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December, 2018 

​ Contributors and Advisors to The Sniper and Website:

Rosemary Draine, Peggy Krihak, Dan Bruno

John Scudder, Bill Shanklin, Leigh Holzwart, Sean Gaertner

 Web Editor: Mark Snider 


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All contributors who wrote articles previously, and any new contributors, are asked to submit articles now.

Without your help, these topics will not change. You may drop them off at the Post in Cafe 187, or email

us at fairfield1923@yahoo.com, or mail it to the Post via US Mail. Please put a contact number or

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Section 1 



2018 - 2019 T.H.B. POST 187 OFFICERS

COMMANDER ....................................................... John A. Scudder

SR. VICE-COMMANDER ......................................... Rus C. Strahan

1ST JR. VICE-COMMANDER ............................... Peggy D. Krihak

2ND JR. VICE-COMMANDER..................................... Jim Kleinow 

ADJUTANT........................................................... Robert T. Blewett

RECORDER ............................................................... Mark J. Snider 

FINANCE OFFICER .......................................... Albert M. Bertolani

CHAPLAIN/SERVICE OFFICER ....................... Matthew J. Kramer

HISTORIAN ......................................................... Leigh E. Holzwart 

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS .................................... William R. Shanklin



PRESIDENT ............................................................ Peggy D. Krihak

1ST VICE-PRESIDENT ..................................................... Pat Nacyk 

2ND VICE-PRESIDENT ............................................... Donna Fisher 

TREASURER ....................................................... Cher Smith-Conrad 

SECRETARY ...................................................................... open.......

HISTORIAN ........................................................................ open.......

CHAPLAIN ......................................................................... open....... 

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS .................................................. Judy Keinz

ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMS................................. open....... 




COMMANDER .......................................................... Mark J. Snider

SR. VICE-COMMANDER ................................ Charles J. Ostrowski

JR. VICE-COMMANDER .......................................... Dave Novotny 

ADJUTANT............................................................ Robert T. Blewett

CHAPLAIN ..................................................... Wayne M. Rutkowski

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS ......................................... C.A. "Bud" Jason



Post and Sons of Legion Meetings are held together at 7:00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month:

January, February, July, August, September, October, and November.

There is not a meeting in December. 

In March, April, May, and June, Post and S.A.L. meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday

of each month at 7:00 pm. 

Post Corporation meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. 

Auxiliary Unit Meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of February, March, May, June,

September, October, and December.  

The regular Auxiliary Board meetings are held the second Monday of March and October at 6:00 pm,

and the last Monday of August at 6:00 pm. 


In the event of illness or death, please contact the Post Home at (630) 833-7800, or one of the appropriate officers listed below. Commander: John A. Scudder (630) 935-8489, Chaplain/Service Officer: Matthew J. Kramer (630) 279-6404, Auxiliary President: Peggy Krihak (630 654-8099, S.A.L. Chaplain: Wayne M. Rutkowski (630) 953-2183.




Section 2 




World War I: April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918.

World War II: December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946.

Korean War: June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955.

Vietnam War: February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975.

Lebanon/Grenada: August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984.

Panama: December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990.

Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 to cessation of hostilities.

All Service Personnel: 1990 until Present.





August 30, 2018

T.H.B. Post 187 is honoring 100th annivcrsary dates in 2018 and 2019. The first three Elmhurst World War I residents, Ernest Timrott, killed in action June 3, 1918, Marines; Richard Hintz, killed in action July 19, 1918, Army; and Kinsley Buck, killed in action June 19, 1918, Marines; had 100 year anniversaries in 2018.

In 2019, the 100th anniversary birthday of the Post will occur. T.H.B. Post 187 was named after the three men, and the Elmhurst Legion was chartered on September 26, 1919.

On April 23, 2018, the current Post building had its 30th birthday. See a building history of the T.H.B. Post 187 on page 4 of our Post History tab on this web site.

