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Post 42 - Lehigh Valley PA

Patron -            Jack Palance

Founded:            2007

For information contact:            uavpost42@gmail.

Meeting days and location:

4th Thursday of the month, 7 PM   

St Mary’s Ukrainian Club

803 N. Front

Allentown, PA 18102

Commander:                                Oleh Balaziuk

Deputy Commander:                Bohdan Zelechiwky

Adjutant                                       Mathew Koziak

Finance Officer                          Jerry Kindrachuk

Quartermaster                             Orest Harasymowych

Chaplain                                      Viktor Litkevycz

Past Commanders:

2007 - 2008                            Viktor Litkevycz

2009 - 2010                            Oleh Balaziuk


Our Patron:  Our Post is dedicated to the memory of Jack Palance. Volodymyr Palahniuk (Ukrainian: Володимир Палагнюк, born February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006), known professionally as Jack Palance, was a Ukrainian American film actor. During half a century of film and television appearances he was nominated for three Academy Awards all as Best Supporting Actor, winning in 1991 for his role in City Slickers.

Jack was extensively involved with the Ukrainian community and its causes.  He made his cattle ranch available for outings and camps of the Ukrainian Boy Scouts (Plast), and lent his fame and talent to many events throughout the world for Ukrainian organizations. In 1986 he was honored by the Ukrainian Institute in New York as Ukrainian of the Year.

With the outbreak of World War II Jack Palance joined the US Army Air Force and served until his discharge in 1944. The GI Bill of Rights provided Palance's tuition at Stanford University, where he studied journalism.

Post History:  The post was organized at the initiative of Mathew Koziak in 2006. Matt is a Past National Commander and a past member of the Brooklyn Post 27.  From the outset the post has been focused on membership and fund-raising to enable us to support the National initiatives and the local projects.

Our most successful fund raising projects have been an annual “Basket of Cheer” raffle, Christmas caroling and an annual Easter kobaca sale.

The raffle is conducted annually at the November anniversary dinner held at St Josephat’s Church in Bethlehem, PA.

Christmas caroling is done in the traditional way with a group of Post members and friends visiting Ukrainian homes bring Christmas wishes and joyful songs of the season.  This has been very well received by the community and each year we are asked by many to remember them and not miss their homes.  The requests have been so great that we will have to expand the participation to multiple groups on multiple weekends.  The proceeds of this fundraiser are dedicated solely to the Monument project of the Ukrainian American Veterans National Organization.

Our members have also participated as Color Guards at the Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day Memorial in November.

Current project(s):            Locate and update memorial plaques or other commemoratives related to the memory of Ukrainian American veterans in the Lehigh Valley.  We are working with local Ukrainian Churches and social clubs to document veterans of Ukrainian descent that have served since the last time the plaques were updated.