CHENEY-ARMSTRONG POST # 5 NH
Dear Post 5 Members, January 6th, 2019
January 6th 2019: Post meeting in the Peterborough Community Center on Elm Street at 2 pm.
February 3rd, 2019: Post meeting canceled!!!!!
May 18th, 2019: Poppies are going to be given out on Friday and Saturday. We NEED VOLUNTEERS.
May 27th, 2019 Memorial Day! Cheney-Armstrong will be celebrating its 100th Birthday.
September 1st, 2019: Post picnic at MacDowell Dam. Pot luck, rain or shine, bring a sweater.
December 8th, 2019: Christmas Dinner is at noon! Please note this is the second Sunday in December because the first Sunday is the weekend of Thanksgiving. Pot luck! Let us know if you are coming.
Violet Despres, 88, of Peterborough, passed away on December 10, 2018 after a period of failing health. She was born in Peterborough on February 24, 1930, the daughter of Joseph and Minnie (Sweeney) Sangermano. Vi looked forward to the Peterborough Memorial Day Parade, where she rode in a Gold Star Family convertible representing the Sangermano family and the loss of her brother Philip, who was an Ace Pilot in WWII. Dear Cheney-Armstrong Post 5,
December 20th, 2018 Divine Mercy Parish acknowledges your donation of $25.00 in memory of Violet Despres. We have notified the family of your generosity. Thank you very much.
Yours in Christ,
Divine Mercy Parish
Kathleen Carskadon Graves, 80, Mother of member Lawrence D.W. Graves of Dublin, died at the Cheshire Hospital on December 28, 2018 from complications following an automobile accident. Her Grandsons Benjamin and Nicholas graduated from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Monadnock Squadron.
Sick call: Jim Sargent from Dublin; David Geoffrey, Joseph LaBrie and Bill Clark from Peterborough; Ralph Tibbetts from Rindge; Arthur Pendleton from Temple; Joseph Garcia from Hancock; Paul Sturges from Jaffrey;
Membership: We currently have 196 members paid for 2019. We are at 92.45% to reach 212 members for 2019. Please help us find new members. New members: Marc Cramer of Peterborough served in the Air Force during the Persian Gulf; Robert MacDonald of Peterborough served in the Air Force during Vietnam. A reminder if you have not given us a copy of your DD-214 (Discharge papers) please do so. Take some time and try to join the VA. Remember to check and see if you can get a house tax exemption as a Veteran. Peterborough offers $500 and Hancock offers $300.
At the January Post meeting Dick Freeman of Peterborough is going to ask for money from the Poppy Fund for the New England Honor Flight. So far four of our WWII members have gone to Washington D. C. with the Honor Flight, Arthur Pendleton of Temple, Donald Carle of Keene, Dick Freeman of Peterborough and Laurance Foley of Dublin. Joe Byron who is in charge of New England Honor Flight said that their mission is to “transport American’s veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifices” at no cost to the Veteran. The first flight went on June 13, 2009 and so far: 54 flights launched, 38 Prisoners of War, 1969 Veterans served, 80 women, 23 sets of brothers, 8 husband/ wife couples and four of them were from Post 5. With approximately 500 WWII Veterans dying each day, and many Korean War Veterans not being far behind in age, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
In 1981, the Post sent John F. Lee (Jack), the son of Pat and Raymond Lee of Temple, to Boys State. Jack was one of the two students from NH that year to be chosen to go to Boys Nation and loved it. Pat wrote to us that he graduated in the top ten of ConVal and went on to UNH to study electrical engineering and math. When he was in Washington DC he got a poster connected to Boys Nation and had it signed by a lot of participants. Pat said it is still in his room even though he is 55 years old. The Lees’ daughter Kara J. Lee was also sent to Girl’s State in 1983 by Post 13 Greenville. Kara was ConVal’s valedictorian in 1984.
The Post dinner turned out well. We are sorry that people signed up and just did not come. There were 68 at the dinner. Our thanks to Jane and Ron Bowman who cooked one of the 30 pound turkeys. Thank you to Leon St Cyr who got KP duty and peeled and cut up the potatoes but did not stay for dinner. Thank you to Arthur Hixson for carving the turkeys. Thank you to Sue and Paul Sturges who worked in the kitchen and with fixing the shut-in dinners. A big thanks to Lisa Oja for all her help setting up and giving out name tags and doing the 50/50. Lisa’s Dad is Willy Oja of Dublin. Annmarie Beckley won the 50/50. Twenty-nine dinners were delivered to shut-ins. We had a collection for a Veteran in need.
Thanks to all at the American Legion Post 5 for helping me with the cost of my insulin. This help gave me enough of a supply of insulin until the VA kicked in. Just recently I received ALL my meds from the VA at no cost to me. I am very grateful.
