Bishop John Stock Post 33 - New Haven, CT
Founded: October 13, 1991
Meeting days and location: First Sunday of the month after the second liturgy in Classroom 2 of the St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall, 569 George Street, New Haven, CT.
For information contact: Carl R. Harvey, Post Commander
841 Alling Road
Orange, CT 06477-1352
Commander Carl R. Harvey
Deputy Commander Orest Dubno
Finance Officer Walter Zinych
Chaplain Andrew Bamber
Short history of the Post
The Ukrainian community in New Haven has had two Ukrainian-American Veterans Posts. The first Post had its organizational meeting on December 26, 1945 and received its charter in May of 1947.The officers of this Post were as follows: President, John Pospur; Vice-President, Joe Golembiewski: Treasurer, Paul Gawron and Secretary, John Grabowiecki. The charter of this newly formed organization stated its mission with the following preamble: “The purpose of this organization is to promote goodwill, and encourage friendship and understanding amongst the Ukrainian people of New Haven and vicinity.”
While the service men and women were away serving their country, a large number of Ukrainian people and descendents of Ukrainian heritage formed a “Ukrainian-American Parent’s Organization.” This group provided invaluable resources in the form of letters and other thoughtful items that helped to improve the morale of these men and women while so far from home. This Parent’s Organization served as a successful liaison between the horrors of war and the reality of returning home to pick up one’s livelihood and to look ahead to the future.
The second Post was established in New Haven on October 13th, 1991. It became the Bishop John Stock Ukrainian-American Veterans Post 33. The founding officers were Commander Carl R. Harvey, Vice Commander Orest Dubno, Adjutant Maxim Thibodeau, Quartermaster Theodore Romaniuk, Finance Officer Walter Zinych and Sgt.-At-Arms Andrew Bamber. Over the years following its formation, the Post was actively involved in such community activities as co-sponsoring dances for many of the special holidays, organizing cruises in New Haven Harbor aboard the S/V Quinnipiack, marching in Veterans Day and Memorial Day parades or participating in the Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies on the New Haven Green. The group took part in many of the events organized by the New Haven Veterans Council. The members of the post also formed the Honor Guards that took part in the Panakhydas for Bishop John Stock in June and for the Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American veterans in November of each year.
The number of Ukrainian-American veterans from the New Haven community who served in the U.S. Armed Services during World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict, the Viet Nam conflict and Middle East conflicts as well as during the years between these events comes to 233. There were many casualties and some deaths but most of the service members did return home to their families and occupations.
Major Projects the Post worked on in the past
1994, UAV Post 33 participated in the Adopt-a-Hospital Project established by
the New Jersey UAV State Department sending 5 large containers of hospital equipment
donated by New Haven area hospitals to Ukraine. The post’s most significant
achievement was the construction of an Honor Roll for veterans from the New
Haven Ukrainian community that is located in our Church Hall. During the spring
of 2008, Post 33 members worked with the two other UAV Posts in Connecticut to
organize the procession that marched from St. Michael’s Church in Hartford to
the CT State Capital for the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the
HOLODOMOR held on May 17, 2008. UAV Post 33 also organized and served as host
for the first CT State UAV Convention that was held on May 30, 2008.
Current major initiative your Post is working on
The Post is just beginning the design phase for the construction of an Honor Roll for veterans of the First Division of Ukraine who have resided in the New Haven Ukrainian community. This plaque will be located in our Church Hall next to the UAV plaque.
Joseph M. Burbela