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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Identifying Lost USS Turner Sailors, Veteran PTSD Among Commander’s Priorities

    New York State American Legion leaders

    New York State American Legion leaders at Harder-O’Donnell Post 734 in Attica. From left: American Legion Riders Director Bob Wallace, Department Commander Gary Schacher, Department Auxiliary President Marie Mock, and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander James Coates. Photo by Mario Cristaldi.

    ATTICA — The 138 lost sailors of the USS Turner are buried in a mass grave on Long Island.

    If Gary Schacher is successful, the sailors’ remains — interred since 1944 — will be submitted for DNA testing and a proper burial, the Batavia Daily News reported Feb. 13.

     Along the way, Schacher is working to combat veteran suicides and secure more research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Schacher, 58, is a 26-year Navy veteran and commander of the American Legion Department of New York. He was among four state level American Legion representatives who visited Tuesday at Harder-O’Donnell Post No. 734 in Attica. See full story.