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Vietnam, Air Force, Deceased:  23 March 2015.  Obituary

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VFW Post 7539

Bloomingdale, Illinois

All State Post 2011-2012
All-American Post 2008-2009


VFW Post 7539 meets the third Thursday of each
month at the Bloomingdale Library, 101 Fairfield Way,
Bloomingdale, IL, 60108-1537.  Meeting is on the lower
level, starting at 7:00 pm and normally lasting
NLT 8:45 pm.  High attendance is 32 (4/19/12). 
Post Commander is Chuck Groner.  Come join us!   

Cmdr Chuck Groner (RIP), Sr Vice Cmdr Randy Winter, Jr Vice Cmdr Jerry Young, QM Dave Burdick

Contact Post Officers

Contact Information: 
Bill Bahr,  Webmaster, Public Information/Relations, CHARACTER COUNTS! Rep, Asst Voice of Democracy Chair,  and Asst Adjutant 

Help your local VFW help the community.  We...

·       Ship packages monthly to servicemen overseas
Provide Christmas gifts to Hines VA Hospital patients
Participate in color/honor guards and local parades
Perform memorial services at cemeteries
Support the WWII Veteran Honor Flight program
Offer assistance to servicemen on active duty
Offer Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy student scholarships
Support Scout of the Year and Teacher of the Year programs
Organize Flag Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day programs
Provide lectures at the invitation of local schools
       Provide American Flag disposal services
·       Run special projects, eg, helped supply bathrobes to Illinois VA hospitals 

·      Alert our community to where veterans can seek help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and Suicide Prevention.  Dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies!

PTSD Locator and Directory for specialized treatment


VFW Magazine Article


To see Past State Commander and Home Front Hero Bill Wolff talking about Vet Jobs, click here.


As State Commander, Comrade Bill Wolff led the effort to raise $40,800 to supply 1700 bathrobes to Illinois VA Hospitals in 2011.
For our continuing post project, please help Bill send out lots more troop care packages this year.

To make a donation to support our troops, please send a check or money order to:

VFW Post 7539, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL, 60108-1537


8,100+ packages sent to Iraq & Afghanistan as of 11/29/13
Support Our Troops Info
Watch a packing session.


2011-12 Illinois Community Affairs Record Book, 2nd Place

Buddy Poppy Display Contest
Post Chair:  Cliff Hall
2012-13 State of Illinois Runner-up
2011-12 State of Illinois Winner

2011 VFW National Convention: 
Category 2 – Memorial or Inspirational Displays

2010-11 State of Illinois Winner

2009-10 District Winner, 3rd in State
2008-9 State of Illinois Winner

2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Winners (Glenbard North):  1st Place - Jerry James (2nd Place at District);
2nd Place - Joe O'Leary

2014-2015 Patriot's Pen Winners (Middle Schools): 
3 First Places:  Marisa M. Vandini of St Walters; Natalie V. Kuchler of St Isidore; Mikayla A. Brown of Trinity Luthern

Program-Start/Departure Times;  Assembly usually 30 minutes before. 


Jan 10:  VOD Dinner
Jan 15:  VFW Blood Drive, Bloomingdale Fire House, 1400-1900 hrs
Jan 25:  Patriot Pen in Batavia

Feb 15:  District Meeting Hosted by VFW Post 7539, @ Addison Post, Bfst 1100 hrs; Mtng 1300 hrs
Feb 19:  Post Meeting at Bloomingdale Fire House, 1900 hrs, includes CPR class, SOs invited.
Feb 23:  Memorial Day Committee meet at Library at 1900 hrs
Mar 13:  Rock the Vets, Darian Post
Mar 21:  Buddy Poppy Dinner at the Addison Post

Apr 18:  Elevator Union Color Guard
Apr 24: Senior Day Fair at the Medinah Shriners Facility
Apr 26:  Memorial for deceased Members at Warrenville Post
May 3:  Loyalty day Parade in Batavia
May 15-16:  Poppy Sales
May 17:  19th District Annual Convention, DeKalb, 1300 hrs
Jun 7:  Rose Parade
Jun 18-19:  DuPage Stand-Down
Jun 11: 14th VFW State Convention in Springfield
Sep 19:  Vets Clinic, Trinity Lutheran



Past Event Calendars

Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/10/2014
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/23/2013
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/18/2012
Veterans Clinic 11/17/2012

Chicago Honor Flight  5/30/2011
Bloomingdale Walk-a-dog-a-thon  5/1/2011 
(2:15 and 10:00)
Hines Visit  12/8/2010
Memorial Day 2010
Hines VA Hospital Visit  12/9/2009
Home of the Brave:  Noah, Shealeigh, and Vets
Veterans Day 2009 Tribute

