Amer­i­can Le­gion post hon­ors POWs/MIAs at cer­e­mony

It was 2nd an­nual event for In­dian Head Ran­dolph Furey Post 170

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­

Amer­i­can Le­gion Ran­dolph Furey Post 170 held its sec­ond an­nual pris­on­ers of war and miss­ing in ac­tion (POW/MIA) recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony on Satur­day in In­dian Head, hon­or­ing the fam­i­lies of four soldiers who have been miss­ing or un­ac­counted for between the late 1960s and early ‘70s. The cer­e­mony hon­ored U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David A. David­son of Riverdale; U.S. Army Pfc. Fran­cis DeSales Wills of La Plata; U.S. Ma­rine Corps Cpl. James Fred­er­ick Worth of Hill­side; and U.S. Army Cpl. Dewey Re­nee But­ler of North Carolina.

More than two dozen Le­gion­nar­ies and lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tended the event, fa­cil­i­tated by Le­gion Aux­il­iary Unit 170 chair­woman Mayvee Smith, Post 170 com­man­der Allen McKen­zie and Post 170 ad­ju­tant Dyotha Sweat. Spe­cial guest speak­ers in­cluded Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary Unit 259 Pres­i­dent and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Chair­woman Brie O’Neal and Del. Edith Pat­ter­son (D-Charles).

Na­tional POW/MIA Recog­ni­tion Day, which falls on the third Fri­day in Septem­ber, en­cour­ages Amer­i­cans to pause and re­flect on the sac­ri­fices made by the mil­i­tary men and women who are im­pris­oned or un­ac­counted for as a re­sult of their mil­i­tary ser­vice. More than 82,000 Amer­i­cans re­main miss­ing from World War II, the Korean War, the Viet­nam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War and other con­flicts, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional Amer­i­can Le­gion’s web­site.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 170 is lo­cated at 4345 Liv­ingston Road in In­dian Head. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.


Above left, Amer­i­can Le­gion Ran­dolph Furey Post 170 Com­man­der Allen McKen­zie, left, reads a hand­out while Aux­il­iary Unit 170 chair­woman Mayvee Smith speaks to a group of Le­gion­naires dur­ing the Post’s sec­ond an­nual POW/MIA recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony on Satur­day in In­dian Head. Above right, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 233 South­ern Mary­land District ser­vice of­fi­cer Leon Parks, far right, joins Post 170 ad­ju­tant Dyotha Sweat and com­man­der Allen McKen­zie in sa­lut­ing fallen and miss­ing ser­vice mem­bers while an Aux­il­iary Unit 170 mem­ber places a U.S. Ma­rine Corps ser­vice cap on the POW/MIA ta­ble dur­ing Satur­day’s recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony. Be­low left, Chante Re­nee But­ler, cen­ter, smiles as she pre­pares to re­ceive an hon­orary ser­vice ci­ta­tion from the Amer­i­can Le­gion in recog­ni­tion of her fa­ther, Cpl. Dewey Re­nee But­ler, who has been miss­ing in ac­tion since 1969 dur­ing the Viet­nam War. Chante also re­ceived a POW/MIA event pin. Be­low right, fam­ily mem­bers stand with Jan­ice Brooks, sis­ter of Pfc. Fran­cis DeSales Wills from La Plata who has been miss­ing in ac­tion since 1966 dur­ing the Viet­nam War, as she speaks to a small crowd dur­ing the POW/MIA recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony.

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