Dear Post 5 Members,                                                                                                   August 2019

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. Please call and let us know if you can come. 563-8376 So far 12 have signed up! Alan Zeller is cooking hotdogs and hamburgers. The Post is supplying the drinks.
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.

In Memory: Arthur L. Pendleton, (97) of Temple who died on July 8th, 2019. Arthur served during WWII as a Corporal, 1st Marine Division (Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st Division). On 2 January 1942, at age 20, Arthur found himself among a small group of recruits headed to Paris Island, SC, for basic training in the Marine Corps. America was a country stirring from post WWI inertia, rattled by the 7 December attack at Pearl Harbor barely 3 weeks earlier. Within 8 months, Arthur would be among America’s first Marine ground response dug in at Guadalcanal. On 21 August 1942, commencing at 1:30am, the Japanese attacked at Ilu River (nicknamed Alligator Creek). Marine casualties numbered in the 40s, Japanese over 700.
During the night, Arthur took over a front line machine gun position after its operators were blinded and killed during the bloody encounter. Arthur recalls wave after wave of Japanese soldiers hurling themselves at the defensive perimeter established by the Marines.
The fighting was “loud, glaring, confusing, bloody overwhelming, but the fear diminished when it became a life struggle. Dead bodies were everywhere”, he said. After the battle, he and three other soldiers collected body parts of two fallen comrades and carried them to a remote location near one end of Henderson Airfield to be buried; thus began the Marine cemetery on Guadalcanal. In the days following, Arthur recalled the stench of dead bloated Japanese soldiers in the tropical heat, some floating in the lagoon, being fed on by saltwater crocodiles. Despite their early success, conditions on the island in 1942 were extremely difficult for the Marines in light of Japanese controlled surrounding waters. Dysentery, mosquitoes, malaria, torrential rain were common. Food supplies ran short and he recalled resorting to coconuts for sustenance. At night the Japanese would routinely bomb their positions. He would later survive two harrowing bombing incidents. The second of which left Arthur wounded by shrapnel and completely buried in sand. His fellow marines scrambled to dig him out with bare hands. He regained consciousness as the sand was being washed from his face but it would be weeks before his hearing returned. After recovering in Melbourne, Australia he returned to the front on Cape Gloucester in Papua New Guinea where he would be wounded twice more. He suffered a ruptured appendix was sent to recover on the island on Benicia. This potentially fatal condition probably saved his life as the rest of his company were deployed and all killed in battle. He leaves behind his loving wife Maryanne. Arthur was a life member of the American Legion. His graveside military service is August 24, at 11:00 am in Glen Valley Cemetery, Barre MA. The Post donated $25.00 in Arthur’s name to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Richard Alan Day Jr, of Leonardtown MD, died on July 9th. Dick was 95 and graduated from Peterborough H.S. in 1942 with Clifford Jarest and Gordon Kemp. Dick served in the Army during WWII in Europe and was involved with radios and became very involved with them after the war ended. He stayed with radios after the war and became an integral part of the NSA and is even in their museum. He was responsible for starting a yearly engine meet in Solomon, MD. Dick still had one of the first fords sold in Peterboro and it is still in pristine condition. Dick was in the Legion for 21 years.
Raymond F. Lee, (91) died on July 15th, 2019 at his home in Temple. He served 3 years in the Navy during WWII in the submarine service aboard the USS Razorback #394, where he was a sonar operator. He leaves behind his two sons and two daughters and his wife Pat of 65 years. The Post sent one of his sons to Boys State and then he went on to Boys Nation in DC. Ray was in the legion for 28 years. The Post donated $25.00 in his name to Hospice at HCS, PO Box 564, Keene NH 03431.
Peterborough native Stella Lussier Sumner age 92 passed away at her home on May 24th. She had been a member of our Auxiliary for 20 years. Stella worked for the town of Peterborough for 40 plus years as Clerk of the Court, Asst. Town Clerk, Town Clerk and Tax Collector. Member Donna Birt is her daughter.
Christopher “Chris” G. Block of Merrimack, NH passed away on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 from injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident. He was 23 years old. Chris was the Son of Kristen and Glenn Block of Merrimack and Grandson of Barbara and Roger Block of Peterborough. He graduated from Bishop Guertin High School and attended Saint Anselm’s College. The Post donated $25.00 in Chris’ name to Bishop Guertin High School -Christopher Block Scholarship, 194 Lund Road, Nashua, NH 03060.

Dear Post 5,                                                                                                                June 21, 2019

Thank you for your donation to the Christopher Block Scholarship Fund. Your gift of $25.00 will benefit a deserving Bishop Guertin student as he or she continues on their academic path.
On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, faculty, staff, but especially the students who will benefit from the Christopher block Scholarship Fund, thank you.

