Local VFW Post Disbands

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Front Page / Jun. 15, 2017 8:42am EDT

By Dave Crosby


With the dissolution of the Randolph Veterans of Foreign Wars post, the organization’s 1952 Jeep was donated Monday to American Legion Post 9. “They’re not easy to find in good condition,” said former VFW Post Commander Clayton Butterfield Monday as he passed the vehicle along to Peter Chase, commander of Post 9. The American Legion post will continue to display the Jeep in parades for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. (Herald / Tim Calabro) With the dissolution of the Randolph Veterans of Foreign Wars post, the organization’s 1952 Jeep was donated Monday to American Legion Post 9. “They’re not easy to find in good condition,” said former VFW Post Commander Clayton Butterfield Monday as he passed the vehicle along to Peter Chase, commander of Post 9. The American Legion post will continue to display the Jeep in parades for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Randolph’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9449 is in the last stages of disbanding, after a run of 49 years. The Post was organized in 1968, and reached a high of about 100 members, according to Clayton Butterfield, who announced the disbanding last week in a letter to the editor.

Butterfield reports that in recent years there have been 48 members in the Post, with eight or 10 attending regular meetings. He began serving as post commander in 2004 and had been trying to step down for some time, but no other members stepped up to take over. At the June 6 meeting, all members present voted to dissolve the post. The post will send letters to the national and state VFW offices to tell them of the dissolution. Local members are free to transfer to other posts.

Post 9449 will distribute its assets to other organizations. Local American Legion Post #9 will get the VFW’s Jeep; some of the VFW’s funds will go to the Randolph Area Senior Center and to support that organization’s Meals on Wheels operation. The VFW post also has supplied American flags to the local Boy Scouts chapter and to the schools, and supported the Randolph Historical Society with financial help.

Other groups benefitting from Post 9449’s generosity are the Destination Imagination program, the Town of Randolph’s scholarship program, the Food Shelf, and the VFW’s National Home for Children. The Post has long been a central presence in Memorial Day observations.

Butterfield served during the Korean War and as veterans of his vintage age, he said, groups like the VFW and the American Legion feel the decline in membership. Butterfield reports that reaching out to younger veterans has not added sufficient membership. Veterans of later wars—especially the Vietnam War—have instead formed their own associations outside the traditional VFW/Legion structure.

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