Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Charles W. Davis Post #2359
5 Conant Street
Danvers, Massachusetts
978 774-5363

Welcome to the C.W. Davis VFW Post #2359!

We are also celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2007.

C.W. Davis Post 2359

Front Entrance Side Entrance


The Danvers VFW C.W. Davis Post #2359 is located near Danvers Square, Downtown Danvers at 5 Conant Street It is within walking distance of downtown Danvers. The post has parking located behind the building with a few parking spaces out front for the handicap ramp entrance. The front entrance to the post has an elevator for handicap access and stairs inside the main lobby for downstairs functions. The side entrance is also available for membership access. The main meeting hall and office is located on the ground floor.

Memorial Sign Dedicated To Danvers Veterans VFW Community Service Award 2006

See location map below:

Google Map Location: 5 Conant Street, Danvers, MA 01923

Statement of the VFW Mission / Purpose United We Stand

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States began in 1898, after the Spanish-American War. The VFW is the oldest major veterans service organization in the United States with nearly three million members.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is chartered by the U.S. Congress. Each VFW Post is a separate 501 c 19 non-profit corporation.


The purpose of this corporation shall be:
    1. Fraternal
    2. Patriotic
    3. Historic
    4. Educational

POW MIA To preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever. (Article 1 of VFW Constitution)

Post Officers 2007-2008

Installation of Officers 2007


Greg Strojny

Senior Vice Commander

Steve Godzik

Junior Vice Commander

Stu Wood


Dick Moody


Frank Parent


Dick Lilja


Bill Murphy

Post Advocate

Frank Soucy

OD, Service Officer

Stu Wood


Art Small
Ken Lewis
Henry LeBlanc

Board President

Dick Oulton


Frank Parent


Henry Stanford


Larry Call

Board Members

Charlie Russell
Mike Cassese
Henry LeBlanc
Greg Strojny
Bernie Lucier

Post Officers


VFW Social Meetings: 2nd Tuesday, 8:00 PM

VFW Meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7:00 PM

Danvers Overseas Veterans Assoc. Inc.
DOVA Board of Directors Meetings: 1st Monday, 7:00 PM

Military Family Support Group Meeting: 3rd Thursday, 7-9 PM

Veteran's Council Meeting: 4th Monday

VFW Post #2359 Military Pictures

CW Davis VFW Post #2359
Military Pictures


2007 STATE VFW CONVENTION: Once again this year, Danvers hosted the Annual state VFW Convention June 8-10th at the Sheraton. The event was highlighted by a parade through downtown Danvers.

2007 Walkathon

2007 ANNUAL 5 MILE WALKATHON: On September 23rd, we held our annual five mile walkathon. Stu Wood carried the American flag proudly for all five miles. The walkathon helped raise much needed funds for Operation Troop Support. Thanks to all who strided proudly, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

2007 Fall Fair

2007 FALL FAIR: On October 11th, Commander Greg Strojny led the troops of Steve Godzik, Bernie Lucier, Charlie Russell, Bill Murphy, and Jean Strojny to the VA Hospital in Bedford for their annual Fall Fair. The troops handed out hats, t-shirts, and plenty of good cheer to the patients at the hospital. Let's not forget our hospitalized veterans.

Chet Miller Returns to the Air

CHET MILLER RETURNS TO THE AIR: When the air show in Beverly closed shop and moved to Vermont, our own Chet Miller was invited to fly with them. Chet, a World War II veteran, had not flown in a B-24 since the war, and he described this experience as quite a thrill for him. Chet, how did it feel to fly in a B-24 without being shot at?

FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AWARDS - GEORGE WASHINGTON HONOR MEDAL: Congratulations to Dick and Christine Moody for receiving the Freedom Foundation's George Washington Honor Medal. They were honored at a luncheon November 3rd at Spinelli's banquet facility in East Boston. This award is a reflection of their tireless effort in Operation Troop Support.

Operation Troop Support Booth 2007

2007 OPERATION TROOP SUPPORT: Operation Troop Support sponsored a booth again this year at the Topsfield Fair. Bud Douglas (pictured right) is helping the family of a deployed soldier. The booth at the fair provided information that helped people gain a better understanding of Operation Troop Support's mission. Remember, Operation Troop Support is a conduit to bring a little piece of home to our young men and women serving our country so far away.

Operation Troop Support

BRUIN AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: On a recent sunny Saturday in September, former Boston Bruin Terry O'Reilly signed autographs in Danvers Square, with all the proceeds going to Operation Troop Support. Thank you Terry for not forgetting our troops.

SHERATON FERNCROFT DONATION: On October 25th, the Sheraton Ferncroft in Danvers donated the entire C0-Co-Key Water Park to Operation Troop Support. The hotel supplied us with a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, and sodas. The entire $25 per person donation went to Operation Troop Support. Thank you Sheraton Ferncroft!

2007 troop support holiday wrap

2007 CHRISTMAS WRAP: The last Christmas wrap of the season will be held on November 17th from 9 am to noon at the Dunn Middle School cafeteria, located at 62 Cabot Road. In November, we will be sending our gifts to the troops who will be spending the holiday season deployed or in the hospitals.

