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.
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defense.gov -- Mon, 01 Jun 2020 Honor Guard Soldiers Continue Performing Final Salutes During COVID-19 On a warm and cloudy morning, Army Sgt. Nikole Clark and Army Spc. Austin Dycha stepped out of their cars at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, New York, to conduct a funeral ceremony in honor... (more)
Riverhead News-Review -- Tue, 26 May 2020 Col. Shawn Fitzgerald of Cutchogue to become new commander of 106th Rescue Wing New York Air National Guard Col. Shawn Fitzgerald will become the next commander of the 106th Rescue Wing based in Westhampton Beach, the Air Force announced last week. Col. Fitzgerald, who... (more)
WVIB -- Mon, 25 May 2020 New Yorks National Guard is helping get COVID 19 test kits to communities in need NIAGARA FALLS N.Y. (WIVB) Members of the National Guard had the task this weekend of packaging about 350,000 COVID-19 testing kits. They had three days to get the job done and were able to... (more)