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Veterans Voice


DAV CHAPTER #92 will meet Sept. 26, and thereafter on the second Thursday of each month at the VFW in Florence. All are welcome.

Calling the roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette Aug. 1-Sept. 4. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

William J. “Bill” Sienkiewicz Jr., 64, South Deerfield, d. July 27; U.S. Army.

Edward H. Perron, 88, Amherst, d. July 29: World War II, U.S. Army 140th Ordinance Division, heavy vehicle mechanic, European Theater of Operations during the Rhineland and Central Germany campaigns. After V-E, his unit was re-deployed to the Philippines and later performed occupation duty in Japan.

James R. “Jim” McConnell, 87, of South Hadley, d. July 24; U.S. Army sergeant, 1944-1946.

Mabel Alma Yearly, 103, formerly of West Hatfield and Northampton, d. March 9; U.S. Navy Waves.

Bernard W. Mizula, 88, of Whately, d. Aug. 1: World War II, U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry in England, Germany and France as a mortar specialist and mechanic. Awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.

Vincent Ridel, 92, Cummington, d. Aug. 2; World War II U.S. Navy pilot.

Dr. James H. “Jim” Averill, 91, of Westhampton, d. Aug. 3; World War II, U.S. Navy, attended Harvard Medical School under the auspices of the Navy.

John A. Frodyma, 90, of Hadley, d. Aug. 4; World War II, U.S. Army, Battle of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was also a part of the 8th Air Force, and the 3rd Army in France and England. Five battle stars and a Bronze Star Medal.

Rudolph A. “Rudy” Woloss, 87, of South Deerfield, d. Aug. 7; World War II, Merchant Marines.

Donald Papillon, 86, of Florence, d. July 30; World War II, U.S. Army, served in the Philippine Islands with the 94th Infantry Division’s 29th “To Do” unit, achieving the rank of sergeant.

Charles Kott, 72, of Florence, d. Aug. 9; U.S. Army.

Michael J. Majewski Sr., 91, of Hadley, d. Aug. 17; U.S. Marines.

Joseph R. Ravish Jr., 70, of West Hatfield, d. Aug. 19; Vietnam War, U.S. Navy.

Arthur L. Leland, 76, of Laurel, Md., d. July 3; served in the U.S. Army, 1958-1961.

Daniel Carpenter Sr., 91, formerly of Easthampton, d. Aug. 21; served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator during World War II.

Thomas W. Merrigan, 86, of Greenfield, d. Aug. 24; served in the United States Army as a military police officer in Europe, 1945-1947.

John R. Lee, 88, of Amherst, d. Aug. 22; enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II as a ball turret gunner instructor on a B17.

Allen W. Williams, 88, of Leverett, d. Aug. 22; enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in June of 1944 and was assigned to 1386th AAF, Iceland Base Command until his honorable discharge in December 1946.

John P. “J.P.” Shea Jr., 22, of Easthampton, d. Aug. 20; a veteran of the war in Afghanistan in 2011-2012, serving with the 1st Battalion 182nd Infantry Regiment of MA Army National Guard of Melrose.

David A. Gibson, 96, of Hadley, d. Aug. 22; World War II, served as a private soldier, an infantry officer in the 79th Infantry Division, and s an intelligence officer on the staff of XV Corps, where he participated in the campaigns of the European Theater of Operations.

Joseph P. Gentes, 85, of Easthampton, d. Aug. 25; served in the U.S. Coast Guard for several years.

Arthur L. Scarborough, 96, d. May 10; served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War II; enlisted in the Army Air Force and later served in Korea, later becoming an Air Force recruiter in Chicopee. He retired from military service in 1966.

Donald R. Affhauser, 92, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., formerly of Florence, d. Aug. 24; A World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Signal Corps. He received a Bronze Star, Victory Medal, American Theatre Ribbon and Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon.

Leonard Malinoski, 70, of Bernardston, d. Aug. 31; joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam conflict.

John F. Guiel, 86, of Northampton, d. Aug. 29; World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Curtis.

Thomas F. Marhefka Sr., 73, of Greenfield, d. Aug. 30; U.S. Air Force.

Jim Glazier, 85, of Leverett, d. Aug. 26; U.S. Navy, 1945-46.

John F. Guiel, 86, of Northampton, d. Aug. 29; World War II, served in the U.S Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Curtis.

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 Brenda Nelson, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, MA 01061; or email bnelson@gazettenet.com.

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