Past Commander-in-Chief Goldsmith Passes

2001-2002 Commander-in-Chief

James N. Goldsmith

 GOLDSMITH, James N., Sr. of Lapeer, age 64, passed away October 3, 2009 at Genesys Hospice Care Center of Goodrich.  Funeral Service Thursday 11 AM at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Road in Grand Blanc.  Burial to follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.  Visitation Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00 until 9:00 PM.  VFW memorial service Wednesday 7 PM.   

James Goldsmith was a proud Army veteran who served from 1965-1967, with duty in Vietnam from 1966-1967.  He joined VFW Post #5666 in 1967.  Goldsmith was All State Post Commander in 1974 and All-American District Commander in 1977.  In 1978 he was selected as Michigan's "Young Veteran of the Year."  In 1980, he became the first Vietnam veteran to be elected Department Junior Vice Commander of Michigan.  He was an All-American Department Commander from 1982-1983.  On August 24, 2001, Goldsmith was elected to the position of VFW Commander-in-Chief.  During his term as VFW State Commander Goldsmith established the VFW Department Cancer Program which continues to raise money for cancer research in the State of Michigan schools of medicine.  This program has raised and donated over $1,000,000 from VFW members for this valuable research.

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