Wayne E. Thomas, Commander/ Adjutant                                                       John H. Franklin, Sr. Vice Commander
Richard L. Loudon, Finance Officer                                                                   Robert A. Benoit, Chaplain
Alan J. Zeller, Sergeant-at-Arms                                                                        Cles V. Staples, Service Officer
Sheldon A. Spector, Judge Advocate                                                                 Russell A. Armstrong, Children & Youth Officer
Gary Babcock, Jr. Vice Commander and Committee Chairman of Veteran Affairs
John Franklin, Historian and Liaison for US Naval Sea Cadets

Dear Post 5 Members,                                                                      June 3rd, 2018
June 3rd: Post meeting at 2pm at Peterborough Community Center 25 Elm Street use front door!!!
June 14th, 2018: Flag Day, flags will be retired at 10:00 am at the gazebo in back of Peterborough Diner
June 23rd, 2018: Peterborough native Roy Davis will be laid to rest in the family plot in Ashby MA.
July 1st: Post meeting
July 4th: 2018: 10:00 am, at Monadnock Center for History and Culture (former Peterborough Historical Society) will be Peterborough’s observation of the 4th.
September 2nd: Post Potluck picnic at MacDowell Dam at noon. Rain or Shine. Dress warmly.
Veterans’ Day: Sunday November 11th, 2018- 9:00 am All Saints Remembrance Church Service/Parade
December 2nd 2018: Post Potluck Christmas dinner at noon at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in the Bass Hall. Dress is casual.

Sick Call: Richard Alan Day Jr.; John Jordan and Jim Naglie of Peterborough; Arthur Pendleton and Raymond Lee of Temple; Willy Oja and Cles Staples of Dublin; Jose Garcia of Hancock;

In Memory: Joseph P.G. Lessard, of Peterborough died on May 28th, at the age of 86. Joseph and his wife Ann have two children. He served in the Air Force during Korea and was a member of the Post for 18 years. The Post donated $25.00 in Joseph’s name to the Peterborough Ambulance. Judy Brennan, of Peterborough, died on May 5th, 2018. She was married to Joseph Brennan for 69. She loved to laugh, to dance, to knit and do needlepoint. But most of all she loved Joe and her four children and the families each of them brought to her.
John Rapsis of Falls Church VA & Hancock lost his Mother Helene “Dolly” Rapsis. Dolly was a native of Nashua and died at the age 90 on April 20th, 2018. $25.00 was donated from the Post in her name to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.

Dear Members of Cheney-Armstrong Post 5,                                   May 25th, 2018
On behalf of the Southwest NH Chapter of Project Linus, thank you for your generous gift of $25.00 in memory of Judy Brennan.  Judy was an avid knitter and a dedicated volunteer “blanketeer” for Project Linus, their donations of beautifully knit infant and toddler blankets helped to provide warmth, comfort and security for many young children and their families.  Her memory lives on in the blankets that are beloved possessions of children.
Thank you,     Robyn Manley       Chapter Coordinator
Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip, nearly 300 chapters exist with more than 6 million blankets delivered worldwide. Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission.
First, Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly crested by volunteers called “blanketeers”.
Second, Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

New members pushed us over the top J Membership: We believe that in-between World War II and Korea the Post’s all time high was 204. We are currently at 206 members. Scott W. Sleeper, of Bennington, a past commander of Post 5, served in the Navy during Lebanon/Grenada; Matthew P. McGuiness, of Hancock, is the father of 2018 Girls State Candidate Anna McGuiness, served in the Army during Panama. Robert V. Berube, of Hancock, served in the Navy during Vietnam; Luke Bowley, of Peterborough, served in the Marines during the Persian Gulf War; Shane Gill, of Peterborough, served in the Air Force during the Persian War; Dorothea C. Ottaviano, of Peterborough, served in the Air Force during the Gulf War; Robert J. Gaudreau, of Temple, served in the Navy during Grenada/Lebanon has been in the legion for 3 years; James Hagen, of Temple, served in the Navy during Vietnam, has been in the legion for 3 years; and George Rainier, of Greenfield, served in the Army during Vietnam.

