Post Office Box 1411, Merchantville, New Jersey 08109
Post Phone: 856-488-6248

The F.W. Grigg Post 68 of the American Legion has been active in Merchantville since the early 1920s. The Post is named after Corporal Frederick W. Grigg, who had grown up in Merchantville as one of ten children and had served with General Pershing in Mexico prior to America's entry into World War I in 1917. Corporal Grigg was killed in action in October of 1918, one of four Merchantville men to make the Supreme Sacrifice for their country during World War I. The post received its temporary charter on August 13, 1919, and was formally chartered on March 21, 1921.

For many years the Post kept a home at 1 West Chestnut Avenue in Merchantville. In more recent times Post 68 has met at the Merchantville Community Center, at the foot of Greenleigh Court, off of Maple Avenue. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM.

Over the past 80-plus years the F.W. Grigg Post 68 has compiled a long and distinguished record of serving the community of Merchantville and Pennsauken and the veterans community at-large. The Post sponsored one of the largest Boy Scout Troops in Camden County during the 1920s and 1930s, and for many years organized a Memorial Day Parade through the town. In 1950 the Post was instrumental in having the Park at Wellwood and Maple Avenues named Wellwood Memorial Park in honor of those who served had in all of her past conflicts.

Today the Post is active in advancing educational activities in the local schools, funding projects relating to disabled veterans, and sponsoring the annual Memorial Day ceremonies at Wellwood Memorial Park. The theme for the 2009 event will be Pearl Harbor. 

In 21st Century America our Country needs us as never before, not to fight, but to provide an example of what men and women of good character can and should do for their towns and neighborhoods. If you've served active duty in the armed forces during any of the war eras and have been honorably discharged or are still servicing, you are eligible for membership in The American Legion and WE WANT YOU. Although our Post is based in Merchantville, all those eligible are welcome. We especially would like to hear from those in Pennsauken and East Camden and nearby communities where veterans groups have not been active.

Please contact our Post Commander, Bernie Henderson, with any comments or questions by e-mail at or by phone at 856-488-6248, or this site's web-master, Phil Cohen.


For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


Post Meeting Second Thursday of Every Month
7:30 PM at the Merchantville Community Center

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June 13, 2009 - Flag Disposal Ceremony
at Burrough-Dover House

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Post 68's Activities - 2009

Who we are is far less important than what we do. The American Legion and Post 68 offers men and women who have served their country in uniform opportunities to serve their country and community after the days of their military service has passed. 

At the February meeting, Adjustant Bob Disch reported that the the Mail box that the Post has been working to procure in order for individuals to properly dispose of worn American Flags was being painted. Bob brought this photo of the box to the March 12, 2009 meeting. As you can see, painting then was almost complete. 

The box has been located in the immediate vicinity of Merchantville's city hall on Maple Avenuen and is presently in use. No date has been set for its dedication as yet. 



A motion was passed at the February meeting to send a check to the PFC Giordano Detachment, Military Support Group of  New Jersey to help cover the cost of mailing packages to our deployed troops in the Middle East. The Post received the following letter of thanks from Karen Jennings, who coordinates the group's package program. 


A Flag Disposal Ceremony was scheduled to be held at the Burrough-Dover House in Pennsauken on Saturday the 13th of  June this year. We will need volunteers for this service and at least one day of practice prior to the event. Joe Fitzpatrick will help coordinate this event.

The Cherry Hill Post 372 hosted the traveling Vietnam Wall from April 16th – 19th. , 2009. Post 68 was well represented at the memorial service. Click here for pictures from the event

At our Meeting, Post officers for 2009 were installed. A photo of the 2009-2010 officers was taken, and plans were made for our Memorial Day week activities.

During Memorial Day week, Post members planted flags and grave markers on the graves of veterans and war dead at New Camden Cemetery and at the small cemetery on Haddonfield Road north of Park Avenue in Pennsauken.

