The nephew of the first Madera man to die in World War I visited Maderan’s Veterans of Foreign Wars over the weekend and expanded their hall’s photo gallery with images of his late uncle Cpl. Herbert Elmore Macon, after whom the local post was named.
Like his uncle, Tucson resident Lawrence Macon Jr. served in the military and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, but is not a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He belongs to a retired officers association and the Air Force Association.
Lawrence said he knew little about his uncle Herbert, because his family rarely spoke of him, but he was thrilled to learn a post was named after him a year ago when he was contacted by The Madera Tribune for a story.
“It’s a fine honor. I had no idea,” said Lawrence. “I was born 12 years after he died. My family never mentioned it so I didn’t know anything about him until I was contacted. Then I was asked if I had any memorabilia. I had very little. I just had a picture, which I ordered enlarged and gave three copies to the post.” ...