Stefan Starzynski
        Polish Legion of American Veterans - USA
        PLAV Post #55

        9 Daniels Street
        Salem, Massachusetts
        978 744-9604


        Salem's Stefan Starzynski Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) Post #55 is located near the water off Derby Street, on Daniels Street, east of Pickering Wharf heading towards the The House of Seven Gables, going towards the Salem Willows Park area. It is within easy walking distance of beautiful downtown Salem. The post has parking adjacent to the building. See maps below:

        PLAV Post History

        The Stefan Starzynski PLAV Post #55 was started on Bentley Street in Salem in 1930. After a fire in 1965, the post was moved to Kosciusko Street. In 1968 the Post moved to their new home on Daniels Street and has been there since that time.

        Stefan Starzynski
        Stefan Starzynski (1893-1943) was the Lord Mayor of Warsaw and was the defender of Warsaw during World War II (WWII). He gave his life for freedom. He was executed at Dachau Concentration Camp. See Stefan Starzynski, Polish History for more historical information about Stefan Starzynski and links to other websites that have historical information about Warsaw during World War II.

        PLAV Post #55 is a member of the Salem Veterans Council, Polish American Congress and the Pope John Paul II Catholic Foundation.

        Mission Statement United We Stand

        The Polish Legion of American Veterans is an organization of veterans whose membership shall not be discriminatory on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin.

        Commitment United We Stand

        We are committed to the ideals of patriotism, charity and volunteerism through allegiance to our Country, honor of our Country's standards and aid in the rehabilitation of disabled veterans.

        Goal United We Stand

        Our goal is to dedicate time and effort to insure that no benefits are denied to those who served their country and to support legislation intended for those who earned the right to the benefits being considered.

        Membership Eligibility

        Any Honorably Discharged American Citizen, male or female who:
          Served in the Armed forces of the United States.
          Is currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
          who is currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves or has completed one term and received an Honorable Discharge.

        You don't have to be Polish to belong to this fine organization.

        Additionally, any American Citizen who served in the Merchant Marines or were Civil Service Crew-members of the United States Army or Navy Transportation Service or Department of Defense between December 7, 1941 and August 15, 1945 and has been granted an Honorable Discharge (DD-214) provided by the United States Coast Guard, United States Army or United States Navy.

        Any American Citizen who served in the Armed Forces of our Allies between April 6, 1917 and May 7, 1975, and whose service is documented by an Honorable Discharge or Honorable Release from duty provided by the Allied Forces in which he or she served.

        Any person who was not a citizen of the United States at the time of service in the Armed Forces of our Allies between April 6, 1917 and May 7, 1975, and whose service is documented by an Honorable Discharge or Honorable Release from duty provided by the Allied Forces in which he or she served, and are now citizens of the United States.

        Some Great Reasons To Join The PLAV
          To band together.
          To preserve the Polish customs and traditions of our forefathers.
          To remind all Americans of the contributions of Americans of Polish descent to our great country.
          To provide service to Polish-American Veterans and their dependents.
          To instill into our American life the many noble Polish characteristics.
          Fun. In addition to all work done by the Polish Legion of American Veterans, the National and State conventions provide much merry entertainment for all PLAVIANS. Membership in the Polish Legion of American Veterans brings you into contact with other PLAVIANS in many States. Wherever you are, your Polish Legion of American Veterans membership card brings you real Polish hospitality at any Post you visit. Click here for more information about joining this GREAT organization!
          Ladies Auxiliary: Our Ladies Auxiliary is also organized on the same National, State and Chapter levels as the Polish Legion of American Veterans. They bring relief, solace and economic aid to thousands of veterans and their dependents by their visits to medical centers, their welfare work and Poppy Day solicitations.

