On Sept. 8, Highwood Post 150 of Hamden, Conn., took time to visit and honor one of its longest-serving members. Pasquale Borelli has been a Legionnaire for 67 years, and currently lives at the Skyview Center in Wallingford, Conn.
Borelli was born on Jan. 22, 1910, and inducted into service in September 1943, at the height of World War II.
In March of 2008, three Vietnam veterans gathered with family members to present an appreciation/recognition barbecue to the Military Working Dog (MWD) Handlers of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton's Provost Marshall's Kennels. The seed was planted - the Dawgs Project was born.
“Death on call” was the motto of the Wolfpack gunship platoon of the 281st Assault Helicopter Company. The company arrived in Vietnam in June 1966 and departed in December 1970.
In the fall of 1969, the North Vietnamese army held a large-scale operation northwest of Ban Me Thuot in central Vietnam. So pervasive was the operation that no U.S. army helicopters were allowed to fly in the area. That included medivac and supply missions. The only U.S. helicopters permitted to operate were gunships. It was all “top secret.”
I am a 77-year-old Dutch-born U.S. disabled veteran. As a United States Air Force veteran, I have served in many countries. I was born in Holland and in 1944-1945 met many World War II GIs who gave their lives for our liberty.
At that time our house in Kerkrade housed about 25 GIs during 1944-1945. Many of them didn't survive it; they have been taken to rest at the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. Margraten is one of the 26 cemeteries which are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Every year I attend the official Memorial Day, invited by the U.S.
Last summer retired Col. Tom Fincher of Chapin, S.C., gifted me with a book he wrote. Fincher is the current American Legion Department of South Carolina commander. We had served together in the 18th Infantry at Fort Riley during the 1970s and have crossed paths several times over the years.
He had told me he was working on a book but gave no details until it was finished. What I received was a phenomenal 504-page journal of American servicemen and women who had served in WWII and now reside in the Chapin area.
Last year, a homeless man dropped off a shadow box to Post 731 in San Diego and stated that he had found it in a dumpster. Post 731 officers set out to search for the rightful owner, Scott Susz.
Officers searched his Facebook page, messaged him and finally, inquired with his listed friends. But no luck.
It wasn't until Past Department Sgt. at Arms Edward J. Grimsley got involved, and pulled some magic strings, that progress was made. The sailor was located in Texas.
Grimsley spoke with his father and learned that on the day his son retired, someone stole his car.
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst resident Delisa Sliker was recognized as Ms. New Jersey Veteran at the conclusion of a series of four New Jersey Resource and Opportunity Fairs held throughout the state.
Chief Petty Officer Sliker retired from her service with the United States Naval Reserve in September 2011 as an Intelligence Specialist. Sliker was an active-duty military member from November 1986 until March 1997, where she was a Machinery Repairman (MR) on USS Yosemite (AD-19), SIMA Little Creek, and the PreCom of USS Bataan (LHD-5).
Williamstown resident Jason Montgomery was recognized as “Mr. New Jersey Veteran” at the conclusion of a series of four New Jersey Resource and Opportunity Fairs held throughout the state.
SSG Jason Montgomery was an active-duty Army member from March 2004 until October 2011. The soldier held multiple positions during his military tenure, including Human Resource Information Systems Specialist at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was assigned to the 18th Personal Support Battalion to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Moina Michael, the Poppy Lady, devoted her life to those in the service and to veterans. It is appropriate that she was honored by Georgia Women of Achievement, though in life she sought no recognition or reward for herself.
Please watch the video and see the interview with the veteran who was inspired by Moina Michael, and who inspired his daughter to write a book about her and donate the proceeds to families of veterans.
This is my and my wife's 1986 Corvette that we have had for several years now. We had it painted back in 2007 and took it to many car shows throughout Maine, where it did very well. Due to having other cars that we show, we decided to park the Corvette in our back shed in 2009; and it stayed there until this past winter, when I decided that it was time to put my concept for a paint scheme on the car. Working with Caldwell's Auto Body and Boulevard Graphix of Limestone, Maine, we put the concept together.
