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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Legion Post 395 presented its first Law Officer of the Year Award during the Crestview City Council meeting on Dec. 9. This award recognizes a law enforcement officer who has proven personal dedication to societal security and protection.
Post Commander Raymond Nelson presented the award to Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff Heath Hehl. “Each American Legion Post may present this award and the post winner can compete in the Department of Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and then National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award if winner at state level," Nelson said.
Post 288 Commander Dennis Lorberger and Assistant Chaplain Jim Lee present Cedarburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Vahsholtz and Park Board President Joey Hintz with a plaque of appreciation for their support in setup and preparations for the post's annual holiday event. The Cedarburg FD has been a staunch supporter of the Peter Wollner post, and all of the firefighters embody the spirit of community professionals.
It's an honor to be married 23 years to an Army pilot. Both of us graduated from Kaplan High School. We are very honored to serve this country. It is very hard to be seep rated and be away from our extended families. It's a real sacrifice. We wanted to give up so many times, but my husband and I stand firm for this country. We are broken and we always find a way to stand strong.
Richard Giroux will be the grand marshal for the annual Twin Cities Veterans Council parade, which takes place in Biddeford and Saco on Monday, Nov. 11.
Giroux served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and retired as a staff sergeant.
His goal in enlisting was to become an Army bandsman and have the opportunity to travel to other countries and meet people all over the world.
William Bayliss finally got his Purple Heart – 24 years after he was wounded on Iwo Jima.
It came through the mail a few days ago. He was wounded on Iwo Jima in April 1945.
During World War II, Bayliss was with the 147th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Division, which was attached to the Third Marine Division at the time it went into Iwo Jima. Bayliss was an automatic rifleman.
The American Legion Post 5 (USS Tampa) membership has created a fantastic program called "American Flag History." Commander Bill Hamblin even wears a period costume as "Gen. George Washington" as he narrates the display of each of our nation's flags and their meaning and symbolism as they progressed through history, leading up to our current Old Glory. They enact proper display, folding, etiquette for saluting, and how to raise and lower the flag properly.
This program was presented to Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 246 on July 9 at Post 152 in Tampa.
Indianola, Neb., Post 344 won second place for a patriotic float for disabled veterans in the Old Settlers Parade, which is more than a century old.
Mitty Quigley, a long-time member of the Auxiliary, came up with the idea for the float after her husband hurt his foot. Her husband, Stanley, is a World War II veteran, and a Legion lifer.
"I guess that’s the reason I liked to have the float - because my husband couldn't walk ... I thought, 'Well, let's get a float and get him in the parade.'
"A few of the members are getting older and some have difficulty walking," she said.
Chaplain George Schmidt (left) of American Legion Post 110, Virginia Beach, Va., has earned recognition as Post Legionnaire of the Year for 2013. During the past year, Chaplain Schmidt has contributed many hours and driven many miles in support of military veterans and Legionnaires in need. He was presented with the "White Dogwood Pin" by Post Commander Bert Wendell Jr. (right) at Post 110's monthly meeting on Sept. 11, 2013.
Photo by: Doug Uhlmann, adjutant, Post 110.
Post 168 recently honored Marcel Chapuis for 70 years of Legion service at its installation of officers.
A native of Salinas, he was working as a machinist at the Mare Island shipyard when Pearl Harbor was attacked. After his discharge from the Army in 1944, he joined the Legion at the urging of his father-in-law, who was a Legion officer. After the family moved to Patterson, Chapuis became commander of the local post and served in the Patterson Police Reserves.
After leaving the DEC meeting in Lansing for the drive back home to Battle Creek, I stopped at Eaton/Greenawalt-Flaherty Post No. 42 in Charlotte to drop off "Request to Transfer to Local Post" and "Project Stay Alive" forms for their post, which were distributed to District Commanders earlier.
I thought it would save time and help the post process their transfers more rapidly. After removing my tie and sport coat, I entered the lounge, and asked the lounge manager to give the forms to the first vice commander.
Several members of the 15th District (Tampa area) accompanied the Department of Florida commander in attendance at the Monday, July 1 bill-signing at MacDill AFB by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill signed was “HB 1223: Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices,” which authorizes a civil penalty for a person who willfully uses deceptive or unfair trade acts or practices against a military servicemember or servicemember’s spouse or dependent child in certain circumstances.
I am writing to tell you about what my post has started and been recognized for by Gen. Martin E Dempsey, 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
On July 28, 2012, we held a concert to benefit our wounded warriors. We had eight bands that performed from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. We flew in a wounded warrior from the hospital at Fort Belvoir to be our guest of honor! We escorted him from the airport to the event with Patriot Guard riders, Legion Riders, Corvette Club, National Guard, city, town, county and state police departments, and we were able to donate $5,500 to NY Warrior Alliance.
The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Department of Idaho makes $10,500 donation to Camp Magical Moments Cancer Camp for Kids, Inc.
This year the Department of Idaho’s commander’s and president’s project was to raise money to send children with cancer to summer camp. They chose Camp Magical Moments in Swan Valley, Idaho, to be the recipient of this effort.
At the recent installation of officers for Post 731 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Willis Forman was recognized for his 70 years of service to The American Legion. Post 731 also awarded an honorary lifetime membership to Forman.
Forman's association with the Legion began in the 1930s when his father, a post commander in Oregon, signed him up as a Sons of the American Legion member.
American Legion Post 110 of Virginia Beach, Va., held its installation ceremony for elected 2013-2014 post officers on July 10, 2013. Installing officer was 2nd District Commander Mike Bukowski, and acting sergeant-at-arms was 2nd District Adjutant Al Steward. In the photo (l to r) are Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Howard, Vice Commander Dan Ryan, Historian Brian Abbott, 2nd District Commander Mike Bukowski, Commander Bert Wendell Jr., 2nd District Adjutant Al Steward, Finance Officer Steve Sokolowski, Service Officer Doug Uhlmann and Chaplain George Schmidt.