Veterans Voice: News for vets

  • Old military helmet used as a shade on a one-of-a-kind lamp by Blue Ocean Traders.  Patricia Sheridan—TNS

Published: 11/5/2018 4:52:38 PM

JOB FAIR – MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center is hosting a veterans resource and job fair at Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, on Thursday. The event is free, open to veterans at 10 a.m., and the general public at 11 a.m. Veterans who pre-register with MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center will receive free coaching on how to prepare for the job fair and apply for a job.For more information and to pre-register, contact Michael Anderson at 774-4361 or email

DINNER DANCE – Veterans from all areas, and of all eras of service, are welcome to Winchester Square Vietnam Era Veterans LTD 39th Annual Veterans Day Dinner/Dance on Nov. 17. The event will be held at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee. A cocktail hour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., dinner from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and dancing to the music of DJ "KLS" from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $45 each and sold in advance only – no tickets will be sold at the door. RSVP by Nov. 10. For information and tickets call: Thomas Belton 733-2667, Thomas Hodge 736-3594, or Joshua Lee,  782-6827.

WORLD WAR I PROGRAM – On Nov. 10 at 11 a..m, the South Hadley VFW Post 3104 and South Hadley Public Library will host a World War One program that highlights the history of the lead up to United States entry in to WWI through the Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice. The program salutes the service of Americans at war through music, dance, and readings. 

The 90 min free program is open to the public and suitable for all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY –  The Veterans Council of Northampton and Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 11 a.m. at Pulaski Park, 240 Main St. Guest speaker will be Jennifer Shea, a Northampton resident who volunteers with the Honor Flight program. 

SALUTE TO VETERANS – This year’s annual Salute to Veterans Breakfast will honor the 100th anniversary of World War I. The breakfast will be held Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Elks #997 Lodge, 17 Spring St., Florence.

Veterans Day is the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. The federal legal holiday is Nov. 11. The public is invited. The event is hosted by the Veterans Council of Northampton and Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services. Tickets are $10 for non-veterans and are free for all veterans. Tickets must be obtained in advance at one of the following locations: the VFW Post 8006 in Florence, the American Legion Post 28 in Bay State Village in Northampton; the Elks Lodge #997 in Florence; the World War II Club (The Deuce) in Northampton or at Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services in Northampton.

Tickets will not be available at the door.

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.

THANKSGIVING DINNER – The Florence VFW Post 8006 will host a free Thanksgivi3ng dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at the VFW, 18 Meadow St., Florence. Dinner will be served from 12:30 to 5 p.m., while food lasts. No take out meals. All are welcome, need not be a veteran to attend.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Oct. 19 and Nov. 1. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Russell A. Fournier, 99, Southampton, d. Oct. 23; he served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, and was honorably discharged with the rank of technical sergeant.

Samuel S. Holland Jr., 90, Eastham, formerly Amherst, d. Oct. 13; he was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as part of Operation Teapot, the United States Army’s atmospheric nuclear test program.

George Goodwin, 97, Amherst, d. Oct. 20; he served in the Air Force in the southwest Pacific from 1943-46.

Owen T. Coughlin, 91, Easthampton, d. Oct. 23; he was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II. 

Joseph P. Grabon, 75, Florence, d. Oct. 24; he entered the Army as a 2nd lieutenant and served a tour in Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.

John W. “Jack” Flynn, 92, Northampton, d. Oct. 20; he joined the Navy's V-12 program at Harvard in 1944 where, having been discovered during a pick-up game, he played briefly for the men's varsity basketball team before transferring to Notre Dame's Midshipman's school, training as a navigator, in part, for a possible U.S. invasion of Japan. After two months active duty, his life was likely spared by the rapid conclusion of WWII following the atomic bombs dropped in August 1945. He commented that he and his young buddies had resigned themselves to being trained to die, and were amazed at their good fortune. He was released from service in 1946.

Harvey “Scud” Beetle, 90, of Belmont, New Hampshire, d. Oct. 25; he served in the United States Army from 1946-1948.

Raymond H. “Raymie” Pascoe, 75, Leverett, d. Oct. 27; he served in the United States military.

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