At the May meeting the Post voted to spend $100 on Liberty House in Manchester, $100 with Care for the Troops, and 50 for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes out of Poppy money. A Post member donated $200 in addition to the Post. Bringing it to $200 for the Liberty House, $150 with Care for the Troops and $100 for the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes.
Operation Care For Troops                                                 May 21, 2018
Dear Members of Cheney-Armstrong Post 5,
Thank you for your support of Operation Care for Troops with your generous donation. Without support of organizations such as yours, OCT could not fulfill its mission of shipping packages to deployed troops.
During the May Packing Event, OCT shipped 1491 packages to the troops. This brings our total for the past 15 years to 103,482 boxes. Thank you for being part of the effort. Here is an email from Iraq:
“Wanted to take a minute to thank you all for the time and effort you put into Operation Care For Troops. I received a package over the holidays and have been meaning to reach out to say thanks. Seems that there is always something more pressing to do and I finally found a few minutes to share my gratitude.
The holidays are always particularly challenging being away from family. Please share with your volunteers how blessed we all feel when a little bit of home arrives via your packages. Saying we acted like a bunch of kids on x-mass morning wouldn’t be too far from the truth.
On behalf of everyone here in theatre, thanks for all you do and please continue the supportive efforts. Don’t interpret our silence as anything more than we are busy doing important work on behalf of our great country.    Sincerely,                    CW5 Snow U.S. Army”
Another email: “I am deployed in Iraq and we recently received several care packages from your organization. I just wanted to say thank you, and let you know that they are appreciated. It’s very generous of you to volunteer your time and money to send card packages for people who you don’t even know.
Due to security issues, I am not able to share pictures or provide information about our unit or mission, but please know that many people benefited from the packages that you sent, and we are grateful.
I’ll actually be attending Dartmouth College in the fall, so it is great to get mail from a New Hampshire organization!                      Take care and God bless,    Matt”
Regards,          Deborah A. Luszey                  Operation Care For Troops


Poppies are honorably offered free of charge to any person
who desires to honor our Veterans.  However, donations of poppies
any amount are greatly appreciated.  All proceeds ……….support our Veterans and their Families

Thank you Pat Lee of Temple for your generous donation to the Poppy Fund in memory of your Father James Kirby who served and was wounded during WWI. Thank you Sheldon Spector of Peterborough and Dick Freeman of Hancock for your generous donation to the Poppy Fund. Thank you Russ Armstrong for laminating posters for us and creating a poppy poster.  Poppy donations are below:

Dublin General: Gary Babcock and Lewis Hanson      $239.00

All Town: Wayne and Dee Thomas (Morning)              $282.44

All Town: Sheldon Spector (Afternoon)                         $283.60

Shell Station: Wayne and Dee (Afternoon)                    $207.06

Dunkin Donuts (202) Russ Armstrong                            $69.35


All Town: Sheldon Spector                                                 $280.00

Dublin General: Alan Zeller                                               $146.67

Nonies: Dick Loudon and Virginia Moore                       $95.00

Delay’s in Greenfield: Wayne and Dee Thomas              $400.00

Shaws: Ron Bowman and Gordon Stone (morning)      $226.73

Carr’s: Hank Campbell and Gary Babcock (morning)   $213.09

Shaws: Gary Babcock and Steve Dupere                          $249.00

Dunkin Donuts (202) Russ Armstrong                             $20.90

Dunkin Donuts (101) Jim Schmidt                                    $123.53

Hancock: Andy Benoit                                                         $141.02


plus $275.00 donations =                                                                $3252.39   TOTAL

Poppy Expenses:                                                          $982.65 Total expense (These expenses should not occur next year! We have purchased 4000 poppies this year for next year plus lamination. We are very organized for next year. Now all we need to get are more people to give out poppies. All we need are three to four hours of your time!!!!!!) Less expenses   $2339.09 is what we have to use this year!    A special thanks to the Veterans who stepped up to give out poppies this year.