Linda Brodeur
(President)  Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH

Sick Call: David Geoffrey, and Bill Clark of Peterborough; Ralph Tibbetts of Rindge;      Warren Howe of Jaffrey; Joseph Garcia of Hancock;

New Member: Bernard A. Cutter, Navy, Peacetime. Bernie is a native of Peterborough and lives in Goshen NH now. He graduated from Peterborough H.S. and entered the Navy under the “kitty cruise” program because he was seventeen and served for three plus years. He signed up the same day John Franklin did.

We placed three bricks in the Walkway in May- Cles Staples, Domenic Ferrante and William Jackson.

Our thanks to Nancy and Mark Eastman for giving a donation in George Eastman’s name to the Scholarship Fund. Thank you Jeff Allen, Jerry Allen, Russell Armstrong, David Irwin, Phil Prairie, Bernard Gale, Bruce Beckley, Phil Prairie and Jack Nieskens for donations to the Scholarship and General Funds. Thank you Steve Slobodnjak for giving us rifle holders for the Post guns.

Poppies to date: the current total is $4409.09 with expenses of $230 so far. We are in the process of buying more poppies. We apologize for leaving Dick Chamberlain’s name off for doing poppies. He gave them out in the rain with Dick Loudon on a Friday at Dunkin Donuts. Thank you Kathy and Carl Plourde for your recent donation to the Poppy Fund.

Notes: On the day of the 100th Anniversary cookout David Geoffrey was celebrating his 80th birthday and Ann Marie and Bruce Beckley were celebrating their 57th wedding Anniversary.
Marc Cramer brought his whole family to the picnic and his three year old daughter Bella stole the show.
Thank you Pat and Raymond Lee for the very nice note.
2014 Boys State Patrick Groleau graduated from Emerson College.
Jackson Whitehouse, of New Ipswich and a former Sea Cadet, graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering with distinction.
Congratulations to Kerry Peters on his retirement from A.W. Peters. But he will still be around.
Jack Nieskens retired from being a dentist in Peterborough.
Jane and Ron Bowman’s grandson Manny Bowman made the paper.  To quote the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript “Selfless three-sport senior captain led ConVal to best sports year in decades.” The newspaper chose him as the Male Athlete of the Year. The boys basketball team went 19-2 and made it to the final 4; Manny made First Team All-State as the Cougars went 18-1 and won the school’s first-ever soccer championship; He also played shortstop for ConVal and they went 14-6 making the quarterfinal round.
A belated Happy Birthday to Bob Weathers of Peterborough who turned 95 on July 10th.
Bernie Wynn has been accepted for an Honor Flight to DC on Nov 3rd. His escort is going to be his daughter Cindy. Bernie and Margaret have just move to a condominium in Milford.
Robert Blanchette, of FL; Roger Block, of Peterborough; Hank Campbell, of Dublin have been in the legion for 50 years. Jim Farrell Jr. of FL has been a member for 40 years. Congratulations J
On August 21, Carmen and Bob Duhaime will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.
Joanna Slobodnjak now lives in Kennebunk ME.

*On June 25th, President Trump signs Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2019 into law- (H.R. 299)

“A veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served off shore of the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on January 9th, 1962 and ending on May 7th, 1975 will be eligible for disability compensation for presumptive conditions of herbicide exposure.”

**LEGION Act signed into law– In a significant legislative victory for The American Legion, President Trump signed a bill July 30 that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941.
The American Legion sought the declaration as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. service members who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war.
The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.
“Recognizing the service of these wartime veterans is the right thing do and it is long overdue,” National Commander Brett Reistad said. “The families of those who were killed or wounded during these wartime acts should take pride in knowing that we recognize their sacrifice and service. Moreover, we are proud to welcome any of the six million living veterans from the previously unrecognized periods into our organization and call them ‘Legionnaires.’”
Now that the legislation has been signed, The American Legion’s eligibility criteria immediately changes from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government. No other restrictions to American Legion membership are changed.

