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Winter 2018

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30 SAR MAGAZINE The Sayler family has deep roots in the SAR; Sayler's son, John, grandson, John Mark, and great-grandsons, Jacob and Daniel, are all compatriots. Sayler's daughter, the late Margaret Dumler, was past regent of the Great Bend Jeremiah Howard Chapter, DAR. Jacob Sayler, the family's Patriot ancestor, served as a private in Capt. Samuel Davidson's Company of Col. Smith's Battalion from Bedford County, Pennsylvania. LOUISIANA SOCIETY Attakapas Chapter The close-knit Guilbeau family lives in the Cecilia and Arnaudville area in southwestern Louisiana. The Guilbeaus are descendants of their Patriot, Charles Guilbeau of Acadie, Canada, who was deported by the British in the 1750s from his homeland (like thousands of other Acadians) for refusing to take the Oath of Loyalty to England during the French and Indian War, and for refusing to give up his Catholic faith. Charles Guilbeau, after many hardships, found his way to Louisiana, where he settled and raised a family in what was known as the Attakapas country. This area is along the Teche Bayou in southwest Louisiana, the center of it being what is today St. Martinville, in St. Martin Parish. Serving in the Attakapas Post Militia as a subject of Spain, his unit was called to duty in August 1779 after Spain declared war on England. His and other Louisiana militia units under the command of Gen. Bernardo de Gálvez, governor-general of the Spanish province of Louisiana, launched an attack on the British outpost at Baton Rouge and, after a well-orchestrated siege, forced its surrender. Guilbeau must have felt a savage kind of glee in this action, as did other Acadians in Louisiana's militias. Today, hundreds of Acadian descendants in Louisiana and elsewhere are members of the SAR, DAR and C.A.R. as the result of their forefathers having fought against the English in 1779-81 in Louisiana and Florida. MARYLAND SOCIETY President General Larry T. Guzy and MDSSAR President Donald A. Deering had the privilege and honor of presenting the prestigious NSSAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal to a "living Patriot" at the Annual Patriots Ball on Dec. 16, 2017 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. Capt. Michael Paul Cronin (USN, Ret.) was honored for his lasting contribution to our American legacy as a Navy fighter pilot and his courageous resistance to threats and brutalities while held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese. On Jan. 13, 1967, after two tours of duty and 175 missions, with 125 flown over North Vietnam, then-Lt. Cronin was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese Army and imprisoned for 2,243 days. He was released after the Paris Peace Accords were signed, on March 4, 1973, and returned to the United States, where he served as a U.S. Navy flight instructor. The United States military record states his North Vietnamese captors subjected Cronin to "extreme mental and physical cruelties" to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes; he resisted those brutalities, which contributed to eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, thereby showing determination, courage, resourcefulness and devotion to duty and country. Because of his steadfast dedication to our country and fellow compatriots, he was awarded two Silver Star medals, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Bronze Star medals, 15 air medals, two Purple Heart medals, two Navy Commendation medals, two Navy Unit Commendations and the Prisoner of War medal, all with Combat V. He retired as a U.S. Navy captain. After returning home, Capt. Cronin was astounded to learn no United States law existed to declare war crimes to be an offense that United States courts would prosecute. After six years of torture, he understood that such a law was crucial to protecting United States service personnel and citizens. Accordingly, during the mid-1990s, while employed as a commercial airline pilot and studying for his law degree, Capt. Cronin conceived the idea of the War Crimes Act of 1996, which amended the Geneva Convention and banned acts "committed against persons or property protected by the Convention: willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health." PPP MDSSAR held its semi-annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at the Johns Hopkins Club on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. By tradition, the meeting is held as close as possible to the anniversary of Gen. George Washington's victory at Yorktown. Forty-two members and guests attended the meeting. The Board of Managers convened for a morning session that included a continental breakfast followed by a buffet luncheon. State President Donald Deering officiated the meeting, performed the President General Larry T. Guzy and Maryland SAR President Donald A. Deering present the NSSAR Gold Good Citizenship Award to Capt. Michael Cronin with wife, Jackie, as emcee George Lewis reads the proclamation. On Nov. 15, 2017, three generations of the Guilbeau family were inducted into the Attakapas Chapter of Lafayette, Louisiana. The patriarch of the family, Larry J. Guilbeau; his son, Todd J. Guilbeau; and the four grandkids, Grant J. (14), Gavin J. (12), Gage M. (8) and Garron M. (4), were sponsored by Compatriot Anthony R. Romero (left), of the Attakapas Chapter.

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