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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Army.mil -- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 New York National Guard's 27th Brigade picks Best Warriors at Fort Drum competition FORT DRUM N.Y. -- Physical fitness, land navigation skills, military bearing, weapons knowledge and the ability to think under pressure all came into play Feb. 10-12 as 12 Soldiers from the... (more)
Defense.gov -- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 Guardsmen Remove Snow From Flight Lines Guardsmen clear snow from flight lines at Stratton and Stewart Air National Guard Bases in New York, Feb. 9, 2017. Photos by multiple military photographers
Madison County Courier -- Mon, 13 Feb 2017 Chief Master Sgt. Michael Will, a Remsen resident, becomes top enlisted Airman at 174th Attack Wing Saturday New York Air National Guard Chief Master Sergeant Michael Will, a Remsen resident and Iraq War veteran, will become the top enlisted Airman in the 174th Attack Wing during a change of responsibility... (more)