Comrade Sean Grimes and Family on Video for the USMC
All-American Post Nomination Letter:  2008-09 Activities
Memorial Day 2009
Hines VA Hospital Visit  12/10/08

   Armed Forces Breakfast for Blue Star Families 

Memorial Day, 2008   
Iraq News from post member Chris Horton, CPT, Infantry
Greetings to the Troops
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/13/07 w/music
Hines VA Hospital Visit  12/13/07

Snowman's Crossing Tree Decoration 11/24/07
View Commander Joe's Veterans Day Tribute
View Nathan Bracher's (LPHS) Voice of Democracy First Place Essay.
Veterans Day, 2007


Veterans Information      Veterans Discounts      Post Facebook Page     
Flag Info  
16,015 disposed    VFW Mission      Why Join?     What is a Vet?     Find a VFW Post   Mothers' Day Virtual Flowers

Post Officers       Post History    Uniform       X Sheet       Post Pictures       Hines VA Hospital Map

   Patriot's Pen Essay Contest       Voice of Democracy Essay Contest      St. Paul's Evergreen Cemetery

                 IL Scout Scholarship     Humor      Batavia Cares       Bloomingdale-Roselle Rotary    CHARACTER COUNTS!                  


Challenge to Post Members:  Buy a Blue Star Service Flag and Pin (total $10) for relatives of active
military personnel.  Post will pay membership fees for those actively serving & qualifying for VFW

  Beloved Comrade Chuck Groner, RIP  
Vietnam, Air Force, Deceased:  23 March 2015.  Obituary

Echo Taps, Danny Boy, and Amazing Grace
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 Gazebo Ceremonial Site, Cmdr John Ross Cemetery Bench, Veteran Grave-marker, & Flag Box


To Our Veterans, We honor, We remember ("Mansions of the Lord"):

Poignant Photos from Iraq:

Iraq Veterans Memorial (Video Tributes):

Honor the Fallen (Locator):

"Let's Say Thanks!":  Send a free printed postcard to a soldier serving overseas

World War II, J. Maxwell Edmonds, epitaph on Second Division memorial, Kohima, Burma, 1944
"When you go home, Tell them of us, and say -- For your tomorrow, We gave our today."

Vietnam quote from Dana L. Safford, former Sergeant, USMC: 
"For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know."

LTG Hal Moore and Joe Galloway, "We Are Soldiers Still":
"What all of us know in our hearts is that we are soldiers still.  Some of us revisit the battlefield in nightmares.  Some of us wear scars, visible and invisible, that mark us as
changed men who walk unseen among our neighbors, who have never known what it is like to hold a dying boy in their arms and watch the life fade from his questioning eyes."

Iraq quote from Jacob B. Schick, Cpl, USMC, wounded 20 Sept 2004 (Alive Day [anniversary of a very close escape from death] Memories):
"When you look at the American flag, what do you see?  You know most people say, "an American flag."  OK.  I can put you in a setting that would make your skin crawl. 
Because you've never been and seen a national anthem with a bunch of guerneys and wheelchairs and people with fake limbs and no limbs, burned faces, burned bodies,
and seen them salute as good as they could to the American flag....  The fight doesn't stop when you get home.  In our cases, it's just begun." 

Quote from Chaplain Gregory Todd, speaking at the Wounded Warriers Ceremony, Camp Lejeune, NC (Alive Day Memories):
"Today, Lord, we honor those who bear the scars of their service that testify to their duty in the protection and defense that they have provided us.  We continue to pray for
our brothers and sisters in arms, those who stand the watch and are still in harm's way.  Send your angels to protect them and bring them back to us safely.  Amen."  


"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...."
-- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
--  Moina Michael, in response

RIP:  Army Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28 of Roselle, IL; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, TX; died March 2, 2007, in Baghdad of wounds sustained
when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on combat patrol. 
Also killed was Spc. Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera. 

"Military honors:  On Friday, Aug. 1, members of Bloomingdale VFW Post No. 7539 served as color guard for a memorial ceremony at the Roselle Public Library for Army Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28, of Roselle.  Latourney died in Baghdad on March 2, 2007.  He was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on combat patrol.  Among the dignitaries at the ceremony were Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski.  'The lieutenant governor gave a very nice remembrance,” said Bill Bahr, a VFW member from Bloomingdale. 'And Sgt. Latourney’s mother also gave a short but powerfully touching farewell.'”   Bloomingdale Press, 8/6/08:  Sue Crosson-Knutson.


Daily Herald, Sunday, September 7, 2014   page 3

Arlington National Cemetery

"Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. 
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell..."

   VFW Motto:  "Honoring the dead by helping the living...."  "No One Does More For Veterans!"   

Adopted Home of A Company, 1-64th Armor Battalion

'"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.  Protect them as they protect us.  Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.  Amen."