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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Ithaca Journal -- Thu, 30 Jul 2015 Citizen soldiers: Local guard unit trains at Fort Drum FORT DRUM Each of the nearly 80 members of Delta Company, 2nd Battalion,108th Infantry Regiment, the Ithaca-area based New York National Guard unit,has a similar reason for their service -... (more)
Department of Defense.gov -- Thu, 30 Jul 2015 Face of Defense: Father, Daughter Helicopter Pilots Fly Together FORT DRUM, N.Y., July 30, 2015 - Army Warrant Officer Meghan Polis, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the New York National Guard, doesn’t remember it but she logged her first... (more)
Nationalguard.mil -- Thu, 30 Jul 2015 New York pararescueman is Air National Guard’s Outstanding NCO of the Year JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - The drive to succeed in a job he thoroughly enjoys while being able to serve others is what fuels Staff Sgt. Douglas Kechijian,the Air National Guard’s... (more)