CHENEY-ARMSTRONG POST # 5 NH
Dear Post 5 Members, June & July 2019
June 2nd, 2019: Post meeting and we will be having a cookout to celebrate Post 5’s 100 years. Please bring your significant other. Alan Zeller is going to cook hot dogs and hamburgers. It will be at 2 pm at the Peterborough Community Center. Bring a folding chair to sit outside. If it rains it will be inside.
June 14th, 2019: Flag Day at 10:00 am on Friday at the Gazebo in Peterborough. Please help. Last year we retired about 2000 flags. Rain or shine.
July 4th, 2019: Flag raising and ceremony at the Monadnock Center. Check times with them.
*** July 7th, 2019: There will be no Post Meeting.
August 4th, 2019: Post meeting at the Peterborough Community Center at 2 pm.
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 J
Sick Call: David Geoffrey, and Bill Clark of Peterborough; Ralph Tibbetts of Rindge; Arthur Pendleton and Raymond Lee of Temple; Warren Howe of Jaffrey; Joseph Garcia of Hancock; Richard Alan Day Jr. of Leonardtown, MD; Barbara Campbell of Keene; Wilfred Brassard of San Antonio TX.
Notes: Patricia and Raymond Lee celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Aiden Hall, Jane and Ron Bowman’s grandson, has been named to Dean’s List for the winter of 2018- 2019 term at Johnson and Wales University in Providence RI. Aiden, a graduate of ConVal, is a first-year student majoring in international business.
Thank you to Laurance Foley and Pat Lee for their donations to the Poppy Fund. Pat always gives in memory of her Dad who was a WWI veteran.
At Monadnock Squadron’s May drill, the remaining untested cadets successfully completed the semiannual Physical Readiness Test that is required by regulation; all cadets have now qualified. We are sending two cadets to recruit training: one will go to Fort Devens and the other to Fort Dix, NJ, because it best fits her very full summer schedule. The squadron provided a color guard for both New Ipswich parades, braving a downpour in the morning and fighting the black flies in the afternoon. On Memorial Day, we paraded in Peterborough (a cadet rang the bell for the annual name reading, while yours truly read the Civil War names and also honored those in the sea services who died in combat by tossing a bouquet of flowers into the river from the Main Street Bridge). We followed up by marching in Dublin and in Hancock. This Sunday, June 2, we will be marching in Temple for their Memorial Day observances. As in years past, we will not drill in July and August, resuming our regular schedule in September. Respectfully submitted, John Franklin, executive officer.
Thanks to the South Meadow Middle School students, under the direction of the Band Director Ed Lowy and history teacher Sean Driscoll, who helped the Veterans place flags and medallions on 8 of the Peterborough cemeteries. The bus was donated by STA of Peterborough. 861 flags were placed on Veterans graves. Seventh Grader Zach Pease of Dublin and Ed Lowy played taps at all the cemeteries.
During Peterborough’s Memorial Day Wayne Thomas acknowledged Marc Cramer and his son John who were hailed as heroes for putting their own lives on the line to save a driver involved in a head-on crash in Dublin.
They had their dashcam rolling as they were driving down Route 101 when the Jeep in front of them suddenly veered into the oncoming lane and slammed head-on into a tractor-trailer.
The violent crash caused the truck’s fuel tank to ignite, sending a fireball into the air.
A second car stopped to help and the Cramer’s raced through the flaming fuel to rescue the 18-year-old driver of the Jeep.
The Cramer’s managed to keep the driver alive until paramedics arrived.
On Memorial Day, in Peterborough, we acknowledged the 100th Anniversary of the American legion Cheney-Armstrong Post 5. After World War I the American Legion was formed in Paris to help the returning Veterans. Not all Posts in New Hampshire are 100 years old this year. Peterborough is unique because it is the first small town Post in the state. Tyler Ward, the Chairperson, of the Peterborough Select board, presented the Post with a Proclamation from the town acknowledging its 100th Anniversary.
Dick Dunning presented the Cheney-Armstrong Post Cane: “I cannot think of a more deserving person, than this year’s recipient, as we observe the 100th year of the founding of The American Legion. He has been a member for 47 years, and is serving his 14th year as Commander. He has led the unit to its highest membership, of 225, for two years in a row. This recipient created the Veteran’s Walkway and the gardens at these gates, and created the service at All Saints Church, for Veterans, on Veterans Day. He also reaches out to members outside of the local area, annually.
