Windham Legion ‘cleans house’ with state awards

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WINDHAM — Field-Allen Post 148 and its members won several statewide awards at the recent American Legion Department of Maine convention in June, “setting the example in a lot of areas,” according to the Maine department adjutant.

“They really cleaned house this year,” said Adjutant Paul L’Heureux.

Included in the Windham post’s honors haul at the June meeting were the Post Service Officer of the Year award that went to Field-Allen’s Chuck Whynot, Best Post History Scrapbook, Best Post Newsletter, an Americanism award and the first-ever Adjutant of the Year award given to Windham’s Dave Tanguay.

L’Heureux said the Field-Allen post, one of more than 170 posts across the state  has continued to do well in the statewide awards in part because of Tanguay, calling him “the glue” at the post.

“I don’t know if there’s something in the water or what, because they really make things happen down there,” L’Heureux said.

Tanguay said he has dedicated his time and effort to the post since he retired from the Navy more than 20 years ago, and has increasingly turned to social media, the post newsletter and other outreach methods to attract younger veterans to the legion.

“I certainly view it with a sense of pride that the post receives these accolades,” he said.

Tanguay told the Windham Town Council at its June 26 meeting about some of the recent awards, highlighting Whynot for his work supporting veterans,  particularly those who are food insecure.

Whynot, a Marine veteran who participates in the Vet-to-Vet support program and helps collect food donations through the Portland Vet Center, said it was nice to have the award, but that he’s more concerned about helping his fellow veterans.

“It’s pretty good, I guess,” Whynot said about his win, adding that he’s “not used to being in the forefront.”

His support includes providing rides for veterans to the doctor’s office or supermarket, and offering company to other veterans.

The Town Council voted 6-0 last week to proclaim June 30 as “Field-Allen American Legion Post 148 Day” in Windham.

The proclamation – which was read by Councilor Rebecca Cummings, who also serves as the Field-Allen Post’s vice commande, outlined the post’s history and highlighted the various community projects it’s involved in, including organizing the town’s Memorial Day Parade, the placement of flags on veterans’ graves, food drives and support for various youth initiatives.

This year marked the 100th state convention for the American Legion, as the organization prepares for its 100th anniversary in the coming year.

Matt Junker can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or mjunker@keepmecurrent.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MattJunker.

Chuck Whynot, left, of Windham’s American Legion Field-Allen Post 148, receives  the Service Officer of the Year award from the American Legion Department of Maine’s Service Officer Carl Curtis.

Dave Tanguay, left, of Windham’s American Legion Field-Allen Post 148 won this year’s adjutant of the year award from the American Legion Department of Maine’s  Vice Commander Scott Paradis.

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