Veterans Voice: News and events for area veterans

  • 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

Friday, February 09, 2018

FLORENCE VFW FUNDRAISERMarch 9“Shindig” in the Florence VFW grand ballroom — Club V, 18 Meadow St. will feature In Session of Boston playing lots of old and new Irish tunes to raise money to benefit the VFW.

Included in the $15 ticket price is a corned beef dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by music at 7:30 p.m. There will be a raffle, cash bar and possibly some surprise giveaways.

Tickets are on sale now online through the Post’s Facebook page @VFWpost8006Official, the VFW bar, or at the door for $20. The VFW is a cash-only establishment.

The building, home to many community clubs and gatherings beyond veterans, is in need of repairs to the foundation, an elevator to enable handicap access and general up keep. Donations are appreciated and enable the VFW to continue to serve the community in a multi-use facility. Please call the Post any day after 2 p.m. at 584-8006 for more information.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Jan. 26 and Feb. 8. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

George Allen Kinner, 91, Casa Grande, Arizona, formerly Northampton, d. Jan. 16; he was a veteran of the Army Air Corps.

Walter S. Kurtyka, 70, Turners Falls, d. Jan. 25; he was a U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran, serving aboard the USS Donner, and obtaining the rank of petty officer third class as a yeoman.

William Robert Smith, 91, Tampa, Florida, formerly Woodbridge, Connecticut, d. Jan. 18; he protected this country, serving as a Navy gunner and became a decorated World War II veteran of the United States Navy. He served in the initial invasion of the Marshall Islands, Saipan and Enewetak and remained active throughout WWII.

Karl W. Berger, 83, Easthampton, d. Jan. 26; he served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War conflict and the Vietnam War.

Joseph Frederick Ryan, 87, Northampton, d. Jan. 2; he was a proud member of the United States Army. He served our county for three years during the Korean conflict.

Richard A. Seney, 86, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, formerly Northampton, d. Jan. 21; he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951 and spent the next four years serving his country and traveling the world.

Charles S. “Chuck” Brannigan, 70, Easthampton, d. Jan. 31; he was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, serving in the United States Army. He went on to serve many more years in the United States Army Reserves.

Steven B. Conners, Northampton, d. Jan. 30; he was a proud U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam conflict.

Alfred R. LaMountain Jr., 88, Sunderland, d. Feb. 3; he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954, assigned to the Air Police during the Korean War.

Lee R. Perkins, 73, Greenfield, d. Feb. 3; he was a United States Air Force veteran stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was honorably discharged in 1966.

Veterans Voice appears twice each month. Send submissions to Veterans Voice, c/o Brenda Nelson, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, MA 01061; or email bnelson@gazettenet.com.