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.

Friday, May 04, 2018

CAR SHOWS – The Florence VFW Post 8006 will hold fundraising car shows at the Bluebonnet Diner on King Street, Northampton, on selected Wednesdays throughout the summer. Dates are: May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, and Sept. 18. The shows benefit the veterans, veterans auxillary, and community projects. They start at 5 p.m. and run until dusk. There will be music, great food and beverages. For more information call 584-8396 or access the VFW web site at vfwpost8006.com.

Calling the Roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between April 20 and May 3. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Dave Wilga, 57, Anchorage, Alaska, formerly Hadley, d. April 14; he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1979 and worked for 20 years in helicopter search-and-rescue and computer technology at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and Coast Guard Headquarters. He received numerous medals and awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the U.S.C.G. Rifleman Medal and two U.S.C.G. Commendation Medals, as well as two U.S.C.G. Commendations, four U.S.C.G. Unit Commendations, as well as U.S.C.G. Pistol Marksman.

Glenn W. Stowell Jr., 91, Hadley, d. April 16; he served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II.

Paul N. Grimard, 91, Turners Falls, d. April 11; he enlisted in the US Army, serving from January 1952 to December 1954 during the Korean War era, stationed in Germany for 15 months.

Hubert H. Tacke, 83, Huntington, d. April 24; he served his country in the U.S. Army, becoming a highly regarded marksman.

William H. Mullen, 79, Southwick, formerly Easthampton, d. April 25; he was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning to the area, he enlisted with the Air National Guard 104th Air Wing in Westfield, working as a jet engine mechanic for 35 years, retiring as a master sergeant in 1990.

Donald Leroy Brooks, 84, Hatfield, d. May 1; he was a U.S. Navy veteran of 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.