        Online Membership Application: Application Form

        Stefan Starzynski PLAV Post #55
        9 Daniels Street
        Salem, MA 01970
        Post Phone: 978 744-9604
        Email Membership Chairman: Darrin Potorski (
        Email Membership Ladies Auxiliary Chairperson: Helen Potorski (
        Email Membership Sons & Grandsons Chairperson: Tom LaPonte (

        Monthly Membership Meetings

        Monthly PLAV Membership Meetings: 3rd Friday of the month, 6:00 pm

        Monthly Ladies Auxiliary Meetings: 3rd Monday of the Month, 6:00 pm

        P.L.A.V. Post 55 - 2014 Officers

        P.L.A.V. Post Officers 2014-2016
        Michael Sosnowski
        Sr Vice Commander
        Darrin S. Potorski
        Jr Vice Commander
        Pat Fanning
        Adjutant-Service Officer
        Christine Tron
        Financial Secretary
        John Zujewski
        James Day
        Sgt. At Arms
        Thomas P. Higgins

        P.L.A.V. Post 55 - 2014 Ladies Auxiliary Officers

        P.L.A.V. Ladies Auxiliary Officers
        Helen S. Potorski
        Vice President
        Colleen T. Millea
        Beth Tobin
        Beth Tobin
        Sgt. At Arms
        Debra Brown

        Sons & Grandsons of the P.L.A.V. Post 55 Officers - 2014

        Sons & Grandsons of the P.L.A.V. Officers
        Tom Laponte
        Vice President
        Scott Szczechowicz
        Adjutant-Service Officer
        Shawn Szczechowicz
        Stan Szczechowicz
        Sgt. At Arms
        Mike Swasey
        Paul Boyd

        Polish Legion of American Veterans Post #55
        9 Daniels Street, Salem, MA 01970


        Veteran's Day Ceremony , Friday, November 11, 2016. More information is pending and will be announced when available.


        It is with sadness that we inform our community that Allen Koshgarian has passed away. May he rest in peace. An announcement and photo has been posted on the PLAV Facebook page

        This page updated August 1, 2016


        PLAV on Facebook

        PLAV Ladies Auxiliary

        The PLAV Ladies Auxiliary visit and sponsor events at the Brockton Medical Center. They join with their Veteran Members in Memorial Day and Veterans Day services and activities.

        Donations are needed for the VA Boston Health Care System, Brockton Medical Center. All items must be new and unused.

        General donations consisting of these items:

      • Dietetic Candy
      • Hair Brush
      • Clock Radio
      • Puzzle Books
      • Deodorant
      • Shampoo
      • Sports Mugs
      • Underwear
      • Sweaters
      • Writing Paper
      • Calendars
      • Socks
      • Slippers
      • Reading Glasses
      • Soap
      • Combs

      • Toothpaste
      • Toothbrushes
      • Denture Cups
      • Denture Cleaner
      • Fixodent Denture Adhesive
      • Large Print Reading Material
      • VCR Tapes
      • Polaroid Film (Spectrum, 600)
      • Wall Pictures
      • Picture Frames (5X7)
      • Stuffed Animals
      • Totes
      • Large Print Pinochle/Playing Cards
      • Sports Trading Cards
      • Battery Operated Clocks
      • Non-skid Slipper Socks

      • Men's Needs:

      • Disposable Razors
      • Suspenders
      • T-Shirts
      • Handkerchiefs
      • Fingernail Clippers
      • Briefs
      • Baseball Caps

      • Women's Needs:

      • Knee Socks
      • Cosmetics
      • Cosmetic Bags
      • Unbreakable Hand Mirrors
      • Toiletries
      • Tampons
      • Hair Fasteners
      • Night Gowns
      • Cardigan Sweaters

      • Spinal Cord Injured Patients

      • Spiral Cup Holders (Clips to Wheelchairs)
      • Small Stick-on Digital Clocks
      • Dove Soap
      • Plastic Mugs and Coffee Cups

      • Department of Veterans Affairs
        VA Boston Health Care System

        Information about eligibility, programs, and opportunities available at the VA campuses.

