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Paul S. Aiesi
1918 - 2013


LEOMINSTER---Paul S. Aiesi formerly of Cape Cod and Leominster, Ma. and  living in Florida since 2006 passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday morning June 17th 2013.

Born September 28th 1918 in Fitchburg, Ma. he was the son of the late Filippo Aiesi and Giovannina Piccicuto Aiesi . He was an outstanding competitive football player in high school and graduated from Fitchburg High class of 1938.

He was a World War II Veteran and served 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a  Pharmacist’s Mate First Class along with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion aboard the USS Montrose . He received the Purple Heart  exhibiting outstanding courage, determination, gallantry, and heroism which contributed to the capture of Omaha Beach Normandy, France, D-Day  June 6th 1944.

Among other medals he received  were the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European Theatre Medal-1 Arrow, Philippine Liberation Medal- 1 star, Asiatic-Pacific Medal-2 stars, Croix Deguerre Medale and  The Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for Extraordinary Heroism to the 6th Naval Beach Battallion. He was also a member of the Domain of the Golden Dragon.

It was after the war when he met his beautiful wife  Lina Valeri. They wed on June 22, 1946 and were married for 58 wonderful years until her death in 2004.

He attended Fitchburg State College and Worcester Technical School where he received his degree in engineering and was employed as a Project Engineer at both Independent Lock,  Fitchburg, Ma. and later Rayovac , Clinton, Ma.

He was a loving husband and wonderful father, grandfather , great grandfather, uncle, great uncle, cousin, and friend to all. He was our HERO. He will truly be missed and loved by all.

He retired in 1982 and both he and his wife enjoyed many relaxing carefree years  living in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod .

Among his favorite pass times , especially the Cape Cod Baseball League, he was an avid Golfer even achieving a hole- in- one  at the  Bass River Golf Course, in South Yarmouth, Ma. where he worked  for several years.

He leaves his three daughters, Beverly Sciabarrasi, wife of Richard Sciabarrasi of Leominster, Barbara  Bradley, wife of Steven Bradley of Florida, Bettie Lastella, wife of Robert Lastella of Florida, six grandchildren, Rick Sciabarrasi, and wife Kim , Christine Sciabarrasi, and fiancé, Carlo Dupone, Scott Gallon, Greg Gallon, Joseph Lastella, and wife Rachel, Gina  Hering, and husband Marcus, and one great grandchild Gianna Dupone, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also pre deceased by four brothers , Rocco Aiesi, Salvatore Aiesi, Rosario Aiesi, and Charles Aiesi, and five sisters, Katherine Russo, Connie DiPrima, Josie DiGloria, Lucy Albert, and Rosa Aiesi.

Joseph P. Vaghi, Jr.
1920 - 2012


Navy Beachmaster on Normandy D-Day

On Saturday, August 25, 2012 of Kensington, MD. Husband of the late Agnes E. Vaghi; father of Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi, Vincent J. Vaghi, M.D, Nino R. Vaghi and Joseph P. Vaghi III; father-in-law of Jeanne Barbera, MD and Mary Burns Vaghi; grandfather of Theresa, Vincent Jr., Francesca, Elizabeth, Joseph IV and John Vaghi; brother of Dina Ceriani (Milan, Italy) and Beatrice Barzetti (North Carolina). Friends may call on Wednesday, August 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Church of the Little Flower, 5601 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD where Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, August 30 at 12 noon. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Agnes E. and Joseph P. Vaghi Scholarship in support of students at John Carroll High School. Donations can be made to the John Carroll Society, P.O. Box 454, Glen Echo, MD 20812. Arrangements by DEVOL.


Richard Borden, M.D.
1926 - 2012


Hank and Ken,

Dad has had a bad turn - he is back in the hospital in New Bern; refusing treatment and we his children are honoring his request. He is failing quickly. He is fairly comfortable in these last hours - not very lucid.  But during one of his clearer moments last night, I showed him the medals and award. I hope I didn't breach some sort of policy by 'presenting' them to him at a hospital bed - but I wanted him to SEE them with his own eyes, and I swear his breathing softened and settled, and I sensed a deep peace within him. I showed him two times last night, during waking periods."Congratulations, Dad," we all said to him. I am headed back to the hospital - its possible he will be transferred back to Cherry Pt Bay Nursing Home today as a Hospice patient. I will be making calls to friends and loved ones, in case they have a final word or wish for him.