This is the second Poster we made up for next year’s poppy day. It explains some of the things that the Post does. It is pretty much in chronological order. Russ Armstrong made the first one and they have been laminated.)

















Boys and Girls State: Dear Post 5 Members,                                                     May 20th, 2018
I wanted to thank you for letting me come back to speak to the legion about my experience at Boy’s State last year. Thank you for the generous scholarship money I received. I am excited about my future and have chosen to go to Northeastern University in the fall. I enjoyed working with the legion, and hope to stay connected in the upcoming years.          Thank you,         Alex McCall
Genna Weidner of Dublin graduated in three years from UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts on May 11th with a B.A. in History. While at UMass, she was President of the Sigma Alpha Iota-Lambda Phi Chapter, Uniform Manager and member of the UMass Marching Band playing Trumpet and Euphonium. She attended on full scholarships Oxford University. Genna will Intern at the JFK National Historical Site in Brookline, MA as a Tour Guide while pursuing graduate programs.

U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Monadnock Squadron It’s been a busy month for the Sea Cadets. At our May 20 drill, the final couple of cadets completed the Physical Readiness Test, meaning all members are now qualified to attend training sessions this summer. Also on Sunday, a color guard represented the squadron at New Ipswich’s morning parade, and the entire group marched in the afternoon parade. On 23 May, the squadron journeyed to Portsmouth to take a tour of the soon-to-be-commissioned USS Manchester LCS-14, along with cadets from four other commands. As is the practice of the XO, all four of the cadet chiefs present received a special briefing from the Command Master Chief. On Saturday, 26 May, Monadnock Squadron participated in the commissioning ceremony for the USS Manchester. Cadets worked from 0700-1000, handing out water, ushering guests to their seats, checking tickets, assisting older veterans, and providing pier security. They stood in a group during the ceremonies, meaning that the young men and women were on their feet for more than four hours. A navy captain told me personally how impressed she was with all the cadets, including their appearance, professional behavior, and politeness, which I passed on to our Regional Director. The cadets were put in charge of our chief petty officer, Patrick LaRoche, who was senior among the four chiefs. On Monday, Monadnock Squadron participated in Memorial Day parades in Peterborough, Dublin, and Hancock. In Peterborough, League Cadets handed the XO a bouquet and he tossed it into the waters of the Contoocook River to commemorate the loss of Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel in defense of our nation. This Sunday, 3 June, the squadron will march in Temple’s Memorial Day parade. Respectfully submitted, John Franklin, Executive Officer. (The cadets meet the third weekend of each month at South Meadow Middle School)

The Auxiliary Bake Sale made $236.00. Our thanks to the bakers and our thanks to Joy and David Boothby who manned the table.

Wayne and Dee will be working the State American Legion Convention on June 21-23. They check the delegate’s credentials so that they can participate and vote for the next state legion commander. At the convention Wayne receives the membership cards for next year and 2018-2019 dues will start to be collected. Dues are $35 and the Post gets about $7 of that after National, State, and District take out their fees. This is what the Post runs on.

Wayne will be giving out the SMS American Legion Award to a boy and girl eighth grader on 6/21/18.

 JULY-27 FRIDAY 3:30pm 2018  NH Veterans’ Cemetery Memorial service by the Korea monument. Luncheon to follow in the maintenance building. Veterans in country-landing craft- fly in and out- all support- even after truce was called and were still there in 54-55-56. Everyone is invited: veterans, families, relatives, children, friends, all. Remember the Friday traffic.
For more information call Mr. Park: 603-767-1356

 Maj. General John Sewall of Peterborough- remarks Memorial Day 2018
Today we are all here to honor our fallen heroes in all our wars. Having said that, I would also like to take this opportunity to address our living heroes and cover three topics:
First: The valuable contribution mentoring offers our local veterans in their Post activities;
Second: At the national level, the contrast between the treatment of our post-Vietnam veterans with those veterans having served more recently in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere;
Third: The challenges our veterans face in the future.

