by tuskentrooper on Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:22 pm
Matthew Tillyer is an alert and positive 13 year old Carlsbad, California boy who, in December 2013, went from a typically active kid to unable to walk after unexpected complications from a lung infection left him paralyzed below the neck. Although he is improving, doctors are still searching for a precise diagnosis and a possible cure which would allow him to walk again. Matthew loves all things Star Wars. While in the hospital for a treatment to improve his mobility, he was seized with an idea of how to turn his incline wheelchair into a TIE Fighter. Matthew sketched out the design on his tablet computer. When he was released from the hospital, his father turned the sketches into reality. Matthew, in his TIE Pilot chair, headed to Legoland for Star Wars weekend and entered the costume contest. His creativity caught the eye of Lesley Farquhar, the local Commanding Officer of the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion. “I’d never seen anything like it,” said Lesley. “I had to talk to him. I was immediately impressed with Matthew’s positive attitude. He was not going to let his condition get him down.” Matthew and his TIE Pilot chair won first place in the costume contest at Star Wars weekend. Inspired by his success, and having caught the love of costuming, Matthew and his father headed to Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. His TIE Fighter chair caught the eye of even more members of the 501st Legion, who also immediately fell in love with charming, cheerful Matthew. “More than anything, I wish I was a real TIE Pilot,” Matthew told the 501st members he met, “with a real fighter costume.” This was the inspiration for an idea that would inspire an entire Legion. After Celebration, the entire 501st banded together to pull together a junior-sized TIE Fighter costume for Matthew. 501st members from garrisons around the world contributed armor, labor, and soft parts for the project. Special thanks to RS Props, WampaWear, Elvis Trooper, Targworx, The Jolly Roger Squadron, and the many individual members of the 501st Legion who donated time, talent, special items, and finances (which were given to the family for medical expenses). “This project represents the best our Legion has to offer,” said Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion. “What you are seeing here is the heart of the Legion, and this is what the 501st is all about.” Matthew’s father kept the project hidden from him. It was presented to him in a surprise on Saturday, June 20th 2015. 501st Members from the Imperial Sands Garrison and friends from the Golden Gate Garrison were there in costume to present the finished TIE fighter armor to Matthew and his father along with a few other special gifts. However, it would not have happened without the great spirit of Legion members across the world coming together to support this young man. Learn more about Matthew at https://www.facebook.com/PrayersForMatthewTillyer.
by Fleetfang on Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:44 pm
"I’ve just made a deal that'll keep the Empire here forever."
At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, members of Garrison Titan inducted Corey Dee Williams as an Honorary Member of the 501st Legion!
Corey, the son of Billy Dee Williams, was his father's stunt double in Return of the Jedi, as well as the costumed actor behind Jabba the Hutt's henchman "Klaatu." He has always been very supportive of the Star Wars franchise and the 501st Legion, so we are very proud to finally have the Son of Calrissian join our ranks as an Honorary Member!
Welcome to the Fighting 501st Legion, Corey!
by Fleetfang on Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:33 am
On the 9th of April, 2015 Janice Decker (ID 5259) of the MidSouth Garrison passed away after a brief but fierce battle with leukemia. As a respected member of MosNooga, Janie was considered the Squad’s Grandma. Always happy and full of life, Janie’s vibrant smile and joyful demeanor allowed all those who came to know her feel like family.
We now smile too, as we remember Janie and add her portrait to the 501st's Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.
by Fleetfang on Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:05 am
In February, Tyrene Teo, BH-80666 of the Singapore Garrison, organized troopers from four 501st units, the Rebel Legion, and the Galactic Academy for the Chingay Parade in Singapore, one of the largest street performance and float parades in Asia. For this, she took home the honors for our Legion Trooper of the Month!
Our other nominees for February were Chloe Brynen, DZ-13331 of Capital City Garrison; Frederic Ulrichts, TK-11977 of Ireland Garrison; Christopher Baker, TK-69770 of Southern California Garrison; Scott T. Graham, TD-7740 of Southern California Garrison; Gary R. Collins, TK-8461 of Florida Garrison; Kyle Beagle, TK-91305 of Golden Gate Garrison; and Gregory Gatzka, RC-6838 of Central California Garrison.
Each one of these troopers went beyond the call of duty in service to their fellow troopers, to charitable foundations, and even to the public, making a difference in the lives of others. Well done, troopers, one and all!
by Fleetfang on Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:45 am
On the 10th of March, 2015, Lance Moore (TK-31088) of the 501st Legion's Georgia Garrison passed from this World. Lance is known best for his rich, jovial spirit and for bringing fun to any event. He was in Australia to realize his Life’s dream of reenacting scenes from Mad Max: The Road Warrior when the unrelated accident occurred. A fund has been established to aide his family in bringing his body home and other related expenses: http://tinyurl.com/kmfvjwb
It is with honour that we now enter Lance into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.
by Fleetfang on Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:50 am
On the 26th of March, 2015, Scott Boynton (TD-78947) of the 501st Legion’s Star Garrison entered into the next Life. Becoming a Sandtrooper in the 501st was a life long dream and brought him great joy. Scott was known for his generosity and celebration of life. He is survived by his son David Bays, daughter Chelsea Boynton, and wife Cara Boynton who shall forever be cheering for Scott.
It is with honour that we now place Scott’s name in the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.