Thursday, August 29, 2019
NY’s Doughboys Present Colors for New National Commander
The Doughboys Color Guard from Winnek Post 396 in Geneva, NY, had the honor of presenting the colors for the newly elected commander of The American Legion near the close of the 101st national convention on Aug. 29 in Indianapolis.
After James W. “Bill” Oxford of North Carolina was elected national commander, the Doughboys were called up to the stage to present his colors, and then returned to the stage retrieve the convention’s colors to bring the event to a close.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, National Commander Oxford was an aviation electronic technician for the A-6 Intruder and served in Vietnam during his initial enlistment. After being discharged as a sergeant in 1970, Oxford joined the North Carolina National Guard. He subsequently attended officer’s candidate school and transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, where he ultimately retired as a colonel after more than 34 years of military service.