Sergeant At Arms
1947 - 2011
Virgil, our beloved Sergeant-at-Arms, Passed on Sunday January 1, 2011 at 9:30 AM in North Broward Hospital. Virgil served in Viet Nam as a sergeant in a combat unit. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds, among numerous citations for his bravery in battle. He was born and raised in South Dakota. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and numerous siblings. Many of whom were present when he passed on. Virgil was a longtime member of Post 162 and served in various positions, most notably as Sergeant-at-Arms. He served admirably, and was well respected in these positions. Memorial Service was held Thursday January 6th at Kraeer Funeral Home Hillsboro Blvd. & S.E. 2nd Street, Deerfield Beach. Post Everlasting Ceremony was held January 15 1:00 PM at the post.
Post Commander Presented With Flag
By Declan Murphy
On Saturday, July, 16 former Marine Eddie Cruz was installed as the new Post Commander for the Amencan Legion Post 162 in Deerfield Beach. Cruz served with the Marine Corps from 1969-1973, including one year in the Republic of South Vietnam. Upon being installed as new Commander for Post 162, Cruz was presented the Post with a flag by Master Sgt. Robert San Filippo, who just recently returned from serving in Iraq with a U.S. Air Force airlift squadron.
The flag he presented Cruz flew on combat missions during Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain and other countries. Filippo said, "I served proudly and am glad to come back home to my adopted father (fellow Legionnaire) Jack Murphy."