Calling the Roll
Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Dec. 22 and Jan. 5. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. F. James “Jim” Osborn, 85, Northampton, d. Dec. 13; he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1954.
Roger M. Lind, 92, Amherst, d. Oct. 13; he served in the Navy during World War II.
William Arthur Gold, 95, Northampton, d. Dec. 23; he enlisted in the United States Army at the start of World War II, and served for just over three years in Newfoundland, Canada, as a decoder.
Clifford D. Twining, 65, Northampton, d. Dec. 1; he served in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1973.
Stanley Bak, 88, Turners Falls, d. Dec. 27; he served as a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Robert A. Potash, 95, Amherst, d. Dec. 30; a summons from the Cambridge Draft Board led to his withdrawal from Harvard graduate school and to his induction into the Army at Fort Devens, on Oct. 17, 1942. After basic training in the medical corps at Camp Pickett, Virginia, he was accepted into the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) in May 1943. In May 1944, he was assigned to the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie, Maryland, and in January 1945, he was activated for overseas service with the 41st Japanese Order of Battle Team, a unit that was scheduled to join the Headquarters of the Tenth Army in Oahu that was preparing for the invasion of Okinawa. However, their troopship arrived after the main battle was over. As part of the force preparing now for the assault on the Japanese mainland, Potash was saved from harm when the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki helped persuade the Japanese emperor to ask for peace. After the Japanese surrender, Potash remained on Okinawa as a member of the Tenth Army Intelligence section, helping to secure the surrender of the small Japanese garrison on the island of Kume Shima and the repatriation of Japanese prisoners from the Ryukyu Islands. He was discharged from the Army at Fort Devens on Feb. 18, 1946, with the rank of Master Sergeant.
Edwin Everett, 88, Williamsburg, d. Dec. 29; he was drafted in 1950 and served in Korea.
James J. Sears, 91, Holyoke, d. Jan. 1; he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, receiving a Bronze Star for his bravery.
Walter C. Goodspeed, 78, Westfield, d. Dec. 30; he served in the U.S. Navy.
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