Additionally, our 3rd annual Military Ball was held at the Post on October 27, 2018, at 7:00 pm. 

Please look for updates in The Sniper and on the www.americanlegionthb187.org website for upcoming memorials and events that may be planned.

As always, we are looking for event ideas and volunteers for any upcoming anniversaries. If you are a family member of a past Auxiliary President or Post Commander, we would especially appreciate your contributions. We ask Post members, past Officers, and the public to provide assistance as well. Stop by the Post or call us at 630-833-7800.  

-- Ed.







Dear Post and Auxiliary Members:

New Year 2017 has begun and it brings with it some great projects which will enhance our Post Home. The Legion will be partnering with Home Depot in remodeling the Normandy Room from top to bottom. This project will include wallpaper, paint, carpeting and a dance floor. We have already installed new LED lighting. These renovations will allow us to market the room with an updated image which will showcase the capabilities of our banquet room for weddings, other special events and large meetings. Bob Blewett is the "ramrod" on this project. Thanks, Bob!

Next on our list is a new digital sign which will replace our out-of-date ones and the various banners facing Butterfield Road. The multi-colored message board will advertise various Legion events, Blue-Plate Lunch specials, upcoming entertainment, Friday Nite Fish Fry and wedding information. This is a 21st-century means to get our messages across to the public.

Our Thanksgiving Day festivities hosting the recruits from Great Lakes Naval Training Station were outstanding. About 45 recruits were treated to a homecooked turkey dinner with everything imaginable on the tables and the meal was served family-style so they would not have to stand in yet another line! My sincerest thanks to all those who volunteered part or most of their holiday time to make this annual event take off like a rocket!! A special thanks and shout-out to Cher Smith Conrad (our own military "mother hen") for putting it all together. Heaps of thanks, also, to "Chef Janice" for volunteering to cook the turkeys, hams and veggies for the feast. Baking coordinator was Past-Commander, Bob Daniels. As always, Bob, everything was great! Past-Commander, Peggy Krihak, did an outstanding job in putting everything in place. These people deserve all the kudos the Post can give them. 

Last, but certainly not least, a HUGE round of applause to the Elmhurst Public Library for the use of 15 laptops for the "boots" to communicate to loved ones around the world! It was a great sight.

Out of a membership of over 500, we have just 15-20 men and women who actively get the job done at T.H.B. Post 187 - volunteers for Fish Fry; the Scholarship Committee; the Table Set-Up Crew; our newsletter, THE SNIPER - 15-20 people cannot continue to carry the load. Please remember to support your Post!!

-- John Scudder, Commander








Nov. 18, 2017

Normandy Room- I would like to personally thank all the volunteers that helped remodel the Normandy room. The Home Depot Foundation provided not only the funds for the project but Volunteers. They not only helped remodel the room but also cleaned and replanted and removed trees outside of the Legion. Home Depot also provides All Veterans a 10% discount.  We had a few Post members help. I would also like to thank the Local Carpenters Union 1185, they stepped up and laid all the flooring.  Thank you one and all.

Dues Notice Alert!!  The dues notices are sent out by the by the State. Sometimes the notices cross in the mail. Feel free to contact me if you believe there is an error so we can fix the issues.

We are in need of new members! Our membership is declining due to the passing of our comrades and others not renewing their memberships. Members are men and women who share not only a common past but also help our Veterans get and keep the benefits they need and deserve. Do you have any relatives, friends or neighbors who might be eligible to join the American Legion?  Ask them to join or transfer to our Post.  We will welcome them!  If any Post member brings in a candidate for membership at the regular dues price of $40.00 - and that person is eligible and has all the proper discharge information - the Post member will receive a gift certificate for our Friday Night Fish Fry dinner.

Volunteers are needed. As you know our post needs volunteers to make activities more successful so if you have one day or evening a month to spare, we could use your help at Fish Fry, Wednesday Night Bingo or any of the various parties we have, or on various projects around the Post Home.  Please give me a call, or stop by the Post during Fish Fry or attend any of our meetings and talk with us.

