The American Legion Harrisburg Post # 472

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The Greatest Generations Foundation
12/08/2020

The Greatest Generations Foundation

(DEC 06, 2020) – HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Join us in wishing Pearl Harbor Survivor Clarence Byal a BIG 99th birthday today.

Clarence was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on December 6, 1921. Despite being born in the United States, he spent his childhood and teen years in Canada, working the farm with his brothers. It wasn’t until he tried to join the Canadian military that he realized he was an American citizen.

With that knowledge, he traveled to the United States and joined the US Navy. It took some time for his paperwork to come through, and he spent that time working at the YMCA, which also provided him lodging.

He fondly remembers a woman at a local restaurant providing him with free meals during that time. With his finances growing short, his paperwork was finally approved, and he found himself in boot camp and then eventually on the USS St. Louis, a light-cruiser stationed at Pearl Harbor.

On December 6, 1941, he enjoyed liberty ashore and looked forward to the same the next day. It was then, on December 7, that the Japanese attacked. Watching from his battle-station on the deck of the ship, he watched explosions and fire spread throughout the harbor. He would spend the rest of the day rescuing survivors and doing battle-damage repairs aboard the ship.

Clarence comes from a proud military family. His brothers served in different military branches, fighting in wars that stretched from World War II through Vietnam. Clarence today now makes his home in northern California and spends his days reflecting on the good times in his life, Pearl Harbor being a vivid memory that sticks with him.

Please join us in wishing Pearl Harbor Survivor Clarence Byal a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

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10/30/2020
Red Table Talk: The Estefans

Red Table Talk: The Estefans

In April, 20-year-old Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén was found dead outside a Texas Army Base. Now, her devastated family has come to the Red Table demanding justice and seeking answers. Vanessa’s heartbroken mother sits down for an emotional one-on-one conversation with Gloria and reveals why she feels there is more to the story surrounding her beloved daughter’s death. Vanessa’s impassioned sisters share their gut-wrenching journey and the important work they’re doing to ensure this never happens again.

ABC13-Steve Campion
10/21/2020
ABC13-Steve Campion

ABC13-Steve Campion

BREAKING 🚨 The family of Vanessa Guillen, the Fort Hood Army specialist who was killed on base, is now entitled to her full military benefits, the U.S. Army announced.

Veterans In Trucking
09/29/2020
Veterans In Trucking

Veterans In Trucking

Apply today to work for one of the best Veteran programs in the country!

Ryan Wolf
09/24/2020

Ryan Wolf

She's a 20 yr old whose life's been turned upside down overseas. Fabiana Luna is a member of the Air Force. She was involved in a major car accident while stationed in the UK. Fabiana has a broken neck. Loved ones in TX are turning to us all for supportive words. "This has been a rough year for our family as we have just lost her aunt to Covid the end of July." Let's help!

ABC13-Steve Campion
09/09/2020

ABC13-Steve Campion

FORT HOOD DEATHS 🚨 Congress will launch an investigation into sexual assault, disappearances, deaths and the leadership's response at Fort Hood after 28 soldiers stationed at the U.S. Army base in Texas died this year. The announcement was made by two subcommittee leaders on Tuesday.

The letter said that according to Army data, there was an average of 129 felonies committed annually at Fort Hood between 2014 and 2019, including cases of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and aggravated assault.

The members of Congress cited the deaths of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who according to federal officials was bludgeoned to death at the Texas base in April by a fellow soldier, and Pvt. Gregory Morales, whose remains were found in June while searching for Guillen. Morales was reported missing in August 2019.

The letter also names Pvt. Mejhor Morta and Sgt. Elder Fernandes, whose deaths are still under investigation, and the homicide investigations of Pvt. Brandon Scott Rosecrans, Spc. Freddy Delacruz Jr. and Spc. Shelby Tyler Jones.

ABC13-Steve Campion
09/08/2020

ABC13-Steve Campion

MARK YOU CALENDARS. 🚨 This Friday night in what's sure to be an explosive ABC 20/20 on ABC13 Houston & ABC, the fight for justice in Vanessa Guillen's case will be at the center of a 2 hour special. What led to this Houstonian's horrific murder at Fort Hood? What will change?

08/30/2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Peter MacDonald Sr. is one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers. On National Navajo Code Talker Day, we revisit his story about what made the “unbreakable” code so effective, and how it helped save lives and secure victory in the Pacific.