What difficult tasks we are presented, concerning our parents!  He has certainly lived a very full life!
Thank you both for all you have done for Dad. He has always appreciated you both - and I am happy to pass on his regards to you.

Martha Mayo


hello friends and loved ones,

Dad passed away yesterday - very peacefully - surrounded by several children and close friends. It truly was peaceful and we are all very thankful for that.

Years ago he asked me not to have a traditional memorial church service, but instead have a gathering of friends and family in an informal setting and I am working on making that happen. Munden's Funeral Home in Morehead City is helping with this, and I have a tentative date of Thursday December 27 as a time to gather. More info will follow.

from the bottom of my heart and my siblings' too ---- THANK YOU all for your thoughts and prayers and words and LOVE. Thank you so much.

Please stay in touch
love and sincerely,

Joseph Lee Parker Jr., M.D.
1916 - 2012


Dr. Joseph Lee Parker, Jr. of Greensboro, Georgia died on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the age of 95 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born November 20, 1916 in Waycross, Georgia, the son of the late Joseph Lee Parker, Sr. and Vera Estelle Sweat. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Waycross High School and the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and lettered in swimming. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and married the late Martha Fleming of Augusta.

Dr. Parker served as a physician during World War II with the Navy and Marines. He was stationed in England and was part of the first wave of the Normandy Invasion during the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. He was the last surviving Navy surgeon of that invasion. He attended the wounded—both Allied and German—for twenty-one days on the beach. He received numerous awards and decorations from both the United States government and the Republic of France. Later, he served with the Marines in China and Guam.

After his military service, he established a medical practice in Greensboro, Georgia where he provided professional health care to the people of Greene and surrounding counties. In a rural practice with no hospital, 24-hour, 7-day a week house calls were an everyday event for Dr. Parker. He knew every country dirt road like the back of his hand. He was one of the founding physicians of the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital in 1949. He served as chief of staff for the hospital for twenty-five years until his retirement. Beloved and esteemed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, he was a hero to his community.

Dr. Parker married Carolyn Baugh Reynolds in 1987, and after his retirement they traveled all over the world. He also enjoyed spending time at his house on the Georgia coast as he loved being near the water. He built his first sailboat in St. Simons at the age of 14. He spent the last twenty-five years of his life on Lake Oconee.

Lee was a member of the Greensboro First Baptist Church and attended the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. He was a 60-year member of the Masons, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion.

In addition to his wife, Carolyn Reynolds Parker, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Parker and a son, Joseph Lee Parker III, grandchildren, Mandy Parker and Robert Snider; Rynee and Michael Strickland; Allison and Dusty Laux; and Joely and Matt Nicholson. Great-grandchildren Hayden and Conner Strickland; Jonah and Sam Laux; and Parker and Tessa Nicholson. He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Parker and Anna Parker, and his sister Vera Parker and Cleve Mincey and a grandson Lee Whichard.

Extended family members are Frances and Gentry Strickland, Jamie and Kathy Reynolds, Marguerite and the late Troy McInteer, Harold and Lesley Reynolds, Beth and Bobby Thomas, Jim and Ellen Strickland, Bill and Tabi Strickland, Jamie Reynolds IV, Chandler Reynolds, Jackson Reynolds, Will and Jack Thomas, Carolyn, Mary Cate, Davis and Amanda Strickland, and Ella and Hal Strickland.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the McCommons Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Key and The Reverend Joseph D. Greene III officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Johnny Hester, Mike Bradley, Billy Jarrard, Herbie Thurmond, Chris Houston, Dr. Dave Ringer, Carey Williams, Jr. and Richard Maddux.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00-3:00 at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit of Augusta VA, c/o Reynolds Veterans Association, Inc., 6350 Lake Oconee Parkway, Suite 102, PMB 163, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

Jerry S. Stover
1919 - 2012


World War II veteran Jerry S. Stover, Army Signal Officer, Advance Headquarters, US Ninth Air Force, met with CDR Eugene Carusi on D+2 and set up combat communications on Omaha Beach. Captain Stover is to the right of his uncle, Bill Matchet, 6th Naval Beach Battalion communications officer.