I. First, mentoring is a method of providing advice, and in a more formal program context, inculcating values, a sense of responsibility, dependability and love of country.
Dublin was my home as a teenager and while I was a cadet at West Point, and I can personally attest to how I was influenced by two giants, both of whom later retired and lived in Dublin: General of the Army, Isaac Davis White, born 1901 in Peterborough, and General of the Air Force, Lauris Norstad.
It was the personal, informal contact with these WW II giants that directly motivated me to pursue a 33 year Army career.
Following retirement, I served another 13 years in the Western Balkans, first as Military Advisor to the Secretary of State for Bosnian Federation Affairs, then, after the Dayton Peace Agreement, as a Program Manager supporting the State Department and NATO in the NATO Partnership Program. In sum, it was informal mentoring that motivated me to the honor and privilege of serving our country for some 50 years.
Having recently joined Post 5 of the American Legion here in Peterborough, I have been impressed with our local youth mentoring programs, principally the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Monadnock Squadron.
These programs have tremendous potential for influencing our youth’s future achievements. I would rate these programs A+ in program effectiveness.

II. As to my second point I will briefly compare how our country treated our post-Vietnam veterans with the present 17 year war period in the Middle East and elsewhere. This is essentially a good news story.
Post-Vietnam we treated our veterans, in a word, disgracefully — for all the reasons we know. We were called “baby killers”, “war criminals”, and in many cases left to survive on the streets.
As for a personal experience in this regard, in the 70’s, after I gave a speech in New York in full uniform and was walking towards Fifth Avenue. I was spat on and cursed by a homeless Vietnam veteran who saw me as a representative of a government which let him down.
In contrast, today our veterans are respected, loved, and have top of the line support programs such as Wounded Warriors and Code of Support on their return. I can assure you that the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland has state of the art prosthetics and rehabilitation facilities. In addition, recreational and on post family living accommodations are offered.
This is a classic case of veterans mentoring veterans and it has a high payoff. My West Point class and other members of current and recent generations are providing advice and assistance in further education and competing in the job market. Other private organizations offer recreational activities nationwide for recovering veterans.
This is a solid A+ rating.

III. My final point addresses the challenges we face now and in the future. This is a mixed story. Although our VA hospitals are improving, they still suffer from inadequate funding and, in some cases, serious and continuing mismanagement.
We are certainly doing better in treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; however, our Achilles Heel is a serious shortage of psychiatrists and psychiatric facilities. Also, we still have some 20 suicides a day by veterans, and that is totally unacceptable.
So, as we look ahead, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that we have the technology, medical knowledge, and we are doing better in analyzing medical issues. The bad news is the serious shortage of psychiatric skills and facilities. Time and expense are our enemies. It takes years to recruit and train proficient psychiatrists, and our Federal budgets are always subject to changing political priorities. Having said that, I do remain optimistic that our country is up to the task. You know the old saying: “The squeaking wheel gets the oil.” I hope our VA representatives and Congressmen and Congresswomen do plenty of squeaking.
Given that, regretfully I would have to rate our current capacity to meet these challenges in a timely manner: C+/D.
Thank you for your attention.

