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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Washington Post -- Tue, 12 Dec 2017 Clarence Beavers, pioneering black paratrooper and smoke jumper, dies at 96 Clarence Beavers, the last surviving member of Americas first black parachute unit, a World War II test platoon that went on to battle fires caused by Japanese bombs and paved the way for... (more)
Daily Gazette -- Mon, 11 Dec 2017 Ballston Spa woman named to top Air National Guard position Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto, of Ballston Spa, is the first woman and the first Air National Guard member to serve as the top enlisted adviser to the Adjutant General of New York.... (more)
DemRochester Democrat and Chronicle -- Mon, 11 Dec 2017 Army Guard member Joseph Nelk of Pittsford dies in Ukraine A 21-year-old New York Army National Guard member who deployed to Ukraine as part of the 7th Army Training Command's Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine died on Sunday.