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Vietnam War Veterans Honored

September 07, 2019

Local Vietnam War-era veterans were honored Saturday for their contributions and sacrifices during a ceremony at Dalton's American Legion Post 112.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954, to May 15, 1975) was eligible to receive special certificates and/or pins -- including veterans with service in-country and those who served in other capacities -- presented by Mike Roby, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, and his staff members. Surviving family members could also receive state certificates and/or lapel pins on behalf of deceased veterans.

"It's my privilege" to host such a ceremony at Dalton's American Legion, said Lee Oliver, commander of the Post. "We welcome you with open arms."

Nearly 230,000 Georgians were in the armed forces during the Vietnam conflict and more than 8,000 were wounded in action, said Brian Zeringue, director of public information for the Georgia Department of Veterans Service. They still carry those wounds, "visible and invisible," with them today, Zeringue said.

In addition, family members of 28 native Georgians still haven't received closure, he said. Those 28 individuals remain missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.

George Lo Greco, a Marine during the Vietnam era, offered a prayer Saturday and thanked God for the men and women who served during that time.

"They did their job," he said. "They did their duty," fighting for "the morals of the best country on the planet."

Saturday's recognition was "fantastic," not only for Vietnam veterans, but also for their families, said Larry Cooper, who served in the Army for two years, including a stint guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. "I'm proud to be here."

The U.S.A.'s Vietnam War Commemoration Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin features an eagle, to represent courage, honor, and dedicated service to America; a blue circle, to signify vigilance, perseverance and justice; a laurel wreath, to represent victory, integrity and strength; stripes, to represent the American flag; six stars, to represent the six allies -- Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the U.S. -- that fought in the conflict; and the message "A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You." As part of the Commemorative Partner Program, an initiative of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, certificates of honor have been designed to recognize four categories of veterans and their families: former American prisoners of war; those still unaccounted for; in memory of; and for surviving spouses of deceased veterans.

Nearly 210,000 Vietnam veterans live in the state today, and it's "imperative that we stay committed to remembering and appreciating those Georgians with grateful hearts for their contributions and sacrifices while wearing the uniform of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War," according to an official proclamation saluting Georgia's Vietnam veterans from Gov. Brian Kemp. "Georgia's Vietnam veterans are to be highly commended for their courage, bravery, devotion to duty, and sacrifice in the fight for peace and democracy," the proclamation also states.

Saturday's plaudits are "well-deserved," said John Beazle, who spent more than two decades in the Navy. Though Beazle, like Cooper, was never in Vietnam during the conflict, "I know many who were in-country, and they were never properly honored for their service."

Indeed, far too many Vietnam veterans were blamed when they returned to America for a war in which they "had no say-so," said Roby, who spent more than two decades in the Army before embarking on his tenure with the Georgia Department of Veterans Service. That lack of gratitude -- even hostility -- "was a national shame, a disgrace that never should have happened."

However, it's never too late "to say 'thank you' to our Vietnam veterans," said Roby, whose father was a Vietnam veteran. "Let's not forget our Vietnam veterans."

Saturday's service was especially poignant for family members of veterans no longer living, Beazle said. "I know some wives, and sons, and daughters of deceased veterans are here, and I know they feel quite honored."

Roby vowed Saturday that "the state of Georgia will never forget your personal sacrifice."

"We owe Vietnam veterans a large debt of gratitude," Roby said.

Source: Dalton Daily Citizen, https://www.dailycitizen.news/news/ga_fl_news/vietnam-war-veterans-honored-in-dalton/article_07f4b036-d327-11e9-96a0-876fecc3931f.html

Certificate & Lapel Pin Ceremony to Honor Local Vietnam Veterans

July 30, 2019

On Saturday morning, September 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., Vietnam veterans from Whitfield and the surrounding counties have an opportunity to take part in a long overdue public recognition of their military service at a certificate and lapel pin presentation ceremony scheduled to take place at American Legion Post 112, located at 1118 N Glenwood Ave in Dalton (30721).  

Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby will present the State’s Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s Commemorative Lapel Pin to those Vietnam veterans who sign up; both presented for honorable military service during the Vietnam War. The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019.

“It is never the wrong time to say thank you to a veteran, and that is especially true for the many Vietnam War veterans who were never properly thanked when they returned home,” said Commissioner Roby.  “We hope to eventually present every Georgia veteran with a Certificate of Honor recognizing their service during the Vietnam War.”

