On Aug. 17, 2014, Boy Scouts of America Troop 417 of Red Bluff, Calif., held a Court of Honor for Gabriel Abramo Satori, who was advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout. During the ceremony, Frank Scotella, second vice from American Legion Post 45 in Corning, Calif., presented Gabriel with the American Legion Certificate of Recognition for making Eagle Scout. Brig. Gen. (retired) Michael LePeilbet presented Gabriel with the U.S. Army Youth Certificate of Recognition issued by the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Sacramento, Calif.
Pictured from left to right are LePeilbet, Sartori and Scotella.
Having spent most of his tender years from the age of 6 through 18 at St. Joseph's and St. Michael's School for Boys in Scranton and Hoban Heights, Pa., who would have thought that Frank Augustine would go on to live such a rich and full life?
Augustine has had a stellar year of recognition for his lifetime achievements and service to his community and his country that he accepted with calm, grace and humility. He was given a proclamation by Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, presented with a Senate Resolution by N.J. Sen.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Wilson, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri)
Matthews-Crawford Post 131 in Warrensburg, Missouri, recently honored three post members who reached the 70-year membership milestone with The American Legion. At the post's membership luncheon on Sept. 20, 2014, they were honored as over 140 Legion Family members and local dignitaries attended the event.
The three 70-year members were Howard E. Chappell, John W. Marr and James S. Whitfield.
More than 70 years after enlisting, World War II veteran George Talbott told his nephew Ray Talbott, also a veteran, he hadn't received the medals he’d earned. Like many vets, George hadn't talked much about his military experience. But looking over his DD-214, he realized he was short.
"So that's when I got with my niece (Lisa Fix) and she did some research on it," Ray said. "We found out everything he had earned.
Above: Dr. Bob Shumaker reuniting with his family after more than eight years in captivity.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Sept. 19, 2014. But the mass movement to raise awareness for these servicemembers took place during the Vietnam War. The wives of POWs tortured and kept for years launched a fight to bring back prisoners of war and determine the fate of the men missing in action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.