May 26, 2009
Memorial Day Ceremony
Wellwood Memorial

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the day's events

Post 68 sponsors educational activities for the schoolchildren in our community. Entries have been received from middle-school students at the public and parochial schools in Merchantville for this year's American Legion Safety Essay contest and from elementary school students for the American Legion Coloring contest. Awards will be made prior to the end of the school year. 

June 13, 2009 Flag Day Ceremony
at the  
Burrough-Dover House, Pennsauken NJ

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The FLAG DROP at Merchantville Borough Hall
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Post Meeting Second Thursday of Every Month
7:30 PM at the Merchantville Community Center

e-mail for more information


The Definition of “Veteran”

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it. 

-- Author Unknown

2009-2010 OFFICERS


Bernie Henderson  


Nicholas Di Grosso  


Albert Baines


Joseph Fitzpatrick


Phillip Cohen


Robert Disch


Jeff Brown


Barney Vellutello


Daniel Swinderman


Barney Vellutello


William Howell


Joseph Zampino


Tom Young


Joseph Fitzpatrick


Albert Baines


Joseph Baltz


Tom Young


Nick Rossi


Robert Disch


Albert Baines


Joseph Baltz


Joseph Baltz

2009-2010 COMMITTEES




NICHOLAS DI GROSSO Term Expires 2014
WILLIAM HOWELL  Term Expires 2013
JOSEPH ZAMPINO  Term Expires 2012
ALBERT SANFLIPPO  Term Expires 2011
BARNEY VELLUTELLO  Term Expires 2010

















Post 68 Officers - May 13, 2009

Joe Fitzpatrick, Nick DiGrosso Sr., Phil Cohen, Barney Vellutello, Tom Young, Bernie Henderson
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Post 68 - March 12, 2008

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March 12, 2008: Commander Bernie Henderson (left) and Adjutant Bob Disch
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April 17, 2009

Our brothers and sisters at American Legion Post 372 arranged to have The Moving Wall, a traveling replicaof the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., displayed at the Post Home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Post 68 Commander Bernie Henderson gave the invocation. Legionnaires Tom Young and Phil Cohen were in attendance, as were many veterans and family members and friends of those who gave all for our liberty.

Commander Bernie Henderson

Post 68 Sergeant-at-Arms Tom Young

Fallen Heros

Sgt. Sidney Cohen was the first soldier from Camden County to lose his life in Vietnam. He was killed in action at the La Drang Valley on November 15, 1965.

Below: Sgt. Cohen's brother, Bob Cohen, and Bob's wife Elaine.

2008-2009 Coloring Contest

Merchantville Elementary School

First Prize: Joyce Callari
5th Grade
Mrs. Borelli

Second Prize: Savanna Fleig
5th Grade
Mrs. Borelli

Third Prize: Julia Honigfield
5th Grade

St. Peter's School

First Prize: Joyce Callari
Grade 4-2
Sister Veronica

Second Prize: Samantha Kehner
Grade 4-2
Sister Veronica

Third Prize: Gavin Delp
Grade 4-2
Sister Veronica

We Salute or Comrades Who Have Gone to Post Everlasting 2008-2009

Armond Damiani

Damiani, Armond N.
On April 25 2008 age 87 of Pennsauken NJ. 
Born in Camden NJ he served with the US Marine Corps during WWII. Armond was also the operator of the Tom Thumb Restaurant in Camden and the Lakeview Restaurant in Moorestown for many years. He was the beloved husband of Bertha (nee Mohollen) and is also survived by one sister Enis Curcio of Haddon Twp two sisters-in-law Helen Roche of Collingswood and Dorothy Mohollen of Cherry Hill and several nieces and nephews. 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing and funeral Friday morning after 8:30 AM in the ALLOWAY FUNERAL HOME 315 E. Maple Ave. Merchantville NJ. Funeral Mass 10:00 AM St. Peter Church Merchantville NJ. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

