Troop 456 has over 70 years of proud history, filled with the Scouting legacies of hundreds of Scouts and Scouters, from those who established the foundation to the many members of today’s Troop 456 who continue our tradition. 

The content that proceeds here is drawn from the Troop Archives, supplemented with input from past members of Troop 456. This brief history is a work in progress; we apologize for any omissions or errors, which are unintentional. Our Troop Historian welcomes any contributions (information, comments, stories, archival materials, etc.) to be added to our efforts on this page and in our Scout Room. Please feel free to contact the webmaster. 

In the Beginning…

On October 12th, 1945, a group of men held a meeting to discuss their interest in establishing a Boy Scout Troop to benefit the youth of Saint Mark Parish and the surrounding communities. This group, instrumental in the formation of Troop 456, included:

  • R.J. Allgeier
  • Paul F. Kahler
  • Harry Mengers
  • T. Braden Silcott
  • G.F. Roeder
  • John C. O’Mara
  • John C. Smith
  • Rev. Thomas Farrell

On February 28, 1946, as a result of the efforts of the above individuals, Saint Mark Parish was granted a Charter by the Boy Scouts of America for the establishment of a Boy Scout Troop. RJ Allgeier became the first Scoutmaster and Braden Silcott the first Committee Chairman. The fledgling Troop 456 sported a roster of 32 Scouts: 

H. Greenwalt                    G. Mastracci

D. Roth                              D. Lauman

T. Harman                        R. Leider

G. Urban                           F. Buchness

P. Braungart, Jr.             J. Nunn

F. Dugan                          M. Seybold

T. Mueller                        E. Mohler

T. Flynn                            J. Kuhn

W. Stansbury                  R. Belt

F. Kirby                            R. Blume

J. Steuidl                         R. Mentor

R. Roeder                        J. Meyers

G. Cavey                          C. Peters

W. Hiskey                       T. Silcott, Jr.

D. Doughtery                 P. Kruger

J. McDonald                  M. Mueller

By 1947, the Troop grew to 36 Scouts, with boys parting ways and 9 new Scouts joining the roster:

  1. W. Powell, Jr. 
  2. G. Finn 
  3. E Balderson 
  4. J. Hemler 
  5. D.L. Allgeier 
  6. J. Kerby 
  7. H. Greenwood 
  8. J. Mueller 
  9. R. Braungart 

The Troop became very popular in those early years, growing by 1949 to a roster of 51 Scouts and 7 adult leaders.

Adult Leadership

A quality Scout Troop (or any organization) can only succeed with excellent leadership. Facilitating the Scouting program is a demanding challenge and a rewarding endeavor; excellent leadership translates into strong program that offers Scouts the opportunity to develop into young men of strong character, apt responsibility, self-reliance, and a desire to contribute to their community and nation.

Troop 456 has been blessed with a history of dynamic, creative, and caring adult leadership through the yearsDozens of men and women have given freely of their time to help mold the youth of Troop 456 into young men prepared to lead others. Above all others, the Scoutmasters of Troop 456 have served generations of Scouts in Troop 456 and deserve our highest accolades:

  • R. J. Allgeier | 1945-1955
  • Francis R. Hargy | 1955-1960
  • Charles T. Precht | 1960-1965
  • William Kwedar | 1965-1966
  • Roland Gray, Jr. | 1966-1969
  • James Manning | 1969-1972
  • Robert A. Johnson | 1972-1973
  • Kirk A. Trieber | 1973-1976
  • James Koller | 1976-1978
  • Edward Piechowiak | 1978-1980
  • Buddy Sinor | 1980-1985
  • Jacque J. LeVasseur | 1985-1989
  • Richard Byrne | 1989-1992
  • Jacque J. LeVasseur | 1992-2005
  • Brian Macari | 2005-2011
  • P. Sean Burke | 2011-2015
  • Joshua M. Knepper | 2015-2017
  • John Hash | 2017-Present

Additionally, we give special mention to four Scouters who gave so much of themselves to the formation and continuation of our Troop:

  • Harry Mengers
  • Albert Haw
  • Frank Radulski, Sr.
  • George Heath

A Flock of Eagles

Troop 456 has held the honor of providing young Scouts the opportunity to develop skills and a moral philosophy that helps to enhance a Scout’s ability to recognize and reach his own potential. One need only look to the advancement accomplishments of the Scouts in Troop 456 to see the fruits of these opportunities.

