American Legion Department of West Virginia Commander Speaks to ALMBS

Fred B. Buchanan was elected and installed as Department Commander for the Department of West Virginia on July 12, 2014. He is eligible for The American Legion by virtue of his Naval Service during the Viet Nam era as a Hospital Corpsman. Fred has been a member of Huntington Post 16 for 33 years and is an Honorary Life Member, a PUFL member, a dual member with the Sons of The American Legion and is active with the Post 16 Riders Chapter. He has held many offices in the Post including Commander and has been Post Adjutant for the past 13 years. He has served the Department of West Virginia as Chaplain, District Commander, Vice Commander, National Parade Chairman and Chair of several committees. He has served the National American Legion as a Vice Chairman of the National Americanism Commission as well as several committees. He has been

Sons of The American Legion Detachment of West Virginia Commander Rocky Fox Speaks to ALMBS

Rocky Allen Fox was born in Berkeley Springs to Asher E.and Violet V. Smith-Fox on July 22,1958. Rocky attended Berkeley Grade School and graduated from Berkeley Springs High School in 1978. While in high school Rocky excelled in the sport of wrestling ,earning the title of By-State Champion three consecutive years. During high school Rocky attend James Rumsey Vo-Tec earning a journeyman title in masonry. Rocky is an avid whitetail deer hunter and has been with several nephews and a grandson as they bagged their first big one.

After working as a mason and construction for many years he now has worked for Morgan County School Board for the last thirteen years. He loves to interact with the students at Pleasant View Elementary as well as the teachers and parents.

Rocky has held nearly every office in his squadron and is presently serving as Finance Officer.

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams Speaks to ALMBS

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division

The first time the five foot six, nineteen-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams tried to join the Marines, in the fall of 1942, he was too short. The second time he tried, a few months later, he wasn’t: The Corps relaxed its height requirements. He immediately enlisted. He was sent to the Pacific with the 3rd Marine Division and placed in a flamethrower/demolition unit.

Williams took part in the invasion of Guam, which seemed horrific—until he was sent to Iwo Jima the following year. The beach area in Guam was clear and relatively undefended, and the Marines could advance into the jungle. At Iwo, all the jungle cover had been blown away, and the beach became a slaughterhouse.

His company was supposed to hit the beach on February 20, 1945, but there were so many Marines stuck on

Judge Gina Groh Gives the Oath of Office to ALMBS Elected Officials

Judge Gina Groh

Judge Gina Groh graduated from Shephard University where she participated on the debate team.  She then attended WVU law school.  Started with a major law firm in Baltimore MD and returned to Martinsburg where she worked for Steptoe and Johnson.

She was then appointed assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County, WV and was appointed to fill the Circuit Judge position for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties under Governor Joe Manchin III.

She was then nominated by Senator Jay Rockefeller to President Barack Obama to serve on the US District Court for the Northern District of WV, focusing on the Eastern Panhandle.  She is the first US District Judge to be appointed to the Eastern Panhandle Region that was native to the area.

Judge Groh was confirmed by a vote of 95-2 by the US Senate in March 2012.

Tim Lankford Assistant Director of Education for The American Legion National Headquarters

Tim Lankford Assistant Director of Education Attends ALMBS

Tim is the Assistant Director of Education for The American Legion National Headquarters. After growing up in rural Mississippi, Tim joined the U.S. Marines of which he is a proud veteran. After a brief stint with the Memphis Police Department, Tim finished his Bachelor of Science in Education at The University of Memphis. He was inducted into Teach for America and moved to Indianapolis, IN upon graduation. While teaching, Tim earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education from Marian University. He left the classroom after 4.5 years to pursue his passions of education and advocacy for veterans by accepting his current role.

Tim volunteers as mentor with the Starfish Initiative, as a local leader for Team Red, White, and Blue, and at his local post – University Veterans Post 360. He also enjoys running, the gun range, his dogs, exploring outdoors, gaming, and writing. He

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2015 ALMBS Marion General Election Results

County Election Results

Sheriff – Jackson Porter (F), County Clerk – Austin Nelson (F); Prosecuting Attorney – Samuel Price (F); Circuit Clerk – Caleb Shreve (N); Assessor – Shane Bodkin (N); State Senate – Jake Long (F), Jordan Duncan (N); House of Delegates – Jonathan Benson (F), Brandon Stern (N), James Stollar (N), Chris Grady (N), Nathan Miller (N); County Commission – Nick Johnson (F), Tyler Helm (F), Brady Estep (N)

City Election Results

Mayor – Matthew Lazear (F); City Council – Nicholas Dolan (F), William Combs (F), Jeff May (N)

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2015 ALMBS Harrison/Upshur General Election Results

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Sheriff – Justin “Wheels” Wheeler (N), County Clerk – Aric Varlas (N); Prosecuting Attorney – DJ Hahn (N); Circuit Clerk – Evan Cook (F); Assessor – Fargo Camerlengo (F); State Senate – Nicholas Keaton (F), Donald Kummer (N); House of Delegates – Jackson Geis (F), Sam Ross (F); County Commission – Jake Bondi (F), Spencer Rodgers (N), Bailey Fox (N)

City Election Results

Mayor – Kole Starkey (N); City Council – Dakota Williams (F), Donald Kummer (N), Anthony Haden (N)

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2015 ALMBS Kanawha General Election Results

County Election Results

Sheriff – David Coleman (F), County Clerk – Matthew Zollinger (N); Prosecuting Attorney – Colin Harvath (N); Circuit Clerk – Ken Wu (N); Assessor – Isaac Turner (N); State Senate – Maxwell Snider (F), Spenser Hively (N); House of Delegates – Nathan Green (F), Cole Atha (N), Adam Davis (N), Nick Watton (N); County Commission – Brandon Akers (F), Juan Ervin (N), Levi Phillips (N)

City Election Results

Mayor – Billy McCauley (F); City Council – Ryan Cunningham (F), Zachary Kerns (N), Tucker Aldridge (N)

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2015 ALMBS Lewis General Election Results

County Election Results

Sheriff – Dylan Fogel (N), County Clerk – Raheem Stafford (N); Prosecuting Attorney – Ethan Miller (N); Circuit Clerk – Thomas Vu (N); Assessor – Vacant (V); State Senate – Aaron Miller (F), Spencer Mays (N); House of Delegates – Cameron Kiner (F), Greyson Teets (F), Nolan Holley (N), Hunter Monroe (N); County Commission – Thomas Lancaster (N)

City Election Results

Mayor – Vacant (V); City Council – Julian Work (F), Mike Rochetti (F)

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2015 ALMBS Randolph General Election Results

County Election Results

Sheriff – David Accord (N), County Clerk – Cameron Barehiesi (N); Prosecuting Attorney – Hunter Sums (N); Circuit Clerk – Roger Cummings (N); Assessor – Brook Chambers (N); State Senate – Tyler Ried (N), Vincent Powell (N); House of Delegates – Joseph Bonafield (F), Kerry Smith (F), Drew Polezvsh (N), Brandon Taylor (N), Thomas McCintosh (N), Michael Susman (N), Ian Fealy (N); County Commission – Mattew Joseph (N), Seth L. (N)

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Mayor – Emery Smith (N); City Council – Kerry Smith (N), Solomon (N)