Commander Thomas requested money from the Poppy Fund on Sunday’s Meeting for:
1- At the State Convention in Manchester we learned that the 2020 Department Commander Oliver Brooks project is the Honor Flight. Which by the way now accepts Korean Veterans.
Honor Flight New England has been transporting war veterans to Washington, D.C., for 10 years. … Their inaugural flight on June 13, 2009 included 50 veterans – 14 prisoners of war and five veterans of World War II, including one who lost his sight while serving his country.
2-The 2020 President of the NH Auxiliary Linda Dupont from Post 82 in Gorham is asking for donations for the Warriors of 45 North in Colebrook. At Warriors at 45 North we provide care and rest through outdoor activities at NO cost for Active duty, Veterans, and anyone that has served in the Armed Forces.
3-Peggy LaBrecque, Commandant, of NH Tilton Veterans home said they can always use donations for the Sunshine Cart: The Sunshine Cart provides a wide selection of personal care items to our residents at no cost.
4-Bikers and military veterans mourn 7 killed in rural New Hampshire …
Jun 23, 2019 – The crash in remote northern New Hampshire involved members of Marine JarHeads MC, a motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses. … A pickup towing a flatbed trailer collided with the group of 10 motorcycles around 6:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 2, a two-lane highway in the tiny North Woods community of Randolph.…/la-na-bikers-new-hampshire-20190623-story.html

Post 82 is working on a permanent memorial for the Jarheads MC near the accident site in Randolph.
Jeffrey S. Stewart,
Adjutant, The American Legion,
Dupont-Holmes, Post No. 82
6 Androscoggin Street
Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: 603-723-3515
                                The Auxiliary donated $25.00 to each cause.

Our thanks and apologies for not sending notes to members and auxiliary for all there help during the months of May and June. We have fallen behind and will not be sending out thank you notes for everything. May and June are the busiest months especially with giving out poppies, Memorial Day, Flag Day and collecting Membership for 2020.

Thank you for all the members who stepped up to be officers and were sworn in at the May 5th meeting.

Thank you to everyone who gave out poppies in May.

Thank you John Franklin, Dick Dunning, Wayne Thomas, Wendy Dunning and Dee Thomas for decorating 8 of Peterborough’s cemeteries. 861 flags were placed on Veterans graves and taps was played at all the cemeteries with the help of Band Director Ed Lowy and 7th grade history teacher Sean Driscoll and some South Meadow School 7th grade students. First Student of Peterborough donated the bus. Dick and Wendy placed the crosses, flags and geraniums at the Memorial gates.

Thank you Gary Babcock and Wayne Thomas for firing at the Greenfield Memorial Day.

Thank you Dick Dunning for being the guest speaker for the Peterborough Memorial Day. Thank you Tim Carter, John Franklin and Dick Loudon for reading the Peterborough deceased names. Thank you Andy Benoit for your thoughtful prayers.

Our thanks to Gary Babcock, Marc Cramer, Stephen Slobodnjak, and Wayne Thomas for firing at George Eastman’s burial. Andy Benoit wrote the prayer and Alan Zeller substituted as Chaplain. Annmarie and Bruce Beckley represented the Patriot Guard.
Because George Eastman could type, he was assigned to the Medical Corp Army Enlisted Transport Detachment out of Brooklyn, NY.  Honorably discharged on Feb 21, 1946, Technician Fourth Grade, title of Clerk Typist 405.  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 and she 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.
We wanted to thank you so much for making dad’s service so special.
I know it took a lot of planning and we so much appreciate all your hard work.
Please accept this check in memory of Dad.

Mark and Nancy Eastman


Our thanks to Alan Zeller for coming up with the idea to have a picnic to celebrate the Post’s 100th Birthday in June. Alan also cooked the hot dogs and hamburgers and made a delicious potato salad.

Our thanks to Gary Babcock, David Barisano, Bruce Beckley, Andy Benoit, David Clow, Marc Cramer and his three year old daughter Bella, Leon St Cyr, Arthur Hixson, Steve Hooper, Dick Loudon, Gordon Stone, and Wayne Thomas for retiring about 1500 flags on June 14th. The Auxiliary that also helped were: Barbara Ball, Alice Emery, Lois Hixson, Pat Stone and Dee Thomas.

June 17th, Wayne gave the 2019 American Legion Award to a girl and boy in the eighth grade, at South Meadow School, who exemplifies outstanding qualities in the area of citizenship, cooperativeness, reliability, leadership and attitude, personal and social growth. Congratulations to Avery Swasey of Peterborough and Alexander Olivo of Temple.

Thank you Wayne and Dee for volunteering to check credentials at the Department Convention and for representing the Post and the Auxiliary in June. The Auxiliary won the Bagley Award for membership and the Post broke its all-time high for the second year in a row. 2019 the Department of NH also had 100% membership for the state.

