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Linda S. Ryan, of Gloucester City; Member of Gold Star Mothers, GHS Alumnus Class of '74

Surrounded by her family, Linda passed away and was reunited with her son Marc on April 30, 2024, at the age of 68. Of Gloucester City. Loving and devoted wife of 48 years to Thomas E. Ryan. Loving mother of Christopher Ryan (Barbara), the late Corporal Marc T. Ryan and Lauren Harkins (Dan). Cherished grandmother of Laney, Justin, late Logan, Caitlin and Meghan. Daughter of the late William and Barbara Sharp and sister of the late Bryan Sharp. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Linda was a graduate of Gloucester High School class of 1974. She was a... Read more →

American Legion: Five Things to Know, April 15

Olivia Gibson/U.S. Air Force) The American Legion APR 15, 2024 1. U.S. forces in the Middle East shot down dozens of missiles and drones over the weekend as Iran launched its first ever attack from its own territory on Israel, senior White House officials said. The Iranian attack involved more than 300 aerial munitions, including 100 ballistic missiles, more than 30 cruise missiles and 150 one-way attack drones, senior administration officials said in a telephone press conference Sunday. The White House believes that 99% of the aerial threats were intercepted and that the attack caused no significant damage, said a... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Gloucester City Residents Protecting Our Country

(source Facebook) photo provided GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 10, 2024)--Best of luck to two brave young men from Gloucester City Nay’Shon Obey and Liam Driscoll, who are beginning a year’s deployment in one of the world’s trouble zones. Nay’Shon graduated from Gloucester High School, and Liam graduated from Gloucester Catholic. They are both members of the 1st Battalion, 114 Infantry Regiment, Company A (NJ ARNG) headquarters Woodbury Armory, Woodbury, NJ. God bless them. 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment (NJ ARNG) Woodbury Armory | Woodbury, New Jersey, United States Headquarters and Headquarters Company Company A Mount Holly Armory | Mount Holly... Read more →

Biden Still Hasn't Responded to Death of U.S. Servicemen in Jordan

image courtesy of The photos from the U.S. Army Reserve Command from left, Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23. (The Center Square)(January 30, 2024) – The world is awaiting President Joe Biden’s response to a drone attack in Jordan over the weekend that left three U.S. service members dead and more than 30 injured. In his statement Sunday, Biden said “we know [the attack] was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq” and pledged to respond to the “despicable and wholly unjust attack.” That... Read more →

The American Legion: Five Things to Know, Jan. 8, 2024

The American Legion JAN 08, 2024 1. The Pentagon released new details Sunday about Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s continued hospitalization, saying he had a medical procedure Dec. 22, went home a day later and was admitted to intensive care Jan. 1 when he began experiencing severe pain. The latest information came as members of both parties in Congress expressed sharp concerns about the secrecy of Austin’s hospital stay and the fact that the president and other senior leaders were kept in the dark about it for days. 2. North Korea again fired artillery shells near its tense sea boundary with... Read more →

Face of Defense:

Swedesboro native continues tradition of service under the sea

By Megan Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach KINGS BAY, Ga. – Submariners make up only 10 percent of the U.S. Navy’s personnel, but they play a critical role in carrying out one of the Defense Department’s most important missions: strategic deterrence. Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Cox, a native of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is one of the sailors continuing a 123-year tradition of service under the sea to help ensure Americans’ safety. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Josiah Trombley, Navy Office of Community Outreach Cox joined the Navy seven years ago and today serves as a machinist’s... Read more →

American Legion Legacy Run Gear Available

New Legacy Run gear available as online registration continues The American Legion June 7, 2023 Online registration remains ongoing for the 2023 American Legion Legacy Run and will go through Aug. 9. So far, 172 registrants for the five-day, 1,100-mile motorcycle ride, which will leave American Legion Post 6 in Kokomo, Ind., on Aug. 20 and travel through Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee before the final stop at the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Concord, N.C., on Aug. 24. The annual motorcycle ride is in the final year of raising money for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund,... Read more →


A Giant Chinook Flies Over Gloucester City/UPDATE

UPDATE, WITH A NEW PHOTO GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 31, 2023)--The helicopter circled over North Stinson Avenue. As mentioned earlier the pilot and the passengers inside the helicopter waved to the people on the ground who stood in astonishment as the Chinook flew over their homes. (photo credit Ben Vautier) UPDATE: A number of the comments on our Facebook page state that it is commonplace to see this helicopter flying in South Jersey. And we agree with those individuals. The difference in this situation is the pilot was flying so low. People said their houses shook, and dishes and pots... Read more →