        VA Boston Healthcare Systems
        940 Belmont Street
        Brockton, MA 02301
        Phone: (508) 583-4500
        Toll Free: 1-800-865-3384

        Jamaica Plain Division
        150 S. Huntington Avenue
        Boston, MA 02130
        Phone: (617) 232-9500
        Toll Free: 1-800-865-3384

        West Roxbury Division
        1400 VFW Parkway
        West Roxbury, MA 02132
        Phone: (617) 323-7700
        Toll Free: 1-800-865-3384

        A division of VA New England Healthcare System

        National Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) HQ

        Polish Legion of American Veterans - USA (PLAV)
        P.O. Box 912
        Sun Prairie, WI 53590-0912

        Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) Background History
        (CHARTERED BY CONGRESS) Federal Charter - P.L. 98-372, July 23, 1984


        During the American Revolution, the gallant General Casmir Pulaski organized a calvary group which was called "Pulaski's Legion" or the "Polish Legion." Pulaski's Legion was raised on March 28, 1778 at Baltimore, Maryland under the command of Kazimierz Pulaski for service with the Continental Army. The Legion consisted of one Troop of Lancers, two troops of dragoons and 200 Light infantry soldiers. The Legion would see action at the Little Egg Harbor massacre, Siege of Savannah and the Siege of Charleston. The legion was disbanded in November of 1780 and the men were merged into Armand's Legion.

        During the Civil War, General Wladmir Krzyzanowski commanded the 58th New York Infantry Regiment which was called the "Polish Legion." Both fought and made the supreme sacrifice for America, the America worth fighting for, and we carry on their traditions and honor their memory.
        Standard of Pulaski's Legion - This banner was made by Moravian nuns of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and presented to Colonel Casimir Pulaski in 1778 when he organized an independent corps of 68 horse and 200 foot soldiers at Baltimore. Pulaski bore this banner gallantly through many a campaigns until he was mortally wounded at Savannah, on October 9, 1779. His adjutant, though wounded himself, returned the banner to Baltimore where it is preserved at the museum of the Maryland Historical Society. Presented by Mr. and Mrs Frank M. Galleher, Jr., and their three sons in memory of their father, Judge W. Moscoe Huntley, a former President of the Society. Pulaski's Banner

        The Polish Legion of American Veterans is the largest and only Congressionally chartered organization of American Veterans of Polish ancestry in the United States.

        Polish And Proud
        At the conclusion of World War I, various groups of American Veterans of Polish descent banded together, forming organizations for the purpose of maintaining and preserving the true spirit of fraternity and patriotism that arose from service in the Armed Forces of the United States and to perpetuate the friendships arising there by mutual aid and cooperation in patriotic, charitable, civic and educational activities. Another objective was to work for the liberation and establishment of a free and independent Poland as proposed by President Woodrow Wilson in his "Fourteen Points" for peace.

        They organized the Alliance of American Veterans of Polish descent (The Alliance of Polish-American Veterans) with the most prominent of these organizations headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and encompassing the States of Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio. A similar organization with the same name operated in Michigan and the Polish Legion of the American Army in New York. On the east coast, covering the States of New York and New Jersey, the Polish Legion of the American Army grew and prospered.

        The Chicago based unit held a provisional convention in December, 1920 at Falcons Hall. There the first "Central Administration" was elected, an insignia adopted and a constitutional committee appointed.

        In September of 1921 that group held its first regular Convention. It changed its name to the Alliance of American Veterans of Polish Extraction. It also became one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the threat of Communism when it added a paragraph to the Preamble of its Constitution which still reads: "To combat the destructive propaganda of communism and other alien influences endeavoring to weaken or destroy our American institutions and democratic form of government."

        In September of 1923, the Ladies Legion (Auxiliary) was formed. It added morality and materially enriched the organization which was dedicated to Americanism and the benefit of American veterans of Polish descent.

        In 1930, the Alliance of American Veterans of Polish Extraction delegated its Commander, Stanley A. Halick, of Chicago Illinois, to attend the convention of the Polish Legion of the American Army, in New York City, for the purpose of consolidating both groups into a solid organization. Through correspondence and by personal visits, this cause was also taken up with the Michigan unit.

        In September of 1931 the three organizations, the Alliance of Veterans of Polish Extraction, the Michigan unit, and the Polish Legion of the American Army met at a consolidation convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and united into one organization called the Polish Legion of American Veterans.

        On July 23, 1984, President Ronald Regan signed P.L.98-372, the Act of Congress that granted a Federal Charter to the Polish Legion of American Veterans, U.S.A.

        In 1992 ethnic requirements of membership were dropped because of that National Charter.

