Rhode Island & Eastern Massachusetts Armed Guard Vets Chapter

RHODE ISLAND & EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER
OF THE U.S.NAVY ARMED GUARD VETERANS W W-II
CHAIRMAN: Gerry Greaves

Armed Guard Logo


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A brief story of how Gerry Greaves got involved with the U.S.Navy Armed
Guard Veterans in early 1985, I got very interested in finding some old
shipmates.

I called some office in Washington, DC to inquire. They led me to the
Armed Guard National Chairman, C.A.Lloyd in North Carolina, I was put
on the mailing list and also notified that there would be a National
Reunion in Norfolk, VA soon. As it turned out Lee and I were getting
ready to drive to Texas to visit our son. I came up with the idea of
driving to Norfolk and stop at the Reunion just for a few minutes to see
what was going on, then continue on to Texas. We were welcomed by C.A.
Lloyd and many others, as a result we enjoyed it and stayed at the
reunion for four days, then continued on our trip to Texas. In the
following years (1986 thru 2001) I went to all the National
Reunions.

A month or so after the 1990 Reunion, I got a call from Alex Lombardi
the North East Regional Chairman who lived in New Jersey. Alex wanted me
to work with him and host a reunion in memory of the men who lost their
lives when the S.S.Blackpoint was torpedoed off the coast of Point
Judith, RI on May 5.1945 on November 11,12,13,1991. After a lot of
thought, I agreed to host my first reunion on November 11th to 13th
1991. With a lot of help from Alex and many others who attended the
reunion, it was a great success.

At the Reunion I met a few Armed Guard members from Rhode Island and
we talked about a lot of things including the possibilities of starting
a local chapter here in New England. Again a lot of thought was given
to this venture which was also new to me. I obtained a list of all the
members in New England from C.A.Lloyd with a set of labels. I sent out
a post card asking who is interested in a Armed Guard Chapter here in
New England, the response was great. After about a month I sent out a
notice to have a meeting at the American Legion Post in Sturbridge,MA to
discuss the possible future of an Armed Guard Chapter in New England.
We had approximately 70 who attended the meeting and discussed the
future. My thought was to have a New England Chapter and later form
many other local chapters for each state or section of each state.

We kept the New England Chapter going for about two years and the only
response that I got to form a local chapter was from Tom and Priscilla
Dufresene, from Ludlow, MA. and myself, to form a chapter in Rhode
Island. We formed two very active chapters and we are still going
strong. Just recently Lew Tew from Gales Ferry, CT has formed a new
chapter for his area and it is also doing well.

Another call from Alex Lombardi asking if our area would host a North
East Regional Reunion. Again after a lot of thought and I agreed.
First I picked a committee of six Armed Guard members and their wives.
Together we ran a great reunion in Plymouth, MA. As time went on the
members in the New England Chapter lost interest or whatever and it
gradually went down hill. Donations to the New England Chapter also went
down hill and I was using money out of my own pocket to buy stamps,
etc., to try to keep it going. I called a committee meeting and it was
decided to abandon the idea of maintaining the New England Chapter and
Tom Dufresene would have the Western Ma. Chapter and I would run the
Rhode Island & Eastern Ma. Chapter.

I will say that all chapters through out the country have made great
progress in making it known that we the U.S.Navy Armed Guard Veterans do
exist.

I am honored that I volunteered for the Armed Guard and thankful that I
survived. I am also glad that we in the Armed Guard have formed a great
family relationship and it is second to none.

The following links contain some photos and events that took place in
the past few years or during World War Two.

Click Memorials for Memorials in the Rhode Island/Eastern Mass. Area

Memorials

Click Member Name for Photo and information on the member

Craig Loomis
Clement Gormley
Abel Gomes

Leonard Patricio

Walter A Jacques

Edward T Gofton

Mauro Acquaviva

Natale Balla

George Babcock

Raymond Liberty

Arthur Raymond

Gerald Greaves

Horace Huyler

Jean Gazaille

Domenick Vendresca

Thomas Hartshorn, Jr

William Morin

Joseph Dulka

George Silva

James Sheridan

Harold Marti

Harold Clark

William J Hunter

Samuel J Gesualdi

Click for Photo and information from the RI/EM Album

SS John W Brown
Black Point
Black Point

Mini Reunion

Mini Reunion

RI Vets Home

MA Maritime Acad

Vet Day Parade

Vet Day Parade

Commendation Medals

Woonsocket Parade

East Boston Parade

Monuments

Dorchester Memorial

Monuments

Capsule

Parade

Fall River

Click Banner for National AG Vets Web Site

National Armed Guard Vets Web Site

First Place Float


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As you know we the  Rhode Island & Easterm Massachusetts Chapter have had
the above boat in many parades and other functions to enlighten the American 
public of what the  U. S. Navy Armed Guard did to help win WW-II.   

As you can see in the pictures below, taken at the donation ceremony at the 
Maritime Academy that we were very proud of her and wanted to give her a
respectful transfer ceremony. Due to our age and capabilities at this time
in life, we have decided to donate our boat to the Massachusetts Maritime 
Academy in Borne, Massachusetts.

They have assured us that they will keep it on display and possibly use it
in parades as well. Being that  this boat has has given so much publicity 
about the Armed Guard for the past several years,  our chapter wanted this
entered into the Pointer and on our web site.

Gerry

L to R STANDING: Morgan O'Loughlin, Craig Loomis, Al Sobal, Al Knupis, Al Lavoie, Arthur Freitas, George Babcock, Lenard Patricio, William Morin Kneeling: Gerry Greaves, Arthur Raymond


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L to R Capt. Al Wilson, Gerry Greaves, Capt Thomas Bushy


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Gerry Greaves


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Hello, Remember Me?



Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled
Banner, but what ever they call me I am your Flag, the Flag of the
United States of America. Something has been bothering me, so I thought
I might talk it over with you, because it is about you and me.

I remember some time ago people lined on both sides of the street to
watch the parade and naturally, I was leading every parade, proudly
waving in the breeze. When your daddy saw me coming he immediately
removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his
hand was directly over his heart. Remember?

And you, I remember you, standing there straight as a soldier. You
didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember
little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with
her right hand over her heart. Remember?

What happened? I am still the same old flag. Oh, I have a few more
stars since you were a boy. A lot more blood has been shed since those
parades of long ago.

But now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down your
street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets and I may
get a small glance and then you look away. Then I see the children
running around and shouting, they didn't seem to know who I am. I saw
one man take his hat off, then looked around. He didn't see anybody
else with their hats off so he quickly put his hat back on.

Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore? Have you forgotten what I stand
for and where I've been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea, Viet Nam ,
Okinawa. Take a look at the memorial honor rolls sometime of those who
never came back to keep this Republic Free. One Nation Under God. When
you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

Well, it wont be long until I'll be coming down your street again. So,
when you see me, stand straight, place your right hand over your
heart, and I'll salute you by waving back, and I'll know that

YOU REMEMBER



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