My brother Joseth Leland Kingsbury was in the European theater under Gen. Patton at the Battle of the Bulge. My brother Thomas Lloyd Kingsbury was in the Pacific from Australia to Manila, Philippines.
I was in the China-Burma-India theater and Okinawa as a navigator on B-24 aircraft.
My wife, Yvonne, was working in a Federal Reserve bank in 1941. We were visiting some friends one night when she received a phone call from the bank and was told to come in immediately. She worked all night with the FBI, teletyping Japanese names, not knowing what was going on until a few days later.
A monument honoring veterans from five branches of service used to stand in Lake Placid, Fla. But when the town recently renovated its downtown, the monument Post 25 had donated back in 1985 no longer was an aesthetic fit. (A flag still stands downtown.)
The monument, made of five 6-foot concrete slabs, each approximately 250 pounds, representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, needed a new space. The town offered to give it back to the post.
"We couldn't see it just lay in the weeds and nobody using it," said Robert Moore, former post commander.
A two-foot piece of mangled steel from the World Trade Center has found its final resting place at the Egg Harbor City, N.J.’s municipal building.
Commander Tom Messina of the American Legion Rudolph Elmer Post 158 and Egg Harbor City’s Mayor Lisa Jiampetti requested the relic from the World Trade Center Steel Program. The remnant of twisted metal was one of close to 2,000 pieces of varying sizes of artifacts that were carefully preserved in a joint effort by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Their quest took almost two years.
Housed in Hangar 17 at New York’s John F.
The Post 100 ceremonial guard conducts all veterans funerals for the funeral homes in the surrounding Cherryville, N.C., area when requested. The guard also travels to other parts of this state and other states. We formed this unit about six years ago to keep from depending of other posts. We also support the Navy ROTC program at West Lincoln High School and perform programs to rest homes in the area.
Pictured are (left to right): David Cabaniss, Mike Robinson, Reeves Black, Charles Brown, Mickey Brown and Bryan Daily (not shown).
Retired Commander David Chiaro spent 27 years as an Intelligence Officer for both the US Army and US Navy Reserves, having spent active duty time in the US, Europe and the Middle East (OEF/OIF/OND).
After retiring from his civilian job as a Police Officer with the Nassau County Police Department (NY), David went to work for the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) on the campus of SUNY Farmingdale as the Veterans Business Advisor.
As the Veterans Business Advisor for the Veterans Business Outreach Center, David counsels Veterans, free of charge, with information for those Veterans in
The newly crowned Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, joined Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, America Legion representatives and veterans at a South Jersey Regional Veterans Resource & Opportunity Fair Oct. 9.
The event, held at Atlantic City’s All Wars Memorial Building, was created to bring together Southern New Jersey veterans with service organizations and employers that can assist and enhance the lives of the brave men and women that defend our freedom.
The American Legion, Atlantic City Mayor Guardian, the New Jersey Parole Board and the U.S.
Will Lehner entered the Naval Reserves at age 17 in 1938. He was called to active service in 1940 and put on a World War I destroyer, the USS Ward.
The ship "had been in mothballs" for years, Lehner said, so the crew worked to put it back in commission. Afterward, Lehner served in the boiler room and then as a third-class cook.
The Ward set sail for Pearl Harbor, where it patrolled the entrance. There were four "WWI-old" destroyers that would alternate weeks of service. Saturday, Dec. 6, the Ward went out on patrol. Skipper W.W.
The draft notice said, "Report to Ft Douglas, Utah for induction into the US Army on Sept 9, 1953." The day before, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. I completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and then joined Aviation Cadet Class 55-I for pilot training.
My service is best described by the word "waiting." Waiting in the alert shack with my parachute and helmet in the cockpit of an F-89 or F-102 to launch when the buzzer sounded to defend against an attack coming across Canada.