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975) is eligible to receive this certificate. This includes veterans with service in-country and those who served in other capacities.

Vietnam veterans who are interested in participating in the ceremony can contact the GDVS Central Office via email bzeringue@vs.state.ga.us with their DD Form 214 attached, or fax their information (name, address, and phone number) and DD Form 214 to (404) 656-7006.

Submissions should be marked with “Dalton Certificates.” For more information call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Director of Public Information, at (404) 656-5933.

Vietnam veterans may also receive this honor posthumously. Surviving spouses may receive the state certificate and a Defense Department Certificate of Honor and lapel pin as long as the required documentation (veteran’s DD Form 214) is presented with the sign up application.

The state’s recognition of these veterans is part of the U. S. Department of Defense’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The Georgia Department of Veterans Service continues the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program which began in the spring of 2015, now with the support and cooperation of the Office of Governor Brian Kemp.

The Georgia Vietnam War Certificate of Honor is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. They are signed by Governor Kemp and Commissioner Roby.

Of the over 27,400 certificates issued since March 2015, nearly 22,000 have been presented in over 333 “Certificate & Lapel Pin” honors ceremonies across Georgia.

There are over 49,500 veterans who reside in Whitfield and the bordering counties; many of whom are Vietnam veterans.

Additional information about the Certificate of Honor Program and other veteran benefits is available at www.veterans.ga.gov.

Veterans serving veterans and the community: Dalton American Legion Post 112 celebrates the group's 100th birthday

July 27, 2019

From fighting for the creation of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, which later became the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to writing the first draft of the GI Bill, which has provided educational and other benefits to millions of veterans, the American Legion has fought for veterans for 100 years.

And on Saturday, Dalton American Legion Post 112 celebrated the organization's 100th birthday.

"The American Legion was founded in 1919 by a group of World War I veterans who wanted to start an organization for veterans and chartered by Congress later that year," said Post Commander Lee Oliver. "This post was founded in 1932. It's a tremendous accomplishment for an organization to turn 100 years old. Many do not. It has taken a lot of hard work by a lot of men and women over the last century."

The American Legion's website says it has almost 2 million members in 12,000 posts, making it the largest wartime veterans service organization in the United States.

Locally, Post 112 members perform a number of services for veterans, including taking local veterans to the Veterans Administration clinic in Chattanooga. The post's Honor Guard provides veterans with military honors at their funerals, including a three-volley salute, playing "Taps," folding the flag and presenting it to the next of kin.

State Sen. Chuck Payne, R-Dalton, a member of Post 112, says "you can't count all of the ways these folks help each other."

"It isn't just about lobbying government," he said.

Payne cited the efforts of the late Leo Whaley, a U.S. Navy veteran and Post 112 member, to bring Operation Song -- which pairs veterans and active duty military with Nashville songwriters to tell their stories -- to the Veterans Affairs clinic in Chattanooga. Country songwriter Don Goodman ("Ol Red," "Angels Among Us," Dixie Road" and others) wrote "Old Sailor" based on Whaley's life.

"That came from one man standing up and saying 'Hey, this would be a good way to help my brothers and sisters.' That happens every day here and at American Legion posts across the country," Payne said.

Whaley also served 25 years on the Cohutta Town Council and a term on the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners.

Dewey Moss, a past commander of Post 112, says that is typical, with American Legion members serving in elected office and leadership positions in other organizations.

"We all are bonded by that experience of serving in the military," he said. "The military teaches you discipline and leadership. When you see an objective, you go take it."

The American Legion also sponsors a number of youth programs, including the summer leadership and civics programs Boys State and Boys Nation.

Since its founding in 1946, Boys Nation has attracted some of America's top youth leaders. Participants have gone on to become senators, judges and governors. Former president Bill Clinton has said that meeting then-president John F. Kennedy at Boys Nation inspired him to go into politics.

Saturday's speaker, Wells Ellenberg, governmental affairs manager for Southern Co., is a past participant of both Boys State and Boys Nation.

"I was a Georgia Boys State participant back in 2008 and one of two selected to represent Georgia at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.," he said. "I've now been on the staff (of Boys Nation) for 10 years. The opportunity the Legion offers both at Boys State and Boys Nation is amazing. I've had the opportunity to watch these young, impressive men learn about government, visit the nation's monuments and to encourage them to be patriotic and to support our veterans."

