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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WNY. com -- Wed, 22 Mar 2017 Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station's 107th redesignates as attack wing Local officials joined members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing to acknowledge the venue's redesignation as the 107th Attack Wing. The ceremony was held Tuesday at the... (more)
Rome Sentinel -- Wed, 22 Mar 2017 EADS airman receives award; named best senior NCO Master Sgt. James Burke of the Eastern Air Defense Sector's (EADS) 224th Air Defense Group has been named the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) outstanding Senior Noncommissioned... (more)
Army.mil -- Tue, 21 Mar 2017 Brooklyn leader takes command of historic New York National Guard infantry company NEW YORK -- New York Army National Guard Capt. Dennis Tierney, a Brooklyn resident and Afghan War veteran, took command of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 69th Infantry-known as the "Fighting... (more)