KWTX News 10
08/27/2020

KWTX News 10

#BREAKING - Fort Hood leaders say an investigation found that Sgt. Elder Fernandes' claim of being grabbed in the buttocks in May of 2020 was "unsubstantiated" and there were no witnesses to support the allegation. Sgt. Fernandes had been made aware of the results of the investigation prior to his disappearance. Fort Hood also confirmed on Wednesday that the body found hanging from tree in a Temple park was that of Fernandes.

ABC13-Steve Campion
08/22/2020

ABC13-Steve Campion

MISSING SOLDIER UPDATE 🚨 Army officials said Fernandes is currently involved in an open investigation involving claims of abuse regarding sexual contact.

Fort Hood release a statement, saying:

"The chain of command takes all allegations of sexual harassment and assault seriously. The unit sexual assault response coordinator has been working closely with Sgt. Fernandes, ensuring he was aware of all his reporting, care, and victim advocacy options. The unit also facilitated his transfer from a unit who has recently deployed to a different unit within the brigade to ensure he received the proper care and ensure there were no opportunities for reprisals. We will provide updates as we are able once CID completes their investigation."

Another Missing Soilder???  SMH!!  #ShutDownFortHoodBase #iamvanessaguillen
08/21/2020
Fort Hood soldier reported missing

Another Missing Soilder??? SMH!! #ShutDownFortHoodBase #iamvanessaguillen

Elder Fernandez, 23, was last seen by his staff sergeant Monday when he dropped him off at his residence in the 2700 block of Woodlands Drive in Killeen, police say.

08/17/2020
ABC13-Steve Campion

ABC13-Steve Campion

FORT HOOD UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 🚨 The Army says they've sworn in a panel to conduct an independent review of Fort Hood. The unprecedented move follows national uproar over the handling of Vanessa Guillen's disappearance. Below is their release from this morning.
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Five civilian members of a committee that will conduct an independent review of Fort Hood were sworn in Wednesday during a virtual ceremony. The Fort Hood Independent Review Committee will examine the command climate and culture at Fort Hood and the surrounding military community to determine whether they reflect the Army’s commitment to safety, respect, inclusiveness, diversity, and freedom from sexual harassment.

"The Army is honored to have such highly qualified panel members help us explore the current environment in order to improve conditions for our Soldiers, families and civilians," said Under Secretary of the Army James E. McPherson. "We thank them for their time and commitment to provide an accurate assessment of their findings."

The FHIRC members have a combined 75 years of experience as active-duty military and law-enforcement personnel, and have broad expertise with the law and government investigations, having worked on discrimination claims, civil matters, veterans' issues, whistleblower cases and law-enforcement investigations, among others.

The FHIRC members include Mr. Chris Swecker, a lawyer who has conducted similar independent reviews for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Vogel Nuclear Power Plant, and the Winston Salem Police Department; Mr. Jonathan Harmon, a trial lawyer whose business litigation practice spans complex commercial, fraud, class-action, and employment issues, among others; Ms. Carrie Ricci, an associate general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and prior assistant general counsel for the Department of Defense Education Activity; Ms. Queta Rodriguez, regional director of a non-profit organization for veterans; and Mr. Jack White, a lawyer with expertise in government investigations, discrimination claims, constitutional matters, securities claims, white collar matters, bankruptcies and other civil matters.

In addition, the FHIRC members will be assisted by a support staff from the Headquarters of the Department of the Army, including personnel from the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Office of the Inspector General and other offices.

Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, have requested the FHIRC to provide an interim program report by mid-September and a final report by Oct. 30, 2020. Their assessment will include a review of historical data and statistics; interviews with a wide range of Fort Hood personnel; an evaluation of policies, regulations and procedures regarding sexual assault prevention, sexual harassment, equal opportunity and responses to reports of missing Soldiers; an evaluation of leaders' training, education, abilities and effectiveness; and the command climate at various units and its impact on the safety, welfare and readiness of their Soldiers.

ABC13-Steve Campion
08/14/2020

ABC13-Steve Campion

REMEMBERING VANESSA ❤️ Streaming the service here -> abc13.com/6364533.

08/14/2020
ABC13-Steve Campion

ABC13-Steve Campion

Rest In Peace, Vanessa. 🙏🏻 A horse drawn carriage carried the casket with Vanessa Guillen's remains into Cesar Chavez High School. Streaming the service here -> abc13.com/6364533.

Army Secretary speaking about recent Fort Hood cases
08/06/2020
Army Secretary speaking about recent Fort Hood cases

Army Secretary speaking about recent Fort Hood cases

Fort Hood announced earlier this week that another soldier had died and the case for murdered soldier Vanessa Guillen is still under investigation.