Ellenberg is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion, an organization for descendants of American Legion members. Along with the American Legion Auxiliary, for spouses of American Legion members, it forms the American Legion family.

"I did not serve in the military, but being part of the Sons of the American Legion is a way for me to honor the service of my father and grandfathers," Ellenberg said.

Bob Turner, a past national commander of the American Legion, says he can't imagine a world without the organization.

"It has done so much good -- for veterans, for the nation, for the communities its posts are in," he said. "And I believe it will continue to do good for another 100 years."

Source, Dalton Daily Citizen, https://www.dailycitizen.news/news/local_news/veterans-serving-veterans-and-the-community-dalton-american-legion-post/article_e6756ee4-a642-5f1b-9733-136faec47a5d.html

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 27, 2019

Post 112 participated in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Whitfield County Courthouse by placing flags on the courthouse lawn and Commander Lee Oliver presented the flag to Jean Jones, in memory of Dr Sherwood Jones, Jr. 

American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad visits Post 112

April 30, 2019

Post 112 Visits Veterans at Mufreesboro VA Medical Center

April 20, 2019

The American Legion Post 112 made its annual trip to the VA Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN where they hosted a cookout for patients and staff.  Local veterans are proud to visit and show their appreciation to the hospital. The VA Medical Center provides many types of care to veterans, including medical, surgical and psychiatric services.

 

Pictured L-R front row Lee Oliver- Commander, Bob Turner- Past National Commander, Dewey Moss, Naomi Rich, Nancy LoGreco & Christopher LoGreco
Back row - Vance and Jamie LoGreco, Sheldon Grant, Dewayne Shiver, Ed Shiver, George LoGreco, Anthony Robertson, Don Rich, Gary Benson, Fred Denbleyker 

American Legion Post 112 Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary!

March 28, 2019

American Legion Post 112 celebrated its 100 year anniversary on March 28, 2019. “We are still serving our community by serving our Veterans,” commented Post Commander Lee Oliver. “Thanks to all who have served or still serving our country. Also, a special THANK YOU to the many men and women who paid the ultimate price. Freedom is not free.”

American Legion Post 112 Recognizes First Responders of the Year for 2019

March 01, 2019

-Bart Chandler - Dalton City Police Department

-Dale Reed - Dalton City Fire Department

-Sam Hammontree - Whitfield County Fire Department

-Jeff Diak - Whitfield County Deputy Sheriff

 

second row:

-Cliff Cason- Dalton Chief of Police

-Todd Pangle- Dalton Fire Chief

-Nathan Callaway- Whitfield County Battalion Chief

-Scott Chitwood- Whitfield County Sheriff

 

 

 

American Legion Post 112 in Dalton recently recognized the first responders of Dalton and Whitfield County. "The first responders have our utmost respect and support," stated Post Commander Lee Oliver. "They go above and beyond their duties, each time they put on their uniform," continued Oliver.

 

A thank you to the officers - thank you for putting your lives on the line in order to save those around you. Each day that you wake up and put on your badge, you know there is a chance you might not get home to take it off that night. You enforce rules, ensure safety, and get tabled with the "bad guy" reputation just because you want to make the world a safer place. You run toward the things that most other people run away from, and you deserve to know that your hard work and bravery doesn't go unnoticed.

 

A thank you to the fireman - Thank you for doing so much more than putting out fires. When you go to work each day, you could be signing up to save a cat from a tree, deliver a baby on the side of the road, or save a child from an overturned vehicle. Other days you could be rescuing a family from a burning house, or to tell the family outside that there was no way to get their mother/father out of the flames. Either way, you put yourself in harm's way every day so that you can keep others safe, and you are appreciated.

 

American Legion Post 112 in Dalton awards you with a rousing THANK YOU.

Post 112 Hosts Blood Drive

January 07, 2019

​American Legion Post 112 will be hosting a Blood Drive on January 7, 2019. The Blood Mobile will be located in the Post 112 Parking Lot, 1118 N. Glenwood Avenue, Dalton, GA from 4pm-6pm. To set up an appointment, please call Gary Benson at 706-581-2770.

