I respectably request The American Legion consider honoring my father, Gus Valeri, who served in WWI. His accomplishments were considerable having come from an Italian farming family and immigrating to our country in 1913.
My father served in the Italian army twice, discharged and drafted again and discharged as a corporal. He immigrated to this country in 1913 and volunteered or was drafted into the army and served as a private. He was discharged at Fort Gordon
and returned to La Grange.
On April 3, I was taken to Fort Devens, and after a week of indoctrination and being issued clothing, physicals and shots, was on my way to Miami Beach for basic training. I was there for eight weeks, and then sent to Denver to Buckley Field for basic armament training. We learned how to take machine guns apart and put them together again, even in the dark, as well as learning about bombs and how they were loaded on planes. After about four weeks of this, we were taken the few miles to Lowery Field to get advanced armament training.
VSOS UNITE TO BUILD A MEMORIAL FOR FAMILIES AND VETERANS
Veterans and local citizens join forces to create a unique tribute to all veterans of all wars and their families, overlooking beautiful Mobile Bay.
“Tears of Sorrow – Tears of Joy” is a larger-than-life sculpture set in a fountain overlooking Mobile Bay.
A woman stands on a marble disk cradling a folded flag with the field of stars toward the heavens. Her head is bowed in honor of a fallen soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. On an adjoining marble disk are a soldier and a young boy.
Carl R. Crisp, a New Castle resident and a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II, was recently awarded the French Legion of Honor for his service in France during that war.
The French Legion of Honor is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It is the highest decoration bestowed in France. Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive a distinction from the Legion of Honor.
In 1971 or 1972 the prime minister of Sweden (Olof Palme), in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., announced the names of seven POWs held by North Vietnam. This was shortly before the North released other names.
There is a story behind this. I played a part in this story and have ever since wondered what happened to these seven men. Did they make it? Where are they today? What about their families, then and now?
If you are one of these men, or are aware of any details about them, please contact me at email@example.com. Thanks.
Staff Sgt. (Gunny) Benjamin Charley Sr.
Honorable discharge (retired)
World War II and South Korea (Rifleman and other MOS-combat veteran-VA rated-100 percent PTSD)
1944-1964, U.S. Marine Crops
Cpl. Gene Charley
Okinawa-South Vietnam era, 1965-1968
Lance Cpl. Benjamin Charley Jr.(Rifleman-combat veteran-VA rated 70 percent PTSD, service connected 80 percent total)
South Vietnam-1968-1970, U.S. Marine Corps (Rifleman)
I am a retired SGM with more than 27 years served; I retired in 1995. My uncles served during World War II AT THE END. My two older brothers served during Vietnam and my little brother during the Cold War. I have a son serving in the Marines (he is also a sergeant major), a daughter in the Air force - staff sergeant with over 13 years. I also have a stepson in the Marines with almost 16 years. So I would say my family is definitely a military family.
A little-known battle of the War of 1812 was on Lake Champlain near the small city of Plattsburgh, which was in on the ground battle with 15,000 seasoned British soldiers.
The British ships were defeated on the lake, which was the cause of the soldiers retreating back to Canada never to return. This battle was the turning point of the war.
Since I worked on the C-123s at Phan Rang, I knew most of the flight crews. I put me and a buddy on the crew manifest for a flight to Cam Rahn Bay. While in the chow hall, I decided to have more pancakes. My buddy was nervous and telling me, "let's go." I told him I knew the system. When finished, we walked out to the flight line, and our plane was starting to taxi out. I jumped in front, indicating I was supposed to be on that flight. I didn't recognize the pilot. After three times, I moved and found another flight to CRB.
My time in uniform predates my membership in The American Legion. My dad, a World War I Navy veteran, was a lifetime member of the Legion and a member of the William A. Leonard post in Flushing, N.Y. As a small boy growing up during World War II I remember his post marching in their Legion uniforms in Memorial Day parades for quite a few years. My own time in uniform began in 1955 when I enlisted in the Air Force and later, in 1959, in the Army. In 1967 I went to Vietnam as a SP5, and when I returned en route to Germany as a SP6 in 1968 Dad took me to his post and signed me up as a member.
Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War our veterans from that terrible conflict are to be celebrated for their sacrifice and their service to America.
On Sunday, Nov. 8, a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event will be held at Air Base Arizona, the Commemorative Air Force museum, 2017 N Greenfield Road in Mesa, Ariz.
All veterans are welcome and will receive free entry to the museum. Vietnam vets need to have a copy of their DD-214 as proof of service during the Vietnam War for special commemorative gifts. There will be food, beverages and appreciation upon arrival.
My dad, Arthur W. Farash, was drafted in the US Navy in 1917 in Newport, Rhode Island, and joined the American Legion as a World War I veteran. He served as a Machinists Mate on a coal burning ship of the coastal waters of Nantucket. He was for many years until his death a member of the William A. Leonard Post in Flushing, New York, where he got me accepted as a member in 1968 when I returned from Vietnam.
When he was buried in 1975 there were no military funeral honors like all veterans have now since 2001 and I attended as a regular Army SFC in uniform.
Established in 2009, the Snoqualmie Valley Veterans Honor Guard made up of members of the Renton-Pickering Post 79, Department of Washington, proudly provides color guards for local events such as Memorial Day, Veterans day and local parades.
My great-grandfather Samual Sprague served an enlistment in the Union Army,
then another one for his married brother. My father Ralph Sprague served in
WWI as a propeller maker. My brother Tom Sprague was in the Army 1961-63.
I enlisted in the Air Force in 1962-1966. My father took his Basic Training
at Kelly Field in Texas 1918, he was in Flight 215. I took my Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas 1962, I was in Flight 214. These two bases are together near San Antonio, Texas.
I was taught to be respectful, honest and caring. Raised in a small New Hampshire town. We cared about our neighbors, our family and this wonderful country. I was never told I had to serve but found it my duty and as I age see it was one of my smartest choices in life. It taught me more.
Discipline, social diversity and that there are many people in this world that have it harder living then me. My ancestors served in the Civil War, an uncle in WWII, cousin who retired from the Navy, my father served during the Korean war and myself during the Gulf War.
I was commissioned May 19, 1973, and spent my time as a reservist on SADT/AT tours with active Army troops. In October 1990, I volunteered to activate for the Gulf War. Served with ARCENT October-November 1990 as a staff officer. November 1990 was transferred in theatre to 330Th MCC/ 1ST COSCOM/XVIII Abmn. Corps. Served as a highway traffic engineer and Bn. XO. till May 1991. Was transferred to PSA 1ST COSCOM and served as XO till July 1991.
American Legion Junior Shooting Sports at Centennial Post 209 began the fall semester on Sept. 9.
The class was full and will run for nine weeks and conclude with a pizza party and
awards. More information can be found by following the links at legion209.org.
The tough issues that The American Legion faces today in helping returning veterans with severe injuries and emotional trauma are not new. The recently published book “Daddy Came Home” by Peggy Loughner Fisher tells the story of her father’s life as a soldier captured in the Philippines in 1942 and imprisoned by the Japanese for the remainder of the war.
Fisher pulled together the first-hand accounts of the war from her father’s letters and personal documents. After Earl Loughner’s death just weeks past his 40th birthday (Oct.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will once again visit the Somerset County Park Commission’s North Branch Park/County Fairgrounds on Milltown Road in Bridgewater, N.J., this fall. The exhibit previously was at the park in 2011.
The wall will be open to visitors at the fairgrounds from 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Visitors will be welcome around the clock.
Ridgecrest is a relatively small California high desert city that is tucked away in the Indian Wells Valley, with a deep and rich military history. And the newly formed American Legion Rider Chapter 684 has been adding to that history in the tradition and mission of the Riders.
