CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
M. Mucci Post No. 2685
Veterans of Foreign Wars
338 Line Street
820 Broadway, 2nd Floor Rear
512 Clinton Street
The A.M. Mucci Post 2685, Veterans of Foreign Wars was named for Private Angelo Mucci who was killed in action while serving with the United States Army in France during World War I.
The Post's home for many years was at 338 Line Street, in a part of South Camden that had many residents of Italian birth and descent. Among its activities was the sponsorship of a large band, which played in many parades and social functions in Camden's Italian American community.
By 1939 the Post had taken up quarters at 820 Broadway, on the second floor, over a furniture store. By the late 1940s the Post had moved to 512 Clinton Street, where it would remain through at least the end of the 1950s. At some point during the 1950s the Post was renamed, and became known as the South Camden Post 2685, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Most if not all of the Mucci post's membership were Italian- many of Camden's social clubs were organized on ethnic and/or religious lines in those times. The post, along with the nearby Sons of Italy lodge and several other Italian-based organizations, was a vital part of the social fabric of the neighborhood for many years.
Mucci Post 2865, V.F.W. Band
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|A.M. Mucci Post 2685 VFW band. in front of Camden Free Public Library on Broadway, circa 1939|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936|
Job Preference Victor Reviews Program of Contest
The Philadelphia veteran of the World War who was responsible for obtaining a court ruling safeguarding veterans rights for preference on Federal employment projects, last night told his story to Camden ex-service men.
than 200 veterans heard Benjamin J. Spang address an open meeting of Corp.
Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
test case brought by Spang was decided last week by Federal Judge
George A. Welsh in Philadelphia. Today, Judge Welsh announced, he will
sign a decree to carry out the ruling.
told the veterans he fought for two years to obtain preference for
veterans and that he fought alone, despite charges he was allied with
the Economy League and the Liberty League.
was decided to take action tonight to endorse Spang's move at a
meeting of the Camden County Council, V. F. W., at the headquarters of
A. Mucci Post,
Street. Ten posts are represented in the county council.
only veteran ever to have brought
a test case against the government, Spang has received nationwide
acclaim. He is 42, and lives at 548 South Fifty-second Street, Philadelphia.
He went to court after he was refused a job with the Business Census Bureau because his name did not appear on the public relief rolls.
I want is a job," he stated after winning his suit. "When
the Government decides to live up to the Veterans' Preference Act,
then I'll withdraw my suit against them, not I before. We'll go right
on to the Supreme Court if necessary," he said.
served three enlistments in the Marine Corps, was wounded in the
Belleau Wood in 1918, was discharged from an army hospital and
returned home to find a gold star in the window because his mother
thought he had been killed. Then he re-enlisted in the Marines and was
assigned to recruiting work as a sergeant. Doctors sent him to the
Poconos for a chest condition. Then he returned to Philadelphia and
entered Temple University as a student under the Veterans'
Rehabilitation Administration. He was graduated in 1923 in commercial
law and real estate.
at Temple he met H. Eugene Gardner, attorney who successfully
presented Spang's side of the case to the court. His disability
allowance of $42 a month was cut to $10 and during CWA he was unable
to get a job and was appointed a committee of one to investigate the
failure of veterans to receive appointments.
worked with the Federal Housing Administration until June 19, 1935 as
a senior investigator, then he was fired and has not worked since.
then I have conferred with all the officials of the various agencies
in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington but could get no
satisfaction. Then I hunted up Gardner and we decided to enter
suit," he said.
financial backer, he says is Henry Asher, proprietor of a cigar and
variety store at 5211 Market Street, Philadelphia.
has two children for whom he keeps house, his wife being dead. They
are Benjamin, 16, and Mary Ellen, 13. Both attend school.
Conner, Seventh District councilman, said veterans in South Jersey are
able to obtain fairer treatment than those in Pennsylvania because
they are more strongly organized.
J. "Reds" Donlon, who led the bonus march from Camden to
Washington, asked Spang whether those veterans who obtain their bonus
payments would be taken off relief. Spang declared he hoped they would
not be discriminated against and that Judge Welsh's decision was
looked for to answer that question.
Camden veteran, who also addressed the group declared fairness was one
of the qualities the veterans should insist on.
said he was angered by the fact that on driving down Broadway, where
workers were clearing the streets of ice, most of these working with
picks and shovels appeared to be
undernourished, while others were standing by waving flags to let the
flag-wavers should take their turns
at the shovels," Smith declared.
Kline was chairman of the meeting.
M. Mucci Post No. 2685, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 338 Line
Commander Innocenzo Ambrico announced that the annual military ball and
spaghetti supper will be held Memorial Day night. Proceeds will be spent
for the sons of veterans of the V. F. W. A meeting will be held Tuesday
night to plan for a membership drive.
February 28, 1936
Mt. Carmel Procession
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