Veterans Voice: News for vets

  • Patricia Sheridan—TNS

Published: 8/9/2019 4:40:44 PM
Modified: 8/9/2019 4:40:31 PM

PICNIC IN THE PARK – Western Mass Veterans Association will hold its second annual picnic in support of military members, veterans and their family members on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spec Pond Recreation Area off Boston Road in Wilbraham. Musicians Biff Gore and Noah Lis, both contestants on season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice,” will headline.

To help sponsor Veterans Picnic in the Park, to volunteer, or for more information, contact Alicia Smith at 525-5436, extension 1406. Sponsorship and volunteer registration information can be found on the Picnic in the Park web site

INDIANHEAD REUNION – The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our 98th annual reunion in Tucson, Arizona from Sept. 18 to 22, contact Bob Haynes at or call 224-225-1202.

IWO JIMA REUNION – The last reunion for the USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) includes all ships company and embarked Navy and Marine Corps personnel. It will be held at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 2 to 5. Please contact Robert G. McAnally at 152 Frissell St., Hampton, VA 23663, or call (757) 723-0317, or email Visit for more information.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between July 26 and Aug. 8. The information here is what was provided in each obituary.

Donald J. “Red” Johnson, 84, West Barnstable, formerly Amherst, d. July 25; he spent two years in the National Guard reserves.

Vito Luco Bell, Jr., 73, Big Canoe, Georgia, formerly Northampton, d. July 14; he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.

Havelock J. Purseglove III, 86, Florence, d. July 27; he served with the 104th Air National Guard at Barnes Airport, retiring as a master sergeant after 25 years of service. He loved to fly and traveled around the globe with the guard. 

Earle H. Streeter Jr., 92, Cummington, d. July 20; he was a Merchant Marine and U.S. Air Force veteran, earning the rank of staff sergeant at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois.

George Melvin Wardlaw, 92, Amherst, d. July 26; he joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. He graduated from Hospital Corps School in San Diego, California, and in 1946, he received an honorable discharge.

Donald Bouthilette, 83, Fort Myers, Florida, formerly Northampton, d. July 30; he served in the U.S. Army for three years.  

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