American Legion Commander on the Cost of Freedom

By Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola, National Commander MAY 24, 2023 Dear American Legion Family and friends, A commonly used phrase in The American Legion is “every day is Veterans Day.” We prove this through our programs and service to our communities. But for Gold Star families and the battle buddies of the fallen, every day is Memorial Day. When American servicemembers are seriously wounded, often their last words are some variations of “tell my wife I love her,” “tell my kids I’m proud of them,” or “take care of my family.” The parents of fallen heroes live every mother’s and... Read more →


Training Center Cape May to fire 40MM battery; Reminder: 3 PM Pause for a Moment of Silence

On this Memorial Day, we acknowledge that freedom is not free. For those who gave up everything in service to this country...We honor Your Sacrifice. PLEASE PAUSE ON MEMORIAL DAY AT 3 PM FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE Zoomability Memorial Day Tribute from Zoomability on Vimeo. ++++++++++++ CAPE MAY, N.J. (May 30, 2023)(CNBNews)- The Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Armory staff will be conducting a 21-Gun Salute from the regimental 40MM saluting battery on base beginning at noon, Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be a... Read more →

DOD Identifies Army Casualty, Spc. Jayson Reed Haven, 20, of Aiken, South Carolina

May 26, 2023 | The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Spartan Shield. Spc. Jayson Reed Haven, 20, of Aiken, South Carolina, died May 25, 2023, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as the result of a non-combat vehicle rollover accident. The incident is under investigation. Spc. Haven was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Charleston, South Carolina. Read more →

The DOD & NASCAR Highlight Fallen Heroes, Service During Coca Cola 600 

May 26, 2023 | By Katie Lange , DOD News | As Americans remember and mourn our fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR nation will honor and recognize them alongside hundreds of current service members at one of the sport's biggest races of the year. The "600 Miles of Remembrance" is much more than just a race. Since 2018, all of the Defense Department's service branches have joined with NASCAR to honor the U.S. military during the Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Ahead of the race, several drivers also spend time at military... Read more →

Joseph V. Laudisio, age 83, Presidential Guard for John Kennedy, GCHS Alum

Joseph V. Laudisio On May 2, 2023. Age 83. Of Huntington Valley, PA, formerly of West Berlin and Barrington, NJ. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late, Rocco and Anna (Leemon) Laudisio. He is survived by his loving children, Michele Martinez, Joseph R. Laudisio (Aurora); cherished grandchildren, Jessica, Taylor, Carly, Daniela, Cristina, Isabella and Luca; great-grandchildren, Lillian, Teagan, Sydney; beloved sister, Pat Jackson (Joe). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joseph was also predeceased by his brother, Daniel Laudisio in December of 1988, and son-in-law, Alberto Martinez in March of 2021. Joseph graduated from Gloucester... Read more →

GCity Resident Serving Aboard Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Milius in the South China Sea

CNBNews FACE OF DEFENSE SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 13, 2023) – Hull Technician 2nd Class Johnathan Brown, from Gloucester City, New Jersey, fights a simulated fire during a damage control drill aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) while operating in the South China Sea, April 13. Milius is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson) Read more →

Face of Defense: Chinese Surveillance Balloons Are Global

Feb. 13, 2023 | By David Vergun , DOD News | When President Joe Biden came into office, he directed the U.S. intelligence community to do a broad assessment of Chinese intelligence capabilities, said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council in the White House, speaking to the media today. "We were able to determine that China has a high-altitude balloon program for intelligence collection that's connected to the People's Liberation Army. It was operating during the previous administration, but they did not detect it. We detected it. We tracked it. And, we have been carefully... Read more →


submitted by Maureen G. and Frank K. Now it is clear why the media hardly mentioned Pearl Harbor this year. When I was a kid, I couldn't understand why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why General Eisenhower Warned Us. It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. General Dwight D.... Read more →

How To Evaluate Military Charities

Ashley, a junior at Eastern Illinois University, poses with a photo of her father, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2009. Ashley continues to receive educational scholarships from Children of Fallen Patriots. (NAPSI)--The holiday season is generally a time of joy and celebration, but military families can often experience different emotions. Active service members and veterans returning home for the holidays might struggle to participate in family gatherings or even find the season particularly distressing. And, for the families of those service members who do not return, the holidays can be an agonizing reminder of a loved one’s... Read more →