Jesse Clipper American Legion Post #430

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Not much is known about the background of this World War I hero, however Jesse Clipper became a local Buffalo, New York legend as the first African American from the region to die in the war. Clipper worked at the American Palace laundry before he was drafted into the army. According to his contemporaries, he was a pleasant young man and a good worker. Before service to his country, Jesse Clipper served as Vice-President of Colored Musicians Local No. 533 in 1917. A Buffalo News article, published on May 2, 1968 notes that "Pvt. Jesse Clipper of the 317th Engineers, was wounded at the front in France. He was hospitalized several weeks. When the wounds healed, he returned to his outfit. Soon afterwards he was gassed. After another long stay in the hospital, he received orders to return to the United States. But before he could be brought home, he landed in the hospital again. There he died in 1919." Clipper was buried in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, a French cemetery. The Jesse Clipper American Legion Post 430 was founded by fifteen Black World War I veterans on September 16, 1919. The first Commander was Mosby B. McAden. The group petitioned the Buffalo Common Council to establish a monument in honor of Clipper and all Black soldiers. The petition to the Common Council from Jesse Clipper Post 430, American Legion stated: "Be it resolved: that we the members of Jesse Clipper Post 430, American Legion, having the progress, civic betterment and beautification of the City of Buffalo uppermost in our hearts, and being desirous of paying further tribute to that Negro soldier for whom our post has been named, and being anxious to honor all of our fellow men and women who have so valiantly served our country during periods of major strife, namely, War of Revolution, War of 1812, Spanish-American War and World War, do humbly petition the Common Council of the City of Buffalo for permission to erect a memorial bearing suitable inscription, in Jesse Clipper Square." The group dedicated the Jesse Clipper Square at Michigan and William Streets on May 30, 1935. A monument was erected in honor of Jesse Clipper and all the war heroes of World War I as a result of the advocacy and fundraising of members of the Jesse Clipper Post. Since the initial dedication of the monument the dates of other wars, in which Blacks fought have been added. Now, here's a bit of trivia that (Barbara Nevergold) stumbled across in the Indianapolis Freeman of November 1916. It referenced an African American vaudeville group, the Heart of Dixie, who attended the "October 10, 1916 marriage of Jesse Clipper to Miss Edna Mercer, a non-professional, at Buffalo, NY." So, many someone can research this and find a copy of the marriage license.
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07/10/2020

WNY Heroes 8205 Main St. Weekly Food give away free! FOR VETERANS! EVERY TUESDAY. 12 NOON!

I wanted to make you aware of our weekly food drop off for Veterans hosted by WNY Heroes. WNY Heroes was asked by the NYS Veterans Services in Albany to spearhead this food initiative. Every Tuesday, USDA pulls up with a trailer full of Meat (Mix of different meat), Dairy (Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, chocolate milk, shredded cheese) and Produce (head of lettuce, bag of apples, gab of oranges, bag of potatoes, two bags of carrots) . All this food is free for the Veterans. Last week, they handed out 2000 meals to Veterans across WNY. They even have a Veteran from Batavia who comes every week to pick up and make deliveries to those who may not have a vehicle.

Veterans can come or have it delivered if needed. Veterans can come for their pick up starting at 12noon on Tuesdays. This is NOT a program based on income either.

Veterans can simply call or show up with proof of service. All we need is their name and phone # for NYS. Again, they can come weekly, there is no limit as to how many times they can come.

WNY Heroes is located at
8205 Main Street, STE# 1 Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: 716-630-5020

Please share as you never know who many need this extra assistance in these difficult times.

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Buffalo, NY-July 8, 2020, Pictured are Vice Commander Richard Hill and Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils as they enter the Edward...
07/09/2020

Buffalo, NY-July 8, 2020, Pictured are Vice Commander Richard Hill and Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils as they enter the Edwards Funeral Home to provide condolences on behalf of The Jesse Clipper Post #430 to Vice Commander Irvin Bates on the passing of his sister Bernadette.

April 22, 2020, 2nd Vice Commander Richard Hill, receives the "2020 Legionnaire of The Year Award"-Commander Minister Pa...
05/02/2020

April 22, 2020, 2nd Vice Commander Richard Hill, receives the "2020 Legionnaire of The Year Award"-Commander Minister Paulette Woods presented Richard Hill with this prestigious award for his outstanding service.

March 7, 2020-Pictured is Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, who  represented the Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 at the Mary B. Talbe...
03/08/2020

March 7, 2020-Pictured is Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, who represented the Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 at the Mary B. Talbert Dinner orientation. The Jesse Clipper Post will be one of the organizations honored at the dinner on April 25, 2020.

Some pictures from today's Harriet Tubman Parade. Jesse Clipper Post 430 members and officers marched with pride as they...
03/07/2020

Some pictures from today's Harriet Tubman Parade. Jesse Clipper Post 430 members and officers marched with pride as they displayed the Post Colors.

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01/30/2020
8-year-old boy raises over $50,000 for homeless veterans

8-year-old boy raises over $50,000 for homeless veterans

8-year-old Tyler Stallings has been on a mission to help homeless veterans since he was 4 years old, and so far, this little "superhero" has raised over $50,000.

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October 31, 2019-Buffalo,NY-Colored Musician Club Local-Pictured-are George Scott President of the Colored Musician Club...
10/31/2019

October 31, 2019-Buffalo,NY-Colored Musician Club Local-Pictured-are George Scott President of the Colored Musician Club 533 and Richard Hill 2nd Vice Commander of Jesse Clipper Post 430. They met to discuss arranging a meeting with members to discuss the possibility that the two organizations might be able to do joint fundraisers.

