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Veteran of the Month Robert H. Miller

Robert H. Miller was born on September 27th, 1934 in the city of Philadelphia.  Bobby, as he is known, was educated in the Philadelphia school system, attending such schools as Smedley Grade School, Harding Jr. High School and Northeast High School at 8th and Lehigh.robert h miller crop

Bobby also went to Community College for Social and Mental Health courses. While in High School he loved track and field and football.

Bobby, at a young age, joined the Lord’s army and became a member of the Second Baptist Church of Frankford.

Robert was drafted into the U. S. Army during the Korean War era.  He did his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He also trained at Fort Bliss where he was permanently stationed.

While he served, Robert received various medals and awards and was promoted to the rank of Specialist E-5, equivalent to sergeant.  He served his time and was honorably discharged.

Robert worked in a dry cleaning business and then became self employed in various businesses such as a limo business, arcades and grocery store operator in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Robert loves his children Darell, Cornell, Roselyn, Derrick and Robert.  He has been active in community projects and a member of American Legion Post 224, the Boys and Girls Club and PAL.  He loves Darts and various sports and loves traveling and going to flea markets.

Robert – Thank you for your service.


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Veteran of the Month Robert E. Williams

Robert E. Williams was born on July 17th 1937 in the Northeast in the Frankford section of Philadelphia PA. Robert received his education in the Philadelphia School System: Harding Junior High and Frankford High School. Robert joined the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. While serving in the Army he received various types of awards and certificates and was then promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Robert served his time in the Army and was honorably discharged. Robert was employed at Plumb Tool Company for 15 years.

He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife Alicia McLaughlin. He was a dedicated father to his children whom he loved and provided for.robert e williams

As a lover of spiritual I’m gospel music, he attended various churches all over the city and was very active in many community and worthwhile events.

Robert passed away on September 3,1977.  He will always be remembered, especially with his family and many friends but his passion and love and devotion of the Almighty will always be celebrated every week at the New Beginnings Community Baptist Church, where his family and friends worship under the leadership of his son, Reverend Kevin Williams.

Well, Sergeant Robert E. Williams, you are probably looking down and keeping a watchful eye on your family and friends and being proud.


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Merry Christmas to Our Veterans

Veteran Family of the Month

Thomas A. McAvoy Jr. is long time resident of Frankford who grew up in Kensington and tom mcavoy srattended Ascension of Our Lord grade school and Northeast Catholic High School. He went on to graduate from Penn State and shortly after was drafted into the Army.  He served from 1964 to 1966 in Washington DC. After discharge he went to work for IBM and a few years later met and fell in love with Kathleen.  They settled into a house in Northwood with their two kids, Erin and Tom.  Tom later worked for Arthur Anderson Consulting and the National Park service before retiring. He now spends his time volunteering as president of the Northwood Town Watch, Vice President of the Northwood Civic Association and Secretary of the Alumni Association of Northeast Catholic High School.

erin mcavoyDaughter Erin McAvoy graduated from Masterman school and was the first graduate to receive an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis.  She graduated in 1993 and served in the Navy in various assignments over the next 20 years and retired with the rank of Commander.  Along with stateside assignments, she served a tour in Iraq.  She retired from the Navy and is now working at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Son, Thomas A. McAvoy III attended Masterman school and graduated from St. Joe’s tom mcavoy jrPrep.  He also received an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated in 2000.  He served 9 years in the Marine Corps with assignments in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He continues to serve in the reserves as a major and now lives in North Dakota working in the petroleum industry.

Frankford salutes the McAvoy family and we thank you for your service.

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A Return to Duty and Honor

Sunday September 6, 2015 at approximately 4:30 pm, the Lloyd C. Wilson Jr American Legion Post #224 held their annual instillation ceremony for its newly elected officers for 201d. Among them was the post’s new commander, retired United States Army Major Guy D. Lewis.

Guy was born and raised in Frankford, lived in the community for 57 years, and has been a member of Post 224 for 23 of those years. He served in the United States Army Reserve for 22 years, 2 months, 8 days, and approximately 14 hours. Why be so exact about time served you might ask, because that’s how Guy is wired, to be precise, maintain order, and follow the rules.

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Guy D. Lewis

During his two plus decades of military service, Guy was called to active duty three times; the first was in support of “Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm” and the second and third in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom”.

His third call to active duty resulted in a yearlong deployment to Southeastern Afghanistan’s Khowst Province, along its border with Pakistan, a known stronghold for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgents.

During his deployment, Guy served as the Chief Nurse of the Salerno Hospital and the Officer in Charge of its Operating Room. He participated in hundreds of surgeries, and directed the pert-operative care for over 465 causalities of war, and the survival rate of their patients was over 95%.

