Thursday, September 09, 2021
Message from Commander Frank LaMarsh and Adjutant Jim Casey
All 4th District visitations are officially postponed/cancelled.
We will be re-scheduling all of the postponed counties in the spring of 2022.
Due to the rising numbers of COVID cases, we do not want to endanger any of our membership and their guests.
To anyone that attended The American Legion National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, we strongly encourage you to take a COVID test as soon as possible.
A number of our Legion Family members who attended have been diagnosed with COVID.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
The American Legion Tango Alpha Lima podcast launched the first of 20 memorable, inspiring and captivating stories the week of Aug. 16. New episodes are published each weekday by 9 a.m. Eastern through Sept. 10. Visit legion.org/tangoalphalima to download each episode in this special series in audio format or watch on The American Legion YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/americanlegionHQ.
Here’s a snapshot of the episodes involving New Yorkers:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The summer issue of Legion New York magazine is available for viewing and downloading.
This issue provides a glimpse of a number of Legion Posts returning to some normal activity in time for Memorial Day as well as for other events.
The magazine also features stories about:
• a SAL member honored by the VA as national volunteer of the year.
• racism and Black World War II vets.
• Oneida County’s first woman commander.
* Carthage Post’s first woman black commander. read more »
The Rockland Pirates Post 130 Junior Team won the New York State American Legion Baseball Championship.
The state tournament was held at Murnane Field in Utica, July 29 to July 31. It was a four-team double elimination tournament, with champions from the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th Districts.
• District 4 Champion – Clinton County Mariners
• District 5 Champion – Utica Post 229
• District 6 Champion – Endicott Post 82
• District 9 Champion – Rockland Pirates Post 130
Saturday, August 07, 2021
SAUGERTIES — Tournament MVP Maxwell Schmarder drove in three runs, including the go-ahead score in the sixth inning, to lead Hamburg Post 527 to a second consecutive New York State American Legion Senior Baseball championship July 28 at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex (known as Cantine Field).
Hamburg erased a 9-3 deficit to win the championship with a 13-9 triumph over Smith Post 24 of Rome, adding to the title it won in 2019 — the last time the tournament was held.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
ALBANY – Vietnam veteran Frank A. LaMarsh of Staten Island is the new commander of the New York State American Legion. He leads the Department of New York for a one-year term.
His election and installation on July 31 took place at the end of the three-day Department Convention, held at the Crowne Plaza Desmond Hotel. Because of COVID restrictions when plans were finalized, the hybrid convention was limited to 100 attendees with proceedings streamed live online.
Enlisting in the U.S. Navy after high school, LaMarsh trained in construction and helped rebuild the Seabee base at Gulfport, Mississippi after it was destroyed by Hurricane Camille. He then deployed to DaNang and later Bien Hoa, Vietnam. He was discharged from active duty in February 1972 and received his honorable discharge in 1975 after serving three years in the reserves.
A member of Richmond County’s Gold Star Post 1365, LaMarsh has been in leadership roles at every level of The American Legion. He has served as post, county and district commander, as department vice commander, as delegate to the national convention, and as a member of the National Legislative Commission. He also is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, along with four sons and four grandsons. A member of the New York American Legion Press Association, LaMarsh has served as editor of his post newsletter as well as Richmond County’s Staten Island Legionnaire.
LaMarsh married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, after returning from Vietnam. They raised five children and now have ten grandchildren.
After studying computer engineering at Albert Merrell School, LaMarsh joined IBM as a customer engineer and then account representative, overseeing computer systems at Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. After 13 years with IBM, he joined Morgan Guaranty, serving in various management positions, including managing the Customer Assistance Center Operations. When technology was outsourced to Computer Science Corporation (CSC), he joined CSC. After the merger with Chase Bank, he returned to J.P. Morgan Chase as a vice president.
His other affiliations include Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
His military honors include National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Civic Action Award, First Class; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; the M16 Marksmanship Ribbon; and the New York State Medal of Merit.