Chautauqua County 2013 Legionnaire of the Year announced

At the recent Chautauqua County American Legion convention held at the Dunkirk Memorial Post 62 in Dunkirk, Tom White of the John W. Dill American Legion Post 434, Brocton was named the Chautauqua County Legionnaire of the Year. He is a 46-year member of the American Legion, joining the Legion two years after returning home from a tour in Vietnam.

In addition to two tours as Post Commander and one tour as County Commander, White’s resume boasts a number of other Post offices, including 28 years as Post Armorer and 14 years as Post Adjutant. The number of committees and projects he has headed is simply staggering. Chairperson posts include: Junior Shooters, the Oratorical Contest, the Veteran’s Day Ceremony, the Memorial Day Cere-mony, Boys’ State selection, Post Scholarship selection, and conducting Flag Education classes for local fourth grades for 10 years. Additionally, this highly regarded veteran has also served as the Americanism chair and Post Historian. In the capacity of Post Honor Guard member, Tom has participated in more than 130 military funerals and marched in countless parades.

This civic-minded Le-gionnaire has also given to the community as a Salvation Army Bell ringer and has logged more than 58,000 accident-free miles as a volunteer van driver for the Disabled American Veterans. A DAV driver for five years, he has logged more than 2,400 hours serving others in that capacity. White has been in charge of maintaining the placement records for veterans buried in our local cemetery for the last 25 years.