ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A Vietnam Veteran from Cumming has been chosen as the 2017 “Legionnaire of the Year” for Alpharetta’s Post 201 of the American Legion.
Charles Turner, a 30-year member of the post, who currently serves as judge advocate, was selected by Commander Dennis Turner, no relation, for the highest honor that can be awarded at the local post level.
“Charles Turner’s three decades of service to the post, the community’s veterans and the Alpharetta community made his choice an easy one,” Dennis Turner said. “Charles has not only served as Post commander, judge advocate and as a member of the executive committee but has taken on the huge responsibility of caring for the post’s Veteran’s Memorial Park honoring more than seven thousand Georgians killed in combat in America’s wars going back to World War II.”
Charles Turner served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade during his tour of duty in Vietnam. He was wounded in August of 1968 and awarded the Purple Heart.
Post 201 of the American Legion has more than 800 wartime veterans as members at its post located at 201 Wills Road in Alpharetta.