Post and Sons of Legion Meetings are held together at 7:00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month: January, February, July, August, September, October, and November. There is not a meeting in December. In March, April, May, and June, Post and S.A.L. meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Check the calendar on the website tab, "Events Calendar", for meeting dates.  If you are present, you could find yourself leaving a bit richer from our “Split the Pot” door prize or the Membership Attendance Drawing (worth $200) if your number is picked.  S.A.L. members are most welcome to attend all Post Meetings.

Post Corporation meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. 

IMPORTANT !!  Please send in your DD-214s if they are not already on file with us.  We need them in case your family cannot find your original.  It will be needed to ensure you receive every benefit to which you are entitled when you pass away.  This has become a problem when members transfer in.  If you need to order a copy, you can go online to http://vetrecs.archives.gov or call the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis at 1-877-827-9026.

Honor Flight Chicago … Is taking applications for those Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I do have the applications for those who are interested.  Honor Flight also will take applications for Volunteers. This is a FREE trip for those veterans. There is a cost for the Volunteers.

-- Bob Blewett, Post Adjutant  815-822-0779








October 1, 2018

New members:  


S.A.L. Members:


Transferred in:


Welcome to you all !! 


We have received many questions regarding dues payments. We do not send out notices; they are mailed from the Department of Illinois and may cross in the mail with your payment. If paying online, we do not receive those dues until they are processed by State, so please bear with us.

It has come to our attention that some members have problems paying their dues because of circumstances beyond their control. It could be a matter of food, heat, or medicines. Some of these individuals are long-time members. If you would like to help them out, add a donation to your dues payment or make an outright donation to members’ dues. If you know of someone in need, or if you wish to pay someone’s dues, please notify Bob Blewett, Post Adjutant at 815-822-0779.





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Do you have a loved one, neighbor or friend that you would like to honor with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park? If so, now is the time to reserve a date to do so. However, to have the date you would like to reserve on the 2018 schedule, apply now to be sure it’s available. There is no charge to honor a deceased veteran. If there is someone you would like to honor during a Sunday afternoon ceremony, please contact the Veterans Memorial Commission at the Elmhurst City Hall, 209 North York Street, (630) 530-3000, to obtain an application form. Forms may also be picked up from the rack in the Doug Chant Room at the Post Home. Complete the information requested, then submit it, along with a copy of the Veteran’s DD-214 (or Enlisted Record & Report of Separation), to the Veterans’ Memorial Commission at the Elmhurst City Hall. The Veteran you wish to honor does NOT need to be a member of the American Legion. The only requirement is that he, or she, be honorably discharged.

-- Rosemary Draine - Member, Elmhurst Veterans Memorial Commission




October 2018

Pam Laudati, 75, October 6, 2018. Wife of Past Commander Dante Laudati.





Section 7 



February 9, 2018

Because we have only one cook (me) for most all of the lunches, future lunch menus will be posted on the bulletin board near the restrooms in the Legion Cafe 187 lounge. If you wish to volunteer to cook on any Saturday, please contact me at 630-833-7800, or sign up on the aforementioned board. Plan to cook for about 25-30 people. Anything you wish to cook is fine. You will be reimbursed for expenses.

Since September, 2015, the S.A.C. lunches have generated enough funds to purchase the following equipment for the Legion amounting to a value of $8,163.00. Besides the purchases in past reports, we have recently purchased a commercial kitchen range and bar beer bottle cooler totaling $2,598.00. We have bought 24 items prior to these that I won't list for lack of space here. The list is available on request. 

These items were able to be purchased because of the people who have come in for a good lunch on Saturday (usually just $5.00), and also attended brunches. We hope to keep up the lunches, but I need time off to do home projects too.

Thanks to all the people who come regulary for our lunches! 

