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100-year-old World War II veteran honored

100-year-old World War II veteran honored

At a “Spirit of '45” celebration to recognize the military service of nine New Jersey World War II veterans and residents of the Voorhees Rehabilitation Center, the New Jersey director of employer outreach for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented 100-year-old World War II veteran Tommy De Lucia with an ESGR challenge coin. At 100, the Philadelphia native has witnessed remarkable changes, from the invention of Henry’s Ford’s Model T to the tooling of a car that can transform into an airplane. In 1942, PFC De Lucia began his military service.

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Honor Flight welcomed home

Honor Flight welcomed home

It was the end of a long and tiring day for 96 veterans and their escorts, but every one of them remained excited and impressed with the Honor Flight trip to Washington in June. Denver, Iowa, Post Chaplain and Post Commander Robert Schmitz welcomed Shorty Diercks and Herman Emkes back home. The veterans all expressed their appreciation for the memories made during the trip, but most of them had to admit that the overwhelming welcome-home by nearly a thousand flag-waving, poster-bearing, proud and appreciative friends and families was the most memorable.

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96-year-old receives American Legion 70-Year-Star

96-year-old receives American Legion 70-Year-Star

World War II veteran Mike Zaderecky receives his American Legion 70 continuous year star at a special presentation during the August meeting of the Joseph J. Jacubic Post 572 in Parma, Ohio. In addition to his 70 years of membership, he was also the first full term post commander back in 1946. Zaderecky is 96 years old, has been a member of the Legion for 70 years and has been an employee of the city of Parma since 1964. He is still working everyday as a bailiff in the Parma court system.

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Chaplain Charlie Haig receives "Legion of Honor" award

Chaplain Charlie Haig receives "Legion of Honor" award

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (Brooksville, Fla.) approved a resolution commending Chaplain Charles Haig, recipient of Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award. They presented Haig with a copy of the signed resolution and a framed copy of the “Legion of Honor” award he received for his selfless continued service to God, America and his community.

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Celebrating 70 years of Legion membership

Celebrating 70 years of Legion membership

The Ottawa (Ohio) American Legion Post 63 recently celebrated the continuous membership of Andy Macke and Sidney Goodkin, who have both been Legionnaires for more than 70 years. They are both World War II veterans. Pictured: Left to right, Bryce Agner, Post 63 adjutant; Andy Macke; Sid Goodkin and Bill Roberts, commander of Post 63.

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Squadron member to represent USA in Russia

Squadron member to represent USA in Russia

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.

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Post 347 - Lady Lake, Fla.

Post 347 - Lady Lake, Fla.

Post 347 - the largest post in the world - was honored on July 6, 2014. National Commander Dan Dellinger and Department Commander Jay Conti Sr. assisted with the installation of officers.

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Winona ALR Present donation to Freedom Honor Flight

Winona ALR Present donation to Freedom Honor Flight

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.

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Post 385 members receive Governor's Veterans Service Medal

Post 385 members receive Governor's Veterans Service Medal

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.

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Cadet in Germany receives American Legion medal

Cadet in Germany receives American Legion medal

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.

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American Legion medals presented in Germany

American Legion medals presented in Germany

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.

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Eight Maryland posts house scrapbooks filled with WWII hometown heroes

Eight Maryland posts house scrapbooks filled with WWII hometown heroes

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.

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Wash. post hosts Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

On March 25, 2014, Michael Chapman, Clallam County commissioner, presented the Clallam County's "Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans Day" Proclamation to Norman Goodin, a local Army Vietnam Vietnam veteran and member of American Legion Post 29 Port Angeles, whose tireless efforts provided veterans with the chance for a proper welcome. The proclamation declares March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day for the state of Washington – the date the last combat troops withdrew from Vietnam.

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Legionnaire receives honor from France

Legionnaire receives honor from France

The honor is as follows: It is my pleasure as Consul General of France in Chicago to inform you, on the behalf of the people of France, that the President of the French republic has named you Knight of the Legion of Honor* for your valorous action during World War II. My fellow countrymen will never forget your sacrifice. Their children and grandchildren are as proud of your courageous actions as can be your own children and grandchildren. This outstanding distinction is the highest honor that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France.

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Legionnaire receives “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran” proclamation

Legionnaire receives “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran” proclamation

On March 25, 2014, Michael Chapman, Clallam County commissioner, presented the Clallam County's "Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans Day" proclamation to Norm Goodin, a Vietnam veteran and American Legion Post 29 member. The proclamation declares March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day for the state of Washington – the date the last combat troops withdrew from Vietnam. “This proclamation is the welcome home we didn’t get at the end of the war when we came back from our tours, it was pretty bad,” Goodin said.

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Legion post helps Korean War vet finally receives honor for valor posthumously

Legion post helps Korean War vet finally receives honor for valor posthumously

Photo courtesy of Regina Ford | Green Valley News | Standing: Tony Day Seated: Wong Suey Lee and Al Fisch What started as a project to do right by a veteran with a compelling story turned into a contest against bureaucracy and mortality, as American Legion Post 66 in Green Valley, Ariz., worked to get Wong Suey Lee his Bronze Star with a “V” device as his health worsened. The medal was more than 60 years overdue when the Legion took the project on. “We felt it was something he should have received,” said Al Fisch, Sons of The American Legion member.

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Day of Remembrance Olympia, Washington

Day of Remembrance Olympia, Washington

By Bob Nakamura, American Legion member, Cathay Post 186, District 1, State of Washington. On Feb. 19, 2014, the Washington State Legislature held an event to recognize the hardships and life faced by Japanese and Japanese-Americans internment during World War II. The event was attended by Bob Nakamura, American Legion member of the Cathay Post 186 in Seattle, the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) and its Foundation (NVCF) members, and members of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). The event also honored veterans that served in the U.S. Army during this time of hardship.

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Thayer Central presents donation for Operation Airlift

Thayer Central presents donation for Operation Airlift

Thayer Central Junior/Senior High students from Hebron, Neb., are making a difference in the lives of Nebraska veterans. They raised a total of $4,200 to sponsor eight Korean War veterans on the next Heartland Honor Flight to Washington in March. This was a school- and community-wide effort, and multiple organizations and individuals were involved. Presenting the check is Anne Roesner Heitmann (right) to Bill Williams (middle) and Evonne Williams (left). The Williams raise funds and organize the Heartland Honor Flights.

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New Benches Donated at the Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic

New Benches Donated at the Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System recently unveiled two military themed benches for veterans at its Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic. The benches were donated by the American Legion Dorchester Post 91 in honor of Glenn Robinson, past post commander, for his years of dedicated support to Maryland’s Veterans.

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Oro Valley post, Auxiliary receive national award

Oro Valley post, Auxiliary receive national award

American Legion Oro Valley Post 132 and Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 have received the 2013 Family Program Award from the U. S. National Guard for their support of Guard members and families as well as their overall support of the military and their extensive veterans’ assistance programs. The post and Auxiliary unit were selected from nominations throughout the United States. It is the first time a community partner from Arizona has received this prestigious award. The award was presented by Arizona National Guard Chief of Staff, Col.

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