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MEETING: The monthly meeting of Fleet Reserve Association Branch 246 will be held March 16 at 1 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

FRA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit professional military organization representing enlisted active, reserve, retired and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Protect benefits earned for serving your country by becoming a member. For further information, contact Dan Bonyeau at 568-0637 or danbonret@comcast.net or John Gannon at 568-8174.

REUNION: USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) shipmates are invited to a reunion Oct. 2 through 6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego.

The event is open to all ship’s company and embarked Navy and Marines Corps personnel.

For information visit ussiwojimashipmates.cfns.net or contact Robert G. McAnally, 152 Frissell St., Hampton, Va. 23663, (757)723-0317, yujack@megalink.net.


Calling the roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette Feb. 14 through 27. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Randolph Wilson Bromery, 87, formerly of Amherst, d. Feb. 26; World War II; U.S. Army Air Corps Tuskegee Airmen.

George J. Miller, 76, Northampton, d. Feb. 24; U.S. Navy, 1956-60, a radio operator, USS Canberra.

Kenneth A. Hamelin, 75, Florence, d. Feb. 22; U.S. Army; Good Conduct Medal.

Daniel Omasta Jr., 92, Hadley, d. Feb. 19; U.S. Navy, boatswain’s mate, USS William P. Biddle, an attack transport; served in numerous campaigns including the battle of Leyte Gulf, the Solomon and Marshall island campaigns and the invasion of Sicily; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars, the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with two stars and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with one Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.

Frank J. Romanowski Jr., 85, Southampton, d. Feb. 17; World War II; U.S. Coast Guard, SS Norway Victory VC2-S-AP3, SS J. Maurice Thompson Liberty; U.S. Navy, USS Saipan.

L.Z. Moulder, 74, Leverett, d. Feb. 16; U.S. Navy; Vietnam War; Army National Guard

Willard H. Thayer, 75, Williamsburg, d. Feb. 14; Korean War; U.S. Army, 1st Calvary Division.

David William Yaukey, Amherst, d. Feb. 9; U.S. Navy.

Dr. Hudson Hard Bates, 89, Worthington, d. Feb. 6; U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1951-54, captain, Australia; World War II Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal for active duty in the U.S.

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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