-- Bob Daniels, Past Commander 





Corporation Board Election and Installation, 2018-2019

October 13, 2018

On September 25, 2018, the Post's Corporation Board elected and installed the following persons to the positions and committees below for the 2018-19 calendar year. Thank you to all members who participated and accepted the positions. 


Position                           Member name                                 Term expiring

President                         Rus Strahan                                      2 years, 9-20

Vice President                 Bob Blewett                                     1 year, 9-19

Secretary                         Jim Kleinow                                     2 years, 9-20

Treasurer                         Bill Shanklin                                    3 years, 9-21 

Board Member                 Al Bertolani                                     1 year, 9-19

Board Member                 Joe Jurewicz                                    1 year, 9-19

Board Member                 Dan Bruno                                       3 years, 9-21

Board Member                 Mike Mis                                         2 years, 9-20

Board Member                 Bob Daniels                                     3 years, 9-21


Post Commander              John Scudder


Committees:                      Outdoor                             Indoor                          Bar

                                         Joe Jurewicz                      Al Bertolani                  Rus Strahan

                                         Jim Kleinow                      Bob Blewett                  Bob Daniels

                                         Dan Bruno                         Mike Mis                      Bill Shanklin 


--Al Bertolani, Board Member                                          



Normandy Banquet Room and Cafe 187 Rental Information

If you are planning an event such as a birthday, wedding or anniversary party, please consider renting one of the rooms at your Post Home. The Normandy Banquet Room is ideal for large gatherings, it can accommodate 220 people. Cafe 187 can accommodate 75 people. Packages are available for buffet or family-style dinners, or dinners "by the plate".

As a Legion member, you will also receive a discount off the cost of the regular room rental. For details and menu items, click our website tab "Normandy Banquet Room Rental Information." Or, call the Post at (630) 833-7800, or stop in any weekday and speak to Pat Klouda, Banquet Manager, for information and to see if the date of your event is available.

-- Peggy Krihak, Past Corporation President



Section 8 



PODCAST: etownlowdown

Sept. 21, 2018

The Elmhurst podcast site, etownlowdown, recently brodcast an interview on August 31st with our own Commander, John Scudder, Sargeant at Arms Bill Shanklin, Military Ball Chairman Mark Mallon, Alderman Mark Mulliner, and Cool Cars Under the Stars Director Paul Mason. It is a very informative, interesting, and sometimes humorous interview about the Elmhurst American Legion, the upcoming Military Ball on October 27th, and Cool Cars Under the Stars.  

You are welcome to listen to it or download it at this link:


-- Ed.  




December 9, 2018





See the blue tab "Items of Interest" on the front page of this website, and then click on "Muddogs Baseball Awards Highlights" for pictures of the awards presentation for the American Legion Post 187 Muddogs Baseball Junior and Senior Teams. 




For more information on the teams, see the "BASEBALL" tab on this website, or go to the Muddogs Facebook or web site pages.  





Baseball gear is now available- Support our teams! Shop for your holiday gear for friends and family, or yourself, at our Muddogs Team Store.





2018 season results:

Senior team results: 


Junior team results:


 -- Ed., with thanks to the Muddog's webmaster and coach, Mike Biondo. 





October 13, 2018

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Cool Cars Under The Stars has ended for the 2018 season, but we plan to have it back in 2019. Thanks to all who displayed their cars at the various shows, and to everyone who came out to see the vehicles. 


The first night was on July 12th, with a great turn out with some 50 cars on display. Other shows occurred over the summer from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on the following dates: 

Thursday, August 9th- The Fab 40, 50, and 60's

Thursday, August 30th- The Groovy 70, 80, and 90's

Thursday, September 13th- Muscle Cars and Hot Rods

Monday, September 24th- York High School - 100 Years

Thursday, October 11th- Come 1, Come All 


We also had $5.00 food specials in our Cafe 187 Lounge. Plan on stopping by in 2019 for next year's shows. Until then, you can still enjoy $5.00 food specials at our Saturday Afternoon Lunches from noon to 2:00 pm.   

