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Col Paul F. Lessard, USMC (Ret.) Deceased

We are sad to report the death of long-time chapter member Col Paul F. Lessard, USMC (Ret.) of Hampton, who died on May 30, 2017.  He and his wife Dorothy (Dottie) were dedicated chapter members with Paul serving on the Board of Directors from 1995 - 2001.

"Col. Lessard was the Deputy Director for the 9th Marine Corps District (Recruiting) when I served as a Major.  The recruiting mission was very challenging, however through his leadership and unwavering support, we were successful as a District. He knew very well that the mission could not be accomplished without caring for and supporting the troops that made it happen.  He was a Marine’s Marine….. Semper fi Paul."

R. Bancroft McKittrick
Col, USMC (Ret.)

"Colonel Paul LESSARD was one of the most dynamic leaders that I have ever known.  He was the Commanding Officer of 2d Tank Bn. when I was the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General 1974-1976.  He was a legend in the Corps.        Semper Fi Marine."

Hon. Gerard J. Boyle
Col, USMC (Ret.)
Senior Judge
New Hampshire Circuit Court

Here is the link to his obituary - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seacoastonline/obituary.aspx?n=paul-lessard&pid=185668707&fhid=4699

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CHAPTER HONORS FOUNDER OF "HONOR FLIGHTS NEW ENGLAND"

    The Board of Directors of the chapter voted at the May 2016 Board meeting to honor Joe Byron, founder of Honor Flights New England, for all his time, effort and hard work in organizing the program which allows WWII veterans (and a sponsor) to fly round trip from New England to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial, by making him an hororary member of the New Hampshire Chapter of MOAA.  Shown here is chapter member Col Sanford Way, USAFR (Ret.) [Left] presenting the Certificate of Honorary Membership to Joe Bryon.

Sandy Way & Joe Byron

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THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO DONATED CLOTHING FOR LIBERTY HOUSE

    The following is a thank you note from chapter member CDR Sharon Day, USN (Ret.) to those who contributed items of clothing at the chapter's January luncheon in support of Liberty House.

THANK YOU
     The Liberty House clothing drive, part of our chapter’s Veteran’s Community Outreach Program, culminated at the January MOAA-NH luncheon.  It was very successful- over 30 bags of clothing and 10 sleeping bags were delivered to Liberty House on 4 February.  The veterans, mostly homeless, needed winter clothing and our members were generous with jackets, coats, sweaters, socks, gloves, etc.  Thank you so much to all who helped our veterans by donating items and making online monetary donations.
    To make any additional donations please visit the Liberty House website www.libertyhousenh.org for information on the types of items needed and where to deliver them, or to make a monetary donation.
    Here is a picture taken during delivery of the clothing items.  Thanks should also be given to chapter members CDR Roby Day, USN (Ret.) (Sharon's husband) and LTC Gary Terhune, USA (Ret.) and his wife Judy for their help in delivering the goods.

Delivering clothing to Liberty House

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NH CHAPTER SUPPORTS LIBERTY HOUSE

    Liberty House in Manchester, NH has been providing a safe, supportive, substance-free housing community for American veterans transitioning out of homelessness since opening their doors in 2004.  See the article on the "Odds and Ends" page for more information about Liberty House.

    On December 17, 2015, chapter members CDR's Roby and Sharon Day, USN (Ret.) visited Liberty House to present the Executive Director, Keith Howard, with a check for moneys collected from various chapter events throughout the year.  The money is intended to help Liberty House purchase much needed gloves and other warm clothing (if cold waether ever arrives to NH!) for homeless veterans.  Shown here is Sharon Day, who was instrumental in organizing the donation, presenting the check to Keith.

Sharon Day and Keith Howard
CDR Sharon Day, USN (Ret.) & Keith Howard, USA (vet)
(with a token of appreciation from MOAA-NH)

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NH CHAPTER WRITTEN UP IN MOAA NATIONAL PUBLICATION

    The New Hampshire Chapter was written up in the August 2017 issue of the Military Officer magazine concerning the Granite State Warrior Awards presented at the April 2017 Luncheon. Click here to read the article.

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NH CHAPTER WRITTEN UP IN MOAA NATIONAL PUBLICATION

    The New Hampshire Chapter was written up in the July 2015 issue of the Military Officer magazine concerning the Granite State Warrior Awards presented at the January 2015 Luncheon. Click here to read the article.

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CHAPTER MEMBERS ELECTED TO STATE LEGISLATURE

    Congratulations to the following chapter members who were elected to the New Hampshire State Legislature in 2016:

Herb Vadney (Meredith)
Frank Tilton (Laconia)
Karen Umberger (Kearsarge)
Russ Ober (Hudson)
Lynne Ober (Hudson) (Russ’s wife)
Kenneth Weyler (Kingston)
John Graham (Bedford)
Frank McCarthy (Conway)
Robert Giuda (State Senate)


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CHAPTER MEMBER WRITTEN UP IN MOAA NATIONAL PUBLICATION

    Former Chapter President CDR Peter Burdett, USN (Ret.) was written up on the "Kudos" page of the August 2014 issue of the Military Officer magazine.  BRAVO ZULU Peter! Click here to read the article.