Roland Bittle

Bittle Sr., Roland S.
Age 86 of Hainesport passed away Tuesday May 20 2008 at Lourdes Speciality Hospital 
Willingboro after a lengthy illness.
Born in Camden NJ he lived forty-five years in Mt. Ephraim and was a resident of Hainesport for the past forty-one years. He was a graduate of Audubon High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II during which he was stricken with polio. He worked for Radio Condenser in Camden New York Shipyard Camden and was an employee of Automotive Rentals Inc. in Merchantville until his retirement. 
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Hainesport F.W. Grigg American Legion Post 68 Merchantvlle the New Jersey Polio Network and the DAV. He enjoyed boating fishing and camping with family. Despite many obstacles throughout his long and eventful life he faced each day with unwavering courage cheerful optimism and a caring spirit and was much loved and admired by family friends and even casual acquaintances.
Roland is survived by his wife of 54 years Erika his son Roland Jr. and wife Donna son Richard and fiancee Dorothy Wells daughter Merrilee Torres and husband Ricardo; three grandsons Jayme Torres and Steven and Andrew Bittle; his sister-in-law Eleanor Flynn; four nieces Karen Canfield Michelle Fisher Barbara McKee and Virginia Jock; six nephews Elmer Clifton Robert Gary and Marvin Bittle as well as nineteen grandnieces and grandnephews; and several great-grandnieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday May 23 2008 11AM at THE LANKENAU FUNERAL HOME 31 Elizabeth St. Pemberton Borough. Interment with military honors will be Odd Fellows Cemetery Pemberton Borough. There will be a viewing and visitation 7:00 to 9:00 PM Thursday eve and 10:00 to 11:00 AM Friday at the funeral home.

Leonard L. Tomassone

Tomassone, Leonard L.
On August 18 2008. Age 88. Of Mt. Laurel NJ. 
Beloved husband of 62 years to Edith(nee Cataldi). Devoted of father Laura and her husband Bob Rogers. Loving grandfather of Cynthia Amy and Matthew Rogers. Dear brother of Theresa and her husband Frank Marcellino. Leonard will also be missed by many loving cousins nieces and nephews.
Leonard served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and was involved with the invasions of North Africa Sicily and Northern Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his contributions to our country. He was the past national president of the 9th Infantry Division and a member of the Frederick W. Grigg Post #68 American Legion where he served as a past commander.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Thursday August 21st from 7-9 PM and 8:15-9:15 AM at the BRADLEY FUNERAL HOME Rt.73 and Evesham Rd. Marlton NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Friday at The Catholic Church of St. Isaac Jogues 3 Lord Place Marlton NJ 08053. Interment Brigadier William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery Wrightstown NJ. 
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent dePaul (SVDP) Conference of St. Isaac Jogues Church or the St. Isaac Jogues Building Fund. 

Anthony Repice

Repice Sr., Anthony
On September 12th 2008 age 92 years of Merchantville NJ. He was born in Philadelphia PA.
Beloved husband of the late Louise (nee Cirucci) Repice. Dear father of Anthony (Marian) Repice of Marlton NJ; Maryann (Marty) Repice of Burlington Township NJ; and Lorraine (Chuck) Corson of Cherry Hill NJ. Loving grandfather of Chad (Valentina); the late Jon and Stephen (Jen) and loving great grandfather of Ana Maria. 
Tony was a Real Estate Broker and owned Repice Agency Merchantville NJ. He was a member of St. Peter's RC Church of Merchantville NJ for 52 years. He served our country during World War II in the US Army and served in Germany as part of the Occupation Army. He was a 51 year member and Past Commander of F.W. Grigg Post American Legion. He was a long time member of the Merchantville Lions Club. He was very active in his community over the years; was a member of The Merchantville Republican Club The Merchant-ville Historical Society The Merchantville Planning Board the AARP The Jets and the Pioneers. 
His Viewing and Family Visitation will begin 9:30am Wednesday at St. Peter's RC Church 43 West Maple Avenue Merchantville NJ followed by his Mass in celebration of his life. No evening viewing or visitation. Interment Calvary Cemetery Cherry Hill NJ. Arrangements under the direction of The STEPHENSON-BROWN FUNERAL HOME of Merchantville NJ.

