August 13, 2019
James B. Whipple was born in South Wilton, Connecticut, February 7, 1893. James entered service in Michigan and served with the 76th Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division in France. While trying to recover some friends who had been wounded, he was killed in Belleau Aisne, France, June 3, 1918. He was the first resident from Wilton KIA in WW I. His awards include the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, the WW I Victory Medal, the Aisne Campaign Battle Clasp and the Defensive Sector Battle Clasp. Corporal Whipple is buried in Plot A, Row 8, Grave 53, in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France.
Post 86 applied for a Post Charter April 10, 1920 as James B. Whipple Post 86. The applicants included George D. Barringer, Carlton B. Weed, Horace M. Hollister, George Middleborough, William E. Godfrey, Norman C. Godfrey, Charles A. Eakland Jr., Charles W. Burt, Harry Marhoffer, Leslie Withuel, Harry E. Auinack, Fred E. Davis, Edward Bouteiller, Fred Kuehnell and Lawrence Banninger. The Post was chartered October 1, 1920, with George D. Barringer, Commander, George T. Heading, Adjutant, Fred Kuehnell, Treasurer, George W. Pleasants, Athletic Officer. Membership that first year was 19, with annual dues at $2.00. The Post was active for a short time, then became dormant for a couple years. The current building was designed by Wilton architect Nelson Breed, the property bought by the members. Fritz Meyer, a local builder and charter member, donated some workers and materials to build the Post. It stands as a testament to these men that not only does it remain a fixture in Wilton Center, but has remained a veteran's sanctuary and meeting home for all these years.
Today, Post 86 stands as a proud monument to those brave and hardy men. We are active in many endeavors, including Homes for the Brave, Kick for Nick, Female Soldiers, Forgotten Heroes, Memorial Day, Flag Day and Veterans Day; a Flag retirement ceremony, Flag ettiquette classes; The American Legion Oratorical Contest and Boys State; providing a Color Guard for various events including funerals, dedications and various ceremonies. We sponsor a High School graduate with a scholarship towards college. We also sponsor a Student School Award for two High School and two Middlebrook eighth grade students.
We welcome Veterans to join our Post; to be eligible, you must have served at least one day on active duty during these time periods of conflict.
DECEMBER 7, 1941 - DECEMBER 31, 1946
June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
December 20, 1989 - January 3, 1990
August 2, 1990 - current
James B. Whipple Post 86
PO Box 75
Wilton, CT 06897-0075
STREET ADDRESS: 112 Old Ridgefield Road
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PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
- For God and Country, we associate ourselves 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 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 goodwill on earth;
- To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy;
- To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
2018 - 2019 Post 86 Officers
COMMANDER - Bill Glass
Sr. VICE COMMANDER - Ken Shewitz
Jr. VICE COMMANDER - Alex Ruskewich
FINANCE OFFICER - Don Hazzard
ADJUTANT - Tom Moore
CHAPLAIN - Frank Dunn
SGT-AT-ARMS - Sean McNeill
SERVICE OFFICER - Paul Niche
HISTORIAN - Bo Lotoky
JUDGE ADVOCATE - Bud Boucher
POST PHOTOGRAPHER - Ed Steiner