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2022 

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Legionnaire Will Tuffy raises a new American Flag at the home of Visnu Gonzalez, Post 162 member and a disabled veteran of the USMC.

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Post Officers for 2022 - 2023

 

Officers for the next year were sworn in on June 18th by Past Commander Zoltan Horvath.

 

Pictured from L to R (Photo by Zoltan)

Tom Robinson, Sgt at Arms; Phil Langner, Finance Officer; Jim Gerbig Service Officer/Historian; Mike Gela, Sr. Vice Commander; Doug Frank, Commander; Joe Sgroi, Vice Commander.  Missing:  Ray Matz, Chaplain/Judge Advocate; Frank Mikulski, Adjutant

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Hillsdale Memorial Day in Pictures

 

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Poppy Drive at PVHS

For the last several years, American Legion Post 162 of Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake and Old Tappan has been invited to help Pascack Valley High School mark Memorial Day.  Students from Mr. Jeff Jasper’s Government Class volunteer to run a Poppy Drive on two mornings the week prior to Holiday.  Students entering the school are given an opportunity to donate and receive a poppy.  This year, seniors Isaac Chung and Jack Fiorelli arranged the program. They created a unique video Public Service Announcement that started with the poem Flanders Fields. The PSA gave the reason for the Holiday and then recognized the PVHS graduates who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice while serving in the United States Military.  On the second day, the school’s History club held a ceremony in the courtyard honoring the alumni who gave their lives fighting for our country. Post Commander Doug Frank expressed his thanks to the school administration, students and Post Member Jeff Jasper for the opportunity.

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Vice Commander Joe Sgroi,  Jack Fiorelli, Isaac Chung, Past Commander Phil Langner ( in back) and Commander Doug Frank

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Armed Forces Day May 21, 2022

Armed Forces Day is a special holiday for people all over the world to come together and thank the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. First conceived by President Harry S. Truman, the holiday was established in 1949. The creation of a single day celebration for all five branches of the United States military made sense due to its recent unification under the Department of Defense. Today, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every May, this year falling on May 21. Be sure to  support our military!

 

Each year, American Legion Post 162 in Hillsdale puts new flags of the Military Branches in the Veterans Memorial. Pictured is Vice Commander Joe Sgroi raising a new Navy flag. Joe is a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. 

 

 
 

 

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Post 162 at NVOT

 

Post 162 was invited to attend the Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan's Memorial Day Service on Thrusday May 26th.

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Memorial Day Observance at NVOT

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May 29, 2022

 

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Honoring a Fallen Hero

Recently, Commander Doug Frank was contacted by Maureen Theisz of Westwood.  She is the sister of  2nd LT Peter Patrick Murner Jr., USMC, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. In 2015 the Borough dedicated five ball fields in the names of the five young men from Hillsdale who were killed in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. Post 162 held a fund raiser to install plaques at each of the fields. The formal dedication of the fields was done on Memorial Day 2015. The field for Peter, who was known as Rick, is located on Hillsdale Ave and is the main base ball field for town leagues.

Mrs. Theisz had kept her brother’s Marine Corps dress white uniform over all these years.  She was hoping that it could be used or preserved.  Once the condition was determined, she had it cleaned and pressed. The Legion Post replaced some missing insignias and the uniform blouse is now displayed in the entrance hall of Post 162.  On May 7th at the Post 162 monthly meeting the Uniform was unveiled and put on display. Enclosed are photos of Commander Frank and the Plaque when it was installed at the field, the uniform ready for display and a photo of 2nd LT Peter Murner.

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Post 162 Collects Medications and Needed Supplies for Ukrainians

 

It was short notice, but we requested our Members and Sal Members to bring items needed bythe  refugees from Ukraine at our March 5th meeting.  Past Commander Phil Langner advised us of a Ukrainian Church in Clifton that was collecting the supplies. We continue to collect these needed items to support those who are victims of this war of aggression being waged by Russia against Ukraine.  Click below to see the list of items being requested. Also below is a picture of the initial items donated at the Post. Past Commander DeRosa worked with Pascack Pharmacy, who collected much of the initial supplies.

 

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Sons of the Legion Commander Rich Correri, Past Commander Langner and Commander Frank

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Memorium

 

Service Officer Fred Grimaldi passed away after a breif illness complicated by Covid.  Fred was 91 years old and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War era.  He served in Germany. Fred held both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering and spent his career with the Port Authority of NY/NJ before his retirment. He is survived by his wife Ellen. Thank you Fred and RIP. You will be missed.

 

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Combined Canteen and General Meeting

 

We changed our meeting times and structure starting with our February meeting.  We moved the meetings to the first Saturday of the month (February 5th) and held our breakfast/canteen at 9 AM followed by the General Meeting at 10 AM.  Chef Ken Smith prepared a breakfast that brought memories back to many of our members.  He served S.O.S. (chipped beef on biscuits) as well as sausages and bagels. We invited SAL members to attend as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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