Tuesday, November 11, 2008

US Army Freedom Team Salute honors 100 year old D-Day Veteran and others

The US Army’s Freedom Team Salute’s director Col Dave Griffith presented commendations to Mr. Bartolo Trimboli, 100, of Potomac. MD and three others. Mr. Trimboli who turned 100 on March 15th was recognized during The American Legion, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Post 295’s Veterans Day program held at the Golden Bull on Tuesday November 11th.

On June 7th, 1945, Pvt Bart Trimboli landed in Normandy as part of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. Mannie Aragon of Bethesda served as Captain during WWII and was assigned to the Manhattan Project  was also honored. by the Freedom Team Salute. Also receiving commendations were Mike Stanley, of Montgomery Village who served as a Staff Sergeant in Desert Storm with the 18th Aviation Brigade and SGT Errillene, a US Army recruiter and Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran.  

As Post 295 honored these US Army veterans, it should remind everyone that we should not forget those who are currently serving in harms way or serving worldwide. The Veterans Day programs was organized by Bob Ouellette, Montgomery County American Legion Commander, who was pleased with the turnout. Mr. Ouellette also serves as a Freedom Team Salute Ambassador. Any Army Veteran, Parent, Spouse, Supporter or Employer of National Guard or Reservists can receive a Freedom Team Salute Commendation by visiting www.freedomteamsalute.com or American Legion Post 295 at www.post295.org295.org.

Picture1: COL Griffith pins a US Army Veteran Pin on Bart Trimboli, looking on is Mike Stanley and Jean Davis, Veteran Outreach Manager Freedom Team Salute

Picture 2: Bob Ouellette, Montgomery County Commander, Col Griffith, Director Freedom Team Salute, Bart Trimboli, Mannie Aragon, Mike Stanley, and Carol Errilenne

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