Centennial Celebration Gala:  100 years of service� Photos by Robert Blue of Blue Image Photography
09/30/2019

Centennial Celebration Gala: 100 years of service
� Photos by Robert Blue of Blue Image Photography

Centennial Celebration Gala: 100 years of service
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We are only 20 days away from celebrating 100 years of service to Western New York. This will be a phenomenal event you ...
09/08/2019

We are only 20 days away from celebrating 100 years of service to Western New York. This will be a phenomenal event you don't want to miss. We will be honoring key members of our community that are fighting for veterans including the Honorable Crystal D. People-Stokes, Lakisha X. Prim, Fern Beavers and The Veteran One-Stop of WNY. The distinguished speaker will be the Honorable Judge Robert Russell, the founder of Erie County Veteran Treatment Court.

Jesse Clipper American Legion Post #430
08/31/2019

Jesse Clipper American Legion Post #430

Pictures taken of Past Commander Rev. Eugene L. Pierce, wife Sharon and guests-Rev. Pierce and nine others received the "Community Change Makers Award".

During the Civil War, 179,000 African Americans are estimated to have served as part of six units of U.S. Colored Troops...
08/20/2019

During the Civil War, 179,000 African Americans are
estimated to have served as part of six units of U.S.
Colored Troops (USCT), segregated into 175 regiments. These were the first organized units for black soldiers and these men, many formerly enslaved, enthusiastically volunteered to fight for the Union. As soldiers theyfulfilled combat and labor functions. By the war’s end, black soldiers represented 10 percent of the Union Army and about 25 percent of the naval force. #knowyourhistory #blackhistory

American Legion Jesse Clipper Post 430 will be celebrating 100 years of service to the Buffalo Community on September 28...
08/13/2019

American Legion Jesse Clipper Post 430 will be celebrating 100 years of service to the Buffalo Community on September 28, 2019 at Salvatore Italian Garden and we want you to come celebrate with us. Can't Make It? Show your support by buying a ticket for a Veteran who do not have the financial means to attended or support the post with a Sponsorship or Patron Ad in our Journal. Details attached.

Congratulations to American Legion Jesse Clipper Post 430 honor guard on representing Erie County 8th District at the 10...
07/20/2019

Congratulations to American Legion Jesse Clipper Post 430 honor guard on representing Erie County 8th District at the 101st Department of New York, State Convention. Jesse Clipper Post 430 took home the third place award in the honor guard competition! Very product of Commander Paulette Woods, Vice Commander Kanasha Blue, 3rd Vicr Commander Donald Paulk, Chaplin Deacon Michael Davis and Legionnaire Irvin Bates

November 6, 2013-The Jesse Clipper Post  430, is proud to have spearhead the creation of the Buffalo African American Ve...
07/14/2019

November 6, 2013-The Jesse Clipper Post 430, is proud to have spearhead the creation of the Buffalo African American Veterans Monument.

As we remember the brave actions that took place on D-day on this 75th Anniversary, let's also remember the over 2000 Af...
06/06/2019

As we remember the brave actions that took place on D-day on this 75th Anniversary, let's also remember the over 2000 African American who also fought on the beaches of Normandy.

All-black balloon unit served with distinction on D-Day
By Ben Sherman, Fort Sill, February 6, 2014

There were many heroes and heroic sagas during World War II, many documented in military history books and retold over the decades. But, many other equally heroic actions received little or no recognition because the American Army was segregated; and the Soldiers and their units were black.

One such all-black unit was the 320th Very Low Altitude (VLA) barrage balloon battalion. The battalion was raised up in 1942 just a year after the Coastal Artillery Corps took over responsibility for barrage balloons from the Army Air Corps.

"The 320th VLA was the only black combat unit to take part in the D-Day landings and was the only barrage balloon battalion to land on the beaches. Units from the 320th landed on both Omaha and Utah beaches and, if you look at pictures of the D-Day beachhead and you see barrage balloons there, they were manned by three to five black troops from the 320th," said Jonathan Bernstein, Army Air Defense Artillery Museum director here. "The first Soldiers from the battalion landed on Omaha Beach at 9 a.m., two hours after the invasion began. The first balloon was floated at 11:15 p.m. that night, and by the next day all of their balloons were knocked out by German artillery fire. But, they were resupplied and were able to quickly float new balloons."

Bernstein said the 320th VLA Battalion had five batteries and a headquarters battery, with around 700 Soldiers. The reason it took them so long to deploy their balloons was because of intense fighting on the beaches. As infantry units solidified their lines, the 320th Soldiers established their positions.

Read more: https://www.army.mil/article/119639

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Jesse Clipper became a legend in Buffalo, New York for his actions during World War I. Before being drafted into the army, Clipper worked at the American Palace laundry. He was known to be a pleasant young man who was a hard worker. Before service to his country, Jesse Clipper served as Vice-President of Colored Musicians Local No. 533 in 1917.
Past Commander Henry Curtis, Commander Paulette Woods and 3rd Vice Commander Kanasha Blue represent the Jessie Clipper Post 430 at Erie County American Legion Meeting.
I took this yesterday at the Bryant & Stratton College Veterans Lounge dedication. I have other photos of your members -- if interested please message me. :-)