WWII Peterborough native Roy Davis by Barbara Miller Peterborough Selectwoman
Good morning. It is a privilege and an honor to be with you today
I have been asked to speak with you this morning about a Peterborough WWII Veteran who was missing in action for more than 75 years.
Let me begin by providing some context to the story.
World War II is the single deadliest conflict in history. 10 % of the entire US population was on active military duty. Every American family had at least one member in uniform.
By the end of the war in 1945, 25 million Veterans lost their lives and more than 79,000 were missing in action.  Today, 72,000 Americans remain unidentified. 271 of them are from New Hampshire and 12 from Peterborough.
The number of dead and missing is more than just a statistic. These are real people, with real families whose lives were cut short because they were willing to serve our country to protect our freedoms. One of the 12 missing in action from Peterborough was Staff Sergeant Roy Davis. Roy enlisted in 1942. He was 24 years old, the oldest of five boys, with a loving close family. He was engaged to be married. His future looked very promising.  In March of 1944, he was a gunner in a light bomber aircraft and was in a formation on a mission to bomb enemy targets in the territory of New Guinea. As his formation approached the target, pilots from other planes noted that Roy’s plane was lagging behind. No one reported seeing his plane after the attack and he was presumed dead. Years later, the United States Government launched a global initiative called, “The Return of the World War II Dead” to locate aircraft crash sites, comb former battlefields for isolated graves, and disinter temporary military cemeteries around the globe.  In 2016, pieces of Roy’s aircraft were discovered. A 500-pound bomb from the aircraft was still live when they found the wreckage of the plane. This year Roy’s remains were identified through DNA testing.  Roy is finally coming home.
Roy Davis’ story is meaningful to me.  How ironic it is that my Uncle, who will be 98 next month also served in New Guinea at the same time. I am fortunate that he is with me today.  My Uncle taught me that a soldier’s greatest fear is not dying. A soldier’s greatest fear is dying and not being remembered.  Memorial Day was born out of that desire to remember our fallen heroes.
We award medals to heroes, like Roy Davis. We add their names to monuments. Roy Davis’s name is engraved on the Veteran’s Memorial right here where we stand.  But no number of memorials, medals and ribbons can comfort the ones left behind. Roy’s fiancé remained close to his family and never married. His mother mourned his death for her remaining forty years of life. Our hearts go out to the Davis family as they welcome Roy home.
There is a veterans’ war memorial called the Passage of Remembrance. The words of a poem written by Archibald MacLeish, himself a veteran, is engraved on the side of the memorial. It was written after the end of World War II. It is titled, The Young Dead Soldiers.
MacLeish captured in poetry, what the dead soldiers would say… if they could speak to us.
If Roy Davis could speak to us….
He would say:  We were young. We have died. Remember us.
He would say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing, we cannot say; it is you who must say (this)
He would say: We leave you our deaths, give them their meaning.
We leave you our deaths, give them their meaning.  The only way to give meaning to the death of Roy Davis and the death of all veterans is to take responsibility for what they fought for. We pay them back by working together to make our democracy strong enough to endure. They did their jobs. We need to do ours.
The Passage of Remembrance veterans’ memorial contains soil from battlefields of all previous wars. The soil is in a compartment that, as one reporter put it, “can be reopened as needed to add soil from future wars.”  Those last two words, future wars, are chilling.
Today is the day we remember fallen heroes, the Roy Davis in our lives and today is also the day we pray that no hero will ever have to die for us again.

The recipient of the American Legion Cheney-Armstrong Post 5’s Cane is Jim Naglie
Jim is an individual who has served this country and community with dignity, honor and courage.  A native of Peterborough he was born in 1940.  As a young child he worked on his family dairy farm, located on Middle Hancock Road.  By an early age, he learned the importance of responsibility and dedication to the family.  In his sophomore year of high school, he joined the Army Reserves.  He trained with his unit for 2 ½ years; becoming an active member of the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Unit, where he trained on twin 40-millimeter antitank weapons and 50 caliber guns.  His rank upon leaving the unit was a PFC.
In 1958, his junior year of high school, Post 5 sponsored Jim and sent him to Boys’ State where they studied the structure of the state government.  In 1959 at the age of 19, he married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn, graduated from high school and shipped out to the Great Lakes Naval Training facility. Basic training lasted 8 weeks. Upon completion of training and graduation, he came home on leave for the first time. He then returned for further training as an Interior Communications Specialist. Once his IC training was completed, he reported for duty to Mayport Naval Station, in Jacksonville, FL, with orders to board the SVA Aircraft Carrier – the USS ESSEX.  His first voyage on the “Iron Gator” brought him North, up the eastern coast to the US Naval Shipyard, at that time, located in Brooklyn, NY; for repairs and upgrades to the ship. The recommissioned USS Essex was now classified as a CVS 9 Antisubmarine Aircraft Carrier and was ready to travel the open seas.  Jim went to Pakistan, England, Scotland, Belgium, Ireland and Germany and later Holland, Portugal, Greece and Spain.

