Veterans Voice: News for vets

  • Old military helmet used as a shade on this one-of-a-kind lamp by Blue Ocean Traders. (Patricia Sheridan/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS) Patricia Sheridan—TNS

Published: 9/26/2018 12:11:01 PM

AUXILIARY MEETINGS – American Legion Auxiliary Unit 224, Easthampton, holds unit meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. All eligible female family members or female veterans are welcome.

PIG ROAST – American Legion Riders Chapter 224, Easthampton, will hold its 15th anniversary pig roast on Oct. 13 at the Dalton Lavallee American Legion Post 224, 190 Pleasant St., Easthampton. A social hour will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by dinner, music provided by a DJ, and raffles, including a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the post, from any American Legion rider, or by calling Sylvia at 665-1250.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between  Sept. 7 and 20. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Robert Thomas Crafts, 74, Florence, d. Sept. 7; he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Donald L. “Rags” Owens, 88, Haydenville, d. Sept. 11; he enlisted into the United States Air Force.

James A. Zedonis, 94, Easthampton, d. Sept. 9; he was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Marines in the Pacific, first with the ground crew of the 115th Fighter Squadron at Okinawa, and later at Sasebo during the occupation of Japan.

Paul A. Blais, 87, Southwick, formerly Easthampton, d. Sept. 16; he was a United States Navy veteran who served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars with the U.S. Atlantic fleet, serving on the USS Alshain, USS Macomb, USS Preserver, USS Aldebaran, USS Cadmus and the USS Thomas E. Fraser.

Robert C. Belado, 91, Amherst; he joined the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in East Boot Camp on Manhattan Beach in New York City. Later he was sent to Atlantic City where he was trained as a radio operator and maintenance worker. Later he was sent to fire damage control school where he learned welding. He left his military career after serving last in Alameda, California.

Joseph J. Kargul, 87, Holyoke, formerly Northampton, d. Sept. 16; he was a Marine veteran, serving in the Korean War. 

Rolf Hakon Korstvedt, 90, Redondo Beach, California, formerly Northampton, d. Aug. 26; he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, where he painted acrylic eyes to replace the eyes of injured servicemen.

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