Stover, Jerry S. Stover died peacefully February 7, 2012, at the age of 92. Born in Dallas on July 11, 1919, Jerry was the son of Jerry and Elizabeth Stover. In 1941, following his Junior year at SMU, Jerry volunteered for Radar training and was commissioned a Second Lt. in the US Army Signal Corps. He began active duty September 1 of that year. In October 1941 Jerry was attached as a Military Observer to the US Embassy in London and assigned to the Royal Air Force (RAF) for training. He was subsequently assigned to RAF Coastal Command where he flew "anti-sub" missions over the English Channel. Jerry returned to the United States in April 1942 where he helped develop radar equipment for the US Air Force. Jerry then returned to England in January 1944 where he worked on OVERLORD plans for the invasion of Normandy. He was subsequently appointed Signal Officer, Advance Headquarters, US Ninth Air Force, and went ashore at Omaha Beach on D+2. After serving in five campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge, Jerry finished the war in Germany with the rank of Major. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his work in setting up combat communications on Omaha Beach. After the war, with the aid of the GI Bill, Jerry finished his Electrical Engineering Degree at SMU. While at SMU, he and another former Signal Officer, Tom McMullin, founded Communications Industries, Inc. (CI) with an initial capitalization of $1200. The company manufactured mobile radio equipment, furnished car telephone service, and subsequently became a nationwide cellular operator. CI became a public company in 1963 and, in 1986, was purchased by Pacific Telesis Co. (now Verizon.). Upon his retirement as Chairman of CI in 1980, Jerry returned to SMU where he served as a Special Assistant to the Dean of Engineering. He received the Engineering School's "Volunteer of the Year" award in 1984. In 1981 Jerry received the Centennial Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for "outstanding contributions" to the field of mobile communications and just this past November received The Radio Club of America's highest award, The Armstrong Medal. Jerry was a member of the IECC, a Fellow of the Radio Club of America, and a member of the SMU Foundation for Science and Engineering. He was a Registered Professional Engineer, and a licensed "ham" radio operator for almost 80 years, with the call sign W5AE. Jerry was predeceased by his sister Virginia Stover Webster of Dallas, and is survived by his wife of 48 years, Juanita Stover of Dallas, sons Sterling Stover of Oxfordshire, England, Bruce Stover of Dallas, Bob Locker of Dallas, daughter Laura Homer of Cleburne, nephews Ronald Webster of Houston, Stephen Webster of Ft. Worth, niece Betsey Hamilton of Wichita Falls, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great nephews and nieces, and countless friends. The family wishes to thank The Forum of Dallas for their excellent care and love with a special thanks to his caregiver Fay Moss. Visitation will be Monday, February 13 at Restland Funeral Home from 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. with funeral services on Tuesday February 14 at 3.30 p.m. at Restland Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Texas Communities Foundation or the charity of your choice. The Dallas Morning News 

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Dallas, Sunday Sept. 23, 2007

Dear Family and Friends,

Many  have  heard this tale before. I write it now because THE WAR  by Ken Burns begins today on PBS.

The Wednesday segment features Joe Vaghi, Beachmaster for “Easy Red” sector of OMAHA BEACH. It was Joe who helped me find my uncle, Bill Matchett, on D+2!  He and Bill came in early on D-Day.

It was much quieter when I waded in on D+2 but the grim carnage had me very concerned about Bill. With Joe's help I found him safe! When he was deployed back to USA a week later, Bill left me his Navy jeep. A great gift! I used it to carry our radio sets across France! (see photo)

With help of  6th Beach Battalion Assn, I located Joe. A few years ago, Sterling and I were able to thank Joe with a dinner in Washington!

Love to all,  Jerry

Gino D. Carlucci
1923 - 2012


Gino D. Carlucci 89, a lifelong town resident, and a longtime summer resident of Sandwich, died Friday morning at Milford Regional Medical Center, shortly after his arrival there. He was the beloved husband of Antonietta I. (Carlucci) Carlucci. Born in Franklin, March 18, 1923, a son of the late Michael and Antoinette "Tillie" (Lozzi) Carlucci, he was raised and educated in Franklin, and was a 1940 graduate of Franklin High School. Mr. Carlucci was a retired self employed home builder and contractor. He also worked in the family business of M. Carlucci & Sons Paving Co. In later years Mr. Carlucci worked as the afternoon door attendant at the Oteri Funeral Home. He served proudly in the US Navy during WW II. He served with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion at the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He attained the rank of carpenter's mate 3/class and was awarded the European-African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, the WW II Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in February, 1946. He was a member of the Quattro Eroi Lodge #1414 Sons of Italy in Franklin, and was a Life Member and Past Commander of Franklin Post #3402 VFW. He was a frequent participant in the annual Memorial Day and July 4th parades, and was Grand Marshall of the July 4th parade twice. He was a lifetime communicant of St. Mary's Church, and an active member of the Franklin Senior Citizens. Surviving in addition to his wife of 2 years are his son Gino D. Carlucci, Jr. and his wife Pandora of Franklin; 2 daughters, Maryann Hagan of Franklin, Kathy Amendola and her husband Peter of Franklin; a brother Michael "Mickey" Carlucci and his wife Marcia of Franklin; a sister Marion Arcaro of Franklin; and 6 grandchildren, Eric & Melissa Baril, Michael & Nathan Carlucci, and Alison & Pete Amendola. He is also the brother of the late John Carlucci and Florence Bussaglia. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:15AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage Street, www.oterifuneralhome.com, with a funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church at 10:00 AM. Interment with military honors will follow in the family lot in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2 - 6 PM. Donations in his memory sent to the American Heart Assoc. P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241, would be appreciated.

