Boy Scout Troop 105 of Schwenksville has a long history of helping soldiers -dating back to World War I. So when one of their own was deployed to Iraq, they stepped it up a notch.
Troop 105 Eagle Scout and Perkiomen Valley High School graduate Sgt. Peter Duchak, of the 172nd Stryker Battalion, served just under a year in Iraq – three days short actually, when he and his unit were redeployed to Baghdad. Duchak’s mother contacted former Scoutmaster David Sauls, to casually let him know about the situation. Sauls did the same thing, e-mailing the members of Troop 105, just to inform them that a former Eagle Scout was serving, again, overseas. But Sauls had no idea his e-mail would result in boxes and boxes of generosity.
“I was the Scoutmaster and I stepped down … I’m not heavily involved, but I still go to some of the troop’s events,” Sauls said. “I just sent out an e-mail to the troop that said let’s remember what Peter’s doing over there and let’s keep him in our prayers, and one of the mothers had an idea.” The mother was Susan Koederitz.