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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Military Notes -- Wed, 26 Aug 2015 Leigh Valley Live Mitchell Lango, of Knowlton Township, serving with the Joint Force Headquarters, New York Army National Guard, was recently promoted to the rank of Major.
Army.mil -- Wed, 26 Aug 2015 National Guard medic awarded state’s top military honor for heroism FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Aug. 25, 2015) --Staff Sgt. Marlana Watson was spending a quiet night at her Syracuse home playing video games when the New York Army National Guard medic and Afghan War... (more)
Associated Press -- Mon, 24 Aug 2015 Afghan war vet to be senior enlisted advisor for NY Guard ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Army National Guard is getting a new senior enlisted advisor. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski will replace Rochester resident... (more)