Harry S. Foster ~ Post 67 Post History
American Legion Harry S. foster Post 67 was named after Private First Class (PFC) Harry Southern Foster from Hampton, VA and chartered August 1981. The Charter Members consisted of fifty (50) Legionnaires. Today Harry S. Foster Post 67’s membership has grown to 200.
PFC Harry Southern Foster was born on August 15, 1929, to the late Richard H. Foster, Sr. and Laura N. Foster McQueen in Warwick County. He attended Union Street Elementary School, Aberdeen Elementary School and graduated from George P. Phenix High School in 1946. Before joining the Army, he worked as a clerk at a Supermarket in Newport News, VA.
Harry S. Foster joined the U.S. Army in 1949. His Basic Training was completed at Fort Lee, VA. Afterwards he was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps, where he completed the Basic Enlisted Salvage Technical Program. He was assigned to the 24th Infantry Regiment/25th Infantry Division.
Harry S. Foster was killed on August 29, 1950, in the Korean War. He was 21 years old. He is buried at the Hampton National Cemetery, Section C, in the Phoebus section of Hampton Virginia. Harry was the 1st casualty of the Korean War from Warwick County Virginia.
Harry received or qualified to receive the following medals: Purple Heart; Combat Infantry Badge; Korean Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation; Republic of Korea War Service Medal; and the United Nations Service Medal.
Each year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Members place a wreath and conduct a remembrance ceremony in honor of Harry S. Foster, at his burial site, at the Hampton National Cemetery in the Phoebus section of Hampton, VA.
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