Post 37 Bellows Falls, Vermont

Post 37

Bellows Falls, Vermont

Post 37 Bellows Falls, Vermont

About This Post

Post Namesake

WWI Veterans that paid the ultimate sacrifice  William G. Pierce,born in Bellows Falls,Enlisted June 19,1916,(Private of Company E, 1st Vermont Inf.(102 Machine Gun Battalion, US Army)  from 23 Oak Street,Bellows Falls,VT. Overseas tour Sept 23,1917 to April 20,1918, when he ... READ MORE

Notable Members

Past State Commanders:Harry O. Pearson,Harold Johnson,Wayne Mclean and Linda Mclean Perham (First father and daughter Department Commanders), Robert Perham Past Department Commander. Past National Vice Commander: Linda Mclean Perham 2005.

Captain Thomas Brickley, first Commander of Post #37. 

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What Makes this Post Unique

Pierce Lawton Post #37 is located on the banks of the Connecticut River. Our membership consists of both Vermont veterans, as well as, veterans from New Hampshire. The history and traditions of this post continue today.

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HISTORY

1910

World War One Nurses from Bellows Falls, VT

Jan 1, 1918

Mary E. Keefe:Born 12/31/1861 in Bellows Falls,VT.  Called to service 10/10/1918 Org: General Hospital Ft Ontario NY until D/C on 5/5/1919. She died following gallbladder surgery at Rockingham Hospital July 7/1927. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants. 

Grace Jenkins called to serve 1/2/1918 Org: Base Hospital, Camp Travis . Texas March 1919; Gen. Hospital 40: June 1919; General Hospital 30 to discharge on 9/19/1919. She was a nurse that lived on 11 Atkinson St, Bellows..

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Private Francis “Frank” Griffin casualty of war

Private Francis “Frank” Griffin casualty of war

Jul 23, 1918

Frank J. Griffin , born, October 7, 1897, in Walpole, NH and residing in Bellows Falls, VT on enlistment April 3, 1917. He was assigned to Company E, 1st Vermont Infantry and Company A, 103d Machine Gun Battalion to July 23, 1918. 

Obtained the grade of Private on August 23, 1917. Went overseas October 3,1917 and was killed in action 7/23/1918.

He is buried at St. Charles Cemetery in Westminster,Vt. He was 21 years old.


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Chief Quartermaster Joseph John Fenton Jr. killed in Scout plane accident

Aug 13, 1918

J.J. Fenton Jr., Chief Quartermaster US Navy Reserve Force enlisted April 28,1917. Died at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida in a Scout plane accident. At 9:10 pm on a flight with his instructor, he neared the shore to come in for the night, He had completed an hour of flying and his instructor said “ well done, I couldn’t have done it better”. at the shore he wenr down and he landed about..

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Chief Quartermaster Joseph John Fenton Jr.  killed in Scout plane accident
Capt. Thomas Brickley First Post Commander of Pierce Lawton Post #37

Capt. Thomas Brickley First Post Commander of Pierce Lawton Post #37

Apr 24, 1919

Our preliminary charter was submitted at the end of 1919 to the National organization. In 1920 we received a permanent charter and Capt. Thomas J. Brickley becomes the first post commander and organizer of Post #37.

Residence Bellows Falls, Born in North Walpole, NH He is buried at the St Peters cemetery in Drewsville, NH

Entered Federal Service on 4/2/1917 as a 2d LT for 1st Vermont Infantry too August 1917. Then 101st Ammunition Tn. to his..

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Post #37 Holds Post meetings at State Armory in Bellows Falls

Aug 19, 1919

Temporary Charter Application sent to National HQ and Established 1919. From 1919 to 1923 Post #37 held their meetings at the State Armory. The original signers as “Charter members” were: Thomes Brickley Commander; James H. McDonald Jr. Adjutant; Arthur J. Sherman Treasurer; Wilford C. Moore Service Officer; Walter S. Shaw Historian; W.H. Cyrus, Melvin Fontaine, Joseph K. Doyle, W.F. Donegal, James Docuette, James Slattery, H.L. Neilson, Harold Coffee, John Lindstrom, A.A. Fontaine, Michael Moynihan, Thomas..

