2016 LV County Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal
Mr. A. C. Byrd has been selected as the 2016 Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal. A. C. was born September 11, 1940, in Muskogee, Ok. He was raised in, and around, Porum, Oklahoma and graduated from Porum High School in 1958.
A. C. joined the US Army on February 28, 1959 where he served 24 years with two combat tours in Viet Nam. Other overseas tours included Thule, Greenland; Paris, France and Tehran, Iran.
His military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
After retiring from the Army he worked another 20 years for civil service at Fort Leavenworth and retired again
He is a 29 year Kansas Life Member of the Lansing Memorial American Legion Post. At the post level he has served 25 years in his current position as the Post Adjutant. He has served the Kansas First District as Adjutant, Vice-Commander, and Commander and is currently serving again as Commander. He served the Department as Area East Vice-Commander for three years and one year as Department Master-at-Arms.
He has been a continuous American Legion membership recruiter and has earned the Gold Brigade award for recruiting three times.
A. C. is fully retired and spends his time in volunteer work for The American Legion, Lansing Lions Club, Fort Leavenworth Rod and Gun Club, Friends of the National Rifle Association, as well as others.