John J. Mott, Commander of the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, has announced that Legion member Robert R. Dumas of Overlook Terrace in the Town of Cazenovia has been entered as Post 88's candidate for New York State Legionnaire of the Year 2011. All candidates for this recognition are judged on attendance at post meetings, post functions, hours spent working in and for the post along with dedication, leadership, and service to the post, fellow veterans, and the community. Each candidate must win the support of their post, county and district before making it to the state level competition.
Robert Dumas is a 65 year member of the American Legion and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Simon Pierce Post 9596 and is a proud World War II veteran.
Robert was born in Valleyfield Quebec, Canada and has lived in Cazenovia since 1964. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and was quickly sent to North Africa in the area of the French Morocco. Prior to this overseas departure, he became a United States citizen. As an Allied Infantry Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, he made a Landing Craft Invasion at Anzio beach in 1943, and a combat parachute jump in Holland in 1944. He was wounded on March 7, 1944. He was separated from the Army at Paris France in 1946 having been awarded the following medals: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct, European Theater of Operation, WWII Victory, Conspicuous Service Cross and Star and American Defense. After the war, he was president and owner of a drywall company from 1948 to 1997. He is now retired and a widower since his wife died in 1991. They had two children, a son and a daughter. His son, a Vietnam Combat Veteran, died in 2008.
Throughout his 65 years of membership in the American Legion, Robert has served in many officer positions including Post Commander. He is currently serving as Sergeant at Arms. For the past 10 years, he has been a church usher at St. James Catholic Church in Cazenovia.
Said Commander Mott: "Bob has given continuous hours of help to the Post Home and this service is evidence of his devotion, generosity, and talent. During his lifetime he focused his strength on serving his family and his country. He is proud of his accomplishments and is satisfied that he has done his best."
Al Keilen is a publicist for the American Legion Post 88.