Dear Post 5 Members,                                                                                                    April 2019

April 7th, 2019: Post meeting in the Peterborough Community Center on Elm Street at 2 pm. Please enter at the front door on the oval.
May 5th, 2019: Post meeting
May 17th and 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.
June 2nd, 2019: Post meeting and we will be having a cookout to celebrate Post 5’s 100 years.
June 14th, 2019: Flag Day at 10:00 am on Friday at the Gazebo in Peterborough.
July 7th, 2019: Post meeting
August 4th, 2019: Post meeting
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, Russ Armstrong, Stephen Mallory, Sheldon Spector and Bill Clark from Peterborough; Ralph Tibbetts from Rindge; Arthur Pendleton from Temple; Joseph Garcia from Hancock; Richard Alan Day Jr. from Leonardtown, MD;

Post Everlasting:
Laurence Henry “Larry” Schongar, 78, of Peterborough, died on February 18. He was married to his high school sweetheart Kathy for 54 years. After graduating from Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, he began serving as Chief Engineer aboard the destroyer USS Gearing (DD-710. In 1965 he completed active duty as a lieutenant. The Post donated $25 in Larry’s name to the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough.

Donald P. Carle, 92, of Keene, formerly of Peterborough, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. His wife of 62 years Charlotte had predeceased him. He was born in Keene and graduated from Keene High in 1944 and was immediately drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. After basic training, Don was sent to Okinawa, Japan. At the war’s end, Don was part of the occupying force in Japan. World War II was always a significant part of his life.  He then received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Keene State College, and a CAGS from Boston University. Don was a public-school teacher, principal and assistant superintendent during the building of ConVal before becoming the alumni director at Keene State College. Don loved Keene State College. The house where he grew up, on Appian Way in Keene, became the site of the present-day college library. Later, when he was alumni director, his office was located in the former maternity ward of the original Elliot hospital where he was born. For many years, Don was looked upon as the local historian of the college. Much of his later retired time was spent fishing, golfing and spending time at KSC. Over the years, Don was honored with numerous college and alumni awards, as well as being a member of the Keene State Athletic Hall of Fame. Don was also proud of being one of three hosts for a weekly community television show in Keene. The show, named Keene Insights, would discuss the history of Keene through their perspectives on decades of major local events and the evolution of the city. He was a life member of the American Legion and a member of Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 for 50 years. The Post donated $25 in Donald’s name to the Post’s Scholarship Fund.

George N. Eastman– Army- WWII- Funeral Saturday June 1st in Peterborough.

Clifford Jarest and Gordon Kemp both of Peterborough    were presented with a 50 year membership plaque from the American Legion by Post 5 Commander Wayne Thomas. Clifford and Gordon both graduated from Peterborough High School in 1942 and entered the service. Clifford joined the Army and after WWII the Air Force and served during Korea and Vietnam. During WWII Gordon served his country in the Navy. Donald Carle received a plaque posthumously. Donald served in the Army during WWII.

Monadnock Squadron successfully survived another annual inspection. Final results aren’t yet in, but our preliminary score is in the vicinity of 75% (3.0 on the former scale). The regional director had high praise for our newest cadet, a 10-year-old from Peterborough, who didn’t pass out and didn’t appear nervous. Most kids, especially the younger ones, are pretty shaky at their first inspection, he said. In other good news, we will be receiving a transfer cadet soon. He is a PO3 from a Florida unit whose family is moving to Keene (a reverse snowbird?). Thanks to Alan Zeller for representing the Post and chatting with cadets. The physical training session following inspection was conducted by lance corporal Chris LaRoche, who gave the cadets a good Marine workout. April’s drill will be a Saturday only (April 20) affair; that Sunday is Easter and the captain is giving us the day off. But Saturday will be busy, with the squadron conducting its semiannual Physical Readiness Test, along with other training. Respectfully submitted, LT John Franklin, USNSCC.

Liam McCall of Peterborough and a junior at ConVal came in third last month in the State Legion Oratorical contest.

Thank you to Post #5! It was wonderful to participate in the Oratorical competition, and I thank each and every one of you for making this possible. When I first heard of the Oratorical Competition through my brothers, I greeted the idea with apprehension. I had never written a speech and I was nervous to speak competitively. However, I know I made the right choice to participate in this competition. I can say with certainty that this competition has made me a better person, a better orator, and a better citizen. The Oratorical forced me to work hard, to learn how to speak better, and to advance my understanding of our society. I would not have had this experience without each and every one of you. I would like to thank especially Wayne and Dee Thomas for motivating and encouraging me. This Oratorical opportunity opened the door to Boys State for me, an event which I am excited to participate in. I look forward to continuing to learn about how this great nation works.

With gratitude,
Liam McCall

 Daniel McCall of Peterborough represented the Post at the District for the Junior Oratorical and is going on to the State Competition at St Anslems April 13th. Daniel is in the 8th Grade at SMS.

Thank you to James Schmidt for your donation to the poppy fund. Poppies represent the gift that the Veterans gave to their country and they are given out and not sold. Thank you to Jeff Allen for his donation to the Scholarship Fund.

Money for Travis Mills foundation in Maine: Not yet twenty-five years old and already on his third combat tour in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills never backed down from the toughest challenges. But that was before the day when, on a routine mission, an IED exploded beneath him. Against the odds, he lived, but at incredible cost: Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive quadruple amputation. Still his greatest challenge lay ahead. Would he be tough enough to make a life he actually wanted?

The Travis Mills Foundation is a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wounded and disabled veterans and their families get a new chance at life. He bought Elizabeth Arden’s former estate and has renovated it for veterans and their families to recover camaraderie, spousal support, reconnection and relaxation of our military heroes. He hopes it will become a lasting symbol of a grateful nation.
Travis Mills Foundation,
89 Water Street
Hallowell, Maine 04347
Wayne is asking for a contribution.

Dublin General: All Town: Dublin General: Shell Station; Dunkin Donuts (202)

All Town: Dublin General: Nonies: Shaws: Carr’s: Dunkin Donuts (202): Dunkin Donuts (101) Hancock: Shell Station:

Delay’s in Greenfield

Since 2007 the Post has been at 100% for membership. We currently have 215 members and for the second year in a row have broken our all-time high. Thank you.


Not all of the 102 Posts in the state will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2019 but Post 5 will celebrate it in June.

Contact Information:
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.

 Respectfully submitted,
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.


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