He served in the Coast Guard as an engineering storekeeper during Vietnam, and traveled to Antarctica three times on an ice breaker called the Eastwind, out of Boston. He crossed the equator six times and traveled through the Panama Canal. He was in the Coast Guard for twenty-nine years.
His commitment to the community goes beyond the Legion, as he ran youth baseball for the nine town area, for thirty-two years. He is also the Captain of Maureen’s Team for ALS.
It is my honor to bring Commander Wayne Thomas forward, to present him with the cane for leadership and commitment to this nation.”
Peterborough’s guest speaker was resident Richard Dunning. Dick was with the United States Special Forces from 1966-1969 and served in Vietnam in 1968. He received a bronze star for heroism and a purple heart. Dick recently retired as Principal of South Meadow Middle School after over 30 years there. He has been married to Wendy for 48 years and they have two children Shannon and Courtney as well as Grandchildren. Dick and Wendy were responsible for setting up the 99 crosses you see today that represent the veterans who died while in the service. Dick is still very active in the community and is on the School Board, Cemetery Committee, a Corporal in the 6th New Hampshire Volunteers Infantry of the Historic Association and a life member of Cheney-Armstrong Post 5.
FINDING JOY IN MEMORIAL DAY speech by Richard Dunning
When Commander Thomas asked me, if I would speak at this Memorial Day Service, I said to him, “How could I say no to someone who has done so much to keep this day alive.”
The sadness surrounding Memorial Day is not why we have gathered here today. Instead, we are here to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our freedom. It has always been important, and should always be, to share the names of those who gave their lives for our freedom. This sharing of names keeps these individuals alive. It answers the question, “Will you remember me when I am gone?” And on this day, we say, “Yes, we will.” I find joy in remembering, for as the names are read each year they become familiar, and their stories then become real.
Sharing the story of a true American hero, also brings me joy on this special day. John J. Kedenburg and I became friends while serving together on a Special Forces A-Team in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. After turning our camp over to the Vietnamese Special Forces, John and I were reassigned to different Special Forces Units. John was assigned to a Unit that conducted counter guerrilla operations deep inside enemy held territory.
I would like to share his Medal Of Honor Citation…
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepid in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Sp5 Kedenburg, U.S. Army, Command and Control Detachment North, Forward Operating Base 2, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), distinguished himself while serving as advisor to a long-range reconnaissance team of South Vietnamese irregular troops. The team’s mission was to conduct counter-guerrilla operations deep within enemy-held territory. Prior to reaching the day’s objective, the team was attacked and encircled by a battalion-size North Vietnamese Army force. SP5 Kedenburg assumed immediate command of the team which succeeded, after a fierce fight, in breaking out of the encirclement. As the team moved through the thick jungle to a position from which it could be extracted by helicopter, SP5 Kedenburg conducted a gallant rear guard fight against the pursuing enemy and called for tactical air support and the rescue helicopters. His withering fire against the enemy permitted the team to reach a preselected landing zone with the loss of only one man, who was unaccounted for. Once in the landing zone, SP5 Kedenburg deployed the team into a perimeter defense against the numerically superior enemy force. When tactical air support arrived, he skillfully directed air strikes against the enemy, suppressing their fire so that helicopters could hover over the area and drop slings to be used in the extraction of the team. After half of the team was extracted by helicopter, SP5 Kedenburg and the remaining three members of the team harnessed themselves to the sling on a second hovering helicopter. Just as the helicopter was to lift them out of the area, the South Vietnamese team member who had been unaccounted for, after the initial encounter with the enemy, appeared in the landing zone. SP5C Kedenburg, unhesitatingly gave up his place in the sling, to the man, and directed the helicopter pilot to leave the area. He then continued to engage the enemy who were swarming into the landing zone, killing six enemy soldiers, before he was overpowered. SP5 Kedenburg’s inspiring leadership, consummate courage, and willing self-sacrifice, permitted his small team to inflict heavy casualties on the enemy, and escape almost certain annihilation. His actions reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
I have kept John’s memory alive by sharing his story with hundreds of students over the years. And sharing the story does matter, because I have had many students, years later come to me and say, “I remember John’s story”.
The more I thought about the meaning of this day, the more I kept coming back to the joy of US coming together as ONE. Our political beliefs, race, creed or religion does not matter. We are here as ONE, remembering those who helped us to maintain our freedom. What greater acknowledgement can we give to them but to show our love. I would like to quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon, “A Knock at Midnight”. He notes, “Everybody wishes to love and be loved. He who feels that he is not loved, feels that he does not count.” Today, we say to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, you do matter, and are loved. God bless you, who paid this ultimate sacrifice, and God Bless America.