In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred.  In a televised speech, President John F. Kennedy notified the public – “our spy planes had discovered missile sites under construction and near completion by the Soviets, on the island of Cuba.”  These missile sites appeared to house medium-range missiles capable of striking major cities within the United States, including Washington D.C.  He announced, that due to these findings, he was ordering a naval “quarantine” of Cuba, to prevent any Soviet ships from transporting supplies or military weapons to the island. He warned the United States would not condone or tolerate the existence of these missile sites. The President made it clear that America would not stop short of military action to end – what he called a “clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace.”
On October 23, 1962, the naval quarantine began, with the USS Essex – leading the naval fleet. No Soviet ships or vessels would be allowed into Cuba.  At the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, our U.S. Military forces went to DEFCON 2. This would be the highest military alert ever reached in the post war era. The potential for a full-scale nuclear war with the Soviet Union was imminent with Jim playing an active role as the Interior Communications Specialist. Six days into the Naval quarantine, the Soviet Union and the United States came to an agreement. All hands on deck were ordered to “stand down”. The missile crisis was over, and the nuclear war so many had believed would occur, did not.  Once Jim returned from the Navy he and his wife Evelyn moved to Temple and then back to Peterborough to the family farm. Jim was a volunteer fireman in Temple and 6 of those years as chief. With his two sons he was a Boy Scout leader for the Peterborough Chapter. Once he was back on the farm he volunteered with 4H.
Jim has been a member of Post 5 for 26 years. He was Commander twice and held most of the offices throughout his tenure. But what people do not know that this Post almost closed its doors twenty years ago. Jim was one of the Post Officers who worked tirelessly to keep the Post going.  As Commander, Jim took on an endless list of duties. This was a trying and challenging time for the Post.  Membership had dropped, morale was low and participation in all the post’s activities dwindled.  At times, he found himself performing many of the duties, others would not commit to. Parade planning, flag placement and funeral details are just a few. His family, witnessing his struggles to perform these many tasks, assisted him and volunteered their time, as they had witnessed him doing for years.  Cleaning weapons – following an Honor Guard detail and placing flags on all gravesites, to prepare for Memorial Day became part of the norm.  59 years of marriage, three children, 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren bears witness that this individual has demonstrated by actions and deeds, the definition of a true American. Congratulations Jim.

Just a friendly reminder about the Veterans’ Walkway. You did not have to come from Peterborough to be part of the Walkway. Just a Veteran.



Cheney-Armstrong Post #5 created a REMEMBRANCE WALKWAY at the Peterborough Memorial Gates located between the Town House and Historical Society on Grove Street. This walkway is open to all women and men who served in the armed forces from all parts of the nation.

Red paving bricks will be engraved with Veterans name, rank and branch of military service.
For Example:         Isaac Davis White
                              Maj General Army
In honor of those who served our country, “to keep us free”. These bricks will have only two lines of engraving large enough to be easily read and a maximum of seventeen characters per line. Bricks cost $75.
Cheney-Armstrong Post #5 paid for the installation of the Walkway. Money from the sale of the bricks goes toward the upkeep of the gardens and the maintenance of the Walkway as well as the seasonal wreaths that are hung throughout the year.

In the fall of 2013 the Post placed a granite bench in memory of those who have served our country. There are six service medallions etched on the front of the bench.

If you are interested in purchasing a brick please mail a check made out to Cheney-Armstrong Post #5 with the information on it:

Cheney-Armstrong Post #5
PO Box 172
Peterborough NH 03458-0172

Respectfully submitted,      Wayne E. Thomas,     Home 603-563-8376         Cell 603-759-3134

The Post would 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. The Post mailing address is PO Box 172, Peterborough NH 03458-0172

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