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Guard Honors African-American Civil War Soldier
Photo by Eric Durr, Division of Military and Naval Affairs (Released)
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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Hudson Valley Time Warner Cable -- Fri, 19 Sep 2014

NYS National Guard Hosts Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Fair at Kingston Armory

KINGSTON, N.Y.-- The New York State National Guard plays host to Military veterans and their spouses for the Hiring our Heroes Veterans Job Fair at the Kingston Armory.

Fox and Friends -- Thu, 18 Sep 2014

US Air Force celebrates 67 years of service

New York Air National Guard members Senior Airman Amanda Martino and Lt. Col.Col. Bruce Theriault appear on Fox and Friends Morning Show.

Times Union -- Mon, 15 Sep 2014

Duty Calls: Iraq war veteran becomes top enlisted soldier

Louis Wilson of Rochester has become the command sergeant major of the 10,500-member New York Army National Guard.

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