I'm a wounded warrior from World War II who landed on Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion at Normandy, France. I commanded a platoon of tanks at the young age of 19. We fought all the way to the Elbe River in Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge. We defeated Germany's Nazism because we were allowed to fight the enemy without the political rules of engagement.
I was wounded near the Elbe and flown to a hospital in Nancy, France, two weeks before the war ended. Subsequently I was treated in three VA hospitals in California.
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To kick off Veterans Day Weekend, on Nov. 7, Johns Creek, Ga., will dedicate its new Veterans Memorial Walk. At that dedication, Girl Scout and guest of honor Sabrina Yvellez will help raise the flag. She's 14 years old and responsible for the Women's in Service section of the memorial, raising more than $10,000 to make it a reality.
When Sabrina decided to tackle a Girl Scout Silver Award project, she began the hunt to find a cause she could be passionate about in her community.
After receiving a meritorious promotion out of boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., I was ready and excited to start my tour of duty as a young motivated Marine. Little did I know that there was a secret being concealed that was so damaging, that had I known I would have never reported to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., as my orders had commanded.
But, unaware of the deadly secret, I reported in March 1983, where I worked, played and stayed until September 1985, when orders sent me to Okinawa, Japan, where I stayed for approximately 12 months.
I enlisted in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 27, 1963. I walked two miles in heavy snow to a city bus stop. I flew to San Antonio, leaving 25-degree temperatures for 70 degrees. I started my basic training at Lackland and after 45 days was shipped by bus to Kessler in Biloxi, Miss. I graduated in July and was then stationed at Kelly AFB for one year. I finished my E-IO training by June 1964. While at Kelly I watched Air Force 21 take off for Dallas for the last time. The base was put on alert after JFK was assassinated.
I was sent to Elmindorf AFB in Alaska, then posted TDY to the Aleutians.
My name is Robert D. Kowell. I'm a member of American Legion Post 1980 in Woodland Park, Colo. This story is about my dad, who was in the Army in World War I.
He was blown up in an ammo truck in France, I believe. He survived the ordeal. He had been sprayed with shrapnel in his back and did not want to go to the medic for care, knowing he would be removed from his unit; so another soldier patched him up and went back to fighting.
Taken from the actual award document (July 3, 1967)
JOHN A. VARGAS SP4 E4
Awarded: THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS FOR VALOR IN AERIAL FLIGHT
For heroism while participating in aerial flight, Specialist Four John A. Vargas distinguished himself by heroic action on 19 May 1967, in the Republic of Vietnam. SPCIALIST VARGAS was serving as a door gunner on the lead aircraft of two armed helicopters performing a screening mission for a ground force in the HO BO Woods. while on a low level reconnaissance, the lead gunship came under intense ground fire and sustained multiple hits.
National Vice Commander Paul Sanford of Kansas enjoys a ride on the back of an Army jeep with a .50-caliber machine gun shooting blanks. This was the 70th annual Cotton Carnival and Parade sponsored by Henry Meldrum Post 114 of Sikeston, Mo. Legionnaires have annually gone out of their way to present a large community festival. The carnival features the normal carnival rides for adults and kids. Another one of the highlights is the Legion's "Fish Trailer," where fish sandwiches are the order of the day; or they might visit the SAL trailer for their famous wings, or the Auxiliary tent.
Adam Quinn was born on June 6, 1985, and was a Junior Reserve Officer Training Candidate while attending Deland High School in Florida. Upon graduation, Adam enlisted in the Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division, which deployed to Forward Operating Base “Phoenix” in Afghanistan. A roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle, and Specialist Quinn lost his life on Oct. 6, 2007. He was posthumously promoted to sergeant, and awarded the United States Army Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Enduring Freedom Medal.
During the rededication ceremony on Oct.
John Louis Tiano's message of gratitude & hope found a voice near the end of the first decade in the twenty-first century, after 20 years. The new song single is titled 'American Flag', on it's way by resolution voted on & unanimously approved at Karl Ross Post 16 in Stockton, CA. Now en route via the Central California District Office, & headed to the National offices in Indianapolis.