Published in The Country Gazette from April 21 to April 28, 2012

Mario Mesa, Jr.
1923 - 2011


World War II Veteran Mario Mesa, Jr. was born in Key West, FL and raised along the Florida seashore. At age 17 he joined the U.S. Navy and was in Casco Bay, Maine when World War II began. Veteran Mesa landed at Normandy on D-Day at Fox Green Beach with the 6th Beach Battalion. His two superior officers were killed in battle and Mesa took charge in their place. Veteran Mesa was at the International Dateline when WWII ended. He left the Navy in 1946 then joined the Reserves in 1950. He spent 38 years serving his country in the U.S. Navy and loved it! He retired as a Chief Boatswain's Mate, BMC, USN. He met his wife Glenette at Morrison's Cafeteria on Orange Avenue in 1947, was an original member of the Orlando Aero Club, and has served our community as an usher for St. James Cathedral for 50 years.

MESA, JR., MARIO JOHN, 88 of Orlando, Florida passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011. He was born August 3, 1923, the son of the late Mario John and Adela Mesa, Sr., in Key West, Florida, and was the oldest of 9 children. In 1941 at the age of 17, he joined the United States Navy. He served in the Navy during World War II and was part of the invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944 as a member of the Sixth Beach Battalion. He was Honorably Discharged from active duty with the Navy in November of 1945. In July of 1950, he joined the United States Naval Reserves and proudly served his country as a member of the Reserves for 33 years, retiring on July 16, 1983. Mario's work career spanned many different fields. He has been a surveyor for the City of Orlando, a mechanic at Lepere Pontiac, the owner of a gas station, a fleet supervisor/mechanic at National Linen Service and a Flight Simulator Technician Engineer at Simcom. Mario finally retired from the "working world" in 2001. Mario was a member of the Delbert Black 117 Fleet Reserve Association for over 25 years, and the Knights of Columbus. In his off time, Mario enjoyed flying, gardening, fishing, wood working, photography and of course, spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and faithfully served the Church over 50 years as an usher. Mario had a generous heart and was always willing to help out a family member or friend in need. He was preceded in death by brothers, Albert and Paul; sisters, Nora and Anita. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Myra Glenette Mesa; daughters, Lisa Kay Mesa, Laurie Roseann Mesa (John Deep); Lana Jean Mesa Cullum (Bill Woods); grandchildren, Kirstyn Cullum, Glenn Deep and Katelyn Cullum; sisters, Geri Zwiefel and Sandra (David) Mitchell; brothers, John (JoLynn) Mesa and Ralph (Martha) Mesa as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 5 - 7 P.M., Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Carey-Hand Colonial Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 18, 2011 at St. James Cathedral. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to Carey-Hand Colonial Funeral Home. 407) 898-2561. Published in the Orlando Sentinel on August 17, 2011

Edwin P. Banham
1922 - 2011


HEMET, CA - Edwin Paul Banham, of Hemet, CA, passed away peacefully at his home on October 23, 2011.

Ed was born in Ossining, NY on December 23, 1922 to Robert H. Banham and Grace Summerville Banham. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1940 and Eastern Nazarene College in 1949.

On September 28, 1946, Ed married the love of his life, Norma LaDue from Beacon, who predeceased him on April 24, 2004.

Ed is survived by his four children, Robert of Hemet, CA; Denise Miller and her husband, Larry, of Beacon, NY; David and his wife, Maria, residing in Gerlingen, Germany and Jeanne Woodard of Las Vegas. He has seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Also surviving are his sisters, Ruth Rightmyer and Grace McCord of Debary, FL and his nephew, Ronald Rightmyer and his wife, Patricia of Deltona, FL.

