Veterans Voice: News for area vets

  • left, Thomas Burgess, Larry Didier and Tom Pease, the Florence VFW post 8006 color guard, during the veterans day parade in Northampton Friday morning.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY ESSAY CONTEST — The Veterans Council of Northampton is sponsoring a youth essay contest with the theme, “What does Memorial Day mean to me?”

The winning essay will be published in a special commemorative insert of the Daily Hampshire Gazette May 22 and will be read at the Memorial Day Parade ceremony in Florence May 28. This year is the 150th anniversary of the parade, the longest continuously run Memorial Day parade in the nation.

All students in Northampton public schools or who are home schooled in Northampton are eligible to enter.

The essay must be the student’s original work and no more than 400 words long. A student’s teacher, counselor or parent may check the essay before it is submitted for punctuation, grammar and/or spelling, but the content must remain the student’s words.

A gift prize will be presented to the author of the winning essay at the Memorial Day parade ceremony.

The deadline for submission is April 27. Send your essay to Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services, 240 Main St., Suite #4, Northampton, MA, 01060-3113. For more information, contact Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services at 587-1299.

BOOTS TO BUSINESS  An entrepreneurship training program for veterans and their spouses will be held May 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield. Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step training program that provides an overview of business ownership and knowledge about a business plan, recognizing opportunity and available resources. To register, visit sbavets.force.com.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between April 6 and 19. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Erwin Weston, 95, Northampton, d. April 3; he joined the U.S. Army during WWII, serving from 1942 to 1945. As a staff sergeant he served with the 1120th Combat Engineer Group in northern France, landing at Utah Beach in Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He was attached to the 3rd Armored Division involved in the liberation of the Nordhausen concentration camp in Germany.

Mark A. MacDonald, 73, Athol, d. April 2; he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

Joseph P. “Sonny” Kugler, 74, Easthampton, d. April 4; he was a Vietnam-era veteran serving as an air policeman in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

William “Bill” Edward Griffiths, 93, Easthampton, d. April 8; he was a WWII veteran, serving in the 8th Air Force, stationed in England. He was a radio operator/waist gunner in a B-24 Liberator, flying 27 missions over France and Germany, being shot down three times.

Joseph “Joe” Albert Majike Sr., 90, Easthampton, d. April 5; he enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17. He was a World War II veteran and served from  February 1945 to October 1946 with a rank of sergeant.

William Frank Jubinville, 96, South Hadley, d. April 9; he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific theater in World War II. He returned honorably discharged from the war.

Richard W. “Dick” Clark, 83, Florence, d. April 5; he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his tour stateside, mainly as a member of the ski patrol in Colorado.

Robert “Bob” Paul Dazelle, 87, Fletcher, North Carolina, formerly Westfield, d. April 4; he proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and continued to serve his country afterward in the Air National Guard for a combined 22 years.

Donald Levitan, 90, Northampton, d. April 3; he served in the Navy and was discharged in 1946.

Richard Ellsworth Mudgett, 92, Amherst, d. April 10; he served with the 3rd Marine Division Joint Assault Signal Company during World War II on Guadalcanal, Guam and Iwo Jima.

John Joseph Arbuckle Jr., 69, Westfield, d. April 10; he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Serving with the Army 101st Airborne division, John went on to be awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, as well as a myriad of other decorations for his courageous and selfless actions.

Joseph F. Richard, 92, Arcadia, Florida, formerly Haydenville, d. April 3; at age 17, he entered the U.S. Navy, and served aboard the USS Abbott until World War II ended in 1945.

Raymond L. Buzzee, 86, Easthampton, d. April 16; he was proud to have served our country in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War.

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.