FORT DRUM-- Lt. Col. James Gonyo, commander of the New York
Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 69th Infantry displays the crucifix carried by Sgt. Joyce Kilmer, a famous poet and member of the 69th Infantry’s intelligence section who was killed in action in World War I. Kilmer’s crucifix has been handed down from commander to commander since then and carried on a daily basis. Kilmer, who wrote the poem "Trees" penned the poem "Rouge Bouquet" about death on the battlefield shortly before his own death.
DMNA Press Releases
NY National Guard In the News
We Are The Mighty -- Wed, 23 Aug 2017 These are the airmen who fly to the coldest places on Earth "Pole to pole." These three words are the motto of the 109th Airlift Wing - at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, New York - and though short, it is an accurate synopsis... (more)
Times Union -- Mon, 21 Aug 2017 Saratoga Springs resident promoted to major general Raymond Shields of Saratoga Springs an Afghanistan War veteran, has been promoted to New York Army National Guard major general during a ceremony at Division of Military and Naval Affairs... (more)
army.mil -- Mon, 21 Aug 2017 New York City said goodbye to National Guard with massive parade in August 1917 NEW YORK -- Before they walked down the gangplank onto French soil in April 1918; 25,000 New York National Guard Soldiers walked down Fifth Avenue in August 1917 so New York City could say... (more)