We had a great time last night at the Post holiday party. Check out photos below. We wish all a safe and peaceful 2019!
Please join us at our annual holiday party
Where: Rye Recreation, Lower Level, Rye, NY
When: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm
We have a delicious menu planned:
Coffee and Dessert
No cost to members and spouses – spouses invited
Please bring bottle of wine for raffle
Please RSVP to Fred de Barros (firstname.lastname@example.org 914-837-5735)
or Tim Moynihan (email@example.com 914-420-5264)
Hardy Rye Post 128 Legionaries and Auxiliary members braved the weather to support the Rye Chamber of Commerce Mistletoe Magic event on November 25. Mistletoe Magic supports the Rye Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.
Commander Fred de Barros, Finance Officer Gene Collins and Legionnaire Hal Schwartz, along with Auxiliary members Nancy Collins and Robin Latimer staffed the table through out the day.
It was a great activity to support the scholarship fund.
Veterans Day 2018 was a chilly day, but a very special one. Thanks to our Rye City leadership, the WWI flagpole was completed in time to honor the 100th Anniversary of WWI. The pole and flag looked glorious in the crisp blue sky. And the plaques shined beautifully.
Commander Fred de Barros led the ceremony. In addition to the keynote by Maj Gen Robert Gruber, USAF (Ret.), we heard remarks by Mayor Cohn, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, NYS Assemblyman Otis and others. The music was beautiful and led by Robin Latimer, Rye Legion Auxiliary.
It was a fitting day to honor all veterans.
Rye American Legion Post 128 is delighted to announce that Major General Robert Gruber, (Ret) will be the keynote speaker at the Rye Veterans Day 2018 ceremony which will take place on Monday, November 12 at 10:30 am at Rye City Hall.
Major General Robert I. Gruber is a retired United States Air Force officer who served as an assistant to the director, Air National Guard, for special projects, as the Air National Guard assistant to the judge advocate general and as principal advisor on Air National Guard legal services matters to the judge advocate general. His responsibilities included training oversight and operational readiness of more than 260 Air National Guard attorneys and more than 160 Air National Guard paralegals, and as chair of the judge advocate general’s Air National Guard council, coordinating policies and programs for Air National Guard judge advocates and paralegals with the judge advocate general and the director, Air National Guard.
Major General Robert I. Gruber served as an assistant to the director, Air National Guard, for special projects. The special projects included the proposed uniform state code of military justice and manual for courts martial. He previously served as the Air National Guard assistant to the judge advocate general, United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. He then served as the principal advisor on Air National Guard legal services matters to the judge advocate general. His responsibilities included training oversight and operational readiness of more than 260 Air National Guard attorneys and more than 160 Air National Guard paralegals, and as chair of the judge advocate general’s Air National Guard council, coordinating policies and programs for Air National Guard judge advocates and paralegals with the judge advocate general and the director, Air National Guard.
The general was commissioned as a judge advocate in March 1976. In addition to his staff judge advocate assignments, he principally authored and edited the first edition of the widely acclaimed Air National Guard Commanders Legal Deskbook, which has become a staple of the libraries of every Air National Guard commander and judge advocate. The general was also one of the Air National Guard’s primary instructors and innovators of teaching methods at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
During his tenure at Maxwell, the general created the Contemporary Base Issues course, a participatory interactive problem-solving program for commanders and their key staff that was conducted six times each year and institutionalized as a mandatory program in the Air National Guard. The general also conceived the Air National Guard Law Office course that expedited the effectiveness and familiarity of newly accessed judge advocates and paralegals with the unique law practice in an Air National Guard legal office. In addition, the general spearheaded the design of the day-long legal curriculum and teaching methods for the Air National Guard Senior Commanders course.
In recognition of the general’s contributions and accomplishments, the United States Air Force established the “Major General Robert I. Gruber Excellence in Teaching Award,” which is annually bestowed on the Air National Guard judge advocate or paralegal who best exemplifies the general’s creative and innovative teaching techniques.
While serving as a traditional member of the Air Force National Guard, Gruber pursued a civilian career as an attorney.
Gruber was born and raised in Port Chester, NY. He is married and has three daughters.
Rye resident Thomas DeCaro, a WWII veteran, was presented his POW medal by US Congressman Elliot Engel and County Executive George Latimer on Wednesday, September 12 at Rye City Hall. Mr. DeCaro was represented by his family due to his inability to attend the ceremony.
Commander Fred De Barros represented the Post. Mr. DeCaro’s wartime biography follows.
Thomas G. DeCaro was born on July 2, 1921 to Nicholas and Mary DeCaro, here New York. He attended public high school in the Bronx and upon graduation joined the United States Army. Within the first year of being in the Army, Japan, bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. At that point he transferred from the field artillery into the U.S. Army Corp to commence pilot training. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and promoted to First Lieutenant. He was assigned to a B-17 squadron that was flying out of the United Kingdom and bombing sites in Germany. At this point in the war there was no fighter aircraft cover to escort the B-17’s during bombing missions and proximally 50% of his squadron was shot down during each mission. He made his first mission in May or June of 1943. His second mission was on June 13, 1943 and his plane was shot down over the Danish Peninsula. He was wounded in the attack by German fighters and knocked unconscious. When he awoke, the plane was on fire and spiraling torts of Baltic Sea below. He made his way to the bomb-bay area of the aircraft where he found the pilot hung up on the bomb-bay rack and that the rest of the crew had already bailed-out. He assisted the pilot and getting free from the bomb-bay rack, and he and the pilot successfully bailed-out of the aircraft.
He landed waist deep in the water of the Baltic Sea off a Danish beach. It was a windy day, and before he could disconnect from his parachute it filled and dragged him out to sea. He was fortunate enough to be recovered by a local fishing vessel, who turned him over to the German authorities. Thereafter, he was provided with medical care and attention by the German Army and ultimately interned in several different prisoner war camps for the next 23 months. He was liberated from prison camp when General Patton’s 3rd Army pushed into the region where his final POW was located.
Upon return from the European theater his parents held a party to celebrate his safe return. At that time, his father was a machinist in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and he invited several of the women who were working in the Navy Yard as “Rosy the Riveter” to join the celebration. It was at this party that Thomas met Violet Lewis, who was a worker at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and after a short courtship they married. They remained married until her passing last April. At the time of her passing they had been married more than 71 years.
Plan to attend the Rye Post 128 2018-19 kick-off meeting on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 PM at the Rye Recreation in Rye.
At this meeting we will outline our goals, mission and key activities for the year. Rye Post 128 leads many community activities to foster service to veterans, patriotism in the community, and sponsorship of youth programs. Our key activities include:
- Rye Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies
- Sponsorship of Rye High School essay scholarships
- Service to Montrose VA hospital patients
- Auxiliary leads Rye Memorial Day parade activities
The Rye Post has been serving the city since 1919 and is its only active veterans’ organization. Your participation and support is critical to continued advocacy for veterans’ rights and benefits as well as for our community-focused programs. Applications for membership will be available at the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you.