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. Students have the day off today. GEOFF FORESTER

Friday, May 12, 2017

REUNION – The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. This year the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division which was formed in France during World War I. For information about the association and our annual reunion in Arlington, Virginia from September 13 to 17, contact secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net,
call 224-225-1202, or visit www.2ida.org.

FAMILY APPRECIATION –  This year's Florence Armed Forces Day and Military & Veterans Family Appreciation Day Celebration will be May 20 at Look Park in Florence.

The event begins with a 5K morning road race followed by an afternoon of live bands and food.

The 7th annual Florence 5K Race and Fun Walk starts with registration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The race begins at 11 a.m. 

Bands will perform from noon to 6 p.m. 

Runners and walkers can register for the 5K at RUNREG.com or at www.homewardvets.org.

Ticket information for both the race and the concert can be found at www.homewardvets.org.

All proceeds from the race will benefit Homeward Vets, a western Massachusetts non-profit that provides formerly homeless veterans with free furniture when they transition into permanent housing.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between April 28 and May 11. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Joseph O. Mularski, 93, Easthampton, d. April 27; he was a World War II Army prisoner of war veteran who was captured at the Battle of the Bulge.

Albert J. Marchand, 75, Sherman, West Virginia, formerly this area, d. Dec. 9; he served in the United States Army.

John Kevin Hannigan, 68, Northampton, d. April 10; he served in the National Guard Reserve during the Vietnam War.

Douglas F. Laplante, 92, Easthampton, d. May 6; he was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army Air Corps as a flight maintenance gunner in the Pacific Theater. He earned the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Asiatic-Pacific service ribbon with one Silver Star, the American Theater ribbon, Philippine Liberation ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, and completed aerial gunnery school.

Raymond Peter Denkewicz, 90, Millers Falls, d. May 2; he proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a sergeant gunner from 1943-1947.

William R. Mackey, 69, Northampton, d. May 2; he served in the United States Army.

Clifford J. “Jack” Forster Jr., 89, Orange, d. May 7; on July 12, 1945, Jack enlisted into the United States Navy, serving on the USS Mindoro during World War II as a fireman first class. He was honorably discharged on July 19, 1946.

Edward F. Morehouse, 89, Cummington, d. Jan. 3; he was a U.S. Army veteran.

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