Saugerties American Legion Post 72

Saugerties American Legion Post 72 Lamouree-Hackett American Legion Post 72, Saugerties, NY 12477
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion. Gulf War/War on Terrorism (August 2, 1990, to cessation of hostilities) Panama (December 20, 1989, to January 31, 1990) Lebanon and Grenada (August 24, 1982, to July 31, 1984) Vietnam War (February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975) Korean War (June 25, 1950, to January 31, 1955) World War II (December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946) (Merchant Marine—During this War Ear only) The National Guard and Reserves are required to meet the same eligibility requirements as the full-time federal active veterans. To be eligible, they must have served at least one day on federal active duty during any of the above delimiting periods. The key to determining if a Guardsman/Reservist has been on or currently serving on federal active duty is the “Authority Line” on the activation orders of the Guardsman/Reservist. In both cases, “Title 10, Subsection 672 or 12301” are orders from the Secretary of Defense and are federal orders qualifying the Guardsman/Reservist for membership in The American Legion. The American Legion Auxiliary, established in 1919, is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. Membership is open to female veterans and to the mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters or great-granddaughters of American Legion members or deceased veterans who served in the Armed Forces during World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, and/or Lebanon conflicts, and the Persian Gulf War. The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organized program within The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion.

Saugerties American Legion Post 72 is called Lamouree-Hackett, and is located between John and Partition Streets. (The front of the building faces John Street and there is a parking lot and park accessible from the Partition Street side.)

Mission: The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans. Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities. The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

Farewell Comrade Norman FarrellNorman James Farrell, 89, of Tilden Street and formerly of Saugerties lost his months-lon...

Farewell Comrade Norman Farrell

Norman James Farrell, 89, of Tilden Street and formerly of Saugerties lost his months-long battle with COVID-19 and died on Saturday, July 4, 2020. He spent his last days in the care of the kind and compassionate nurses at Ten Broeck Commons Nursing Home and with the love and support of his former wife, Rose Riozzi.

Born March 11, 1931 at home in Malden on Hudson, Norman was the son of the late William and Olive Flicker Farrell. He attended Saugerties High School where he exceled in both soccer and baseball.

Norman enlisted with the US Marine Corps in 1951 and served in the Korean War. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal, which is a military award for service in the armed forces created by President Truman for all service members who performed duty in South Korea, with a service star denoting his participation in one of the 13 official campaigns of the Korean War. He was also awarded a UN Ribbon, which was the first United Nations medal to be created for participation in joint international military operations.

Upon his honorable discharge, Norman went to Siena College and graduated in 1956. Norman fondly remembered all of the Jesuit priests who taught him there. He went to work at both Grolier’s and Collier’s in New York City selling encyclopedias and then worked with Zider Brothers Management Consulting across the US.

Norman returned to Saugerties and opened the Friendly Inn, which later became the Friendly Deli. Norman was a great bartender because he loved talking with people. He was well known for his quick wit and always loved a good joke. He also always had a joke to tell! For many years after selling the Friendly, Norman owned and operated his own real estate agency, Farrell Real Estate.

Throughout his life, Norman loved the Hudson River and spent much of his life living on or near it. He also loved to paint, which he did throughout his retirement until the last few months. He used to enjoy painting with his grandchildren and his granddaughter shares his love of arts and crafts.

Survivors include his daughter, Rehana Sita Farrell, and his grandchildren, Gordon James and Mari Sita Grandbouche, of Princeton NJ, who share their grandfather’s love of baseball and soccer, respectively; his brother, Alfred Farrell of Saugerties, his former wives, Rose Riozzi and Azra Farrell, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Norman will be reunited in everlasting life with his daughter, Mary Ann Farrell, who he missed dearly, and his 3 siblings: William Farrell, Gertrude Carroll and Mary Campbell, as well as Mary’s late husband Bob, Al’s late wife Nancy, Bill’s late wife Janet, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

His Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, July 18th at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home on the corner of John & Lafayette Streets in Saugerties. Friends will be received 9:00AM – 10:00AM with a service immediately following. Social distancing and face coverings will be expected. Interment with military honors will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery beginning at approximately 11:15AM. Donations in his memory may be made to the Saugerties American Legion Post #72, 30 John St., Saugerties, Smile Train (, Macular Degeneration Research (, or to The College of The Holy Cross in memory of Mary Ann Farrell Class of 1978. Further obituary information and expressions of condolence may be shared at


