The Bedford Minuteman Company: 50 Years of History

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Submitted by the Bedford Minuteman Company

BMMC50thWe, as newer minutemen, wonder what it was like in 1964 when a few men were about to change the course of history again.  Like April 19th of 1775, when the brave men of the Minute Company gathered at the Fitch Tavern, and marched to Concord, under the direction of Captain Jonathan Wilson, as well as the men of the Militia Company, history was written.  That day Captain Wilson died fighting for freedom.

The Flag, known to us today as the Bedford Flag, was said to have been carried to Concord on April 19th, and so with the Proclamation, by the Town of Bedford Selectmen, the Company was reborn.  The Proclamation begins with whereas, The Minutemen of Bedford, carrying the first flag to fly over Americans united in the cause for independence, the Minuteman Company has carried the Flag in every parade and at every event since.

The original recruits were:  John M. Ahearn, Robert F. Biggio, Calvin S. Chapman, John B. Dodge, Daniel J. Donohue, Charles P. Epstein, Jon Lewellen, Warren K. Lewellen, Alan D. Maier, Albert F. Puzzo, Ernest Weinschenk and Frank C. White.  John Ahearn was elected Captain.

Fifty years have passed and we as a Company looked to find every person who ever enlisted in the present Company.  We hope you enjoy seeing your old friends at this dinner held on October 11, 2014, and invite you to visit our website at:

In Memoriam

John Ahearn, Bob Biggio, Bob Blake, Frank Bowman, Art Burns, Bud Chapman, Dick Cooke, Bert Frost, Walt Frost, Neil Hill, Jonathan Lewellen, Warren Lewellen, Ed Magiera, Alan Maier, Tom Marshall, Manny Parker, Charlie Proudfoot, Al Puzzo, Dan Rothenberger, Robbie Schoorens, Larry Shaw, Chris Sheehan, Alex Skavenski, John Stearns, Joe Umanita, Lloyd Walker, and Norm Wright.

Click to read about the Minuteman Company’s gala anniversary celebration

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