Post 112 Visits VA Clinic

October 21, 2018

​American Legion Post 112 Honor Guard members, along with Santa, Post Chaplain, Harrison Parker and Mrs. Claus, Auxiliary President Wanda Parker and Santa’s elves (Wanda & Harrison’s grandchildren, Cole and Bell, passing out hamburgers and fruit bags to patients and staff at VA Clinic in Chattanooga on December 21, 2018. Merry Christmas to all, especially Veterans who bravely served our country.

Missing Man Ceremony

October 25, 2018

​POW/MIA Advocacy

The American Legion is committed to achieving a full accounting of all POW/MIAs from the Gulf War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Korean War and World War II. This means returning living POWs, the repatriation of their remains, or finding convincing evidence why neither of these is possible.

The American Legion supports the continued declassification of all POW/MIA information, the strengthening of joint commissions with Russia, North Korea and China, and adequate resourcing of investigative efforts and field operations to resolve POW/MIA issues. The American Legion has also worked continuously with both Congress and DoD to improve the policies and programs for the accountability of missing persons. This includes urging the president and Congress to fully fund the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Office (DPAA) for its current and future mission of ensuring the accountability of U.S. service members. The American Legion will continue to speak out and exert maximum pressure on both the administration and on Congress to fully account for America's POW/MIAs.

 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

For years, The American Legion supported a National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is now recognized annually on the third Friday of September. This commemoration is set aside to honor the commitment and sacrifices made by this nation's prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action, as well as their families.

Until July 18, 1979, no commemoration was held to honor POW/MIAs. In the first year, Congress passed resolutions and the national ceremony was held at the National Cathedral in Washington. The 1st Tactical Squadron from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia flew the Missing Man formation. A poster was published by VA which contained only the letters POW/MIA. That continued until 1982, when a black and white drawing of a POW in captivity was used to show urgency of the situation.

Every year, National POW/MIA Recognition Day legislation was introduced until 1985, when Congress determined that commemorative days would no longer be considered. The president now signs a proclamation each year.

The National League of Families proposed the third Friday of September as a commemoration date. Most of the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies have taken place at the Pentagon. Now, they're held throughout the nation and around the world on military installations, ships, schools, churches, etc. The focus is to ensure that America remembers its responsibility to stand behind those who serve it and to make sure that we do all that is possible to account for those who have not returned.

POW/MIA Empty Chair

Resolution 288, adopted at the 67th American Legion National Convention, calls for designating a POW/MIA Empty Chair at all official meetings of The American Legion as a physical symbol of the thousands of American POW/MIAs still unaccounted for from all wars and conflicts involving the United States.

Cookout to Honor Post 112 Honor Guard

June 23, 2018

Post 112 held a cookout at Freedom Ranch recently to honor their dedicated Honor Guard. The Honor Guard gives 4 1/2 hours of their time to attend a funeral and perform honors for a Veteran. Commander Lee Oliver states "it is an honor to be a part of this group that does the very last thing that is done for a person who faithfully served in our military. " 

Freedom Ranch is located in Tunnel Hill, GA and proudly offers Special Events and Therapeutic Horse programs at no cost for active military personnel, veterans, and their families. More information on Freedom Ranch can be found on our RESOURCES page.

Post 112 Sends Young Men to Boys State

June 19, 2018

Recently American Legion Post 112 sent several young boys to American Legion Boys State. This special program teaches participants the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens.

 

Front row - Jose Garcia, Edwardo Mendoza, Carson Wright & Garrett Mills

Back row - Carlos Garcia, Alex Pineda, Jorge Cuevas, Kade Harrod, Ethan Whaley & Kenneth Johnson

Post 112 Visits Veterans at Mufreesboro VA Medical Center

May 12, 2018

The American Legion Post 112 made its annual trip to the VA Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN recently (May 12).  Local veterans are proud to visit and show their appreciation to the hospital. The VA Medical Center provides many types of care to veterans, including medical, surgical and psychiatric services.

 

Commander Lee Oliver said, “It is an honor to go visit these veterans at the hospital and to cook and serve them food. They have given so much for our country.” About 200 hamburgers and 200 hotdogs were served to patients and staff and some visits were made to patients in their rooms.  Operation Song was on hand to provide entertainment. Operation Song is a group of song writers and singers from Nashville who work with veterans all over and especially those who suffer from PTSD.

