In commemorating the more than 60 years of Boy Scout activity, it was decided to peek back over the times to honor those Scouts and Scouters who established the foundation for today’s Troop 456.

Our review of the files of the Troop that we found in the Scout Room at Saint Mark brought to our attention that many gaps exist in the information available. To fill in some of the gaps we consulted with some of the past members of Troop 456. Even so, we recognize that some names and major activities have not been noted in this brief history of Troop 456. We therefore apologize for any omissions or errors that we have made. They are unintentional. If you would like to add any information to the Troop history page, please feel free to email the webmaster.

In the Beginning…

A meeting was held on October 12th, 1945 by a group of men who were interested in establishing a Boy Scout troop for the youth of Saint Mark and the surrounding communities. The following individuals were instrumental in this initial formation of Troop 456:

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

As a result of the efforts of the above individuals, Saint Mark Church was granted a Charter by the Boy Scouts of America on February 28, 1946 for the establishment of a Boy Scout Troop. Mr. Allgeier was the first Scoutmaster and Mr. Silcott the Committee Chairman. The Scout Roster for 1946 provided the following 32 names:

H. Greenwalt, D. Roth, T. Harman, G. Urban, P. Braungart, Jr. F. Dugan, T. Mueller, T. Flynn, W. Stansbury, F. Kirby, J. Steuidl, R. Roeder, G. Cavey, W. Hiskey, D. Doughtery, J. McDonald, G. Mastracci, D. Lauman, R. Leider, F. Buchness, J. Nunn, M. Seybold, E. Mohler, J. Kuhn, R. Belt, R. Blume, R. Mentor, J. Meyers, C. Peters, T. Silcott, Jr., P. Kruger, M. Mueller

In 1947 the Troop grew to 36 Scouts. Of the original 32 Scouts, 5 were no longer affiliated with the Troop in 1947. Nine new Scouts joined the Troop in 1947. They were:

W. Powell, Jr. G. Finn, E Balderson, J. Hemler, D. L. Allgeier, J. Kerby, H. Greenwood, J. Mueller, R. Braungart

The Troop became very popular. It grew to 51 Scouts by 1949. This figure does not include the 7 adult leaders.

Adult Leadership

No Scout Troop, or any other organization as well, can sustain itself for very long without excellent leadership. Leadership is only as good as the respect earned by those who lead. The history of Troop 456 reflects a dynamic, creative, and caring leadership by all of the adults who have, from time to time, been involved with the Troop. The programming of activities for the Scouts is a most demanding challenge for any group of adults, but planning activities that are intended to offer Scouts the opportunity to develop into a social being who desires to contribute to the moral development of a caring community and nation is the essence of excellence in leadership.

Listed below are the Scoutmasters of Troop 456. These men, above all others that have served Troop 456, are those who have given freely of their time to help mold the members of Troop 456 into the young men who are prepared to lead others in their jobs and communities. These men 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
  • Ed Piechowiak 1978-1980
  • Buddy Sinor 1980-1985
  • Jacque LeVasseur 1985-1989
  • Richard Byrne 1989-1992
  • Jacque LeVasseur 1992-20xx
  • Brian Macari 20xx-2011
  • Sean Burke 2011-Present

In addition to the Scoutmasters listed, we must also give special mention to the following four Scouters who have also given so much of themselves to the formation and continuation of this Troop:

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

A Flock of Eagles

Troop 456 has had the honor of providing the incentive to young Scouts to develop skills and a moral philosophy that serves to enhance each Scout’s ability to pursue his dreams consistent with his willingness to strive in recognizing his own potential. One need only examine the advancement accomplishments of the Scouts in Troop 456 to know that the leadership within the Troop, adult and senior Scouts, continues to stimulate the desire to improve one’s self.

Since the beginning of Troop 456, many Scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Many other Scouts have achieved various levels of rank that was no less an endeavor considering the many demands upon our youth, such as school work, home chores, part times jobs, family activities, sports involvement, and other social activities. Of course the list can go on, but the point is that the achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout in not the only measurement for commitment and success, it is one of many. We proudly present the Eagle Scouts of Troop 456:

We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please email the webmaster for any changes.

  1. Brent Woodburn 1961
  2. Albert Bauman III 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. Jacob Wilson 1995
  45. Kevin Dolan 1995
  46. Jacob Miller 1996
  47. Charles Cheadle 1996
  48. Clark LeCompte 1997
  49. Ira Pfeifer 1997
  50. Samuel Guida 1997
  51. Casey Miller 1997
  52. John Dugan 1998
  53. Mark Miller 1998
  54. Matt Hook 1999
  55. Bobby Barrick 1999
  56. P. J. Schafer 1999
  57. Frank Cannon 2000
  58. Daniel Miller 2000
  59. Wayne O’Donnell 2000
  60. Zachary Knight 2001
  61. James Oswald 2001
  62. Jason Servary 2001
  63. Sheldon Broedel 2001
  64. John Keenan 2001
  65. Daniel Koehler 2001
  66. Nicholas Barrick 2001
  67. Andrew Hill 2002
  68. Justin Rest 2003
  69. Mark Machin 2003
  70. Christian Macari 2004
  71. Jeremy Seidl 2004
  72. Eric Robillard 2004
  73. Matthew Cannon 2004
  74. Justin Klein 2004
  75. Bryan Schafer 2004
  76. Matt Gaither 2004
  77. Joe Koehler 2004
  78. Kyle Keenan 2005
  79. William Wheltle 2006
  80. Bill Mengers Jr. 2006
  81. James Koehler 2006
  82. Kyle Mitzel 2006
  83. Paul Koehler 2006
  84. William Rudrow 2006
  85. Alex Jones 2007
  86. Colin Keenan 2007
  87. Josh Knepper 2007
  88. Andrew Kukwa 2007
  89. Vance Kovach Jr. 2007
  90. Thomas Dugan 2007
  91. Chris Cimaglio 2007
  92. Gavin Brinker-Cole 2008
  93. Mike Neuman 2008
  94. Andrew Phelps 2008
  95. Andy Scott 2008
  96. Jacob Luco 2008
  97. Ryan Klein 2008
  98. Michael Macari 2008
  99. Ryan McCloskey 2008
  100. Greg Frisina 2008
  101. Eric McCloskey 2008
  102. William Foy 2009
  103. Hamza Husain 2009
  104. Jake Jacob 2009
  105. Joseph Barrick 2009
  106. Robert Hewins 2009
  107. John “Jake” Jacob 2009
  108. Bruce Donoghue 2010
  109. Tim Hufford 2010
  110. Steven Kukwa 2010
  111. Patrick Wheltle 2010
  112. Tim Burke 2011
  113. Chris Heppding 2011
  114. Andrew Burton 2011
  115. Mike Duffy 2011
  116. Tommy O’Donnell 2011
  117. Mattia Ippolito 2011
  118. Patrick Finley 2011
  119. Jerrod Grill 2011
  120. Ryan Buckley 2012
  121. William Luco 2012
  122. Daniel Noppenberger 2012
  123. Mitchell Parrish 2012
  124. Andrew Bown 2012
  125. Jordan Flesher 2012
  126. Daniel Finley 2013
  127. Zachary Jones 2013
  128. Tyler Presslein 2013
  129. Sam Dailey 2014
  130. Mason Presslein 2014
  131. David Gambino 2014