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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National Guard.mil -- Wed, 01 Jul 2015 New York Army National Guard teams sharpen bomb disposal skills at Raven’s Challenge ORISKANY, N.Y. --Donning 70 pound protective suits in scorching heat, New York Army National Guard Soldiers engaged explosive devices left in banks and restaurants, utilized state-of-the-art... (more)
Sioux City Journal -- Tue, 30 Jun 2015 Military museum paints picture of National Guard history JOHNSTON, Iowa | The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is located on the grounds of Camp Dodge, a huge 4,200-acre National Guard training facility just outside of Johnston. Master Sgt. Duff McFadden,... (more)
National Guard.mil -- Tue, 30 Jun 2015 New York Army Guard Soldiers hone mission command skills during Fort Drum exercise FORT DRUM, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Ferreira maneuvered his computer-generated UH-60 helicopter above the pixelated terrain below