        PLAV Links

        Department of Ohio PLAV Member Resources (Forms & Operational Manuals) Veterans Organizations Military Sites Government Sites Other Helpful Sites
        Polish military and civilian decorations
        The Blue Army - Polish American Volunteers to Poland

        Salem Veterans Organizations

        Salem Veterans Council
        P.O. Box 332, Salem, MA 01970

      • Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) Post #55
      • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1524
      • Vietnam Veterans Post #1
      • Marine Corp League
      • 2nd Corp Cadets
      • Military Order of the Purple Heart
      • American Veterans Post #53
      • American Legion Post #23
      • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #84
      • Franco-American War Veterans Post #10

      • Note: All Salem Residents may pick-up U.S. Grave Flags for Memorial Day at the Salem Veterans Services Office, located at 5 Broad Street, 3rd Floor at the Council on Aging Building.

        Veterans Services

        Veterans Services
        Kim F. Emerling, Veterans Agent
        Council On Aging
        5 Broad Street, 3rd Floor
        Salem, MA 01970
        Phone: 978-745-0883
        Fax: 978-745-7596 Email:

        Information & assistance with veteran benefits
        & other veteran affairs.

        Please Sign Our Guestbook.
        (New as of December 17, 2006)

        Donations and Support

        If there is a particular PLAV Post #55 service or community program that you would like to support, please contact the PLAV Post #55 Commander, Michael Sosnowski, by calling the post at (978) 744-9604 and/or send donations to:

        Commander Michael Sosnowski
        PLAV Post #55
        9 Daniels Street
        Salem, MA 01970

        Your thoughtfulness and support is appreciated.

        PLAV Donation Recipients

        Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
        3900 Harewood Road, NE
        Washington, D.C. 20017
        Phone: 202 635-5400

        Dept. Veteran Affairs
        VA Boston Health Care System
        940 Belmont Street
        Brockton, MA 02301

        New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans
        17 Court Street
        Boston, MA 02108
        617 371-1784

        Salvation Army
        Local Salvation Army located at 93 North Street in Salem, MA and Beverly Social Services, 50 Elliott Street, Beverly, MA, 01915 (978 922-4522). Sponsorship donations help with their Children's Camp.

        Network for Good

        Mercy Corps - Speeding Relief to Families in Need

        American Red Cross

        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:

        support our troops support our troops

        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 PLAV Lounge

        PLAV Social Activities

        PLAV #55 is a gathering place for members and associate members. The post has a lounge that is managed by Ron Potorski. Liquor and beer service is available to members 21 years of age and older. Valid Massachusetts ID/Driver's License is required for alcoholic service. Non-alcoholic juices and sodas are available to all members of all ages. The function hall is available for parties and functions. Call the PLAV Post for rental prices and guidelines. The PLAV Post phone number for function hall rentals: 978 744-9604.


        Monday: Noon - 1 am
        Tuesday: Noon - 1 am
        Wednesday: Noon - 1 am
        Thursday: Noon - 1 am
        Friday: Noon - 1 am
        Saturday: Noon - 1 am
        Sunday: Noon - 1 am

        Ladies Auxiliary members, Lorraine Madore, Phyllis Luzinski, and Helen Potorski, making "Chruchicki", a polish pastry usually made around Easter and Christmas Holidays. It is a light pastry, fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Very yummy!

        PLAV #55 Ladies Auxiliary - Favorite Recipes

        We all love good food and good friends. This is a collection of favorite recipes submitted by members of the PLAV Ladies Auxiliary and friends to share with our website visitors, Polish and non-Polish alike, they will be tasty. Enjoy!


      • My Grandma's Old World Polish Recipes
      • Global Gourmet: Polish Recipes
      • Polish-American Journal: Recipes
      • Polish Recipes & Cuisine
      • RecipeSource: Polish Recipes
      • PolishBuzz: Polish Food, Culture, & Solidarity

      • PLAV LINKS


      • Witch City VFW Post #1524, Salem, MA


      • U.S. Navy: Welcome Aboard
      • The American Legion National Headquarters
      • Vietnam Veterans of America
      • Vietnam Veterans Home Page
      • National Alliance of Families Home Pages
      • POW Database
      • Write Your US Senators
      • U.S. Naval Academy Catalog - 1-800-778-4260
      • Medals of America
      • No-Mac Enterprises - Pins and Embroidery

