As commander of a SAL squadron affiliated with Post 555 in Midway City, Calif., I have met and worked with many fine people. I am honored to say that I have an individual in my squadron who is exceptional.
A year or so ago a soft spoken, well-mannered young man, Nickie Eustace, came in with his father, Michael Eustace, to join the Sons and Legion, respectively. Nickie soon became acting sergent of arms and is now second vice commander.
As a member of the American Legion Riders from Russell D. Williams Post 471 out of Portsmouth, Ohio, I wanted to share our story of the distinct honor of our ALR group escorting our troops.
On May 30, 2014, we along with other motorcycle groups including members of the Patriot Guard had the honor of escorting the 1191st National Guard Unit from Portsmouth, Ohio, to Richenbacher airport in Columbus, Ohio.
They flew from Columbus to Texas where they will train for a month and then leave from there to Afghanistan.
A Korean War veteran who wishes to remain anonymous still wishes to honor his fallen comrades with this beautiful monument. He had this large rock on his property, and hauled it to where it sits now. He made this beautiful artwork with real materials. His helmet from the war is also in the display.
By Richard Eckert Sr., American Legion Post 42, Ocean Springs, Miss.
This past weekend we celebrated the 4th of July - 238 years of freedom.Many of us displayed our American flag and some communities placed flags in their neighborhood.
Our national commander, Daniel M. Dellinger, who testified before Congress on
the VA scandal, had this to say about the impact of the Legion: "We are the nation's largest advocacy group for veterans.
Every year a group of veterans from Monroe, Mich. (where Matt Urban grew up) go to Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day and visit our friend and neighbor from Monroe, and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We have a very nice memorial site for Matt in our city.
Most of us are members of Matt Urban Post 40 in Monroe.
On July 13, 2014, American Legion Post 473 and VFW Post 5010 of Freeland, Pa., honored recipients of the Purple Heart with a dedication service. The dedication was hosted by Post 473 Commander Gerald Gaffney and Post 5010 Commander William DeFrancesco. Speaking at the ceremony were congressman Louis Barletta and Judge Thomas Munley. During this ceremony at the beautiful Freeland Public Park, a shining new monument was unveiled. Under the shade of the park's grand old oak trees, the monument was dedicated to those who have earned one of America's most honored medals: the Purple Heart.
On July 12, 2014, Post 71 in Lake Wales hosted a Veteran's Town Hall Meeting. VA Clinic and CBOC representatives including Amelia Guilford from James A. Haley and Haywood Pittman (director of CBOCs) and a panel of others on their team provided overviews of VA benefits, claims and other veteran programs, National Cemetery information, homeless outreach and grants, and vet ready centers.
There were more than 50 veterans in attendance who had their questions answered by the VA reps.
The Lutz-Land O’Lakes American Legion Post 108 places small American flags on the grave of each identifiable veteran at the Lutz cemetery three times a year. We do this on each Independence Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day and have been doing these postings for many years.
We posted approximately 165 flags during the last posting in the Lutz cemetery on July 3. The flags remain for about three days and are recovered by the post for use on the next occasion.
A year and a half ago, SAL Squadron 731 member Chris Limon approached the Post 731 officers with a proposal of building a much-needed new community skate park for our youth.
The officers did not hesitate to commit and support Limon's dream.
Nebraska gets new rest area signs honoring Veterans
It's just a small sign with a simple message: "Nebraska honors our troops. Thank you for your service." Short, concise, and to the point. Bob Swanson, a U.S. Navy veteran and past commander of American Legion Post No. 1 in Omaha, thought it would be great to honor the 148,000 veterans in Nebraska with roadway signs bearing that message of gratitude.... Nearly one million men and women have died defending America since our founding, and we owe it to them to never forget.
The Winona American Legion Riders of Post 9 had a motorcycle show to raise funds for the Freedom Honor Flights. In the picture is Winona ALR Shannon Doberstein presenting a check to Bill Hoel.
Also pictured from left to right: Rick Craft, LaVern Hauschildt, Bryan Dulas, Tom Schmidt, Rich Jonsgaard, Brian Tomashek, Mike Doberstein, Karla Miller.
Picture taken and submitted by ALR member Karen Nay. Winona American Legion Riders can be found on Facebook at Winona ALR.
My father enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September 1948. During his career, he served in munitions and then spent 18 years in EOD. He retired as a SMSgt on Sept. 1, 1969. My father served in Okinawa during the Korean War, later in Texas, Maine, England, South Carolina, Canada and New Mexico.
On Sept. 2, 1969, I enlisted in the Army and served as an instructor in the Army Signal School at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
In the spring of 1995 my son enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard in a Signal Unit. He did his AIT at Signal School at Fort Gordon, Ga., in 1996.
Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott awarded Commander Tewes, VC Fraser, Chaplain Nagle, PAO Santos, and post members Schofield and Gilbert with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation. The ceremony took place at VFW Post 8195 in Hollywood, Fla.
KTLA television reporter Gayle Anderson was live in Hollywood to learn about flag etiquette for the Fourth of July at Hollywood Post 43 of The American Legion, the “Post of the Stars.” Since 1919, Post 43 has been composed of Hollywood professionals in the entertainment industry. Its historic clubhouse, located on Highland Avenue, was dedicated in 1928 and completed in 1929. Built in an Egyptian Revival-Moroccan Deco architectural style, the building features a ballroom, a cabaret-style dining room, an auditorium, a four-room museum, library, conference room, dressing rooms and a Deco bar.