In early February, as work was progressing to form the Ridgecrest Chapter, a couple of the founding members were already hard at work coordinating the effort to bring the California Remembering Our Fallen memorial exhibit to the city over September 11.
Lost my brother Nick last March to cancer, we both served, Nick was a Seabee. Wrote a story in his memory to help the daughter he left behind. Anyone interested please Google: OLONGAPO VIETNAM'S PLAYGROUND.
With deepest respect for those whose names are engraved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Many of them experienced joy for the last time in Olongapo.
Every day beyond 1968 is a blessing.
My name is Master Sergeant Patricia Baisden and I am a Bronze Star Afghanistan Disabled Veteran that served God, Country and Community for 28 years, 8 months and 18 days. A very long time if I do say so myself, but the reason why I love my post and my district is because they know and understand the importance of veterans coming together to do something that has absolutely nothing to do with actions of a post of district but instead provide a resource outlet for family fun.
2015 was my first year that I was able to physically participate in the annual Fishing For Freedom event.
Here is how two American Legion posts located in Atlanta and Dallas, Ga., combined their efforts to help a disabled veteran named Mr. Walker.
Early one June morning Master Sergeant Patricia Baisden received a telephone call from a Purple Heart Veterans Widow (Mrs. Lillian Ogletree) of East Point, Ga., she called and told me that a veteran needs help acquiring a power wheelchair to get around in the nursing home.
Baisden called her son Bobby Ogletree to learn all the details and was told that Mr.
On Aug. 22, 2015, Johnston, Ohio, Post 254 had a huge day. We dedicated our new memorial, celebrated Purple Heart recipients and ended with a dignified flag-disposal ceremony. They were all great, however I want to tell you about the monument. Post members have long wanted to give to both the veterans and the community. The early vision was a "Walk of Honor" with pavers like we are all used to seeing, but this was short-lived. Our new facility had plenty of property to build a stand-alone monument. Designs were approved by the membership and individual bricks went for sale.
A Tribute to Lt. Gen. Jonathan O. Seaman, West Point '34, World War II and Vietnam veteran: Vietnam 50th Anniversary
By Richard A Eckert Sr., American Legion Post 42, Ocean Springs, Miss.
As a member of Post 42, I would like to remember and honor the service of Lt. Gen. Jonathan O. Seaman, a veteran of World War II and Vietnam. In addition to my two older brothers who served two tours in Vietnam, this occasion also requires remembering the service of Seaman in Vietnam.
On Tuesday evening, Aug. 4, the American Legion Post 66 Honor Guard hosted a dinner for scholarship recipients and family members at the post in Hiawatha, Kan. The seven students and Brandon Hurn, 2015 American Legion Boys State attendee, brought parents and grandparents for the pulled pork dinner served by Post 66 members. Following the meal, a program was moderated by Jim Patton and John Howard, 1967 graduates of Hiawatha High School.
On Sept. 21, 1945, about three weeks after VJ Day, I was a pilot on the USS Ranger, a pre-war aircraft carrier, about 100 miles off the coast of California. I was a member of VF98, a fighter squadron of the Pacific Fleet, flying F6F Hellcats.
Even though the war in the Pacific had ended, the Navy continued exercises planned long before the armistice, and one of those exercises was designed to qualify pilots for night carrier operations. To qualify we had to make two catapult take-offs and two landings.
About five years ago, Legionnaire Ray Dinius embarked on one of his greatest adventures yet, and he claims it helped saved his life.
For this new adventure, Dinius swapped uniforms, replacing his military khakis with a karategi, the stars and stripes for a black belt.
Dinius, who earned his first-degree black belt in March, is 75. He said karate helped him beat his third bout of cancer.
But Dinius’ adventurous spirit came long before.
Recently American Legion Post #66 of Hiawatha, KS was the host of a reunion for several local World War II veterans. Attending this reunion were many of those that joined the Brown County Honor Flight in August 2009 to Washington, D. C (pictured above). The Brown County Honor Flight was sponsored by several people from the Hiawatha and Sabetha areas.