​​​Burlington Post 273

As always your donations and support are welcomed and appreciated in our effort to supply care packages to our troops..

E-Board members meet the second Sunday of the Month @ 10:30AM
 Regular Members meet the second Sunday of the Month @11:00AM

 Ladies Auxiliary Members meet the first Tuesday of the Month @ 6:00PM
 Sons Members meet the first Monday of the Month @ 600PM

 Note: Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

In Fond Memory of Kenneth Plant

Ken Plante was a former Commander of the American Legion Post 273 in Burlington. He was our Honor Guard and Rifle Squad Captain. Ken served our country as a Mechanized Infantry Staff Sergeant with the famed 1st Cavalry Division for 2 tours in Vietnam. He volunteered for the terrifying duty as Tunnel Rat crawling into enemy entrenched tunnels with only a flashlight and pistol flushing out and hunting the VC and NVA Enemy Soldiers, underground in tight quarters. Survivability rate of a Tunnel Rat was extremely low. SSG Plante was wounded in combat twice and was a recipient of 2 Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge known in the Infantry profession as the CIB. A badge all Infantryman strive to attain. The true mark of a Warrior and Professional Soldier. Ken fought those battles for many years after the war and those experiences catapulted him into a life of service to help and assist his fellow veterans. SSG Plante was ever present and always available to help Veterans. He didn't talk much about his combat service but he was ALWAYS talking with pride about his children!!! Til Valhalla brother Steve Dupuis American Legion Post 273.

In Fond Memory of Jim O'Brien

Comrade "Jungle Jim" O'Brien was a longtime member of Post 273.  He held many different offices to include 4 terms as Post Commander and instrumental in getting the Honor and Color Guard going. Jim proudly fought in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine.  He then went on to serve in the U.S. Army Infantry with NATO in Italy.  Jim was enrolled in the Massachusetts Army National Guard Officer Candidate School when debilitating sickness from Agent Orange exposure rendered him disabled and forced him to medically retire from the military. He was extremely proud of his daughter Erin and could be found around the "shoe" bragging with a smile about her achievements. Jim was a pillar of this Post and will be missed.

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            In Fond Memory of Kenneth Ramsdell

Kenneth Charles Ramsdell, a retired Custodian of the Burlington School System, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday afternoon, February 10, 2018. He was 72 years old.
Ken was born in Woburn. He was raised and educated in Burlington and a 1964 graduate of Burlington High School. After High School he immediately enlisted in the United States Army serving his country during the Vietnam War. He served two tours of service the first one from 1964 to 1967. His first tour ended on September 20, 1967 and he immediately reenlisted on September 21, 1967 serving his country until 1971. Ken was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal with two O/S Bars which was awarded for his serving during combat, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60/Device.
Ken was an active lifetime member of the American Legion Burlington Post 273, and an officer of Burlington's Allied Veteran's Council. He was involved with these organizations for over 30 years, dedicating his time to improving the lives of Veterans and their families. He was currently serving as the Finance Officer for the American Legion and was Post Commander in 1996 as well as a past member of the Executive Board and Post Adjutant. Ken served as Honor Guard at many of the parades and ceremonies throughout the years. If there was an event honoring Veterans, he would be there. He was also a member of the July 4th Parade Committee. Ken volunteered for many of the charitable events that the American Legion participated in such as staffing the wish tree at the Burlington Mall for People Helping People. Nothing made him happier than spending time with his Legion Buddies. Every year they took golf trips, traveling to various places in and out of the country. He also enjoyed watching the Patriots, the Red Sox or one of the other Boston Sports teams. Ken was employed as a Custodian in the Burlington School System for over 32 years. He worked at the High School, Memorial School and Pine Glen School. He took pride in his work and enjoyed his daily interaction with the teachers, administration and the students. His family was an important part of his life and he had a close relationship with his three sisters. He never missed a family gathering and was very proud to be an Uncle and a Great Uncle. He also enjoyed being at his home working on his vegetable and flower gardens. Ken will be remembered as a quiet, humble professional, and will be sorely missed by his family and the Veteran community of Burlington
Ken was the beloved son of the late Robert and Anna Ramsdell. He was the loving brother of Judith A. Osborne & her husband Brian of Burlington, Susan E. Ramsdell of Billerica & her partner Vinnie Miraglia of Malden, Marcia Lancelotte & her husband John of Burlington and the late Robert E. Ramsdell. Also survived by 6 nieces and nephews & 7 great nieces and nephews.

Hall rentals are available to members at  a special rate, call  339-234-3105 for rates and availability.