Damascus American Legion Post 171


Interviews and Story by Past Commander Tony DeShiro

After twenty-two years of service, Anthony M. (Tony) DeShiro retired from active duty in 1982 as a U. S. Navy Chief Petty Officer.  Following his military career Mr. DeShiro was a data center manager for a major New England bank for seven years, and until his full retirement in 2004 was employed as a consultant to design, manage and install voice, data, video  and fiber optic distribution systems for many schools and private companies throughout the United States..  After relocating several times during the successive years, Mr. DeShiro and his wife Connie finally settled in Ijamsville, MD  in 2010 so as to be closer to family. He has been a member of the American Legion for 38 years, a member of Post 171 in Damascus, MD for ten years, has served as Post Finance Officer, Post Commander, Post Judge Advocate, Post 1st Vice Commander, and has chaired several committees. Mr. DeShiro enjoys reading, travelling, and is an avid,  albeit at times struggling, golfer. Past Commander Tony DeShiro interviewed the following veterans and recounts a boat rescue of Vietnamese refugees.

Note: thefollowing are document files.

Bennett, Harold

Luhn, Ray

Rippeon, Ormand Z.

Hargett, John

Moore, Jim

Seipp, John

Koontz, Wilfred

Mullinix, William

Toms, Glenn
USS Elliot