From the Commander……………Warren Whitaker

Stolen from a friend, John DiPasquale.
1970 - 1982
I don’t know who wrote this but damn it is good!
We Are Veterans.
We left home as teenagers for an unknown adventure.
We loved our country enough to defend it and protect it with our own lives.
We said goodbye to friends and family and everything we knew.
We learned the basics and then we scattered in the wind to the far corners of the Earth.
We found new friends and new family.
We became brothers and sisters regardless of color, race or creed.
We had plenty of good times, and plenty of bad times.
We didn’t get enough sleep.
We smoked and drank too much.
We picked up both good and bad habits.
We worked hard and played harder.
We didn’t earn a great wage.
We experienced the happiness of mail call and the sadness of missing important events.
We didn’t know when, or even if, we were ever going to see home again.
We grew up fast, and yet somehow, we never grew up at all.
We fought for our freedom, as well as the freedom of others.
Some of us saw actual combat, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us saw the world, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us dealt with physical warfare, most of us dealt with psychological warfare.
We have seen and experienced and dealt with things that we can’t fully describe or explain, as not all of our sacrifices were physical.
We participated in time honored ceremonies and rituals with each other, strengthening our bonds and camaraderie.
We counted on each other to get our job done and sometimes to survive it at all.
We have dealt with victory and tragedy.
We have celebrated and mourned.
We lost a few along the way.
When our adventure was over, some of us went back home, some of us started somewhere new and some of us never came home at all.
We have told amazing and hilarious stories of our exploits and adventures.
We share an unspoken bond with each other, that most people don’t experience, and few will understand.
We speak highly of our own branch of service, and poke fun at the other branches.
We know however, that, if needed, we will be there for our brothers and sisters and stand together as one, in a heartbeat.
Being a veteran is something that had to be earned, and it can never be taken away.
It has no monetary value, but at the same time it is a priceless gift.
People see a veteran and they thank them for their service.
When we see each other, we give that little upwards head nod, or a slight smile, knowing that we have shared and experienced things that most people have not.
So, from myself to the rest of the veterans out there, I commend and thank you for all that you have done and sacrificed for your country.
Try to remember the good times and forget the bad times.
Share your stories.

Play ball in Saugerties
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Saugerties recreation and parks director Greg Chorvas said that the American Legion and Dutchmen baseball will play short seasons starting this month. As the teams return to play, the insurance carriers have forwarded a series of guidelines and policies that must be followed.

Drawing by Frank Hughes are the first additions to the planned upgrades to the Post entrance lobby. More on this soon.

Drawing by Frank Hughes are the first additions to the planned upgrades to the Post entrance lobby. More on this soon.

Neil Diamond sings "America" for Vietnam Veterans at 4th of July Welcome Home concert
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Joseph L. Sinnott, of Spaulding Lane, Saugerties, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on June 25, 2020. Born October 16, 1926 in Saugerties, NY. The son of Edward L. and Catherine McGraw Sinnott. He was pre-deceased by his wife Elizabeth Kirlauski Sinnott in 2006. Joe was a veteran of World War II, serving with the US Navy Seabees on Okinawa, Japan. For his service he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific medal, the American Theatre World War II Victory Medal, and the Navy occupation medal. Joe was a graduate of St. Mary of the Snow, Saugerties High School and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (School of Visual Arts) in NYC.

In 1950, Joe started work as an artist for Marvel Comics until his retirement in 1992. He continued to work as a freelance artist for King Features Syndicate from 1992 to 2019, inking the Sunday Spider-man newspaper strip. His art appeared in numerous Marvel comics. The Fantastic Four and Thor were among Joe's most notable books. Joe was instrumental in inking the very first appearance of some of Marvel's most iconic characters including Thor, Dr. Doom, Silver Surfer, Galactus and Black Panther. He also illustrated the life of The Beatles, Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII, and Mother Teresa, among others, for Dell and Treasure Chest Comics. Archie and Charlton Comics were other books his work appeared in. His comic art awards include the 1967 and 1968 Alley Awards (as the comic book industries best inker), the 1995 Inkpot Award, The Inkwell Awards Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award (named in his honor), The Will Eisner Award in 2013 (also known as the Comic Book Hall of Fame Award, the industries highest honor), and in 2000 he was honored by the comic industry for 50 years in comics. Joe enjoyed illustrating baseball and football players, many for charitable organizations. Three of his drawings reside at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. His work has also graced several Bing Crosby record album covers. In his hometown of Saugerties, his work appears on The Saugerties Babe Ruth field (silhouettes of Babe), The Village of Saugerties logo, as well as the R.A. Snyder and Washington Hook and Ladder logos that appear on their firetrucks.