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Post #37 Holds Post meetings at State Armory in Bellows Falls

1920

Pierce Lawton Post #37 Elects Bryan Adams Robinson as Post Commander

Pierce Lawton Post #37 Elects Bryan Adams Robinson as Post Commander

May 15, 1920

 Captain Byron Adams Robinson becomes Post Commander. He enlisted on 11/10/1917.Primary station of duty: Washington DC and Metuchen, NJ He was discharged 10/28/1919, Boston, Mass.   

Grades: 2Lt Engineers 10/10/1917 and Captain Q.M.C.N.A. 3/21/18.

Organization: Quartermaster Corps

After his term as Commander, he became the Post Service Officer.

He died 1953 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Bellows Falls,VT. 


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Pierce Lawton Post #37 Commander William Charles Carney

May 15, 1921

Born in North Walpole,NH January 22, 1892. Died 2/26/1971 at the age of 79. He worked for the Railway Express as an agent. Married to Etta Ann. Wolfe. They lived in Bellows Falls. He enlisted 2/10/1917. He was a member of Company E, 1st Vermont Infantry from 8/23/1917; Company A 103d M.G. Bn to discharge.

Grades Discharged a Corporal 4/29/1919 at Camp Devens. His overseas tour was 10/3/1917 to 4/17/1919

 

Also served as Commander in 1926-27


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Pierce Lawton Post #37 Commander William Charles Carney
Post #37 elects Gerald  Cray Post Commander

Post #37 elects Gerald Cray Post Commander

May 15, 1922

Born May 15, 1896 of Immigrant parents from Ireland. (Bridget and Patrick). DIED Jan 2, 1963.Worked for railway Express.

Enlisted Feb 10,1917 in Bellows Falls, member of Company E 1st Vermont Infantry to discharge. (Company C 103d M.G. Bn ).. Slightly wounded in action on July 23,1918. Overseas from October 3,1917 to july 7,1919.

Discharge was dated July 12, 1919.


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Post #37 elects Dr. Leroy Eugene Knight

May 15, 1923

Dr, Leroy Knight born in Marlow,NH, on Sept 10, 1886; residence Bellows Falls, VT

Called to Active service on September 8, 1917. ORGANIZATION: 117TH Sn. Tn.; Base hospital 79. 

Primary station camp Mills, NY.

Grade: Captain 2/17/19 commission. 

Overseas: October 18, 1917 to July 5, 1919.

Discharged July 30, 1010 Camp Dix, NJ  Dr. Knight was a dentist. 


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Post #37 elects Dr.  Leroy Eugene Knight
Post #37 elects Gardell Eugene Mandigo Post Commander

Post #37 elects Gardell Eugene Mandigo Post Commander

May 15, 1924

Born 11/1/1890 Bellows falls, VT; Died in Bennington, VT June 19, 1978 at the age of 87. 

Enrolled in Burlington 7/20/1918. Station: Naval Training Camp, Pelham Bay Park, NY to October 24, 1918. Second Class Engineman for 114 days. Inactive Duty on August 1, 1919. Headquartered at 1st Naval Dist. Boston, Mass. 

Gardell was the Chief Engineer for the International Paper Company. His father William L. Mandigo was Post Commander of the E.H. Stoughton Post of the..

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Post #37 Moves to new meeting place.

Jun 1, 1924

Post #37, moved from the Armory to the Times building on 55-57 Square, Bellows Falls,VT., from 1924-1927. 


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Post #37 elects John Nesbitt Dunlap as Post Commander

Post #37 elects John Nesbitt Dunlap as Post Commander

May 15, 1925

Born April 14, 1892 in Bellows Falls: Died 6/6/49. Buried at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Keene NH

 

Enlistment date August 3, 1918 and Discharge 5/17/1919. He served with the US Army 101st Ordinance Depot Company at Fort Meade, Maryland. Last rank: Corporal. 

