Our post was named after Alberton W. Vinal, a North AlbertonChelmsford resident. Born on January 11, 1895, he attended Chelmsford schools, and after graduation found work as a milkman. At the outbreak of WWI he enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard. He was assigned to Co. K 6th Infantry and was made a Wagoneer. He was soon transferred to the 101st Engineering Train of The U.S. Army’s 26th Division, and later the Yankee Division.
He was sent to Europe on April 13, 1917, where he drove a Gravestonetruck on the battlefields of France. On June 19, 1918, he was killed by enemy fire while driving his truck across a battlefield in Bouco, France. He was the first Chelmsford soldier to be killed in the War.
Soon after his death his mother, Elizabeth, was named the first president of the Chelmsford American Legion Unit. She became Chelmsford’s first Gold Star Mother.
A few years later a statue, dedicated to all of Chelmsford’s war dead, monumentand a plaque dedicated to Lt. Egbert F. Tetley, Cpl. George R. Quessy, and Alberton W. Vinal, was erected in what is now called Vinal Square. The Chelmsford American Legion Unit was also renamed the Alberton W. Vinal American Legion Post 313


pow table

  • The table is round – to show our everlasting concern.
  • The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
  • The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.
  • The red ribbon symbolizes our continued determination to account for them.
  • A slice of lemon reminds us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
  • A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.
  • The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return – alive or dead.
  • The Bible represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under God, to sustain those lost from our midst.
  • The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share a toast.
  • The chairs are empty – they are missing.

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  1. Very hard to enter captcha code from my kindle fire.I was sickened by agent Orange while stationed on guam.I’ve been denied several times by different service organizations, I have an appeal pending can’t wait to show New evidence I was diagnosed with WALDENSTROM MACRO GLOBULAR ANEMIA AND DIABETES 2 MELLITUS in 2003 ,put on social security disability in 2005 lost my job,my new job was to fight incurable blood cancer or else.I’m in remission but I’m under doctors care for incurable blood cancer he monitors my blood test every three months.I’m always tired &weak and short of breath ,I am not the man I use to be,I feel betrayed by my gov for dening my health problems.please remember me and all who were sprayed and betrayed .RSVP.

    • Hi Bart,
      Sorry to hear of your condition. You and all who suffer from the spraying are in our prayers and thoughts. Hope you can find some information on our site or the Legion National site that will be of use to you. God Bless

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