The History of
Joseph Loeffler Post #1006
Joseph Loeffler: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Loeffler moved from Brooklyn to Brentwood in 1910. They built a house on north Fifth Avenue.
Years later, their son, Joseph J. Loeffler, was inducted into military service. He was stationed at Camp Upton in Yaphank. He was put in Company K, 310th Regiment, 78th Division. It was known as the Lightening Division. The company was sent to Fort Dix in New Jersey; shortly after it went to Europe.
Joseph was one of 18 Brentwood sons to fight in World War One. He was the only one from Brentwood to die in action-in St. Mihiel, France. PVT. Loeffler died on September 22, 1918, in Thiaucourt. He was laid to rest in the Oakwood cemetery in Bay Shore, on Brentwood Road.
The Post: After the war, 15 men, all veterans of that war would go to the Bayshore Post
#365 on Main street to attend meetings. After awhile they wrote to National headquarters for a charter to form a post in Brentwood. The charter was granted on November 1, 1928.The first Commander was Robert Collins. Listed below are the signers of the charter:
William A. Anderson Peter Kopf
Harry Bledsoe Fredrick C. Pitts
John Scott Otto Sulima
Robert Collins Fred Sulima
Frank F. Gatch Paul Cappelletti
John M. Boyle Ed Stahley
Joseph Casey Daniel Holmes
Noel S. Jenkins
They would hold their meetings in the Brentwood fire house on First Avenue between Brentwood Road and Fourth Avenue. The post building was accquired in 1947. It was a factory, Industrial Parts Co., which during WW II made covers for machine guns and ammunition belts for .30 and .50 caliber machine guns !! The business was owned by the Hose brothers, Harry and Fred. The building was bought from Harry and Michael Mueller. The first mortgage was signed by Commander Ernest Repetti and members James Foldo, Robert Whalen, Marvin Sonderling and Robert Morganweck. Mr. Morganweck has 69 years on his 2015 Legion card and resides in East Northport, New York. Mr. Sonderling has 67 years on his card and lives in Fort Myers, Forida.
The Auxiliary: The Auxiliary of the post received it's charter on May 13, 1929. Below are the signers of their charter:
Mrs. Teresa Boyle Miss Mary Kopf
Mrs. Mary Roberts Mrs. Ceelus Bledsoe
Miss Sulima Miss Margaret Loeffler
Mrs. Mora Anderson Mrs. Grace Pitts
Mrs. Maruerit Litzko Mrs. Sabina Kostik
Mrs. Barbara Loeffler Mrs. Mary Casey
Mrs. Mary Morganweck Mrs. Carlyn Mary Collins
In March of 1959, post member post member William J.A.Seymour, had a car accident in Brentwood and waited almost 2 hours for an ambulance. After healing, he got fellow legion members together and trained 25 volunteers. They then bought a 1948 hearse, converted it to an ambulance and went into service. It was called The Brentwood Legion Ambulance Service (it still is). They now have over 250 members. See www.brentwoodlegionambulance.com.
On March 12, 1959, the Sons of The American Legion received their charter. They now have over 100 members.
In 1973, at a meeting held by Commander Fred Kolb, a vote was taken to add an addition to the building. The vote passed and the work started. Brenden Buckley was the Commander when the work was completed. The dedication took place on November 2, 1974. That night, the Veteran's Day dance was held in the new hall.
Since then, the hall has been done over numerous times: Brick face on the original building, kitchen updated, bathrooms for the physically challenged, the social area redone, the parking lot repaved, etc..
My thanks to Four-time Auxiliary President Miss Mary Kopf, Robert Whalen and the late David Hughes.
Military monuments in Brentwood.
From top to bottom.:
Brentwood's Honored Fallen
|The Civil War||George Baxter|
|Charles G. Miller|
|Henry A. Skidmore|
|Alonzo F. Thompson|
|World War I||Joseph Loeffler|
|World War II||Henry Anderson|
|Edward A. DiMartino|
|John J. Heapes|
|Arthur D. Martino|
|Albert Morganweck Jr.|
|The Korean War||Gilbert Bashe|
|William T. Halton|
|Elpidio Rodriguez Jr.|
|Paul O. Herman|
|The Vietnam War||Michael Cicciuttolo|
|Peter Colicchio Jr.|
|Jose A. Graniela|
|Joseph E. Johnston|
|Richard Lancaster Jr.|
|John F. O'Shaughnessy|
|Acaius E. Padro|
|Stephan G. Seymour|
|Robert Williamson Welsh|
|The Bombing in Beirut Lebanon||Kevin Patrick Coulman|
|The Global War on Terror||Michael Esposito|
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