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American Legion Post named in honor of fallen soldier

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Willie Ransom always knew his son Charles would grow up to do great things. He told a crowd of about 100 people that at a young age, Charles showed a keen interest in computers.

"He came to me one day and said dad, I would live for you to take the TV out of the room and buy me a computer," Ransom said.

That love for technology would stay with him through college at the Virginia Military Institute. He graduated Vice President of his class at VMI in 2001. Nearly 10 years later his life was cut short after he was killed during a shoot-out at an airport in Afghanistan.

Family members, friends, and dignitaries all spoke about the man who may have been small in stature but had a personality larger than life.

Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor says it's fitting that such a tribute and honor was given to Major Ransom at a time when veterans are being remembered across the country.

"With all the opportunities to find disagreement an event that allowed us to come together and honor those who serve here on Veterans weekend," Congressman Cantor said.

Members of Ransom's graduating class at VMI had this sign placed outside the post that now bears his name. A name that his father says will live on here at Post 186 and through the many memories shared with family and friends.

"He was a young man who was full of energy and full of life and we miss him everyday that we get up."

Governor Bob McDonnell also gave special recognition to major ransom and post 186. There's a special plaque now hanging inside the post.

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