For pictures of some of the cars in 2018, see the "Items of Interest" tab on the front page of this website, and then click on "Cool Cars Under the Stars". 


Thanks to the Elmhurst American Legion Post 187, City of Elmhurst, Community Bank of Elmhurst,

Elmhurst Orthopaedics, and Paul Mason from Cool Cars Under The Stars, who all helped make this event possible.







December 8, 2018

Come join us each Friday for our Friday Night Fish Fry followed buy our weekly band or karaoke and participate in our voluntary 50/50 Raffle. The donated money raised from these raffles helps the Post pay for the entertainment we’ve been enjoying each week. 

SlingBlade was our featured band on December 7, 2018. 



The following attendee(s) at our Friday Night Fish Fry went home a bit richer than when they arrived:

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Congratulations to our winner(s)! Please note that winnings can be made into donations to honor birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, to the Post, or any other special event that you wish to remember.

If you haven’t been around lately, why not come on down to the Legion Post Home to enjoy a delicious Fish Fry or other dinner, purchase a few raffle tickets, or enter the Queen of Hearts Fundraiser drawing? Perhaps YOU will be our next lucky winner! Many thanks to all donors for your continued support of these fundraisers.

-- Ed.



Section 9 




Children's Christmas Luncheon with Santa

December 15, 2018


All Post Members and their kids or grandkids are invited to the Post's Christmas Luncheon, Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Doors open at Cafe 187 at approximately 11:00 am. Lunch is served beginning at noon.

Santa will appear with gifts, and you can meet Santa from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

Limited seating, so first come, first served. R.S.V.P. at the Elmhurst Legion Post, or call 630-833-7800.

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-- Ed.




Honor Flight Chicago brings WW ll vets out to Washington D.C., at no charge to them, to visit the World War ll Memorial. It is a great organization doing a great job honoring our troops from the Big War. In 2019, Honor Flight Chicago will fly Vietnam era veterans to Washington D.C. Please click on the link below to find out more about their organization and how you can be put on the list for a visit.



Below is from the Honor Flight Chicago website: 

Honor Flight Chicago to fly Vietnam-era veterans beginning in 2019

CHICAGO (Nov. 7, 2018) Honor Flight Chicago, the not-for-profit that has over the past 11 years flown more than 8,000 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., free-of-charge to visit the national war memorials built in their honor, announced today it will begin flying Vietnam-era veterans in 2019.

“This is a milestone moment in the history of our organization,” said Mary Pettinato, CEO and co-founder of Honor Flight Chicago. “More importantly, it’s our time to recognize and thank these too-long disrespected heroes who served during one of the most difficult times in America’s history.”

Honor Flight Chicago is currently accepting applications from any Vietnam-era veteran — no matter his or her duty location — who served between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975. These veterans will begin to fly alongside World War II and Korean War veterans in April on Honor Flight Chicago’s first flight of the 2019 flight season.


“A camaraderie exists among veterans on this special day that is always magical,” Pettinato said. “To now have three generations of veterans together on one flight will, I’m confident, be an experience that’s especially meaningful to our honored heroes, and truly inspirational to witness.”

There are an estimated 107,500 Vietnam-era veterans living in the Chicago area, according to the National Department of Veteran Affairs, of which close to 1,350 have already filed applications with Honor Flight Chicago in anticipation of this day.

The Vietnam War was the longest war in U.S. history until the Afghanistan War, with active military combat lasting almost 20 years. More than 1.5 million military personnel and an estimated 2 million civilians were killed in the war. The United States suffered over 47,000 killed in action plus another 11,000 noncombat deaths; more than 150,000 were wounded and 10,000 missing.

Honor Flight Chicago flies six flights a year, April through September, honoring an average of 100 senior veterans on every flight. During a full day of recognition and reminiscing in our nation’s capital, veterans have the opportunity to reflect with their comrades in arms at the national World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials, as well as visit the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. The day’s adventure concludes back in Chicago with an airport-based Welcome Home Celebration unlike anything most of these heroes experienced decades earlier upon returning from the war.