Wayne and Dee,                                                                                         June 25th, 2019
What a wonderful surprise. I had no idea why Dee called me aside just before marching in the Memorial Day Parade. She presented me with the beautiful American Legion 100th Anniversary Commerative coin.
Most people are aware that women served in the military during World War II. Hardly a soul I have ever met was aware that women served in the military in the First War. My maternal grandmother, Laura Roden McAleer, served in the U.S. Navy for two years in the intelligence office of overseas transportation as a Petty Officer, 1st Class Yeoman.
When it comes to my Legion service time of 32 years I am a piker compared to my grandmother. I have her 40 year framed Legion certificate from 1959. She continued until her death in 1962. “Gram” was a 1919 charter member of the Barbara Fritchie Post 43 in New York County (Manhattan N.Y.C.).
She served as Adjutant for two years and as a Delegate to the New York County Convention for four consecutive years.
Subsequently she moved to Corona in Queens County and became active in another Post. She was the first and at that time, the only woman officer of the Queens County American Legion.
Now you can appreciate why the 100th Anniversary coin is so especially meaningful to me.
Thank you very much.

Richard W. Lindsay
Peterborough NH

On behalf of the entire ConVal Band, thank you for your generous donation of $250 to our program. We accept these funds with great appreciation. They will be used for principled causes.
Please know that marching with you on Memorial Day is our pleasure. I am thankful the students receive the opportunity to be a part of the services. It is an important part of their education as a student and significant experience for an American citizen.
Once again, thank you for your generous donation and I hope you have a great summer!

James Wickham
ConVal High School Band

The Peterborough Fire and Rescue Association thanks you for your kind and generous donation of $100.00 for Memorial Day.
The Peterborough Fire & Rescue Association exists to support members of the Peterborough Fire Department. These men and women serve our community 24 hours a day responding to emergencies. Your generosity will help us continue to support our local first responders.

Thank you!
Lt.  Jennifer Sande?
President of the PFRA


Dear American Legion Post 5,
Thank you so much for sponsoring me to attend Granite Girls State. This was an opportunity that I will never forget. I had such a great week.
Thank you so much for your service and dedication to our Nation. You are so appreciated.

Abigail Johnson
(Girls State 2019)


Last week, with your sponsorship, I went to Boys State. I arrived at the program looking forward to learning a thing or two about politics. However, Boys State was so much more. From the time we were woken up at 6:30 a.m., to the time we drifted off to sleep at 2:00 a.m. the next day, every day was filled with new, immersive experiences. I learned a lot about how our state is run, but that was barely scratching the surface. Beyond that, I learned about people. I got to experience how powerful words can be when our gubernatorial candidates delivered their speeches. I got to experience what effective campaigning felt like when I had to push through controversial bills or fight for close elections. I met people from the political left and from the political right, and from all corners of our state (and beyond). I cannot imagine having the kind of conversations I had with people I met there anywhere else.
These experiences helped me grow as a scholar, as a citizen, and as a person. It was a refreshing, incredibly powerful way to build my character.
So thank you. Thank you for giving me this experience and for allowing me to learn about how our state, and the broader world work.       

With gratitude,
Liam McCall
(Boys State 2019) (3rd place State American Legion Oratorical)


Dear Post 5,
I am writing to let you know what I’ve been up to since the last time I was involved with Post 5 and the American Legion. I am currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University, and hope to go into the automotive field in the future. My first semester of college was spent studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece; which was a great experience as well as a good way to begin my college experience. While I was there I traveled all around Greece as well as to Denmark to visit family. Boston in the winter was a lot colder than Greece, but I still got to enjoy living in the city. At Northeastern along with my studies, I got involved with the Northeastern SAE Baja team. We design, build and race a small off-road car. I learned a lot of practical machining skills, and more about mechanical and automotive design. This summer I have an engineering internship at New Hampshire Ball Bearing where I am learning a lot. The things the American Legion has done for me, from the Oratorical to Boys State have helped to set me off on a good path.
I hope everyone at Post 5 is doing well.

Alex McCall
(Boys State 2017)


Dear Post 5 Family,
Thank you for your generous gift. It came in handy with my registration to school! I have successfully passed my drug/Alcohol Coach exam, and now I’m working on being a licensed counselor. It has been wonderful working with Post 5 over the years.

Lisa Beale-Neylon
(Dept.Administrative Asst.)


Even though Monadnock Squadron is not meeting during July and August, we are far from idle. An officer and a cadet participated in Peterborough’s Fourth of July flag raising. Two cadets graduated from recruit training in July, one at Aberdeen, Md. The other at Ft. Devens, Mass., where he was a member of the honor division. Our CO also helped staff the Ft. Devens training. In August, an officer and a cadet are scheduled to participate in a one-week sail training evolution out of Portland, Me. Also, an officer and three cadets will attend a one-week Field Operations training in southern N.H. The squadron is scheduled to resume regular local drills in September.

Respectfully submitted,
John Franklin.


