson, Minn., in 1952 when he dropped out of school to join the Air Force.
A riderless horse and a caisson can often be seen forming a silhouette against the skyline at Camp Nelson Cemetery in Nicholasville, Ky. Camp Nelson Honor Guard claims to be one of the rare honor guards in the nation that uses horses in its funeral services.
Tracy Lucas runs the Camp Nelson Honor Guard (CNHG). He said CNHG has performed more than 800 funerals since it began doing military services at the national cemetery in 2008.
I remember when I was a kid and my mom told me that my uncle Glenn (Reddick) was assigned to a ship that just happened to be moored right next to the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941.
At the time, when I was 9 years old, that really didn't matter much to me. Later on in life, and unfortunately after my uncle Glenn passed away, I realized what a significant part of history he and his shipmates would play. I never really got a good chance to talk with uncle Glenn, or my Marine uncle on my dad's side of the family.
Civilians Richard and Joni Smith are a couple that share long family ties to the military and a fascination with genealogy.
This has led them to the discovery of several things in common they wouldn't otherwise know about one another: they have ancestors who fought on opposite sides of the American Revolution. Richard's ancestor, Phillipp Heimrich Stuber, was a German mercenary, fighting for the Redcoats. Joni's, John Mudgett, was an American.
In 2006 Edison Park Post 541 of Chicago was interviewed on public television. The interview was done live and a copy was put on YouTube in three parts.
Part 1 -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBrL25UAmIw
Part 2 -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNUPDLtgrYk
Part 3 -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51afoKj3dGo
Members who served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam all participated by telling their stories of the service and also their service in The American Legion.
We currently use this video to introduce potential members to the post.
American Legion Post 150 in Frankenmuth, Mich., honored two members who have 70 years of continuous membership in The American Legion. Post Commander Larry Henry (center) presented Ralph List (left) and Wallace E. Weiss (right) with certificates. Both Legionnaires served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
My dad's uncle served in World War I, was gassed, died in the 1920s and was a member of The American Legion.
My dad served in the Army in Europe in World War II and was a member of the Legion.
My dad's two brothers both served in the Air Force, one in World War II, the other in Vietnam.
I served in the Army Reserve for six year during the Vietnam era and am a member of the Legion.
My mother was the youngest of 10 siblings - she was born in 1919, to give you an idea of the time frame.
The three oldest siblings served during the Great War (World War I): Frank Hall, U.S. Army ambulance driver, Austro Italian front; George Hall, a seaman, served with Naval Aviation; and Jeanette Hall, a yeomanette.
Four of the younger siblings served during World War II and after: Dr. Charles H. Hall, medical officer, U.S. Army, North Africa and Italy; Dr. Reina Hall, U.S. Army nurse, North Africa and Italy; William Hall, U.S. Army Air Corps, U.S. Army Air Forces and U.S.
My dad, Staff Sgt. Wesley F. Celius, was one of 2,997 combat veteran troops who volunteered for Merrill's Marauders. He was one of 130 who came out of the Burma jungles alive, but was not one who was not hospitalized. (Only two were not.)
Dad never talked about his time spent there, except for the fact that he got malaria and dysentery and was hospitalized.
My father was drafted in 1943 at 32. His civilian employment was as a certified public accountant. He was sent to air gunner's school at Greensboro, N.C. Before he was sent overseas he received orders to Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. From there he was sent to Fort Sheridan in Chicago. For the next three years he was engaged in contract termination negotiations with Ford, GM, Chrysler and Boeing. By the start of 1944 the Army Air Forces had already contracted for more aircraft than were necessary.
Three times he applied for command of an Air Sea Rescue PT Boat.
I am the commander of the Greece (N.Y.) American Legion Post 468. I am writing to tell everyone about the great things our post has done this past week. On Jan. 31, we held a pasta dinner benefit for a local Army Reserve soldier. He is 38 years old and the father of four. On Dec. 28, he had a massive stroke. He was in the Intensive Care Unit for over two weeks but he and his family were able to attend the benefit and stay the entire time. We served 365 meals and raised over $8,000 for the Hand family!
Then on Feb.
Photo courtesy of the Post 108 Museum in Oxford, Mich.
Legion member James Parkhurst curates the Walter Fraser Post 108 Museum in Oxford, Mich., which houses more than 200 military uniforms and even more artifacts from past and present eras of military history. Schools, civic groups and passersby all visit the free museum.
Post 108 raised the initial $15,000 to fund the museum and built the showcases. Another $8,000 was donated later for expansion.
It began with about 35 uniforms in the basement of the post in 1993, Parkhurst said.
For 11 of the 16 Davis children, serving in the military served as a path out of their hometown, Wetumpka, Ala., where opportunities were few and far between in the 1950s and 1960s. Between them, they can boast more than a century and a half of service.
"There was nothing going on in Wetumpa," said Lebronze Davis, Vietnam veteran and Legionnaire. "You had the cotton mill, you had the logging company, sawmill, or you stayed and worked on the farm.