MENANDS, NY-A New York Army National Guard Color Guard joins Civil War reenactors and members of the Patriot Guard, in honoring Civil War Soldier 1st Sgt. William Francis, a member of the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first Black unit to fight in the Union Army. Local Civil War historians identified Francis' unmarked grave at historic Albany Rural Cemetery and arranged for the Veterans Administration to provide a new stone to mark his final resting place.
Francis, who enlisted as a private, served throughout the Civil War, including the 54th's assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, made famous in the 1989 movie "Glory".
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Times Union -- Mon, 02 May 2016 Army National Guard officer leads youth leaders New York Army National Guard Maj. Alvin Phillips of Albany not only leads soldiers, he also mentors youth leaders.
Niagara Frontier Publication -- Fri, 29 Apr 2016 NIMAC has Niagara Falls base's back Sometime next month, when a C-130 lifts into the air above the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, it will be the final deployment from the base by the 914th Airlift Wing using the huge military... (more)
Daily Freeman -- Sat, 23 Apr 2016 Stewart Guardsmen participate in Canadian Arctic exercise RESOLUTE BAY, CANADA Members of the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Airport at Newburgh wrapped up their three-week exercise with Canadian armed forces in the... (more)