Joe was a member of Island X9 Seabee Veterans of America, Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame, American Legion Post 72, VFW 5034, National Cartoonist Society, Knights of Columbus 4523, Honorary Lifetime member of Washington Hook and Ladder fire company, and Bing Crosby Historical Society. He was active in youth baseball and basketball for many years. He formed the SAA Senior Boys Basketball League and the MVP award was named in his honor. He managed the Modjeska Signs softball team for 16 years, played dart ball for West Camp and was honored as Man of the Year in 1989 by the Saugerties Dart-ball League. Joe was the merit badge art counselor for the Boy Scouts of America Rip VanWinkle Counsel. He was a parishoner of St. Joseph's RC Church in Glasco.

Survivors include his brother Edward, 2 sons, Joseph, Jr. (Kathleen), and Mark (Belinda). A daughter Kathleen Kiniry (Rex), Four grandchildren Christopher, Malissa, Dorian and Trevor. Seven great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Joe was pre-deceased by his wife Betty, daughter Linda, sister Ann and brothers Sgt. John (Jack), Richard, Leonard and Frank. He also leaves behind many faithful fans and colleagues in the art industry.

Joseph's Funeral Mass will be held privately at St. Joseph's Church. Burial with military honors will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery. His public service will announced at a later date by the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., Saugerties. Condolences can be sent to: The Sinnott Family, 27 Spaulding Lane, Saugerties, NY 12477. The family suggests donations in Joe's name be made to: Hero Initiative, 11301 Olympic Blvd. #587, Los Angeles, CA. 90064 "Helping Comic Creators in Need." For further obituary information or to leave a memory on his Tribute Wall please visit

Saugerties American Legion Post 72's cover photo

Saugerties American Legion Post 72's cover photo

Joe Sinnott

Joe Sinnott

It with great sorrow that we must announce the passing of Joltin’ Joe Sinnott on June 25th at 8:40am at the age of 93. He went peacefully with the knowledge that his family, friends, and fans adored him. He enjoyed life and was drawing up until the end. He always loved hearing from all of you and having your comments read to him. Each and every one of you were special to him.

The Sinnott family requests their privacy and understanding during this difficult time. Please send condolences to:

The Sinnott Family
27 Spaulding Lane
Saugerties, NY 12477

Thank you again for being such loyal and dedicated fans and friends to Joe. He considered all fans friends, and seeing you at cons and reading your messages was what kept him young at heart.

RIP Joe Sinnott
October 16th, 1926 - June 25th, 2020

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Received this a few moments ago from my son’s posting of it on his page. Sergeant First Class Robert A Chappelle USA retired. A veteran of 27 years’ service in both the Navy & Army. He served with Seal Team Four, 82nd Air bourne & Military Intel. With numerous combat deployments in Bosnia, Iraq & Afghanistan, he knows full well the lost of comrades. Some of us have a much greater feeling for Memorial Days than others of us……………………