Guy deemed it an honor to perform his duty in support of our country’s efforts in the “Global War on Terrorism”. During his deployment Guy saw plenty of combat, death, and destruction on a daily basis, and was able to successfully lead his troops on a 365 day mission in a hostile environment without losing a single US soldier.

Now retired from the army, Guy is returning to duty of a different type but none the less important. He’s assumed leadership of Frankford’s American Legion Post 224, and he views it as an honor to serve the veterans that served our country, their families, and the community at large.

As commander, Guy would like to see the Lloyd C. Wilson Jr Post 224 expand its commitment as a veteran centered social safe haven, where members and their guest can enjoy themselves in a variety of recreational activities.

In addition, as a Registered Nurse with almost 40 years in health care and a master’s degree in health education, Guy would like to assist post 224 in its efforts to broaden veterans and their loved one’s pathway to support and benefit information when needed, by partnering with the Philadelphia Department of Veteran Affairs; and hosting health information sessions and workshops with subject matter expert guest speakers, addressing issues and concerns specific to service, combat, and community health in general; all in an effort to reestablish the Lloyd C. Wilson Jr American Legion Post as a valuable community asset.

Guy’s goal is to uphold and build on the foundation of duty and honor laid by previous post commanders including but not limited to Thomas Pittman III, Eddie Keith, and the late Bobby Brown. As I endeavor to accomplish that goal, I welcome support, constructive criticism, input, and participation from everyone.

To quote MAJ (RET) Guy D. Lewis “As I see it, it’s an honor for me to be given the opportunity to serve the men and women that have served our country in times of war as well as times of peace, their families, and our community.

“I feel as commander of the Lloyd C. Wilson Jr Post 224, it’s my solemn duty to always do the right thing for veterans, their families, and the community. As long as God Almighty gives me the strength, that’s exactly what I’m going to do, and input, constructive criticism, participation, and support from all involved is truly welcomed”.

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We Thank You for Your Service

This is the first in a series of a monthly feature authored by Richard Johnson.  It began running in the print edition of the Gazette in January.

Richard is a retiree living in the Meadow House and a proud veteran of the U. S. Army.  It was his concept and am publishing it for him, although I wish I had thought of it myself.

We are compiling a list of the names of veterans who are from Frankford.  If you would like yourself or anyone listed please email me at with their name and branch of service.  Also indicate if they are living or have passed on.  We will publish the complete list on November 11th Veterans Day.

Veteran of the month is Guy D. Lewis.

Guy D. Lewis retired after 22 years of service in the U.S. Army.  Last rank held was Major.  He was eligible for promotion to Lt. Colonel.

Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Temple University (2001) MS with a major in Health Education from Saint Joseph’s University (2006)  Professional Background
* 21 plus years as a Registered Nurse
* 16 years in the operating-room at Temple University Hospital
* 16 year member of a Level 1 Trauma Center’s Trauma Team
* Certified as a trauma provider since 1991
* 6 years in physical rehabilitation (brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, pressure sores, amputations and other disabilities)
* Worked simultaneously in ICU, step down Unit, ED and an extended care facility throughout career
* 18 plus years in the US Army Nurse Corps as a 66H Medical Surgical Nurse), 66J (Clinic Nurse), & 66E (Perioperative Nurse)
* Interim Commander of the 625th Forward Surgical Team
* 16 years as an American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support Instructor
* 8 years as a state certified Emergency Medical Technician (Ambulance)

Community Service
* Produces Annual Black History Celebration.  Teaches CPR and first aid to Scouts, church groups, day care center staff, and community residents – Conducts physical examinations for the Frankford Chargers Organization. – Coached little league basketball at the Northeast Boys & Girls Club – Northeast Boys & Girls Club Volunteer— Sponsored a food & clothing drive for the less fortunate—Board member of the Metropolitan Boys & Girls Clubs of America— Vice President of the Northeast Boys & Girls Club, Men’s Club.

We Salute the following veterans for their service:

Tillman Avery—Navy *

John Berry —Army

James Berry—Army*

Floyd R. Coleman—Marines

Kelly Debman—Army

Doctor Forrest—Army*

Tom Barland—Army

Henry Haskin—Army

Joe Holiday—Army

Samuel Johnson—Navy*

Edward Keith—Army

Henry Lewis—Army*

Nathan Lewis—Army

Paul Lewis—Army*

Russell McCoy—Army*

Calvester Montgomery-Army*

Angelita Nix—Marines*

Charles Pittman—Air Force

Wallace Randolph—Army*

David Rivera—Army

Robert Smiley—Air Force

Robert Turner Sr.—Marines*

Alfonso Whitmore—Army

Felicia Williams—Navy*