The Foxhole: Who makes up Post 86?
This year, the American Legion is celebrating its 100th birthday. So, over the course of the year, I would like to introduce some of our members who help the post fulfil our mission to the Wilton community, children and youth and our veterans. Some names will be more familiar than others, but they all contribute to the American Legion and Post 86.
This month, I want to introduce myself in a little more detail, and follow the same pattern in future articles.
I was born in Stamford, Conn., grew up in New Milford, and graduated from the University of New Haven in 1981. After two years of futilely searching for a career job, I enlisted in the U.S. Army, Aug. 30, 1983. I then attended basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., then began training as an interrogator at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., in February 1984. After graduating as a 96C (the military nomenclature for interrogator), I started Russian language training at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. Graduating February 1985, I was then sent to Augsburg, West Germany. From there, I was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, detached to Border Resident Office Weiden, West Germany. Weiden is approximately 30 kilometers from the Czechoslovakian border, back then better known as Winston Churchill’s famous “Iron Curtain.”
Because we were considered a remote site, we lived “on the economy” in local housing. My two-room apartment was in part of a barn, on a working dairy farm. My “family” consisted of Oma and Opa (he was a WWII veteran of the Wehrmacht of the Western Front), Mom, Dad and daughter. They were the very best of people, and I spent some time working on the farm alongside them.
Our mission was as an early warning human intelligence asset, working with the West German military, customs bureau, federal and local police. Our assigned area covered about 100 kilometers of border, including a legal border crossing at Waidhaus, West Germany. We were tasked to learn of any build-up of Soviet or Czech forces within a certain area of the border. Fortunately, we never had to activate this early warning system. Along the way, I developed friendships that last to the present day.
I proposed to my wife Nancy (we dated before and during my service, she is American) in Munich in April 1987 and we married my last day on active duty. We have no children, though I love working with them through the post. A few months after leaving the service I became a letter carrier in the Darien post office, from where I retired three years ago. Today, I am the adjutant for Post 86, a post I have held for 18 years. In addition, I was elected adjutant for the 3rd District (Fairfield County) of the Department (state) of Connecticut.
Next month, I will introduce you to a member who quietly performs his duties with no fanfare or publicity, but helps the post continue to perform our duties.
Tom Moore, Adjutant
American Legion Post 86