Dennis F. Thomas Post #2578
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Mission Statement: The objectives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are: fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational, 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 and fidelity to its Constitution and laws, to foster true patriotism, to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever.
Commander: Rich Waywell
Address: 16 Dana Road, Forestdale, MA 02644
Post 2578 was established in 1948 and is named after PFC Dennis F. Thomas who was a Barnstable resident. He received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, 1st Marine Raider Battalion in action against enemy Japanese forces near the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on October 8-9, 1942. When his battalion moved into a defensive position, PFC Thomas and other members of his platoon bore the heavy brunt of the attack. Approximately 150 Japanese fiercely attacked the small group of Marines with bayonets, grenades and automatic firing weapons. He fought valiantly and desperately in hand-to-hand combat against overwhelmingly hostile forces, refusing to be displaced from his position and would heroically die at his post.
For many years the post was located at 455 Iyannough Road, Hyannis. The post building was sold in 2013 and meeting activity was moved to the Barnstable Municipal Airport.
Webmaster: Frank Serra
Note: 1st-year's dues are waived.
Meeting location: VFW Post 2578 meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 1500 hours at the Barnstable Municipal Airport, 480 Barnstable Road, Hyannis , MA. If you would like to join, basic requirements include having served overseas with appropriate campaign ribbons awarded and honorably discharged. For additional information, contact Commander Rich Waywell at 508-681-8063, or, Quartermaster/Adjutant Frank Serra,