County supervisors honor past commanders of American Legion
Curt Emrie and Paul Lyman have been recognized by the El Dorado County Supervisors for their dedicated service to American Legion Post 795 of South Lake Tahoe. The men, who are both past commanders of the post, were each presented a Certificate of Recognition by Supervisor David Solaro during a recent supervisors meeting in Placerville.
Emrie served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1963 as an aviation electronic technician and attained the rank of E-5. He has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for the past 40 years and has spent 39 years in the gaming industry as a slot machine technician. He served as first vice commander of American Legion Post 795 for one year, was a member of the house and grounds committee for two years, and led the organization as commander from 2002 to 2004. He has helped reduce the post’s tax deficit, worked toward gaining more members for the organization, and has been actively involved in increasing the income for Legion projects such as Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, Boys State, Girls State, South Tahoe High School and other youth and nonprofit programs.
Emrie also received a Certificate of Recognition from the city of South Lake Tahoe for his service as commander of American Legion Post 795. He was presented the award by Mayor Tom Davis at a recent City Council meeting.
Lyman joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951. His basic training led to radio and radar school and he spent one year in the Strategic Air Command. He worked as radio operator and E.C.M operator on a B-36 bomber before being sent to Korea for 14 months. He was honorably discharged in 1955. Following his discharge he attended the University of Illinois before entering the business world in the sales field.
Lyman has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for the past 40 years and is a taxi driver for the Yellow Cab Co. He served American Legion Post 795 as first vice commander for four years and was commander for three years, from 1997 to 1999 and 2001 to 2002. He has received help and support from his wife, Mary Lyman, who has served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary for seven years. She first took the office in 1997 and has served all but one year since.