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Veterans Voice by James Lowe


PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE: A remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be held Friday, Dec. 7, at noon at the Pearl Harbor Veterans Memorial Bridge on Route 5 in Easthampton.

The event commemorates the Japanese attack on a U.S. Navy base in Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941, that killed 2,390 Americans and led to the U.S. entering World War II.

Pearl Harbor survivors to be honored at the event include Augie Woicekoski of Northampton, Joseph Mieleszko of Hatfield, Edward Borucki of Southampton, Harry Chandler of South Hadley, Eugene Galuska of Granby, Lena Gordon of Holyoke, Robert Greenleaf of Westfield and Charles Lockhart of East Longmeadow.

The event is sponsored by the Northampton Veterans Council. Also participating are the American Legion Post 28 of Northampton and Post 224 of Easthampton, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8006 of Florence and Post 3324 of Easthampton.

Calling the roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette Nov. 15 through 28. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Marie V. Boucher, 93, Easthampton, d. Nov. 26; Women’s Army Corps; Europe.

Allen W. Sharpe, 94, South Hadley, d. Nov. 24; U.S. Army; World War II (European Theatre); Silver Star, three Bronze Stars; Army Reserves, major.

Lawrence P. Chase, 84, Northampton, d. Nov. 19; World War II; U.S. Navy, Chicago and Oregon, working on fireboats; Air Force Reserves, captain.

John R. “Jack” Tobin, 89, Florence, d. Nov. 16; U.S. Navy; World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal.

Myron L. Ingham, 91, Granby, d. Nov. 16; U.S. Army Air Corps; World War II.

Robert J. Bibeau, 81, Northampton, d. Nov. 13; U.S. Army; Korean War; Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, National Defense Medal; U.S. Navy; aircraft carrier U.S.S. Independence, 1959-62.

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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