ABC13-Steve Campion
08/04/2020

ABC13-Steve Campion

Rest In Peace, Spc. Francisco Hernandezvargas. 🙏🏻 The Fort Hood soldier lost his life after a boating incident on Stillhouse Hollow Lake on August 2nd. The Army said his unit is cooperating with local authorities as they investigate the incident.

ABC13-Steve Campion
08/04/2020

ABC13-Steve Campion

REST IN PEACE 🙏🏻 Cypress-native Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23, is presumed to be dead after a tragic amphibious vehicle accident in California. Rodd was a new husband and father. He graduated from Cy-Fair H.S. back in 2016. Friends have created a GoFund me for his family. Details here -> abc13.com/6350115.

KWTX News 10
07/31/2020

KWTX News 10

REST IN PEACE GREGORY: Fort Hood soldier Gregory Wedel Morales was laid to rest Thursday in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The slain soldier was declared AWOL after he disappeared in August 2019. His remains were unearthed in a field in #Killeen some weeks ago. Gregory was reinstated and buried with full military honors. (📷: Eric Franklin KWTX)

ABC13-Steve Campion
07/30/2020

ABC13-Steve Campion

Rest In Peace, Gregory Morales. 🙏🏻 The Fort Hood solider was laid to rest this morning at Fort Gibson in Oklahoma. Morales had military honors at his service after the Army changed his status from deserter to active duty. At Fort Hood today, fellow soldiers gathered for their own memorial ceremony. 🇺🇸 Read more here -> abc13.com/6319977.

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FREE Seminar to American Legion Members! Please Share! There will be a Gun Law Seminar to hear a Texas Fi****ms Attorney teach on Texas Gun Law. You may be surprised when you can legally defend yourself and your loved ones in your home and in public, learn about the castle doctrine and myths behind stand your ground laws, the justified use of deadly force, where you can legally carry, what to expect when law enforcement arrives, and much more! Get all your questions answered. Very informative and entertaining! Please click on the link below to register and save your seat today! Please use Promo Code: FRIEND to attend for free. This code does not work for certain browsers, if you have trouble please select “cash at door” and you will be waived in. https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/pmtx/evt__QuickEvent?id=a2z5A00000QZVvu On January 15, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 American Legion Post 490 11702 Old Galveston Rd Houston, TX 77034
Please support our fundraiser for school supplies. This year DeZavala Elementary will be the recipient of all supplies collected. If you cannot attend, please send a donation to the address on the flyer. Thank you. For God and Country. Juan Torres, Post Commander
American Legion Post 472 Mario Gallegos Sr. Scholarship Tournament to be held on April 28th. Please consider playing and or sponsoring a hole. Help us reach our goal of 20 scholarships this year.
“Sometimes in life, God hands us a rose.” ⠀⠀⠀ Enjoy a timeless classic available at your fingertips! The #LastManClub movie embraces family values while supporting our #veterans and country. Order your DVD today at: www.TheLastManClub.com
The #LastManClub movie made a special appearance at the #WorldSeriesGame5 last night. ⚾ #WorldSeries #EarnHistory #Astros #MLB Last Man Club is a film that honors our Veterans. Veterans Day (Nov 11th) is important because it is a chance to acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States. Purchase your DVD at amazon.com Please share on your FB Timeline!
Fundraiser for Camp Hope, a non-profit in Houston helping veterans with PTSD. Freddie Pate and Doug Stone Concert SAT, OCT 21 @ 5pm. Tickets are $35 per person at the door. Get $5 off NOW with advanced purchase. Freddie Pate performs at 5 pm and Doug Stone at 8 pm. Located inside the pavilion with tables/chairs and tickets cover both performances. Also, VIP reserved seating closer to the stage is available for $250 per table that seats eight (8). Purchase at https://wwwjamboree.yapsody.com/event/index/106426/wounded-warrior-watch-jamboree. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT CAMP HOPE!!!
The following events have been canceled: The Big Breakfast on Sept 10th 9/11 The first responder lunch The following events have been postponed: The King of Spades will resume on Oct 6th The Coushatta trip will take place on Oct 7th
I have a space for one female veteran evacuee in my home in Oregon. Long Term. I am 63 year old female veteran. Please Pass the word.
Greetings fellow Legionaires I know this is not the ideal time as I am sure Y'all are pretty busy at this time , but I was wondering if you could help me locate an old Army buddy from Houston, Maxmillian "Max" Vargas Hq Btry 6th Arty Group Fort Bliss Texas 1963-1964 any leads would be much appreciated Thank You William Perry Post 83 Lincoln Nh