Sippin-Winspur Post No. 176

              Monroe, Connecticut                

 


Welcome
 
to
Sippin-Winspur Post No. 176
of
The American Legion

 
Members, please send news or photos for inclusion
on the website to Commander, Vic Yanosy, for approval.

cvyanosy@charter.net 
 

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Post 176 Meetings are held the second Thursday
of every month at 7:00 pm at

The Monroe Senior Center at 235 Cutler's Farm Road

This year's meetings are as follows:


Special Picnic Meeting in September
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 16 ~ 3rd District Meeting

November 14, 2013

 December 11, 2013
"Sledding Along" Holiday Party



Click Here for the Flyer

January 9, 2014
February 13, 2014 (Postponed due to Snow)
February 20, 2014
March 13, 2014
April 10, 2014
May 8, 2014
June ~ End of Year Party ~ TBA


Wednesday, July 10 was the
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 176
Foxwoods Resort Casino Bus Trip
Everyone had a fabulous time.  The trip was sold out and
cost only $24 per person even though each person was

given a $15 food voucher and a $20 slot play credit.
Everyone hopes this will be an annual event!
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The year 2013 marked the 60th Anniversary of the end
of the Korean War Conflict.  Our thanks go to the
many brave Korean War Veterans who were the
first to fight communist worldwide aggression.

Sr. Vice-Commander, Jan Larsen, contacted the Department
of Defense with a list of the names of Korean War Veterans
 who are members of Post 176 so that the DOD could send
them a Certificate of Appreciation for their service.
Members who attended the End of Year Party at the Hearth
were also recognized by Post 176 at that time.

Here are the names of our Korean War Veterans:

Norman Anderson                           Edward Jones
Henry Barrachina                            Stanley Kaplin
Arthur Belanger                        John Meropoulos
Edward Callo                                Alex Morrissey
Joseph Campopiano                    Michael Mulroy
James Fogarty                        Andrew Scribe, Jr.
Russell Hartz                    Andrew Sentementes
Robert Heid                        Thomas Sommantico
Ward Hemenway                                Philip Stote
Franklin Wilcox
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The 2013 Oratorical Scholarship Contest

This contest was open to any student of high school age
who is a resident of Monroe, even if attending a private school.
Regrettably, no one signed up for the contest last year. 
Unless someone volunteers to chair this project and due
to the lack of student interest in the past three years,
Post 176 will not be sponsoring the contest in 2014.
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Check out the pictures of the Veterans' Day Ceremonies
at the Stepney Green at 11 A.M. on the 11th Day of the 11th Month.
(Formerly called Armistice Day from World War I)
We are fortunate to have our Canadian Brothers in Arms
join us each year.  Their detachment is stationed in Stratford
while Sikorsky builds helicopters for Canada.
Veterans' Day is called Remembrance Day in Canada.
Click on Veteran's Day in the left sidebar for the photos.
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Memorial Day Parade Photos?
Click on the Photo Gallery Page :-)
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Scroll Down the Page to See How You Can
Support the Military Coupons Program
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Five members took part in replacing worn and tattered flags at our Monroe cemeteries on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  There are a few photos on the Photo Gallery Webpage.

 

 

 
The American Legion

Post 176
2013 Candy Sale
 

 

 


Our 2013 candy sale was very successful.  Thanks to everyone who helped out in some way.  Check out the pictures below from this year.

A great, big, sweet thank you to Lou Marino
for organizing and running our fundraiser!!!

 The 2014 Candy Fundraiser is slated for

May 8, 9, and 10, 2014.

Please mark your calendar and plan to help out at least one day.


 Some Candy Sale Photos From This Year

  
 
 
 
 
 These are some of the people who helped with our fundraiser. Unfortunately
 I was unable to get pictures of everyone who helped.  If you helped but aren't
in the pictures, we truly appreciate your help with this major project.  Thanks!




Past Dates of Interest:




To see a larger view of the plaque that was presented
to Post 176 on Veterans' Day 2009 by the Canadian
Air Force Detachment at Sikorsky Aircraft,
go to the News and Events page.