July 16th event at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge was a huge success!

A military color guard ceremony was held with local veterans from each branch of the service who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. The ceremony was to inform the students attending the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary’s Camp Best about sacrifices made by those who served in order to guarantee a free America.
Marc Cramer represented Legion Post 5 while observing the event for the benefit of Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School students.
The Color Guard asked him to participate and Marc carried the state flag in the procession.
After their entrance, the ceremony invocation was led by Reverend Kathleene Card of Peterborough’s United Methodist Church.
The land, sea & air wreaths were placed at the memorial by veterans, respectively while Taps played followed immediately by a gun salute.
Camp children with multiple service veterans in their family lineage were selected to participate. Each stood in turn during his/her introduction, announcing their veteran heritage and then saluted accordingly.
Veterans participating in today’s ceremony were each then assigned to divided groups of children to tell their stories and answer questions.
After the children’s Q&A with the veterans, the Color Guard fell back in for the exit procession.
Camp children followed the procession and assembled inside the main building for a talk led by former White House Chief of Staff, Mr. Andrew H. Card, Jr. He emphasized participation in our government to the camp children by highlighting the US Constitution and his own childhood which attributed to the opportunities he pursued as an adult. Mr. Card retold the story of 9/11 to the children and the duty he performed that day as White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush in a way they were all able to understand. A brief period of Q&A followed before all were excused for the day.
Marc Cramer– (Children and Youth Officer)

If you have not joined the VA and were BOOTS ON THE GROUND during any conflict or war please join the VA now. You do not have to go to your local VA office all you have to do is send a short letter to the Eligibility National Center with your discharge papers and write Boots on the Ground and the dates.
VA Health Eligibility Center (It will not be based on your income because you were there)
2957 Clairmont Road
Atlanta G30329-1647

Air Travel ID Requirements Are Changing: Beginning in October 2020, you’ll probably need to bring a different form of ID to board a domestic flight. That’s when the federal Real ID Act takes effect and standard driver’s licenses will no longer be an accepted form of identification by the Transportation Security Administration. Real ID- compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards are now available in New Hampshire and will be available in Maine and Vermont this summer. To get one, you must visit the DMV/BMV office in person with several documents proving your identity and residence. The state motor vehicle offices expect a huge surge in demand for Real ID licenses as the October 2020 deadline draws closer.

What size Flag do you need- If the pole is-
15 feet- 3×5’
20 feet- 3×5’
25 feet- 4×6’
30 feet- 5×8’
35 feet- 5×8’
40 feet- 6×10’
45 ft-  6×10’

 3rd Legislative Softball Game
Call to Action: Help us invite all Korean War Veterans
Special Request: We are looking for a veteran of the Battle of White Horse
Details: The NH Legislature is playing its 3rd consecutive softball game on October 6th, 2019 which is the 67th Anniversary of the Battle of White Horse. Last year, we honored WWII and had a veteran of D-Day throw the first pitch. This year, we are honoring Korean War veterans and are wanting to have a veteran of the Battle of White Horse throw the first pitch.
What- 3rd NH Legislative Softball Game
When- Sunday October 6, 2019 starting at 1:30 pm
Where- Anheuser-Busch Softball Field, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack NH 03054
Who- All veterans and family
Why- To honor Korean War Veterans
If you have questions contact: Rep Jess Edwards (Commander, American Legion Post 108)
(603) 370-7885

Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall:
There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.
The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the US Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
8,283 were just 19 years old.
The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.
31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
Thirty-one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. I wonder why so many from one school.
8 Women are on the Wall -Nursing the wounded.
244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
The Marines of Morenci – They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (Pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci’s mining families – the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
The Buddies of Midvale – Leroy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive Streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. Leroy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968, ~ 245 deaths.
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 – 2,415 casualties were incurred.

DUES ARE $35.00 AND YOU CAN MAIL THEM TO PO BOX 172, PETERBOROUGH NH 03458 OR 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. So far 84 have mailed in their dues, plus 10 have paid online and 10 are PUFL’s which makes a total of 106 for 2020 dues paid. You can renew online by going to Our goal for 2020 is still 225.

Why do peanuts float in a regular coke and sink in diet coke?
Can you cry under water?
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
Why do you have to “put your two cents in”… but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
How did the man who made the first clock, know what time it was?
If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

 Contact Information:
The American Legion
Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 NH
PO Box 172 Peterborough NH

Vietnam Wall Brochure

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.

Respectfully submitted,
Wayne E. Thomas,


The Post will gratefully accept donations for the General Fund, Scholarship Fund or 2019 Poppy Fund. The Post is a non-profit so your gift is tax deductible.

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