Specialist 4 Tom Garvey, U.S. Army Lesson from Vietnam: Glad to be Alive

Dear Reader, this article was submitted to our Post by Post Member Thomas J. Garvery. Courtesy of Thomas J. Garvey.

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 Specialist 4 Tom Garvey

Think of your most stressful day on the job—looming deadlines, unhappy bosses, sales quotas, late nights, and people who can’t get along. Then consider what Specialist 4 Tom Garvey went through every day during his tour in Vietnam from 1967-1968—fire missions with high explosives, incoming mortar fire, rocket and artillery attacks, and the constant possibility of his unit being overrun. Listening to Tom’s story helped me view my life’s experiences from a different perspective. I hope his story will have the same effect on you.

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In Memoriam - Joseph Filipiak

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Joseph Filipiak
 March 6, 1918 to December 11, 2018

Dear Post members, on Dec 11, 2018, Post Member, Joseph Filipiak, passed away and reported to Post Everlasting. If any Post member is interested in attending the Merrick Post 1282, American Legion, solemn ceremony for Post Member, Joseph Filipiak, we are going to meet at N. F. Walker's Funeral Home on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. American Legion ceremony.

N. F. Walker's Funeral Home is located at 2039 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, New York.

For more information call the Post phone at 516-521-6989 or the Funeral Home at 516-378-0303.

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In Memoriam - Robert C. Wieboldt

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 Robert C. Wieboldt, PC
 January 21, 1920 - November 26, 2018

On Monday, November 26, 2018, Past Post Commander and Founding member of the Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion, Rob C. Wieboldt reported to Post Everlasting. Mr. Wiebodt was almost 99 years young and missed this mark by less than two months. Bob Wieboldt was a World War II veteran and served in the Army Air Core from 1943 to 1946. He was a gunnery instructor and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. Bob Wieboldt was very active in our Post and held many Post officer postions. He was instrumental in bringing the Post building to its current location(160 West Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566). Mr. Wieboldt was a 73 year member of Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion. He will be missed!!!

A memorial service will be set up at the Bellmore Presbyterian Church (2740 Martin Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710) on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The American Legion will be conducting a solemn ceremony for Bob Wieboldt at 7:00 p.m. that day. Post members should start assembling at the church by 6:30 p.m.

A burial ceremony for Bob Wieboldt will be in the spring of 2019 at the St. John of Jerusalem Chapel and Cemetery, located at 500 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown, NY 11756. Note: He was very active at this location and was instrumental in getting the chapel at this location restored.

For more information call the Post phone at 516-521-6989 or the Bellmore Presbyterian Church at 516-758-2590.

See the following link:

Bellmore Presbyterian Church

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Annual Visit to Northport VA Nursing Home

Dear Post and Auxiliary members, the post will be visiting our disabled comrades at the Northport Veterans Administration nursing home on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. Post and Auxiliary members will meet at the Merrick's Veteran Memorial Park at 12 noon to carpool to the Northport facility.

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