On June 26, American Legion Riders Chapter 138 hosted a AMBUCS Vet Bike (therapy cycle) presentation to Marine Corps veteran Shawn James. AMBUCS, a nonprofit 501(C)(3) corporation, donated the bike, which was designed and built with specifications of the therapy needs of Shawn James as provided by his medical team at James Haley VAMC.
Shawn attended the presentation with his wife, Tara. Shawn is originally from Logansport, a small farming community in northeast Indiana. He served in the Marine Corps from 2002-2007 as an aviation electronics technician, and served two tours in Iraq.
World War II Army veteran James Sansom received the "Legion d'Honneur" from the French government. These medals, the highest France bestows, will honor Americans who helped liberate the country during WWII. Sansom and 13 others received the medals on Feb. 20 at a ceremony at the state capital building in Raleigh, N.C.
Sansom crossed Omaha Beach on June 11, 1944. He served in four battles, eventually captured as a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge. He was liberated from a Stalag, a German POW camp, on April 15, 1945.
Photo | Some Operation Power Pack veterans in May 2014 at the 82nd Airborne Museum, in front of a C123 Aircraft
From left to right: Gary Niethammer, Gib Lovell, Walt Rauscher, Jim Drainer, Bruce Harrell, John Urbach, Bob Hawkins, Fred Bolland, Ed Szalno and Ken Densmore
The 50th anniversary ceremonies for 82nd Airborne veterans who served in Operation Power Pack will be in May 2015 during All-American Week at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.
Operation Power Pack was a Marine and Airborne combat and stability mission, which lasted more than a year, in the Dominican Republic.
Navy Lt. George Wells, Father!
Army Maj. Paul Bratton, Uncle!
ANG PFC Billy Rose, Cousin!
Marine LCPL Darrell Wells, Cousin!
ANG Col. Jackie Rose, Cousin!
FLIGHT OFF RAF Andy Duncan, Stepfather!
USAF Capt./TSgt. Andrew K. Duncan, Self!
My father was in the U.S. Army from 1948-1952, boot camp at Fort Dix, N.J., served as Army of Occupation Japan and the Korean War (three combat tours), and was attached to the 1st Calvary-27th Ordinance Group.
Air Force Col. Don Edmands Jr. (ret.), a member of American Legion Post 256 in Tellico Lake, recently traveled to Germany to present Air Force Junior ROTC medals to high school cadets.
AFJROTC Cadet Daniel O’Connor is presented the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal by Edmandsat Bitburg High School, Germany. Cadet O’Connor is a sophomore from Corpus Christi, Texas. His father, Lt. Col. James O’Connor, is chief of the command post, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AFB, Germany.
The cadets are children of American military servicemembers serving in Europe.
Thanks to Michael Stadnick, who helped form this group, I was fortunate to be a part of this group and was able to attend and help at many funerals for many deserving veterans. God bless our military and our veterans, alive and deceased.
Frank Foos (commander), Post 23 - best man, father and my best friend. I'm his daughter, Edie Cabral. I just want the world to know who he was and that I still LOVE him.
Frank Foos was my dad. I never got to say goodbye to him in person. He was a great role model in my life when I was young, as a young lady, then when I became a mother. There wasnt a time in my life I can remember that he wouldn't help when help was needed. I love you, Dad.
Air Force retired Colonel Don Edmands, Jr., a member of American Legion Post 256, Tellico Lake, recently traveled to Germany to present Air Force Junior ROTC medals to high school cadets.
Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Tyler Bernard is presented the American Legion Military Excellence Medal by Edmands at Bitburg High School, Germany. Bernard is from Warrensburg, Missouri, and is a junior at Bitburg High School.
The Schwaderer family has served in the U.S. military since World War I. These are the veterans in our lineage, to the best of my knowledge. Should I have missed anyone, add them to the list of proud Americans that have served our country.
William Schwaderer, Sr., served in World War I. His unit is unknown.
William Schwaderer, Jr., served in an unknown unit in World War II.
John Schwaderer served in the 106th Infantry Division during WWII.
I served in the 32nd Army Air Defense Command (ADCOM) from 1969-1972.
Photo from Western Maryland's Historical Library, with permission from David Verdier
Hagerstown, Md., resident David Verdier began documenting the stories of World War II veterans in 2004 as a hobby. Word got around and soon veterans and their families were bringing their stories to him.
It's how a couple at his church - the Shaws - picked him as the person they would share a town treasure with, a scrapbook that had been collecting dust. The book filled with clippings of Washington County, Md., heroes.
Ragan and Ecile Shaw had almost thrown the thing away several times.
USS Slater, the last destroyer escort afloat in America, will soon return to her home berth in Albany, N.Y. Launched in 1944, Slater served gallantly in both the Battle of the Atlantic and the Pacific Theater during World War II. In 1951, Slater was transferred to Greece under the Military Defense Assistance Program.
Renamed AETOS (Eagle), she served as an Hellenic Navy training ship for 40 years. In 1993, after deactivation, she was brought back to the United States by a group of former destroyer escort sailors.
The Brown County Veterans Honor Guard's commitment continues to run deep. Their dedication now consists of providing military honors for deceased veterans in northeast Kansas. This tradition is not new. For over 60 years, members of the local VFW or American Legion were called upon to provide such honors upon a family member’s request, but only did so for their members.
Throughout the years, many American Legion and VFW members expired and the reduction of these organizations made it incapable to continue providing these honors.