He was employed as a sign painter and later Greenfield Gas and Light Company as an office manager. 


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Pierce Lawton Post #37 elects William C, Carney for Post Commander

May 14, 1926

See William C. Carney 1921-22 information


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Pierce Lawton Post #37 elects William C, Carney for Post Commander
Post #37 elects John  Houghton Strong Post Commander

Post #37 elects John Houghton Strong Post Commander

May 14, 1927

Enlisted March 19,1917 Bellows Falls. Entered Federal Service April 17,1917. Member of Company E, 1st Vermont Infantry to August 23, 1917. Company D 103d M.G. Bn to discharge. 

Overseas: 10/3/1917 to April 17, 1919. Wounded in action on October 23, 1918. Discharged April 29, 1919. 

Grade: SGT: 10/3/1917; PVT 1/29/1918; PFC 8/15/1918. 

He served as our service officer following his tenure as commander.


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Department Convention 1927

Jun 25, 1927

Pierce Lawton Post #37 Hosted the Vermont Department Convention.August 25-27, 1927. It was the ninth Annual Convention. 

As you can note the Lady Liberty statue in on the front cover of the yearbook. See gallery for additional pictures of the State Convention Booklet. Great info. 

The president of the United States was Vermont's own Calvin Colliidge. 

Post Commander William C. Carney. and Raymond H. Griswold was the Local Convention Chairman. 

Paul Glynn was Post #37 Adjutant and John H...

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Department Convention 1927
Post #37 Gets a Post Home

Post #37 Gets a Post Home

Nov 3, 1927

The Town of Rockingham leased the American Legion, Pierce Lawton Post #37 the third floor of the Town Hall Building, To be  shared with the Ladies of The American Legion, the E.H. Star ughton Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Women’s Relief Corps. 

The rent was $100.00 annually, the town would furnish the heat, janitorial services and make repairs as needed. 

The post was responsible for the electric bill. 

Trustees for the post were:..

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Post 37 elects Philias Arthur Grignon Post Commander

May 15, 1928

Born 9/25/1881 in Bellows Falls, VT and died July 26, 1950 at the VA Medical Center in  Hartford, VT at the age of 68 from severe Pulmonary emphysema. 

Enlisted June 28, 1917 in White river Jct. 

Organization: E. R. C. to July 26, 1917. Quartermaster Corps Camp Devens to discharge to accept commission. 

He was a First Sergeant April 11, 1918. 

He was commissioned a 2d LT Sept 14, 1918 in the Quartermaster Corps.Camp Devens

Discharged August 1, 1919. 

He worked..

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Post 37 elects Philias Arthur Grignon Post Commander
Post #37 elects George Wiley Post Commander

Post #37 elects George Wiley Post Commander

May 15, 1929

Company M. 1st Vermont Infantry to August 23, 1917.

Company E 101st Ammunition Train to April 8,  1919. 

246th Com. M.P.C. to 10/15/1919 and 285th Company M.P.C. to discharge on 11/6/1919. 

Slightly wounded in action on 10/25/1918

Overseas tour: 1/17/1918 to 11/3/1919. 


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Post #37 Organizes Drum and Bugle Corps

Jun 5, 1929

The announcement was made at the State Convention that Post #37 had organized a drum and bugle corps. 


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1930

Post #37 elects Norris  Roger Hammond Post Commander

Post #37 elects Norris Roger Hammond Post Commander

May 15, 1930

Born in Ludlow Vermont March 8, 1895 death 4/8/1957

Enlisted July 9,1917 Ft Ethan Allen at 22 4/12 years old. 

Organization Company A, 1st Vermont Inf. to August 1917. Co C 102d M.G. Bn to discharge. 

Overseas Sept 23,1917 to April 17, 1919

Wounded in action about 10/24/1918

Discharged April 29, 1919 at Camp Devens


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