American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA
|January 19, 2009
WVOX 1460 AM WVOX.com
Sons of the American Legion Radio Report
The Story of Pelham's
Lt. Eugene Evans
LTC Eli Page Howard Jr.
Major General Thomas L. Prather
Lt. Col. Patrick Brundidge
Morgan State University
Commander Melvin Garrett, VFW
The "Sons of the American Legion Radio Report" can be heard live on WVOX
1460 AM in Westchester County and around the world on WVOX.com. The show is
held on the first, third, fourth and (Fifth) Tuesdays of each month from 2:30 to 3:00
The host of the program is Kenneth G. Kraetzer, Commander of Sons of the American
Legion in Pelham, NY; Vice Commander for Westchester County, and Vice
Commander for New York State. Please contact Ken at 914-450-9554 with any
questions or comments about this radio and Internet production.
The intro music, "To The Colors" has been provided courtesy of the US Navy band
based at Newport, RI.
The co-host on this segment was John Chuhran, a New Rochelle based PR executive
and Sons of the American Legion member.
Our next segment will be on Monday January 26th at 2:30 PM.
General Ellis, a graduate of Morgan State ROTC
Morgan State ROTC Cadets at Fall 2008 Field Training
Morgan State Cadets Winning at Rocks 5 Mile Race Fall 2008
Alumna Captain Johnson addressing cadets at LAB
The Monday January 19th edition of the "WVOX Sons of the American Legion Radio
Report" on WVOX 1460 AM and WVOX.com discussed the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr, the Reserve Officer Training program at Morgan State University in Baltimore,
and the story of Eugene Lee Evans and Eli Page Howard Jr., two natives of Pelham
who were accomplished athletes and graduates of the ROTC program at Morgan State
and later gave their lives for our country during military service.
Special guests were Major General (Ret.) Thomas Levi Prather a 1962 graduate of
the Reserve Officer Training Program program at Morgan State and Lt. Col. Patrick
Brundidge US Army, the current Professor of Military Science at the historically
African-American Baltimore MD based school. The Morgan State program was initiated
shortly after President Truman ordered the integration of the military in 1948, and has
produced nine General Officers of the US Army including a "four star" officer, General
Larry R. Ellis.
Joining the program in studio was New Rochelle resident and US Army veteran
Melvin Garrett of the Veterans of Foreign Wars who is a past New York State
Commander of the VFW and continues to serve as Judge Advocate for New York State
and on their National Legislative Committee. Commander Garrett served with the Army
in occupied Japan soon after the end of WWII.
Eugene Evans and Eli Page Howard played baseball, basketball, and football together
at Pelham Memorial High School during the the 1940s and Howard known as "Tim"
captained the undefeated 1945 Pelham football team. Both went on to serve in the US
Marine Corps. before enrolling at Morgan State. They played on Morgan's 1949
national championship football team and were among the first ROTC graduates at
Morgan College as it was known then. Both were commissioned and shortly after
served in Korea . Evans died while leading a mission across enemy lines in 1952 .
Howard rose to the level of Lt. Col. and was killed while leading the 3rd Battalion of the
196th Light Infantry Brigade during a fierce battle on August 19, 1969 at Quang Tin in
Vietnam. More information and pictures is available on
The program was part of WVOX's day long program honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.