Post 112 Honors Local Emergency Responders

April 19, 2018

The American Legion Post 112 in Dalton recently honored city and county law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs at an appreciation dinner. 

 

Post Commander Lee Oliver said "We are so proud of these men for their dedication and sacrifices they do every day when they put on their uniform. They are so much like our veterans who unselfishly protect our country in every way possible." 

 

From row, from left, are Sgt. Daniel Rann, Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Year; David Saylors, Dalton Policeman of the Year; Brandon Elliot, Dalton Fireman of the Year; and Lt. Nathan Callaway, County Fireman of the Year. Back row, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood; Dalton Police Department Interim Chief Cliff Cason; Dalton Fire Department Chief Todd Pangle; and Whitfield County Fire Department Battalion Chief Kermit McDermott.

Honor Guard Honors Missing Soldier Henry Burchfield

January 21, 2018

Front row l-r - Naomi Rich, Beth Wingfield, Junior Hammontree, Ed Shiver, Fred Denbleyker, Bob Oxford

 

Back row l-r - Don Rich, Gary Benson, Anthony Robertson, Lee Oliver, George LoGreco, Bob Babgy, Lonnie Cochran

Christmas Service Project

December 20, 2017

Members of American Legion Post 112 Honor Guard, along with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves, took biscuits and bags of fruit to patients and staff at the VA clinic in Chattanooga, TN.

Veteran's EXTRAVAGANZA!

July 29, 2017

The "EXTRAVAGANZA" was held at American Legion Post 112 on July 29th. Festivities included food, inflatables, face-painting, games and fun for the entire family!

Post 112 Visits VA Hospital

April 22, 2017

American Legion Post 112 went to Murfreesboro, TN to cook hamburgers and hot dogs for the patients and staff at the VA Hospital. 

Flag Burning Ceremony

June 14, 2017

If you have American flags that are no longer serviceable, please bring them to American Legion Post 112 on June 14 where they will be disposed of in a dignified manner. You can read more about American Legion's Unserviceable Flags Ceremony at https://www.legion.org/flag/ceremony.

Post 112 Makes Donations to Local Charities

December 12, 2016

The American Legion Post 112 recently donated to several local charities in appreciation of their service to the community.  

L-R, front row - Aretha Thomas, Whitfield/Dalton Day Care Center; Brenda Foster, Salvation Army; Holly Rice, Family Support Council; Nikita Jordan, Cherokee Estate

Back row - George Lo Greco, Representing Family Crisis Center, Mary Thelma Norris, Friendship House; Kevin Beard, Dalton ROTC, Lee Oliver, Legion Post 112 Commander; Rick Harris, City of Refuge; Robert Hill, Greater Works   

Gary Benson Named 2016 Veteran of the Year

November 12, 2016

Gary Benson who serves on the Honor Guard for Post 112 American Legion in Dalton, GA was named Veteran of the Year for 2016. Benson was recognized during the Veteran's Day festivities on November 12. "Veteran of the Year recognizes what you do for other veterans like run errands and spend time helping them," Benson, a Navy veteran from Dalton, said.

Dalton GA American Legion Hosts Legacy Run Riders

August 23, 2016

Close to 100 people gathered at the Dalton GA American Legion to greet 450 Legacy Run Riders from all over the country. Dalton was the only stop in Georgia for the American Legion riders who began Sunday in Indianapolis and will end their ride on Thursday in Ohio.

The purpose of the ride is to raise money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship College Fund for anyone who lost a parent on active duty since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. To date the run has raised $11.5 million. The money also benefits children whose parents are at least 50 percent disabled.

Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock presented Auxiliary National President Sharon Conatser and American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett with keys to the city.

Help Us Build a New House for Local Veteran!

August 01, 2016

Bradley Ramirez joined the Marines after he graduated Phoenix High School in 2007. He was active until 2015 when he returned home to Dalton, GA. Upon returning to his home on Avenue C in Dalton, Ramirez discovered the home he intended to live with his wife and three children, was uninhabitable. All the floors were completely gone. 

Along with local Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Habitat for Humanity, and Johns Lumber, American Legion Dalton, GA is raising funds to build the Ramirez family a new home.

Donations can be mailed to American Legion Post 112, P.O. Box 932, Dalton, GA 30722. All checks should include Project Avenue C in the memo line.

For more information, call Green at (256) 990-2448 or the American Legion at (706) 226-5120.

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