SPRINGVILLE — Lenny Stachowiak of Springville was presented with the American Legion Concord Post 431 Legionnaire of the Year Award for 2012 on Dec. 5. The plaque was presented by Jim Pukay.
Stachowiak served in the United States Navy on aircraft carriers Rendova (CVE-114), Bairoko (CVE-115) and Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) from 1950 – 1954, during the Korean conflict.
In 1967, Stachowiak joined the Concord American Legion Post. He still participates in the color guard.
Legionnaires John Ornce and Larry Balog spoke about their years of volunteering with Stachowiak at the legion’s weekly bingo, during the award presentation.
For 30 years, Stachowiak coordinated the selection of the American Legion Boys State candidates, working with guidance counselors at Springville-Griffith Institute, gathering a team of legionnaires to review the applications and interview the candidates.
Boys State is a program of government instruction for high school students. Each year, Stachowiak attended a dinner with the selected candidates and their parents, to meet other Erie County participants.
As a member of the color guard for 43 years, Stachowiak has participated in every Memorial Day and Veterans Day service.
For many years, he marched with his peers at the Erie County Fair on Veterans Day. He currently attends yearly Veterans Day services, with the post, at local schools.
Stachowiak served as commander of the legion from 1972 – 1973. He has led services for veterans at funeral homes and has gone Christmas caroling at Fiddlers Green Nursing Home.
His wife June is a Legion Auxiliary member.