Veterans Voice: News for vets

  • The military color guard marches at the beginning of the Veterans ceremony at Rundlett Middle School Thursday in honor of the holiday. GEOFF FORESTER

Friday, September 01, 2017

FREE TRANSPORTATION – Springfield Partners for Community Action drivers will provide scheduled, free transportation for veterans to upcoming special events, and for limited basic errands, such as grocery shopping. The agency provides free shuttle service to andfrom free veterans’ luncheons in Northampton and Holyoke.

The September schedule includes: Greater Boston Stand Down, Friday; Military Appreciation Day at The Big E, Sept. 15; Connecticut Stand Down, Sept. 22; and Western Mass Stand Down, Sept. 29.

Every Wednesday transportation is provided for lunch at the World War II Club in Northampton, and every Thursday for lunch at Saint Paul’s Auditorium in Holyoke.

A Stand Down is an event which brings together various providers in order to give veterans easy and immediate access to services in one place.

Veterans get in free to all of the events mentioned above. All transportation is by pre-arranged appointment; call Pat Wilson to reserve a space in the shuttle van at 263-6500 x 6501.

RECONCILIATION JOURNEY –  Co-founders Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt will co-lead Soldier’s Heart’s 17th annual Healing and Reconciliation journey to Viet Nam from Oct. 31 to Nov. 14, assisted by in-country guide and ARVN veteran Tran Song. All reconciliation journeys are experiences of healing, forgiveness, restoration, peace making and joy. Special features of this journey include: visiting areas of service and designing meaningful ceremonies of remembrance; honoring and participating in international healing and reconciliation events for Veterans Day with our Vietnamese counterparts; meetings and programs with Vietnamese veterans from different factions and wars to promote international understanding, peace, reconciliation; philanthropic projects that help both sides heal.

Estimated cost is $3,900​ plus international airfare.

Please make contact as soon as possible if you are interested in joining.  Visit www.soldiersheart.net for an application and forward your $500 deposit (includes $100 non-refundable registration fee). Contact Soldier’s Heart if you have any concerns you would like to explore. If you are a veteran with financial challenges, please make contact; a matching financial aid fund and guidance in raising money for the trip is available.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Aug. 18 and 31. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Nancy Sienkiewicz, 77, Clearwater, Florida, formerly Northampton, d. Aug. 1; she enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran, serving from 1958 to 1961.

Nathan G. “Nate” Sherwood, 93, Amherst, d. Aug. 17; he served in the Army Air Force during World War II, being one of the “Greatest Generation.”

Robert R. Healey, 89, Westfield, d. Aug. 14; he served his country in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer, second class, a plane captain, and crew leader of Fighter Squadro 33 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Leyte during the Korean War.

Terry Krumm, 73, Rowe, d. Aug. 20; he served a stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Wayne E. Lacey, 80, Hatfield, d. Aug. 24; he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Timothy Francis Tobin, 77, Hatfield, d. Aug. 19; in 1961 he joined the U.S. Army, where he received his high school equivalency diploma and served during the Berlin Crisis in Germany.

George E. Marney, 71, Williamsburg, d. Aug. 23; he served in the Army National Guard.

Ronald T. Gloutak Sr., 85, Southampton, d. Aug. 26; he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in France for most of his service.

William “Bill” Robert Compton, Hadley, d. Aug. 22; he served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947.

Charles M. Carder, 95, Pittsfield, d. Aug. 30; he served honorably as a radio gunner in the Naval Air Service during World War II. He first served in Africa, then Sicily, and finally training others in Germany at the close of the war.

Paul Robinson Rothery Jr., 89, Amherst, d. Aug. 23; he served in the U.S. Army in South Korea from 1947 to 1948.

Veterans Voice appears twice each month. Send submissions to Veterans Voice, c/o Brenda Nelson, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, MA. 01061; or email bnelson@gazettenet.com.