For additional information or to secure an Honor Flight Chicago veteran application, call 773-227-VETS (8387) or visit https://www.honorflightchicago.org/how-to-apply/veteran.

About Honor Flight Chicago

Honor Flight Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing the service and sacrifice of America’s senior war veterans by providing all-expense paid trips for these heroes to visit the Washington, D.C., memorials built in their honor. Founded in 2008, Honor Flight Chicago is the largest hub in the national Honor Flight Network and has flown more veterans than any other hub.





January 25, 2018 

The Elmhurst American Legion is proud to announce that The Dan Gibbons Foundation has organized a program for veterans called Cafe Liberty. The foundation is best known for the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot here in Elmhurst on Thanksgiving Day. They have started Cafe Liberty, a veterans culinary training program for veterans who are unemployed or underemployed and looking to enter the culinary field.

This 11 week program, offered four times a year, will professionally train participants for a lifetime career in the food service industry, and/or serve as a bridge to an advanced culinary institution at no cost to the veteran. Whatever direction you choose, it is Cafe Liberty's goal to see you suceed.

If you are a veteran, or know of one who may be interested, please visit their website, www.cafeliberty.org for information or to apply. You may also call 630-868-3003 for information. The Dan Gibbons Foundation website may be viewed at www.dangibbonsfoundation.org .   

-- Joe Kieras, Post 187 Member









Section 10 





June 18, 2018

Happy Summer to all our members!

Listed below are the recently elected officers of the T.H.B. Unit 187 Auxiliary for the calendar year 2018-2019.

President: Peggy Krihak

1st Vice President: Pat Nacyk

2nd Vice President: Donna Fisher

Treasurer: Cher Smith-Conrad

Sergeant-at-Arms: Judy Keinz 

Membership dues for the coming year are $28.00 for senior members and $5.00 for junior members. The increase is to cover a depearment increase. 

Don’t forget … if you are in need of transportation to any of our functions or events, please call the post ahead of time and we can make sure you have a ride.

-- Peggy Krihak, Auxiliary President 




July 1, 2018

The deadline to turn in scholarship applications ended on May 1, 2018. 

Please check back in early 2019 for next year's application.

Now is the time to remind those college-age students in your family to think about applying for an Auxiliary Scholarship. There are several scholarships available ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to qualified Post and Unit family members. 

The Auxiliary has scholarships available for American Legion and Auxiliary members, their children, and grandchildren.  To qualify, an applicant must be related to or be a member of T.H.B. Post 187 and be enrolled in good standing at an accredited high school, college, or university.  Applications are available on line at our Post website:  www.americanlegionthb187.org.  Click on the "Auxiliary Scholarship" link and follow the prompts to complete, print, and mail to the address on the application.  
For more information, email Ruth Valentino at ruthvalentino@comcast.net.

--Ruth Valentino, Scholarship Chair

Attention: Scholarship Committee Volunteer Members wanted to assist in application review.

Please contact Peggy Krihak at the Post, 630-833-7800, if interested.  












Section 11 



Dates to remember:

December 7: - Pearl Harbor Day  https://www.military.com/navy/pearl-harbor.html

December 7: - Fish Fry & Dessert Bar 

December 10: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 pm.  

December 14: - Fish Fry & Dessert Bar

December 24 & 25: - Christmas Eve and Day

December 28: - Fish Fry, Dessert Bar to be determined.

December 31 & Jan. 1: - New Year's Eve and Day





Congratulations to all Auxiliary members celebrating their birthdays during this month! We hope you are able to enjoy your "Special Day" in whatever manner pleases you most.


For DECEMBER our best wishes go to: UPDATE NEEDED 


100th Year Anniversary, September 26, 1919 – September 26, 2019


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