Christmas Wrap

Thanks for caring for our troops.

2007 TOPSFIELD'S VETERANS DAY PARADE: Post #2359 sent a color guard to the annual Topsfield Veterans Day Parade on November 3rd. Color guards from throughout the state also marched to honor all veterans.

2007 VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: On November 11th, Post #2359 and the town of Danvers will hold our annual Veterans Day celebration at Danver's Town Hall. This year's guest speaker will be U.S. Army Master Sargeant Pat Chisholm. Battery B, 101st Field Artillery of the National Guard will fire a gun salute at 11:00 AM to honor veterans of all wars. The day's event will also include singing patriotic songs and the placement of a wreath at the Veterans Memorial Stone. All post members are encouraged to attend to show that we are united and that veterans will not be forgotten. We will fall in at 10:30 AM.

DANVERS SCHOOLS VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: Commander Greg Strojny will lead the troops for the many wonderful events to be held at Danvers schools in celebration of Veterans Day.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Volunteers are needed for our annual Christmas Gifts program for the nursing homes in Danvers. Each team will be in charge of purchasing, wrapping, and delivering gifts to all of the veterans living in nursing homes in Danvers. Call the Post if you can help with this worthwhile cause.

Christmas Party 2007

2007 CHRISTMAS PARTY: Mark December 9th on your calendars for our annual Christmas Party. Henry's of Beverly will cater a delicious meal of chicken or roast beef. Tickets are $15 per person. Refreshments will be served between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM, followed by dinner at 5:30 PM. For tickets and more information, call Bernie Lucier at 978-774-2471 or Larry Call at 978-884-1049. Hope to see you there to celebrate the Christmas season.

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CW Davis VFW Post #2359

VFW BREAKFAST: Last Sunday of the Month 7:30-9:00 AM

SUNDAY BREAKFAST: The last Sunday of September started our breakfast season. Many thanks to, our own Post #2359 Dough Boys, Bernie Lucier, Larry Call, Charlie Russell and Steve Godzik. Their extra effort makes this event a huge success. Plan on joining us for a delicious breakfast. Changes will be posted.


NEW MEMBERS: Post 2359 welcomes Shawn Blanchard as its newest member. Welcome aboard Shawn.

TAPS: Vitaly Gill and Robert Bonardi.
    On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! - Thomas William Parsons

    They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    We will remember them...

For Information about upcoming activities, Please Call: 978 774-5363 or 978 774-5983


The founder and first Commander was Charles W. Davis, B Co. 104th Regiment, Yankee Division AEF. The Post was chartered on 22 February 1932.

In February 2007, Post #2359 turns 75, and in recognition of the milestone, the VFW's National Commander, Gary Kurius, has presented it a Diamond Jubilee Award citation from the VFW National Headquarters. The award recognizes dedication, determination, hard work and a great deal of patriotism. It also recognizes 75 years of serving the needs of local veterans and their families, and 75 years of service to the local community, and 75 years of contributing to the strength, power and influence of our national organization.

Greg Strojny, Commander of the Danvers VFW, said his Post's health and longevity is attributable to the strong commitment of its members.


The following rules are to be followed in order to use the DOVA or VFW halls as follows:
    1. Member using Hall(s) must be a member in Good Standing for at least One-Year(1).

    2. Sponsor (Member) must be present at the hall function at all times while being used. Sponsor will not delegate another person to be in charge of the hall.

    3. Sponsor will be responsible for the safe keeping and cleanliness of the hall(s). The sponsor will take out all trash with him or her at the end of the function. The sponsor will also insure that the HEAT/AC and LIGHTS will be turned off.

    4. The sponsor will not give any keys or card key to another person to open or close the hall(s).

    5. Applications will be filled out and given to either Larry Call (978 884-1049) or Bernie Lucier (978 774-2471). Failure to do this will not give you confirmation for the use of the hall. Applications are available outside of Downstairs Office.

    6. Use of the time will be strictly enforce. IE: Use of the hall 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Hall will be ready for reuse at 1:00 pm.

    7. Setting up the hall will be done during the hours requested for use of the hall, not one or two days early.

    8. Failure to follow any of the above rules will prohibit member from using the hall in the future.

Danvers Little League - VFW Color Guard


On April 28, 2007, the Danvers Little League kicked off their season with a parade through downtown Danvers. Stu Wood led the parade with the colors for Operation Troop Support. Commander Greg Strojny led the color guard from Post 2359 consisting of Steve Godzik, Steve Dobialka, Frank Soucy and Stu Wood at Plains Park for the National Anthem. Lt. Col. Dick Moody from Operation Troop Support and Post 2359 threw out the first pitch to get the season started for the little leaguers.

Memorial Day 2007


Our Annual Memorial Day Parade was held on Monday, May 28, 2007. The parade stepped off at 9 AM from the Town Hall. Transportation was provided for those veterans who were unable to march the parade route. Despite the showers, the town of Danvers lined the streets for our annual Memorial Day Parade. It was a great showing to honor the men and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom. Sr. Vice Commander Steve Godzik led the color guard of Stu Wood, Colin Campbell, Steve Kobilka, and Jim Ciman. Thanks to Roland Kelly and Kelly Jeep for supplying the Jeep's for our members that needed transportation.


