Left:VFW colors.

Right: Left to right: Sandra Flynn escorting Convention Chrm. Al Klein to the podium.


Left to right: Cancer Chairman, Karen Dotson and VFW Delegates Reception Chrm. Pat Gennarelli arranging hundreds of cookies for the delegates of the 84th Annual VFW State Convention Wed. evening June 25, 2008.

Left to right: VFW Ladies Aux. Pres. Sally Gagnon, Dept. VFW Commander Bob Barnhart and Channel 12 host John Bruce.

Left to right- VFW Aux. Pres. Sally Gagnon, radio announcer and WNBF host Roger Neel and Publicity Chrm. for VFW Convention, Dorolyn Perry

In this photo, written history of the war via Binghamton Press and Life Magazine.  A salute to the third oldest regiment, the 5th RTC, is comliments of Ray Warner.  All five phases of the war are featured.Many items in the window were loaned by Bob Fiedler. My thanks to all who helped make these windows possible. 




 This moving tribute to Army Capt. Jack Howey and all Korean War veterans is located on the Water St. side of Boscov’s.  Jack was a Korean War Vet who loved and served his county well. 

Boscov’s has been very generous to the Convention Commitee and we thank them for their committement to our Veterans and their community.  Dorolyn Perry compiled material for the window and received uniforms from the following:  Jack Howey, Army, Bob Rose of Owego, N.Y., Navy, Edwin Wrench, Marines, Apalachin, N.Y and Robert Potter, Air Force.  Inside the display is the Korean Peace Metal from Edwin Wrench and medals from Tom Vassil, of Owego, N.Y. 

I would like to  sincerely thank Bob Fiedler of  Vestal, N.Y. for the posters depicting the 5 phases of the Korean War.  Mrs. Fiedler, while her husband was in Korea, cut articles out of the Binghamton Press and saved them.  Thank you Mrs. Fiedler for supporting your husband during a difficult time. We salute Marion Miller for her fine window display skills and volunteering her time for our Veterans.

Robert Warner, Korean War Veteran, is responsible for the 5th RCT dIsplay.  We sincerely thank everyone who played a part in this emotional display and our all of our Veterans who fought in the Korean War.


Commander Bob Barnhart and Auxiliary President Sally Gagnon at their Commander and President’s Reception at VFW Convention in Binghamton, N.Y. in June 2007.


Hailing from Kingston, N. Y., Bob enlisted in the Navy Seabees upon graduation where he served with M.C.B. 53.  Serving  as an equipment operator, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam.  While serving in Vietnam, he received the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal aond the National Defense Service Medal.

While Bob was still in the service, Bob joined the Joyce Schirick VFW Post #1386.  Bob, in 1985, helped to restructure and rename Joseph C.  Hassett Memorial Post #686.  He is a life member of the Post.  Bob served three years as Post Commander and received two All State Commander  awards. Bob is a Past District #2 Commander and a Past All State County Commander.   He has served on many committees on both the State and National level.  Bob was elected State Commander at the 88th  Annual VFW State Convention in Binghamton, N.Y.

Bob is retired from Teamsters Local445, employed by USF Red Star Freight.  Besides his involvement with the VFW, Commander Bob still serves the Rosendale Volunteer Fire Department as Officer &Treasurer for over 24 years.  He is Director of the Fireman’s Association and its Pension & Welfare Benefits.  Serving as Treasurer of Teamsters Local 445 Retirees Club and a Member of Dept. of NYSeabees-Island X-9,  Bob finds time to belong to the American Legion Post #1219 of Rosendale/Tillson.

PAUL A. SPERA of Attleboro, Mass., was elected Coommander-in-Chief at the 96 National Convention in Phownix, Ariz. on Aug. 25th, 1995.  During the years of 1964-67, Spera served in the U. S. Army.  He eligibility was earned in Nha Trang Vietnam while serving with the 39th Signal Bn. from 1965-66.

Spera is a membet of Post 144 in Boston, Mass.  He joined the post while he was serving in Vietnam and is currently serving as Post Quartermaster.

Upon discharge, he attended Northeastern University where he studied business administration.  Working for the Department of Labor’s Jobs for Veterans program, he was named the “Outstanding Veteran of the Year”.

He is currently employed by the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs, as one of six Veterans’ Liasions to the  Secretary














PAUL A. SPERA, cOMMANDER-IN-CHIEF,1995-96 VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, will be the National Representative fot the convention in Binghamton, New York.  From 1964 to 1967, Spera served in th U. S. Army.  He served in Nha Trang Vietnam in the 39th Signal Bn. from 1965-66.

He is a member of Post 144 in Boston, Mass and is serving as quartermaster.