Alfred Tornari

Tornari, Alfred J.
TORNARI, Alfred J. On Jan. 30, 2009, age 84, of Pennsauken NJ. Beloved husband of Angela (nee Iula) for 60 years and devoted father of Mark, Steven(Tammy) and Deborah (Richard) Harrell. Loving grandfather of Michelle (Rudy), Steven (Donna), Jessica (Tim), Keith (Fallon), Steven Jr., Nicole, Kayla, Angelina and 7 great-grandchildren. Alfred was a WW II Navy Veteran serving on the U.S.S. Delta, loyal parishioner and usher of St. Peter Church for 59 years, St. Peter K of C # 6735, Bishop McCarthy Assembly and F.W. Grigg American Legion Post 68. Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend his Visitation Wednesday 8:30-9:30 AM at the FUNERAL HOME OF INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Road. Pennsauken NJ 08109. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM St. Peter's Church Ent. Calvary Mausoleum.

Joseph A. Siano

Siano, Joseph A.
On December 1 2008 of Pennsauken NJ for 50 years. Age 88. 
Beloved husband of the late Kathryn (nee Lenart). Devoted father of Joseph A.M. Siano and his wife Susan. Loving grandfather of Louis and Douglas. Dear brother of Margaret Agnoni Adeline Valenti and Roslyn Galasso. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 
Prior to retirement Mr. Siano was employed at Penn Panel & Box Company in Collingdale PA for over 40 years. He was a United States Coast Guard Veteran of WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Sons of Italy Young at Heart as well as many other Senior groups in the area. He was also an usher at St. Stephen's Church. 
Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Thursday from 7-9 PM at the FALCO/CARUSO & LEONARD PENNSAU- KEN FUNERAL HOME 6600 N. Browning Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 AM at the Church of St. Stephen 6300 Browning Rd. in Pennsauken. Interment Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Mem. Cem. in Arneytown NJ. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society P.O. Box 5147 Trenton NJ 08638-0147. 

Walter Carson

Carson Sr., Walter M.
CARSON, Walter M., Sr. On February 2, 2009, age 85, of Pennsauken for 31 years. Beloved husband of Dorinda (nee Todd) and dear father of Rindy (Bill) Seniff of Maple Shade, Bud (Susan) Carson of Stratford and Cheri (John) Connelly of Pennsauken. Loving pop of Kim, Dan, Rob, Kristen, John, Tayler and Colleen. Mr. Carson was a kind gentle man who loved his family and his church. He was a member of Calvary Community Baptist Church, a Navy WW II Veteran, serving on the USS Waterman DE and a member of F.W. Griggs American Legion Post # 88. Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend his Visitation Thursday 10-11AM AM at the FUNERAL HOME OF INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Road. Pennsauken NJ 08109. Funeral Service 11 AM. Interment Bethel Memorial Park, Pennsauken NJ. In lieu of flowers donations to the Church at 1706 Merchantville Ave. Pennsauken NJ 08110 preferred.


The American Legion

American Legion Department of New Jersey

Camden County Posts

Haddonfield Memorial Post 38
Haddonfield NJ
Stetser-Lamartine Post 281
Glendora NJ
Cherry Hill Post 372
Cherry Hill NJ
Memorial Post 274
Camden NJ (Inactive)

Of Local Interest

Camden County NJ - Monuments & War Memorials
Merchantville, New Jersey War Memorial
Camden County War Dead Index
PFC Giordano Detachment, Military Support Group of  New Jersey
Griffith-Morgan House - Pennsauken, New Jersey
Burrough-Dover House & the Pennsaaken Historical Society - Pennsauken, New Jersey