Many Scouts have achieved various levels of rank in Troop 456; all are reflections of their accomplishments and a reflection of their growth and success in Scouting, especially considering the many demands on our youthHowever, an impressive many of our Scouts have reached the pinnacle of Scouting, having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The rank is a testament not only to the extraordinary efforts of the Scout but also to the skills, experience, and character of the young man he has become. We proudly present the Eagle Scouts of Troop 456:

  1. Albert Bauman III 1961
  2. Brent Woodburn 1961
  3. Michael DeManss 1965
  4. William Nicklas 1965
  5. Joseph M. Bostwick 1965
  6. John Haw 1967
  7. Richard Gray 1968
  8. Paul Heath 1969
  9. Michael Dzimianski 1969
  10. Patrick Hipsley 1969
  11. Richard Bostwick 1969
  12. David Bostwick 1969
  13. Richard Walsh 1970
  14. Kenneth Eichelman 1971
  15. William Nunn 1971
  16. Thomas Gray 1972
  17. Patrick Farrell 1973
  18. Greg Fuchs 1974
  19. Howard Nicklas 1974
  20. Stephen DeManss 1974
  21. Michael Carey 1975
  22. Albert Haspert Jr. 1976
  23. Frank Radulski Jr. 1976
  24. Gustave McManus 1976
  25. John Kirby 1976
  26. Stephen Hessenauer 1976
  27. Paul Minehart 1976
  28. Charles Lohrfink 1977
  29. Thomas von Hagel 1977
  30. John Kemp 1983
  31. Bernard Bandelin 1983
  32. Peter Manning 1983
  33. Dan Lohrfink 1983
  34. John Reese Jr. 1983
  35. Tom Rothenhoeffer 1983
  36. Alesky Szachnowicz 1984
  37. James Sickle 1984
  38. Sean Fitzpatrick 1985
  39. Michael Havrilla 1987
  40. Dylan Murray 1989
  41. Jonathan Dietrich 1990
  42. Mark Furletti 1990
  43. Aaron Tomarchio 1991
  44. Kevin Dolan 1995
  45. Jacob Wilson 1995
  46. Charles Cheadle 1996
  47. Jacob Miller 1996
  48. Samuel Guida, Jr 1997
  49. Casey Miller 1997
  50. Ira Pfeifer 1997
  51. Clark LeCompte 1997
  52. Mark Miller 1998
  53. John Dugan 1998
  54. Matt Hook 1999
  55. Bobby Barrick 1999
  56. P. J. Schafer 1999
  57. Wayne O’Donnell 2000
  58. Frank Cannon 2000
  59. Daniel Miller 2000
  60. Daniel Koehler 2001
  61. Nicholas Barrick 2001
  62. John Keenan 2001
  63. James Oswald 2001
  64. Zachary Knight 2001
  65. Jason Servary 2001
  66. Sheldon Broedel 2001
  67. Andrew Hill 2002
  68. Justin Rest 2003
  69. Mark Machin 2003
  70. Joe Koehler 2004
  71. Justin Klein 2004
  72. Matt Gaither 2004
  73. Matthew Cannon 2004
  74. Eric Robillard 2004
  75. Bryan Schafer 2004
  76. Christian Macari 2004
  77. Jeremy Seidl 2004
  78. Kyle Keenan 2005
  79. James Koehler 2006
  80. Paul Koehler 2006
  81. Kyle Mitzel 2006
  82. William Rudrow 2006
  83. Bill Mengers Jr. 2006
  84. William Wheltle 2006
  85. Andrew Kukwa 2007
  86. Thomas Dugan 2007
  87. Chris Cimaglio 2007
  88. Vance Kovach Jr. 2007
  89. Josh Knepper 2007
  90. Alex Jones 2007
  91. Colin Keenan 2007
  92. Michael Macari 2008
  93. Ryan McCloskey 2008
  94. Greg Frisina 2008
  95. Eric McCloskey 2008
  96. Ryan Klein 2008
  97. Mike Neuman 2008
  98. Jacob Luco 2008
  99. Gavin Brinker-Cole 2008
  100. Andrew Scott 2008
  101. Andrew Phelps 2008
  102. Robert Hewins 2009
  103. Joseph Barrick 2009
  104. William Foy 2009
  105. Jake Jacob 2009
  106. Hamza Husain 2009
  107. Patrick Wheltle 2010
  108. Steven Kukwa 2010
  109. Tim Hufford 2010
  110. Bruce Donoghue 2010
  111. Patrick Finley 2011
  112. Jerrod Grill 2011
  113. Tommy O’Donnell 2011
  114. Mattia Ippolito 2011
  115. Chris Heppding 2011
  116. Tim Burke 2011
  117. Mike Duffy 2011
  118. Andrew Burton 2011
  119. Mitchell Parrish 2012
  120. Andrew Brown 2012
  121. William Luco 2012
  122. Jordan Flesher 2012
  123. Ryan Buckley 2013
  124. Daniel Noppenberger 2013
  125. Tyler Presslein 2013
  126. Zachary Jones 2013
  127. Daniel Finley 2013
  128. Mason Presslein 2013
  129. David Gambino 2013
  130. Sam Dailey 2013
  131. Ryan Seidl 2014
  132. Andrew Burke 2014
  133. Billy McDonald 2014
  134. Garrett Wack 2014
  135. Evan Flesher 2014
  136. Eric Fly 2014
  137. Andy Rudrow 2015
  138. Clayton Pilcher 2015
  139. Michael Haskell 2015
  140. Erik Vukcevich 2015
  141. David Gevarter 2015
  142. David Luco 2015
  143. Kevin Protzman 2015
  144. Joe Hash 2016
  145. Tobias Wack 2017
  146. Liam Fitzsimmons 2017
  147. Brian Protzman 2017
  148. Nolan O’Donnell 2017

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