Flag Retirement Ceremony
pictures are on the
Flag Day Ceremony page.


         

 

 Want to find out the origin of the 21-gun salute and other military facts?
Click the link below for this topic and information about our flag.
 http://cybersarges.tripod.com/21gunsalute.html
 Click on the link below to visit Cyber Sarge's main website for lots of other info.
 http://cybersarges.tripod.com/
 This website suggested by Richard Michel.

 

 

 

 
Want to Help Our Overseas Military Families?

Support the Military Coupons Program

Overseas military bases are allowed to use
manufacturers' coupons
for up to 6 months beyond the expiration date.
See web sites
couponstotroops.com and
couponproject.zoomshare.com
for more info.


Click Here for a flyer with more information.

You can also e-mail Hank Banville, who spoke about
the program at our September 10, 2009 meeting.

E-mail him at:
banny19@charter.net


The Post 176 Women's Auxiliary has been sending coupons
to our armed forces for a while now.  They finally got a big thank you
from ACS (Army Community Service) in Ansbach, Germany.
Check out the information cards below to visit their website!!!
We thank Marion Callo for sharing this information.



Click on the link below and search for Illesheim
for a quick visit.


http://www.ansbach.army.mil/sites/local



If you have been clipping coupons all along, thanks for your ongoing efforts.
If you haven't started doing it yet, please consider joining the effort.
Contact Marion Callo for more information.

 

 

Our History

 

 KILROY WAS HERE!

A "Forward" from
Stan Kaplin
with extra research by
Jan Larsen

Click on the links below the story
for more information and some
varied versions of Kilroy history
and timelines.

 


In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program,
“Speak to America,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the REAL
Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could
prove himself to be the genuine article.

Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James
Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts had evidence of his identity.

Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war. He worked
as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. His job was to go
around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on
piecework and got paid by the rivet.

Kilroy would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-
waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn’t be counted twice. When
Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.

Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the
rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.

One day Kilroy’s boss called him into his office. The foreman was
upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to
investigate. It was then that he realized what had been going on.

The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn’t lend
themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided
to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his checkmark on
each job he inspected, but added KILROY WAS HERE in king-sized
letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the
chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part
of the Kilroy message. Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying
to wipe away his marks.

Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint.  With war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so
fast that there wa sn’t time to paint them.

As a result, Kilroy’s inspection “trademark” was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced. His message
apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and
spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific. Before the war’s end,
“Kilroy” had been here, there, and everywhere on the long haul to Berlin and Tokyo.

To the unfortunate troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a
complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that some jerk named
Kilroy had “been there first.” As a joke, U.S. servicemen began
placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already
there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always “already been”
wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the
most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest,
the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arch De Triumphe, and
even scrawled in the dust on the moon.)

And as the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams
routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to
map the terrain for the coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus,
presumably, were the first GI’s there). On one occasion, however,
they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo! In
1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosvelt,
Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference.

The first person inside was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide
(in Russian), “Who is Kilroy?” …

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along
officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the
trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas
gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy front yard in
Halifax,Massachusetts.


 


For more Kilroy information click on these URLs.

http://delontin1.wordpress.com/2008/02/21/kilroy-was-here/

http://www.kilroywashere.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here

 

 

 
A depiction of Kilroy on a piece of the Berlin Wall in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Engraving of Kilroy on the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

 

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Preamble to the Constitution of
The American Legion

For God and Country
We Associate Ourselves
Together for the
Following Purposes:
 

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

To maintain law and order;

To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars;

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;

To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;

To make right the master of might; To promote peace and good-will on earth;

To safeguard and transmit to prosperity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;

To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
 


                                  

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Correspondence to:
Sippin-Winspur Post No. 176
C/O Richard Michel
263 Porters Hill Road
Monroe, CT 06468



Web issues to:
Jan Larsen
uptwolate@earthlink.net

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