Dear Cheney-Armstrong Post 5, American Legion, November 30th, 2018
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support for our vital work of fostering compassion in the 44 communities of this region by promoting and providing for the well-being of our animals. Your support makes it possible for so many animals to have a second chance at happiness. Your generous 11/3/2018, $25.00 gift in Raymond Turner’s name will go a long way towards helping us provide affordable public clinics for spay/neuter and rabies vaccination, emergency boarding for families facing an unexpected tragedy, a pet food pantry program to assist our community members through difficult financial times, reconnecting stray animals with their homes, assisting towns in pet hoarding cases and, of course, our heartwarming service of matching homeless cats and dogs with their forever homes- to name a few! This past year, MHS cared for over 1400 animals, many of whom were adopted and will now go to bed well-nourished, loved and better off than the night before. This couldn’t happen without your support! Thank you once again for your gift and for making so much possible for the animals and our community. It means the world to us! With warm regards,
Monadnock Humane Society
Thanks again for everything you have done for us. The donation to the Monadnock Humane Society and the Christmas dinner was great! Have a nice holiday. Cynthia Turner
Dear Cheney-Armstrong Post 5, American Legion,
Thank you so much for your sponsorship of the veteran’s event at the Mariposa. It was a wonderfully moving event and the stories bravely shared are so important for all of us to hear and hold in our hearts. Your event on Armistice Day was also very powerful. My husband and I were happy to attend and were so glad to see so many others did as well. Wishing you all the best, with gratitude for all you do.
Thank you to all the members and friends who have given money gifts to the Post. We apologize if we have omitted your names. Thank you to Bernie Woods, Bryant Crocker, Roger Block, Donald Pierce, Carol Bader, David Robinson, Jeff Allen, Alice and David Geoffrey, Lisa Oja and two anonymous donors who have consistently donated. Their gifts went into the General Fund, Poppy Fund, Scholarship Fund and Veteran in need.
Since there won’t be much income to our General Fund prior to May 2019, we know we need to be careful with our expenditures, since we only have about $880.
Here is my monthly Sea Cadet report (which actually covers two months): Monadnock Squadron Sea Cadets have been busy the past couple of months. In November, cadets spent a day on the firing range getting familiar with weapons and shooting qualification rounds. In December, the squadron went to Boscawen to participate in Wreaths Across America, helping place 3500 wreaths on veterans’ graves. We also signed up a new recruit, a 16-year-old female high school junior from Amherst who is interested in the navy ROTC program, possibly at Texas A&M. We also had a very interested 10-year-old South Meadow School fifth grader who will likely enroll in January. Three cadets attended EMT training in Newport, RI, during the Christmas break. February drill will probably include our annual personnel and administrative inspection, conducted by Regional Director LCDR Andy Nash; date/time to be announced. Respectfully submitted, LTJG John Franklin, executive officer. V/R, John
We apologize, the address we gave you at Christmas to send cards to the Veterans for Christmas was not a good one.
In May of 1861, 9 year old John Lincoln “Johnny” Clem ran away from his home in Newark, Ohio, to join the Union Army, but found the Army was not interested in signing on a 9 year old boy when the commander of the 3rd Ohio Regiment told him he “wasn’t enlisting infants,” and turned him down. Clem tried the 22nd Michigan Regiment next, and its commander told him the same. Determined, Clem tagged after the regiment, acted out the role of a drummer boy, and was allowed to remain. Though still not regularly enrolled, he performed camp duties and received a soldier’s pay of $13 a month, a sum collected and donated by the regiment’s officers.
The next April, at Shiloh, Clem’s drum was smashed by an artillery round and he became a minor news item as “Johnny Shiloh, The Smallest Drummer”. A year later, at the Battle of Chickamauga, he rode an artillery caisson to the front and wielded a musket trimmed to his size. In one of the Union retreats a Confederate officer ran after the cannon Clem rode with, and yelled, “Surrender you damned little Yankee!” Johnny shot him dead. This pluck won for Clem national attention and the name “Drummer Boy of Chickamauga.”
Clem stayed with the Army through the war, served as a courier, and was wounded twice. Between Shiloh and Chickamauga he was regularly enrolled in the service, began receiving his own pay, and was soon-after promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was only 12 years old. After the Civil War he tried to enter West Point but was turned down because of his slim education. A personal appeal to President Ulysses S. Grant, his commanding general at Shiloh, won him a 2nd Lieutenant’s appointment in the Regular Army on 18 December 1871, and in 1903 he attained the rank of Colonel and served as Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired from the Army as a Major General in 1916, having served an astounding 55 years.
General Clem died in San Antonio, Texas on 13 May 1937, exactly 3 months shy of his 86th birthday, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The American Legion
Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 NH
PO Box 172
Peterborough NH 03458-0172
Phone: Home 603-563-8376/ cell 759-3134
Monthly Meetings: The Post meets the first Sunday of the month at 1400 hours or 2 pm unless it is a holiday weekend. Meetings are held in the Peterborough Community Center on 25 Elm Street, Peterborough. Please enter by the front door on the Elm Street side. All Veterans, Auxiliary and their guests are welcome.
Please remember that politics are not welcome at the meeting.
Wayne E. Thomas,
The Post will gratefully accept donations for the General Fund, Scholarship Fund or 2018 Poppy Fund. The Post is a non-profit so your gift is tax deductible.