      • Local PLAV, VFW & Other Veterans Organizations
        PLAV Post #56
        Lynn, MA
        PLAV Post #92
        Ipswich, MA
        PLAV Post #193
        Chicopee, MA
        Witch City VFW Post #1524
        95 Derby Street
        Salem, MA 01970
        VFW Post #507
        90 High Rock Street
        Lynn, MA 01902
        American Legion
        35 Lynnfield Street
        Lynn, MA 01904
        American Legion
        3 Judson Street
        Beverly, MA 01915
        American Legion
        157 Essex Street
        Lynn, MA 01905
        DAV Chapter 57
        263 Summer Street
        Lynn, MA 01902
        American Legion
        5 Coolidge Road
        Nahant, MA 01908
        American Legion
        44 Taylor Street
        Saugus, MA 01906
        American Legion
        69 River Street
        Middleton, MA 01949
        American Legion
        37 School Street
        South Hamilton, MA 01982
        American Legion
        14 Church Man By The Sea
        Manchester, MA 01944
        American Legion
        249 Broadway Street
        Revere, MA 02151
        Disabled American Veterans
        85 Willow Street
        Malden, MA 02148
        Vietnam Veterans of America
        Stoneham, MA 02180
        Reading Overseas Vets Inc.
        575 Main Street
        Reading, MA 01867
        American Legion
        11 Common Street
        Stoneham, MA 02180
        American Legion
        31 Hermon Street
        Winthrop, MA 002152
        American Legion
        368 Pleasant Street
        Malden, MA 02148
        Polish American Vets
        35 4th Street
        Chelsea, MA 02150
        Veterans of Foreign Wars
        59 1st Street
        Cambridge, MA 02141
        American Legion
        8 Washington Street
        Gloucester, MA 01930

        Massachusetts Services Organizations for All Veterans

        Please click on the links below to learn about the specific services and benefits offered by membership in one of these service organizations. Membership eligibility varies for each organization. Call the state office (if applicable) for more details. Massachusetts state offices are listed for the organizations listed below. For a complete list of national service organizations, visit the  VA’s website.

        American Legion
        State House, Room 546-2
        Boston, MA 02133

        American Legion Auxiliary
        State House, Room 546-2
        Boston, MA 02133

        State House, Room 546-3
        Boston, MA 02133

        Disabled American Veterans
        State House, Room 546
        Boston, MA 02133

        Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
        Greater Boston Chapter
        Virginia Moran Hurley, President
        5 Ellsworth Park
        Cambridge, MA 02139

        Italian American War Veterans
        State House, Room 545
        Boston, MA 02133

        Jewish War Veterans
        State House, Room 547
        Boston, MA 02133

        Korean War Veterans
        State House, Room 546-4
        Boston, MA 02133

        Marine Corps League
        State House, Room 545
        Boston, MA 02133

        Marine for Life
        Contact: Kevin F. Coughlin

        Military Order of the Purple Heart
        State House, Room 545
        Boston, MA 02133

        New England Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America
        1600 Providence Highway, Suite 101R
        Walpole, MA 02081

        Paralyzed Veterans of America
        Boston VA Regional Office
        J.F.K. Federal Building, Rm. 1575-C
        Boston, MA 02203-0393

        Persian Gulf Era Veterans
        State House, Room 545
        Boston, MA 02133
        Toll free: 888-891-1117

        Polish American Veterans (PAV)
        Department of Massachusetts
        9 Daniels Street
        Salem, MA 01970
        State Commander Darrin S. Potorski

        Puerto Rican Veterans Association

        Veterans of Foreign Wars
        State House, Room 546-1
        Boston, MA 02133

        Vietnam Veterans of America
        State House, Room 546-4
        Boston, MA 02133
        Toll free: 800-358-4340
        remember our disabled vets from Doc's Graphics

        Doc's Military Graphics

        Veteran-Related & Non-Veteran Links

        Tribute To Vietnam Veterans: The Vietnam Era (60's & 70's Music)

        Tricorn Commemorative Medals
        Honoring American Veterans, Past & Present
        Tricorn Donates a Portion of Each Commemorative Medal Sale to the
        Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

        Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

        From Sea To Shining Sea
        An Animation Dedicated To Members of Our Military

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