Ed was predeceased by his brother, Robert of Tarrytown, NY.

Ed proudly served our country in the United States Navy during World War II. He participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy as a Medic with the 6th Beach Battalion attached to the 5th Engineer Special Brigade of the United States Army.

No services are planned. He will be laid to restin Riverside National Cemetery in California. He will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of American, Inc., PO Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241-8629.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on November 1, 2011

John D. Shrode
1925 - 2011


11/07/2011, 5:08 pm
SHERIDAN — John Denzil Shrode, 86, of Sheridan, died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, with the Rev. Hyo-Sun Oh officiating at Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home in Sheridan. Interment will be at Sheridan Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

John was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Rockport, Ind., to Ivan and Alice (Ranger) Shrode. He married Martha Cook on Aug. 22, 1944, in Cairo, Ill.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was among the first of the Allied troops on D-Day to storm the Normandy beaches. In 1945, the French government awarded him the Croix de Guerre.

He had been a dairy and grain farmer near Sheridan and then worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 31 years.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Shrode; his daughter, Cheryl (Allen) Miller of Mendota; two sons, Jerry Shrode of Woodland Park, Colo., and John (Connie) Shrode of Fort Collins, Colo.; six grandchildren, Dr. Lamara Shrode of Detroit, Mich., Blake Shrode of Midland, Mich., Bart (Nancy) Shrode of Holland, Mich., Lindsey (Robert) Thompson of Norfolk, Va., and Shelley Shrode and Haley Shrode of Fort Collins; five great-grandchildren, Katelyn Thompson, Alec Shrode, Garett Shrode, Leandra Shrode and Abigail Shrode; and a sister, Lois Shrode of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry Shrode; a brother, Robert Shrode; and a half sister, Dorothy Shrode.

Pallbearers will be Blake Shrode, Bart Shrode, Dr. Lamara Shrode, Kyle Cook, Jody Cook and Kurt Tirevold.

Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice.

Irving Goldstein
1915 - 2011

Dearest Friends,
I just wanted to let you know that my dear sweet Dad is no longer on the earth plane. He crossed over on November 10th after bravely suffering for every breath. He was conscious all the way through although unable to speak. He was 96 and 5 months old.
When he was living with me,  I once asked him why he wanted to stay here on the earth plane for so long. He simply said, "Because I like it here." Dad was a very simple man and yet a very wise one. He touched the hearts of everyone he came in contact with. Dad knew how to listen to people. His ego never came into play. A lesson for everyone to learn.
The residents at the Glen Cove Nursing Center and Hospice Inn told me that everyone was touched by his presence, his courage, his independence and his wisdom. They are all deeply saddened.
I know Dad arrived safely on the other side. If you want to know how I know then call me. It's a grand story.
With love in my heart, I Am and always will be,
Irving Goldstein's daughter Ronnie  

Read more of Irving Goldstein and shipmate Andy Chmiel  http://westfield.patch.com/articles/the-long-road-home#photo-8409922

Ed Marriott
1924 - 2010

Ed and Betts Marriott

Dear Friends and Shipmates of My Dad,

I am heartbroken to let you know that he joined his first & best mate Betts at approximately six bells today. 

Bless you for your thoughts and prayers and thank you all for the joy and friendship you brought to him.

Lynne Marriott


How good we can all feel for just having known him, let alone that he called us friends. One of the most dedicated men I have ever had the pleasure to know. No eyes will be dry reading this news, but, He could never be quite the same without dear Betts. Our prayers are with you. He doesn’t need them now and what a happy reunion for two who were the finest example of “Sweet Hearts”. We loved having them visit with us here in Florida. Ed sat on the patio in a big lounge chair by the pool and ate up the sun. We loved the visits. We’re sitting here with puffy eyes and I was just thinking about a saying I heard long ago that reminds us of our frailties here on earth: “The moment that you say hello,  you start to say goodbye”. It’s so true that the moment we are born into this life, we are on the path toward the inevitable end. May God Bless you and yours and may you remember only the good years and good times.

Richard “Red” and Virginia Onines

Norman A. Hartline
1924 - 2010


Representing the 6th Naval Beach Battalion, Norm Hartline, seated, and Bob Watson were in attendance for the USS Green Bay (LPD-20) Commissioning 24 January 2009. The USS Green Bay is one of a number of amphibious transports built after the 9/11 attack. Master Chief Cecilio I. Macias of the USS Green Bay pays a tribute to two old amphibians.

