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Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249

2121 Grand Island Blvd.

Previous VFW News

VFW Officers 2012:

Commander Michael Mehltretter

Pearl Harbor Day Service - December 2013

Pfc. Charles N. Deglopper Post Honor Guard

Supervisor Mary Cooke, Joe Synakowski and 2nd vice Commander Chris Eshelman

Grand Island Post 1346 American Legion Color Guard

Trumpeters from Grand Island High School Max VeRost and Marcus Cook
Photos by Mary Stewart

    The 72nd annual Pearl Harbor Day was honored by a Memorial Service at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post # 9249, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on December 7, 2013. Guest speaker for the event was Supervisor Mary Cooke and 2nd Vice Commander Chris Eshelman spoke a few remarks on Pearl Harbor Veterans and present day Veterans.

Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service - December 2013

   The annual Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service will be held at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post # 9249, Veterans of Foreign Wars, December 7, 2013 at 12 Noon, at the Post Flag, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Grand Island, New York. All are welcome to participate in this Memorial to the Heroes of Pearl Harbor, the Philippines and Pacific Islands on this day. Remember Pearl Harbor!

Silver Star Award Presentation - November 2013

Corporal Richard J. Blasinski

Awards and medals display. - Click above photos for larger views.

Carol Blasinski-Rhonemus and Assemblyman John Ceretto

    Korean War Veteran Corporal Richard J. Blasinski passed away in 1991 before being formally recognized for receiving the Silver Star. On November 27, 1950 Corporal Blasinski was engaged in the Battle of Wonsan-Hungnam-Chosin in North Korea. It was the first day, the Marines were outnumbered 8 to 1 and it was one of the coldest winters ever recorded in North Korea and fighting on one of the roughest terrains. Corporal Blasinski saved many lives that day, under extreme conditions "for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States." The Silver Star Medal, is the third highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to any person serving in any capacity with the United States Armed Forces. A ceremony was held exactly sixty years later at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to pay tribute to Corporal Blasinski’s lifesaving actions when his country needed him the most.
    The citation for his Silver Star reads:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Richard J. Blasinski (MCSN:1071442), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Company H, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), during action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 27 November 1950. When his unit was attacked and overrun by a numerically superior hostile force, Corporal Blasinski quickly reorganized his squad and deployed them to localize the enemy penetration. Moving from end to end of his unit, he placed the men in advantageous firing position, ignoring the heavy enemy fire directed on the area. Courageously remaining in an exposed position, he competently and effectively supervised return fire which directly aided the company in halting the hostile advance. During the brief respite which followed, he evacuated his wounded and, on his own initiative, skillfully improved his defenses. When the enemy attacked again, he boldly led his men through intense small arms, machine gun and grenade fire, engaging the hostile troops in fierce hand-to-hand combat, dislodging the enemy from their well-entrenched positions and securing the flank. Covering the reorganization of the company, he successfully warded off hostile probes until the remainder of the unit was in position. By his aggressive determination, outstanding leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of heavy enemy opposition, Corporal Blasinski upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
    Congressman Brian Higgins presented the Corporal's daughter Carol Blasinski-Rhonemus with the Silver Star Medal, and numerous service medals awarded for his time in service that had been lost over time. Other citations from elected officials were presented by Grand Island Supervisor Mary Cooke and New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto.

Veterans Fraud Alert - November 2013

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a fraud alert about a marketing scam that is targeting veterans who misdial the VA National Call Center (800-827-1000) or the GI Bill Call Center (888-442-4551) phone numbers. A marketing company created two phone numbers that differ from the real VA numbers by one digit. If a veteran misdials and calls the bogus number, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain sensitive personal data, to include credit card information. Please note that the VA will “never” ask for credit card or banking information over the phone. The two bogus numbers are 800-872-1000 and 888-442-4511. Please forward this information to all your members, Posts and friends, and share it on your websites. The bottom line is make sure you know who you are talking to before providing personal information over the phone. The VA has notified law enforcement authorities. For a list of toll-free VA phone numbers, go to the VA’s Inquiry Routing & Information System webpage athttps://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Hot Turkey Sandwich Night - November 2013

   The Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Hot Turkey Sandwich Night on Saturday, November 23rd from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (or sold out). Dinner includes an open faced hot turkey sandwich with gravy, vegetable, cranberry sauce and a slice of pie. Tickets are $7.00 dine in, $7.50 take out and dine in early bird from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m, $6.50. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a lottery tree.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Seek Addresses - September 2013

    The Ladies Auxiliary at the Charles N. DeGlopper Post 9249 are requesting addresses of servicemen and women who are in war zones, to send Care Packages to. They would like to make a list of these service men and women preferably but not necessarily of Grand Island. Addresses would be held in strict confidence and only used for sending Care Packages from the Veterans of the VFW, Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries, and the American Legion Members. Names may be dropped off to the Charles N. DeGlopper Post Headquarters, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. We Support Our Troops and Veterans.