On Saturday June 1st, Fern and George Eastman were buried in the Upper Pine Hill Cemetery.
George and Fern were members of “The Greatest Generation”. George went off to war and Fern was a spotter looking for enemy planes flying near Peterborough. Because he could type, he was assigned to the Medical Corp Army Enlisted Transport Detachment out of Brooklyn, NY and was honorably discharged on Feb 21, 1946. During the war he was assigned to the Queen Mary when she was outfitted as a troop carrier and was known as “Queen of the Sea”. He was a clerk typist with the Medical Corp recording and administering immunizations such as smallpox, typhoid, tetanus and typhus to the troops on board. He made 10 trips between NYC and Scotland on the Queen which usually transported 10 to 15, 000 troops at each crossing and then returned to NY with wounded soldiers. He participated in the Normandy invasion and received a Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon at discharge.
Fern and George had a code that George would put in a letter so that she would have an approximate idea of timing as to when he’d be back in NYC on the Queen. He would call when they docked and then take a train as far as he could which was Worcester, MA. During his time away Fern would save her gas ration cards or coupons and she’d drive to Worcester to bring him home.
George and Fern were married over 75 years and George was just shy of 102 years old.
Thank you to Alan Zeller who read the prayer Andy Benoit wrote. Thank you to Gary Babcock, Marc Cramer, Stephen Slobodnjak and Wayne Thomas for being the Honor Guard. Thank you Ann Marie and Bruce Beckley for representing the Patriot Guard.
June 17th– Wayne will be giving out the American Legion Award to a boy and girl at SMS.
June 20th-23- Wayne will be representing the Post at the Department Convention and Wayne and Dee will be registering delegates and checking their credentials.
Thank you to all who participated in our Poppy Drive:
On Armed Forces Weekend we gave out Poppies and collected:
In 2017 – $2,288.73
In 2018 – $3,046.79
In 2019 – $4,230.49
And we’ve had $151 in other donations to this year’s Poppy Fund, and we anticipate receiving more.
As for Poppy expenses, I have that we bought 2,000 poppies on 6-1-18 for $130. And we bought 2,000 more poppies on 10-11-18 for $130. And we bought another 1,000 poppies on 4-19-19 for $65. That’s $325 in poppy expenses.
All the Veteran volunteers did a GREAT job on Armed Forces weekend. We handed out abundant poppies to make our community fully aware of the sometimes forgotten special day.
Dick, Wayne and Dee
Friday: Dublin General- Brian Barden and Lewis Hansen $326.42
Saturday: Dublin General- Alan Zeller $227.00 $553.42 T
Friday: All Town- Marc Cramer all day $306.85
Saturday: All Town-Wayne and Dee all day $502.72 $809.57 T
Friday: Shell Station- Wayne and Dee $469.94
Saturday: Shell Station- Allison and Roger Cabana $229.83 $699.77 T
Friday: Dunkin Donuts 202- Steve Dupere (near Belletetes) $346.93
Friday: Dunkin Donuts 101- Dick Loudon (opposite GFA) $314.16
Saturday: Nonies- Dick Loudon and Roger Block $147.75
Friday: Carr’s in Dublin- Gary Babcock $120.21
Hancock: Andy Benoit $103.00
Friday: Shaws- Ron Bowman $80.00
Saturday: Shaw’s morning Gordon and Pat Stone, Arthur and Lois Hixson
Mid-morning- Steve Dupere
Early afternoon- Gary Babcock $507.11 $587.11 T
Saturday: Plaza- Dorothy Vaidya (Jadyn-2019 Boy State’s Mother) $89.00
Sunday: Greenfield- Wayne and Dee $459.57
SUB- TOTAL: $4230.49
We also sold three 3X5 flags and a Post ball cap over the weekend.
Additional Donations: $179.00
We will be purchasing more poppies for next year. We also NEED more volunteers!!!!!
Donations to the Post on Memorial Day were $210.00
The Auxiliary Bake Sale on Memorial Day made $215.00. Our thanks to Joy and David Boothby of Meredith for manning the table. Poppies and flag pins were given out for free.
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 J
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.
JULY 1st WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR YOUR DUES FOR THE LEGION.
THEY ARE $35.00 AND YOU CAN MAIL THEM TO PO BOX 172, PETERBOROUGH NH 03458.YOU CAN PAY YOUR DUES ONLINE. PLEASE PAY THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND IF YOU CANNOT PAY AND WISH TO BE A MEMBER PLEASE LET US KNOW.