I love and hate Memorial Day weekend.
There are not likely very many life experiences that can “equal” those of serving our country in the military. The bonds one forms with your fellow service member’s is unlike those that can be forged in any other vocation, to include other types of public service (fire/police for example). The shared hardships, boredom, triumphs, pain, laughter, and most of all, loss, is the fire in which this unique connection is possible.
Memorial Day is the day when all our personal “memorials” are brought to the forefront of our minds, as an annual group recognition of the otherwise sporadic “celebrations” our individual, our personal, memorials we observe on anniversaries of the losses of our comrades throughout each year.
Today, I received a reminder of the strong bonds that tie us together... a bittersweet reminder, that was as completely unwelcome as it was welcomed. A fellow Soldier, a Brother, who I have not heard from in several years called. I greeted him as if we had only talked a couple of days ago, but it was immediately clear that the call was not just to say hello. He, for the second time in our friendship, called to inform me of the death of a fellow Soldier, another Brother “lost before his time”, so that it would be a likeminded friend who I learned of it from, and not from a FB post or news article. I cannot overstate how much it means to me that he took the time to reach out to me to personally let me, and many others, know of our Brothers passing.
People throw around the title “hero” far too often, and probably too seldom at the same time. A “hero” is not someone who is perfect, rather, in my experience, they are often quite imperfect... they may even be full of flaws, but they are perfect when times are imperfect.
On this day, I have yet another personal memorial to add to my calendar. I hope, if you took time to read this, and especially if my incoherent rambling actually is found coherent, that it sparks a moment of quiet thanks for the actual heroes, those who are gone before their time, those who sacrificed their time and lives for things greater than themselves. I know I am eternally grateful for my comrades and think of them far more regularly than on national holidays.


30 John St
Saugerties, NY

General information

The monthly meeting of Post 72 is 7:00pm to completion time of business on the 3rd Thursday of the every month Lamouree-Hackett American Legion Post 72 Leadership Commander Warren Whitaker First Vice Commander Ray Teitter Second Vice Commander William Welsh Third Vice Commander Vincent J Brennan Post Adjutant Don Baker Financial Officer Teri Tompkins Service Officer Frank Reggero Chaplin Paul Pysher Post Historian/Museum Curator William Payne Sargent at Arms Kevin Pendergast House Committee Chairman Vincent Buono Judge Advocate Tim Murphy Medical Officer Kevin Burgher Homeland Security Joseph P Konopka Jr Executive Committee Vince Buono Executive Committee Kevin Pendergast Auxiliary President Sons Squadron Commander The monthly meeting of Post 72 Auxiliary is 7:00pm to completion time of business on the 2nd Wednesday of the every month with the exceptions of July and August. The monthly meeting of Sons of Post 72 is 7:00pm to completion time of business on the 3rd Monday of the every month with the exceptions of July and August


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Saugerties American Legion Post 72 is called Lamouree-Hackett, and is located between John and Partition Streets. (The front of the building faces John Street and there is a parking lot and park accessible from the Partition Street side.)

A brief history of the

American Legion Post 72 of Saugerties, New York

Ulster County oldest A.L. Post

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary

July 8th, 2019

With the termination of hostilities in World War I on November 11, 1918 some American officers who had been participants in the conflict began to think about creating a similar organization for the two million men who had been on European duty. The need for an organization for former members of the AEF was pressing and immediate. With the war at an end, hundreds of thousands of impatient American soldiers found themselves trapped in France and pining for home, certain only that untold weeks or months lay ahead of them before their return would be logistically possible. As a result, 97 days after the end 0f the war, the American Legion was established on February 16, 1919 in Paris, France. Following that, the United States Congress chartered the organization on September 16,1919. Then 142 days after the establishment of the American Legion in Paris a group of those WW1 American soldiers from Saugerties met on Tuesday, July 8, 1919 at the Town Clerks office in Saugerties, New York to form the Lamouree-Hackett Post 72 of that American Legion. The Post was named after Adelbert Lamouree and Patrick Hackett, both of Saugerties that had been killed in the very last days of World war One.

The Post originally met in Mechanic’s Hall, more recently the home of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Then in 1950, the Post moved to the Davis Homestead on John Street. In 1957, an addition was added that provided dinning, party & meeting facilities. A setback occurred in 1982 when a fire damaged the storage area and part of the meeting room following a party.

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If anyone has any video or still photos from the Centenary Celebtations and wants to share them for a project I'm doing for our local cable TV23 station could you please message me. Thanks!
A fun night.. Happy New Year!
TO Everyone in Saugerties American Legion that helped to make the Wall possible to visit here . I THANK YOU! We in Saugerties know how much you all put into getting this done .
Thank you for hosting the Traveling Wall. I will be there at some point to visit my classmate, Daniel J. Flynn and the many, many others who served and perished.
sorry, wish I could help. My neighbor (88) missed WW11 but was in Korea and two tours in VN. Only one Marine I knew passed away three years ago at 94.