VFW Annual Dick & Carol Pendleton Mem. Super Cruise - July 2013

    The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 and Cruise Control presents the 12th annual Dick & Carol Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise on Sunday, July 28th, with gates open at 10:00 a.m. Judging begins at noon. The event is being held at the VFW Post 9249 grounds, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Proceeds to benefit The Town Boys & Girls Club’s Summer Camp.
  • Dash Plaques to the first 125 cars and over 75 awards.
  • Live Music with “Big Wheelie” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
  • Sponsors are Paddock Chevrolet, Tread City Tire, VFW Post 9249 and the Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries Post 9249.
    The public is invited and there is no admission. Refreshments will be available.

    Memorial Day Gravesite Services - May 2013

        The Honor Guard of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post 9249 Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct gravesite services at the following locations on May 27, 2013 - times approximate:
    · Whitehaven Cemetery - East River Rd. (near Holiday Inn) 7:40-7:50 a.m.
    · Maple Grove Cemetery - (resting place of C. N. DeGlopper) near Whitehaven Rd. 7:55-8:05 a.m.
    · Staley Cemetery - West River Rd near Staley - 8:15-8:25 a.m.
    · Assumption Cemetery - Whitehaven Rd, near 4th St. - 8:30-8:40 a.m.
    · Trinity Cemetery - Whitehaven Rd. next to Old Trinity Church 8:45-8:55 a.m.
    · St. Stephen's Cemetery - Baseline Rd, next to Old St. Stephen's Church - 9-9:10 a.m.

       The people of Grand Island are urged to attend these services to honor our fallen comrades who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Show your appreciation by attending these solemn services. We thank the members of the armed forces presently serving our country, those missing in action and the veterans who kept our nation free. The public is welcome to attend gravesite services. The Buddy Poppy will be sold this weekend at various businesses. All proceeds are to be used solely for assistance to veterans and their families.

    Chiavetta's Chicken Dinner - May 2013

        The VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Chicken Dinner on Wednesday, May 8th and May 22nd from 4-7 p.m. Take-Out or Dine under the Pavilion. Pre-sale tickets available and encouraged, stop in or call 773-6343. Dinner price is $8.00 and includes; Chicken, Salad, Potato Salad, Dinner Roll and butter.

    VFW Telephone Scam - April 2013

        Islander and Membership Chairman of VFW New York, Dan McMahon, sent in a notice that was verified from the NYS VFW. It reported that a telephone caller was eliciting contributions for the VFW to help the victims of the Boston bombing, his caller ID is 516 900-3101. This is a scam.

    VFW Host "Roast For Life" Fundraiser - April 2013

         "Roast For Life" is holding its 3rd annual Pig Roast dinner at the Charles DeGlopper VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. on May 4th. The fundraiser begins at 3:00 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The admission price includes a full pig roast dinner, draft beer, DJ and karaoke and the Route 66 band at 9:00 p.m. Basket raffles, 50/50s and more at an additional cost. Tickets can be purchased via our website www.roastforlife.com and clicking on the donations tab or by contacting Kathy Butcher at 775-5522 or Linda Butcher at 213-7291. See flyer.

    VFW Men's Auxiliary Fish Fries - March 2013

       The Men's Auxiliary of the Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post No. 9249, 2121 Grand Island Boulevard, will serve Friday Lenten fish dinners (baked or fried) on March 8th and 22nd from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., and March 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eat in or take out. Dinner price is $8.50 for adults and children's meals (chicken strips & french fries) are available for $5.00. 

    VFW Ladies Auxiliary Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner - March 2013

          A Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., by the Ladies Auxiliary on Saturday, March 16th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner includes corn beef & cabbage, potatoes, carrots and dessert. The cost is $8.50 and Early Birds/$8.00. There will be a 50/50 Raffle and a Lottery Tree Raffle.  The public is welcome and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Local Food Pantry. A non-perishable food donation would be appreciated.

    VFW Ladies Auxiliary Annual Soup Night - January 2013

       The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Annual Soup Night will be held at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. on Saturday, January 19th from 4 - 7p.m., or until sold out. The cost is $7.00, all you can eat soup, salad, bread and one dessert. Over nine soups to choose from. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a lottery tree. Everyone is welcome and proceeds will benefit the Briggs Family.