It should be considered a criminal act for one to falsely claim receipt of a government award of rank or commendation. The Stolen Valor Act must be rewritten as necessary within the framework of the Constitution.- John Hollner
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.
Tom Bradford, Chula Vista Post 434, Department of California, is presented a star as the 2015 22nd District "Legionnaire of the Year."
The San Diego American Legion Family is very proud of Bradford, who is the epitome of the Blue Cap Legionnaire. Tom has no multiple past titles of offices held. He has not, over many years, aspired to anything greater in his post, other than to be of service where needed and having fun.
Bradford is always the first at his post to arrive, and the last to leave.
By Orlando A. Garcia, Captain (Retired), U.S. Army, ALR 47 President, Havre de Grace, Md.
On the afternoon of July 5, 2015, the American Legion Riders of the Joseph L. Davis Jr. Post 47, Havre de Grace, Md., participated in the annual 4th of July Parade in Havre de Grace. The Riders won 2nd place in the Best Motorcycle/Van Group in the parade. The parade had over 95 entries and lasted about two hours.
The parade route spanned the length of Union Avenue from Warren Street to Commerce Street.
American Legion Van Nuys Post 193 received the Distinguished Donors Honor – Bronze Award from the Sepulveda VA at the annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Post 193 members Martin Light and Joe Pietroforte attended the luncheon and accepted the award on behalf of the post. The award was presented by Sadie Stewart, VA Voluntary Service Chief, and Louis Waller, Voluntary Service Site Manager.
City Councilman Tom LaBonge recently presented Joe Pietroforte with an Official Proclamation from the City of Los Angeles, which recognized his heroism during World War II. "Bazooka" Joe, an Army veteran, received the Silver Star during the Battle of the Bulge for taking out two German tanks with his "bazooka."
Joe is chaplain for and a longtime member of American Legion Van Nuys Post 193.
Joe Pietroforte, a longtime member of and chaplain for American Legion Van Nuys Post 193, was recently presented with the prestigious "Silvi Award" at the annual Horace Heidt Estates Luau in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
The award is presented annually by Horace Heidt to an individual in recognition of their outstanding volunteerism and efforts in making the local community a better place to live.
The award was presented to Joe by Carolina Krawiec, a field representative for U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman.
As originally submitted by Major Glenn P. Richard II in January 2015, edited by Citizen Airman magazine and published in Citizen Airman (February 2015):
from Staff Reports
Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs
1/28/2015 - Citizen Airman/Feb. 2015 -- The commander of a Colorado Air Force Reserve unit chose to use his retirement ceremony to secretly honor a World War II Army veteran for his service in Europe.
Everything appeared to be routine as a crowd gathered to say goodbye to Col. Steven T.
On Monday, May 25, 2015, American Legion Post 54 was the lead-off unit in the 141st Memorial Day Parade in Freehold, N.J. They provided an honor guard for a 21-gun salute as well as a color guard at the pre-parade ceremonies held at Elks Point in downtown Freehold. Post 54 World War II veteran/Sgt.-at-Arms member John Heege was the grand marshal for the parade.
The Rockin' Roundup Band and Alpharetta Ga., American Legion Post 201 - in observance of National Veterans Assistance Day which is May 16 of every year - honored all veterans at our performance on May 16 and presented a special "Real American Hero Award" to our special veteran guest of honor.
The Rockin' Roundup Band was proud and honored to sponsor this award and show our respect for those who have served and protected our country in the Armed Forces. The Rockin' Roundup Band's co-founder, Stephen R.
After 75 years, it became painfully obvious that the cozy and beloved headquarters of Post 555 in Midway City, Orange County, Calif., was in need of a major makeover.
The kitchen, used weekly to feed its members and for frequent fundraisers like chili cook-offs and taco nights, was in bad shape and nearly unsafe. Restroom plumbing leaked. Air conditioning was nonexistent and old windows needed replacing.
Image courtesy of National Museum of the Marine Corps
From 2017 until 2020, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, located in Triangle, Va., will enter the final phase of construction to complete what was envisioned in its opening in 2006. Many new interactive galleries will open.
All dependent sons of military members who attended school in Europe - such as Nuremberg, Frankfurt and others to include the Asia-Pacific region - sons of active and retired veterans attending school in the USA, or older adults whose father or grandfather were veterans, are invited to join the Sons of The American Legion. Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.
At the April 11 Awards and Appreciation Dinner, Post 41 recognized its members who served on active duty during the Korean War era. The Korean War is often referred to as the "Forgotten War," and the men and women who served were never properly recognized and thanked for their service and sacrifice. 21 of the 36 veterans who served during the war were able to attend the dinner. Each Korean War veteran was presented with a certificate and a commemorative coin.
The officers and men of Post 41 extend our sincere thank-you to our veterans and all veterans who served during this war.
In Marshall, Texas, Legionnaires from Post 878 are assuring every veteran receives honors at his grave. The post now will present any area cemetery interested with a plaque honoring all soldiers laid to rest there. So far, they have issued six memorial plaques, and have several requests to fill.
Though popular, programs to place flags at veterans' graves often missed unmarked headstones or those without military honors, resulting in upset cemetery patrons and loved ones of the deceased.
On Presidents Day, Legion Aircraft Post 581 donated a document signed by President James Monroe to a nearby high school named for him. It hangs in a prominent position in the school's assembly hall.
The document grants 160 acres of land in the Indiana Territory to a Revolutionary War veteran, and includes a printer's illustration of Monroe.
Legionnaire Gene Denney inherited his father's collection of historical artifacts. His father, inspired after meeting President Franklin Roosevelt, became a "fine collector" of presidential documents, Denney said, among them this land grant.
Warren "Bud" Cornock of Frank Wendland American Legion Post 253, Royal Oak, Mich., was recognized by the Navy Operational Support Center, Detroit, at the Naval Reserve Centennial Celebration at Selfridge ANG Base on March 3, 2015.
Bud is a World War II veteran who served on USS Fogg, DE-57, in the Atlantic on convoy duty. In December 1944, Fogg was torpedoed by a German U-boat, which resulted in the loss of the stern section of the ship. Fogg was towed back to the States, fitted with a new stern and returned to action.
Ken Pridgeon paints a portrait of a fallen servicemember. | Photo courtesy of Portrait of a Warrior
Ken Pridgeon wakes every day to work toward his goal: to paint portraits of each of the Texan men and women killed in action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since he began in 2010, he has painted more than 150 fallen servicemembers. There are still more than 400 left.
The Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Gallery in Baytown, Texas, holds the completed paintings, and Pridgeon said about 100 people a week file in for tours.
Bentley Trumble American Legion Post 442 of Horseheads, N.Y., to Center Street Elementary School for its annual Veterans Day Recognition held at the request of the principal of the school. Each year they invite the veterans of Chemung County to participate in a parade in the school halls to demonstrate to the students and staff the contributions our veterans have made for the freedoms they have the privilege to enjoy.