Post 2 Manchester, NH , New Hampshire

Post 2

Manchester, NH , New Hampshire

Post 2 Manchester, NH , New Hampshire

About This Post

Post Namesake
Pvt Henry J. Sweeney Co.B, 103rd Infantry, 26th Division, KIA at Chemin-des-Dames, France on 18FEB1918. This young soldier was the first Manchester man to be killed in action during World War I.
Notable Members
Many Sweeney Post members attained national and international fame. Frank Knox and John L. Sullivan became Secretaries of the Navy at crucial times in our history. James F. O’Neil became national commander of the American Legion in 1948. Atty. Maurice Devine was responsible for the passing of the GI Bill of Rights. Five of our members were Past Commanders of the State American Legion, Frank Knox first State Commander in 1919, John L. Sullivan 1937-1938, George Hickey 1942-1943, Lawrence Walker 1948-1949, Charles Devine 1956-1957 and Honorary State Commander James F. O’Neil 1975-1976. Many more could be named but those that deserve the greatest credit are the members whose effort and sacrifice made Henry J. Sweeney Post a household name in the Legion community.

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HISTORY

1910

Dept of NH/Sweeney Post hold 1st Meeting---American Legion War Veterans

May 5, 1919

      The Department of NH held the first meeting of the American Legion  War Veterans on the fifth{5} of May in the Year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen{1919}, at the first New Hampshire State Armory located at 60 Pleasant St in Manchester.  There was twenty-seven Veteran's from the Queen City, along with many..

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1930

John Sullivan

John Sullivan

Apr 1, 1933

 

He was a past commander at 1933.  Later he became the Security of the Navy during Franklin Roosevelt Administration.  After his tenure in the FDR’s administration, he practiced law for the rest of his life.

 


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1940

Interview a World War II Veteran

Apr 28, 1944

This video is an interview for Francis Byrne whom served in World War II.


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Interview a World War II Veteran
Charles Devin

Charles Devin

Apr 1, 1948

 

Served as Commander during the year 1948.  Also started the law firm of Devin, Millimet and Branch.  In addition, he was very active in local community activities.


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1950

Korean War Vet

Feb 1950

Interview a Korean War Veteran


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Korean War Vet
James Heron

James Heron

Apr 1, 1950

 

James Heron was commander of the post during 1950.  Known as “Casey”, he was very active in many post’s activities which included Finance (Finance Officer), Baseball and Gulf committees.  Also he retire from U.S. Postal Office which he worked for many years.


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Samual Greene

Apr 1, 1953

 

Served as Post Commander in 1953.  As an attorney, he helped started a Scholarship fund that help students for many years.

 


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Samual Greene
John Heron

John Heron

Apr 1, 1955

 

John Heron served the Post for the year 1955.  He worked for the Federal Government at the Hanson Air Force Base in Massachusetts for many years.  He was a member of the Baseball committee and help out the Post when needed.


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Charles W. Clough

Apr 1, 1958

 

Commander Clough was a member of Sweeney Post for 60 years.  In 1958 he served as Post Commander and was a member of the Gold Guard Committee.

 


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Charles W. Clough
George Young

George Young

Apr 1, 1959

 

George Young was Post Commander at 1959.  Also, he was the finance officer and help support several activities including running a successful bingo games for the Post.  In addition, he served as Battalion Chief for the city of Manchester Fire Department.

 


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1960

Robert Murphy

Apr 1, 1963

 

He led the Post Commander during 1963.  He was very active in the baseball activities. He with other former commanders help the Post baseball teams to Regional and World Series Baseball winnings (1968).


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Robert Murphy
John McGranahan

John McGranahan

Apr 1, 1967

 

John served as Post Commander during 1967.  He was responsible in the Post moved to it’s present location (Maple Street).  Also he was in charge of the Kitchen facility at the Post.


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1990

Gulf Wars Veteran

Jan 1, 1990

Dan Beliveau explains his participation in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars


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Gulf Wars Veteran
Sharkey Madden

Sharkey Madden

Apr 1, 1996

 

Former Commander Madden (1996) is known in help started the “Drum and Bugle Corp” in the late 40s and 50s.  The Corp played in the National and Manchester competitions.  Also, he was the District Commander.  Sharkey is well known thought out the city of Manchester.

 


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2000

George W. Smith

Apr 1, 2002

 

George Smith was the commander for the Post during 2002.  He served the Post as the Athletic director for thirty years.  His leadership help shaped the Baseball activities as of today (2018).  Also he served as Alderman for the city of Manchester.

 


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George W. Smith
David Nixon

David Nixon

Apr 1, 2004

 

David Nixon served as Post Commander during 2004.  He was an attorney for the Post and help the Post in legal matters for twenty years.


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2010

William Whitmore

Apr 1, 2010

 

Bill Whitmore served twice as commander for Sweeney Post (2010 and 2014).  Also, he was involved in recruitment for young veterans and encourage the older veterans to do recruitment for Sweeney Post.  Unfortunately, he was the first commander to die in office.

 


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William Whitmore

Memorial Parks of Manchester

Jan 1, 2011

Bronstein Park

Location: Hanover & Beech Streets

Amenities: Bronstein Park is rich with history, like many other parks in Manchester.  The park has historical statues and open grassy area.

Bronstein Park is located in downtown Manchester. The small, 2.84-acre park is located within walking distance of Central High School on Hanover and Beech Streets. The scattering of trees across the park provides both shade in the hot summers and beauty in the colorful spring and autumn seasons...

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NH Centenial Model 1911 Commemorative Raffle

Oct 1, 2017
Tickets for a raffle of this one of a kind weapon in celebration of 100yrs of the American Legion in New Hampshire. TBC.........
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NH Centenial Model 1911 Commemorative Raffle

Veteran Day Parade with 1958 Ford Coverible

Nov 11, 2017

The Manchester city sponsors the Veteran's Day Parade.  In this parade, one of the members of the American Legion Sweeney Post 2 drove his antique 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (Hideaway Hardtop Converible).


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