2013 ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON WRITTEN UP IN UNION LEADER

MOAA-NH Hosts National President

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THE NEW HAMPSHIRE MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION HONORS
SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE

CDR Avery & Sen Ayotte
CDR Bruce Avery, USN (Ret.) and Senator Kelly Ayotte

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THE NEW HAMPSHIRE MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION HONORS
SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN

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2013 CLAMBAKE WRITTEN UP IN UNION LEADER

Clamabke 2013 in Union Leader
Union Leader 8 August 2013

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NH CHAPTER WRITTEN UP IN MOAA NATIONAL PUBLICATION

    The New Hampshire Chapter was written up in the May 2014 issue of the Military Officer magazine concerning the Granite State Warrior Awards presented at the January 2014 Luncheon. Click here to read the article.

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NH CHAPTER WRITTEN UP IN TWO MOAA NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

    The New Hampshire Chapter was written up in two MOAA national publications.  In the February2013 issue of The Affiliate, the following mention of the chapter was made in the "TIP OF THE HAT" column:

...to New Hampshire Chapter members who presented the Granite State Warrior Award to the Pease Greeters who thank U.S.
troops passing through Portsmouth Pease International Airport in New Hampshire and to Wilcox Industries in Newington,
N.H., which designs and manufactures tactical gear for the U.S. military.
    Members present the annual award to state residents or businesses that support members of the armed forces. Kudos for
recognizing patriots in the Granite State.
    The chapter was also written up in the February 2013 issue of the Military OfficerClick here to read the article.

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NH CHAPTER WRITTEN UP IN STATE MAGAZINE

    The New Hampshire Chapter and chapter president, CDR Peter Burdett, USN (Ret.), were written up in an article in the January 2012 issue of New Hampshire To Do magazine.  Click here to read the article.  It was reprinted with the magazine's permission.  The magazine is a good source of information on what to do in the state.  Recommend you pick up a copy.  For more information on the magazine and where you can purchase it, visit their website at www.nhtodo.com.

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CHAPTER MEMBER RECIEVES AIR FORCE AIR MEDAL

    Chapter member Col Robert W Fortnam, USAF (Ret.) was awarded the USAF Air Medal for meritorious achievement while a member of a flight crew flying a mission over Europe during World War II.  Bob Fortnam is show below receiving the medal from chapter president, CDR Peter Burdett, USN (Ret.).

Air Medal-1
Air Medal-2

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CHAPTER MEMBER WRITTEN UP IN NATIONAL MAGAZINE

    Meet Capt. Ann Darby Reynolds (MOAA-NH chapter member), one of the first four women recipients of the Navy’s Purple Heart during the Vietnam conflict.  My Purple Heart - One Vietnam Veteran’s Story of Survival.  On Christmas Eve 1964 in Saigon, Vietnam, Navy Nurse Ann Darby Reynolds stood at the window in her room as the enemy attacked, making the holiday less like Christmas and more like a massacre. Reynolds would go on to devote 26.5 years to the Navy, rarely speaking about the incident or her duty at Naval Station Hospital Saigon, but never forgetting what she called “the most traumatic experience” of her life.  Read her story in the attached article in the March 2011 All Hands.  Check out the photo of Darby Reynolds along with two other chaper Navy Nurses at the April 2011 luncheon.

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CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS TOURS NH VETERANS HOME

    On May 13, 2010, members of the chapter's Board of Directors toured the facilities at the New Hampshire Veterans Home at Tilton, NH.  They had an opportunity to chat with a number of the residents during the tour and to see, first hand, the new public address system for the home that the chapter partially funded.  After the tour, the Board held it's regular monthly meeting.

Board of Directors Meeting at NH Veterans Home
Board of Directors Meeting at New Hampshire Veterans Home

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CHAPTER MEMBER RECEIVES AWARD FROM MOAA

    Chapter member Capt Ed Johnson, USMC along with Pease Greaters co-founder Chuck Cove received the Distinguished Service award from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) on April 20, 2010 in Washington, DC, for the group's efforts in meeting and welcoming military personnel who pass through the Pease Air Terminal in Portsmouth on their way to and from overseas locations.  Read the full article.

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CHAPTER RECOGNIZES STATE JROTC/ROTC CADETS

    The New Hampshire Chapter supports ten JROTC units located at High Schools throught the state and ROTC units at Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire.  Chapter awards and MOAA medals are presented by chapter members to outstanding cadets at the various local schools' award ceremonies, as well as presenting an award to the outstanding Airman in the New Hampshire Air National Guard at Pease ANGB.  Below are pictures of some of the presentations.

Dover HS JROTC Presentation 2008
C/LCDR MacEwen receiving MOAA award from Dave Kenney, CDR, USN for 2008 at Dover HS


Fall Mountain Regional HS JROTC Presentation 2011 (Baker) Fall Mountain Regional HS JROTC Presentation 2011 (Clark)
JROTC Cadet Baker (Left) and JROTC Cadet Clark (Right) receive MOAA awards from Dave Kenney, CDR, USN for 2011 at Fall Mountain Regional HS


White Mountain Regional HS JROTC Presentation 2014 (Monahan)
JROTC Cadet Palmer (Left) and JROTC Cadet Monahan (Right) receive MOAA awards from Jim LeFebvre, CPT, USA for 2014 at White Mountain Regional HS
 
 

Spaulding JROTC Presentation 2016
Junior Madeleine Jerimiolo of the Spaulding High School AFJROTC
receives MOAA award from Col Joe DiChiaro, USAF (Ret.) for 2016

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