Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mike McDermott Leads NY State Legion

Mike McDermott of Homer is the first person from Cortland County to serve as New York State American Legion commander in the Legion’s 100-year history.

The Vietnam War veteran’s election capped the Department of New York Convention held in Buffalo July 18-20.

McDermott served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1967, including a year in Vietnam where he worked in communication and intelligence with a Marine support battalion. On base he also served as a rifleman and assistant M60 machine gunner.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Iraq War Vet Leads NY State American Legion

Gary Schacher
Commander Schacher
Gary Schacher of Cobleskill (Schoharie County) is the first Iraq war veteran to become  commander of The American Legion Department of New York.

His election came just before the conclusion of the 100th Department Convention, held July 19-21 in Rochester.

“Never give up!” is his theme for his year. “We are 100 years strong and we are paving the way for the next 100 years to be the voice for veterans.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rena Nessler Makes American Legion History

Rena Nessler
SYRACUSE – U.S. Navy veteran Rena M. Nessler of Geneva made American Legion history Saturday, July 22, when she was elected the first woman commander of The American Legion Department of New York.

Her election concluded the 99th Department Convention at the Oncenter, which drew wartime veterans from across New York. The American Legion and its Department of New York were founded in 1919 at the end of World War I.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

John Sampson Leads NY State Legion

John Sampson
John B. Sampson, a U.S. Navy veteran, is the 2016-2017 commander of the American Legion Department of New York.The Vietnam-era vet was elected to the position at the 98th Annual Department Convention, held July 14 to 16 in Binghamton.

He leads New York State American Legion, which consists of more than 113,000 members and some 900 posts spread throughout 62 counties. With the affiliated organizations of the Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, the total jumps to nearly 200,000.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Vietnam Vet Is American Legion State Commander

James Yermas
James V. Yermas is the new commander of the New York State American Legion.

The election and swearing-in of Yermas and his officers to lead the Department of New York for the next year concluded the 97th state convention, held July 16-18 in Buffalo.

Long Island Youth Is Boys State Governor

Elias Mastakouris
Elias Mastakouris of Sea Cliff, NY, a student entering his senior year at North Shore High School in Glen Head, was elected governor of The American Legion's Boys State, held June 26 to July 2 at SUNY Morrisville.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Legionnaires Remember 4 Chaplains

4 chaplains

A number of American Legion Posts around the state this month are commemorating the sacrifices of four World War II chaplains, who gave away their life jackets to save other soldiers aboard a torpedoed army transport ship.

For example, Richmond County Legion hosted its 72nd annual Four Chaplains Interfaith breakfast Sunday, Feb. 8.