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REUNION: The USS Mount McKinley Association will hold is 25th annual reunion in Portland, Ore., Sept. 18 through 22. The event is open to veterans and associate members of all branches of the military who served about the Amphibious Force Flagship USS Mount McKinley AGC/LCC-7, and to associate members from the Flagship Alliance that served on any of the other AGCs while in commissioned service.

For information contact association Secretary Dwight L. Janzen, djanzen4@msn.com, 2515 East North Altamont Bvld., Spokane, WA 99202-4247, 509-534-3649.

REUNION: The USS Missouri Association is holding its 40th annual reunion at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa., Sept. 10 through 18. For information contact association Vice President Bill Morton at 803-469-3579 or mp63@ftc-i.net or President Jack Stempick at 203-281-4693 or mobb63ct@aol.com.

Calling the roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette June 13 through July 17. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Edward J. Lapinski, 86, Florence, d. July 17; World War II, private, battle star for service in the Pacific Theater; Korean War, U.S. Army, first lieutenant.

Clifton H. Morton, 90, Amherst, d. July 12; World War II; Army Air Corps, Detachment A, Flight 3, 8th Fighter Command, corporal.

Joseph Austin Sperry III, 87, Northampton, d. July 5; World War II, participated in the liberation of France.

Francis “Frank” J. Gula, 87, Holyoke, d. July 1; World War II, Philippines.

Paul Vincent Parker, 72, Easthampton, d. July 1; U.S. Air Force, 1959-63.

James E. Pelissier, 56, Florence, d. July 1; U.S. Army, sharpshooter; Massachusetts Air National Guard, 1982-85.

Emil Dihlmann, 96, Shutesbury, d. June 27; World War II; U.S. Army Air Corps, 350th Bombardment Squadron. As a radio operator on a B-17 bomber based in Alconbury, England, he flew many missions over Europe.

Eugene E. Warawka, 87, Florence, d. June 27; World War II; U.S. Navy.

Robert J. Graham, 62, Florence, d. June 26; U.S. Army, 1968-70.

Horace Leo Fleury, 93, Amherst, d. June 25; World War II; U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1942-45, in North Africa, India, Burma and China; Bronze Star.

Thomas “Tom” James Lucchesi Sr., 80, Easthampton, d. June 25; Korean War; U.S. Navy, engineman third class aboard the Destroyer USS Forrest Royal.

Anthony J. Panzica Jr., 89, Northampton, d. June 23; World War II; U.S. Army.

Stanley J. “Teeny” Kugler, 89, Hatfield, d. June 21; World War II; U.S. Army, 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion; five battle stars for action in France, Belgium and Germany, the battles being the Hurtgen Forest, the junction with the Russian forces, the Bulge, Central Germany and the Rhineland.

Kenneth B. Pease Jr., 86, Worthington, d. June 20; World War II; U.S. Army, served with the occupational forces in Germany.

John W. Brainard, 63, Northampton, d. June 16; Vietnam War; U.S. Army, SP5.

Paul P. Fabry, 81, Sunderland, d. June 15; U.S. Marine Corps; Korean War.

Edward P. Kostek, 66, Hadley, D. June 7; U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War.

Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles Sr., 90, Amherst, d. June 1; World War II; Naval Reserve V-5 flight training program.

Veterans Voice appears on the first and third Saturday of the month. Readers are encouraged to submit questions, story ideas, announcements, military photos with captions and other materials of interest to veterans. Send submissions to Veterans Voice, c/o James Lowe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, MA 01061; or email jlowe@gazettenet.com.

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