Post 2359 hosted a luncheon at the New Style Restaurant, in Peabody, for 35 guests from the Bedford VA Hospital. In attendance with our guests were Larry Call, Dick Lilja and Bill Murphy. The troops socialized and dined to a Chinese buffet.

Danvers Schools Memorial Day Events


Commander Greg Strojny led the troops for the many wonderful events held to commemorate Memorial Day. Thanks to the Great Oak, Dunn Middle, Riverside and Smith Schools for not forgetting this important holiday.

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Helping Veterans - The Buddy Poppy

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Annual Poppy Drive is in May. This is our only fund raiser of the year and we rely on the support of volunteers to sell poppies at various locations in town. The poppy drive provides the funds we need for our many worthwhile programs. We are in dire need of new volunteers; let's not let some sites go unmanned. If you can help donate any time at all, please call the Post.

UPDATE: We held our annual Poppy Drive May 17-19th, 2007. Thanks to al the volunteers, led by Bernie Lucier, who gave their time to raise much needed funds for all our worthwhile programs. Despite the cold and rainy weather, spirits were high and donations were plentiful. We all hope next year will provide better weather.

Buddy Poppy - 75 Years

The Buddy Poppy has been distributed by VFW Posts since the World War I. The Poppy symbolizes U.S. service members who were either wounded or died in battle. The poem, "Flanders Field", portrayed the poppies that bloomed among the graves after the WWI battle in France. The poem reminds us that we, the living, must now take up the cause of freedom for which these soldiers died.

The VFW was the first veterans' organization to adopt the poppy and develop a national distribution campaign. For more than 75 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well being of their dependents. From the very beginning, the Buddy Poppy has received the support of the Veterans Administration and the endorsement and cooperation of all presidents since Warren G. Harding.

The VFW Buddy Poppy is assembled in Veterans Hospitals and Veterans Homes by disabled, needy and aging veterans across the country. The Buddy Poppies are distributed by VFW Posts and their Ladies Auxiliaries. The minimal assessment (cost of the Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.

Each VFW Post maintains a relief fund in which the net profits from the distribution of Buddy Poppies are placed. These funds are used to help needy veterans and their families. More that 14 million Buddy Poppies are assembled and distributed throughout the U.S each year by the VFW and its Auxiliaries.

Donations and Support

Please Help VFW Post #2359 make a difference for Veterans.

C.W. Davis VFW Post #2359 is committed to helping make a difference for veterans and their families in the Danvers Community. Funding and support for these programs is appreciated and provides the means for Post #2359 to provide veteran services.

VFW Post #2359 is a non-profit 501c 19 Corporation, and is able to accept and acknowledge tax-deductible donations and gifts in-kind. VFW Post #2359's incorporation status is registered with the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth.

If there is a particular Post #2359 service program that you would like to support, please contact Post #2359 Commander, Greg Strojny, by calling the post at (978) 774-1400 and/or send donations to:

Attn: Greg Strojny, Commander
C.W. Davis VFW Post #2359
5 Conant Street
P.O. Box 143
Danvers, MA 01923

Your thoughtfulness and support is appreciated.

Operation Troop Support

Operation Troop Support is an organization from Boston's North Shore area that has three missions:
  • Serving our military men and women deployed to the desert.

  • Caring for out wounded troops recovering in the hospitals.

  • Working with the families left behind to bring them comfort and information while their loved ones are away.

Operation Troop Support is a non-profit organization with a tax exempt number that is available upon request.

For more information about donations, please visit this website:

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Other Organizations Available for Supporting Our Troops:

  • Adopt A Platoon

  • America Supports You - U.S. Dept. of Defense Website

  • USO Troop Support

  • Operation Support Our Troops

  • U.S. Postal Service: Supporting Our Troops

  • The Post #2359 that has sponsored TROOP SUPPORT had a very successful holiday season thanks to all of you and the hundreds of troop supporters from around the area. Our final tally of shipped gifts totalled 15,534, and right behind were 15,250 cards. This is really amazing considering that equals over 10% of the entire military personnel stationed in the Middle East. All of this from a little town in Eastern Massachusetts. Congratulations to ALL. You would not believe the letters of thanks from the aircraft carrier USS RONALD REAGAN, whose sailors were amazed and thrilled by the boxes they received.

    Remember, Operation Troop Support is the conduit to get a little piece of home to our young men and women serving our country so far away. The satisfaction you will get from knowing you brightened a soldier's day will be gratification that will last a long, long time. God Bless you all for caring. - C.W. Post #2359 Membership

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    (From the Children of Vietnam Veterans)

    Other Services Provided by the VFW

    C.W. Davis VFW Post #2359 provides American Flag disposal for used, worn, badly torn, soiled, or otherwise unusable flags that are no longer a fitting emblem for display. Please contact the post or bring your flag to the post and the post will dispose of your flag in the proper manner.



    Who is eligible to join:

    There are three primary requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States:

    For more information call the VFW at 978-774-1400.

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    Follow this link: VFW Membership Application On-Line

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