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Guard Honors African-American Civil War Soldier

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 -- Thu, 08 Dec 2016 New York National Guard marks President Martin Van Buren's 234th Birthday in his hometown KINDERHOOK, N.Y. - Two dozen New York Army National Guard Soldiers honored the nation's eighth president, Martin Van Buren, during a cold and blustery winter morning in his Hudson Valley hometown,... (more)

Military.com -- Wed, 07 Dec 2016 Deep Freeze: The Air Force's Vital Mission in Antarctica The weather conditions are treacherous. But that's to be expected for members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing who participate in the U.S. Air Force's Operation Deep... (more)

Associated Press -- Sat, 03 Dec 2016 NY Army National Guard support unit getting new commander CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Army National Guard unit that provides military police, transportation and other support elements is getting a new commander.

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