From: Van Hartline

I also must report the passing of my father Norman A. Hartline.

He passed peacefully at 9:17 pm Wednesday Jan. 6, 2010. He will be missed forever by our family, which includes all of the great people of The 6th Naval Beach Battalion. 

Norman A. Hartline 85, of SaddleBrooke, AZ, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2010. He was born in Jacksonwald, PA, on September 20, 1924, the son of W. Norman Hartline and Ruth LeVan. Norm was a signalman in the 6th Naval Beach Battalion and a survivor of the assault on Normandy on June 6, 1944. His experiences at Omaha Beach made a lifetime impression on him, and he stayed actively in touch with his Naval friends. After discharge from the Navy, Norm went to work for TWA Airlines in Kansas City, married Ruby Van Marter, and later transferred to Tucson in 1956, where they raised their five children, Cheryl, Van, Michael, Robert, and Suzanne. After Ruby died in 1980, Norm met and married Patricia Bonello, and his family grew to include Pat's children, Greg and Bonnie. In addition to Ruby, Norm was preceded in death by his father, W. Norman; mother, Ruth; stepmother, Irene and son, Greg. Norm will always hold a special place in the hearts of Pat, his wife of 28 years; his six surviving children and their spouses, 15 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, his brother, David and family and anyone else lucky enough to call him friend. Norm's family would like to especially thank the "Rehab Team" at La Canada Care Center for their wonderful care and kindness during his last few weeks. A Memorial Service will be held at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Norm's honor to the charity of your choice.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on January 20, 2010

Click here http://www.witness-to-war.org/content/view.php?g=e&c=DD&v=34 for Norm's Witness to War interview.

Esther Lewin
1918 - 2010


Esther B. Lewin, 91, died March 29, 2010.

Born in Highland Park, Michigan, and a longtime resident of Detroit, Mrs. Lewin worked for many years and retired from the Michigan Credit Union League/League Life. She was a member of Temple Beth El and an active member of the Michigan Democratic Party.

Survivors include Esther's husband of 61 years, Stanley Lewin; children Linda L. (the late Walter) Stark of St. Louis, Mo., Sherry L. Sinclair (Reinhard Pawlicki) of Tucson, and David A. Lewin (Barbara Wolf) of Dearborn, Michigan; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  

Mrs. Lewin was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard L. Lewis, 6th Naval Beach Battalion, who was killed in action on D-Day at Omaha Beach, Normandy. Esther and Len Lewis' daughter, Linda, was born in 1943. Next to the photo above of Lieutenant Lewis, Esther Lewin visits his graveside, American Military Cemetery, Colleville-sur-mer, Normandy, France, 4 August 1993.

Stan Lewin kindly sent additional biographical information regarding Len Lewis, which will be posted on the 6th Naval Beach Battalion website. It was gratifying to learn that Len Lewis' grandson, Len Stark, was nominated for a federal seat on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware by President Obama. Obama called him a "distinguished candidate" and said that he has "displayed an exceptional commitment to public service and... will be [a] thoughtful and esteemed addition to the federal bench". Stark was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 5, 2010.

Joseph R. Brennan
1924 - 2009


Navy corpsman Joe Brennan is about to go ashore Okinawa in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Beachmaster Virgil Weathers, who died in 2008, is to Joe's left. The black and white photo was first published in Navy Medicine at Normandy D-Day June 6, 1944.At the 2001 U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, DC premiere of the Navy documentary are, left to right, Historian Jan Herman, Corpsman Vince Kordack, Beachmaster Joseph Vaghi, Dr. Richard Borden, Dr. Joseph Brennan, Dr. Lee Parker and Director Jack Lewin.

Dear Ken: My Dad, Dr Joe Brennan, passed away on January 11 at the age of 84. One of the great joys in his later life was meeting with the members of the "6th Beach" and reading all of the history you researched. His experiences with the 6th Beach shaped the life of service to others. Attached is a copy of the notice. If I can ever be of assistance, please contact me. Joe

BRENNAN-Joseph R., M.D. On January 11, 2009. Formerly of Bay Ridge and Breezy Point. Beloved husband of the late Frances Theresa (nee Murphy). Loving son of the late Joseph and Mary Irene (nee Donohue). He is survived by his children, Joseph and his wife Rose, Anne Marie, Dr. Michael and his wife Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. John & his wife Christine. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary Elizabeth. He was beloved by his grandchildren Kathleen, Theresa, Meghan, Ashlinn, Declan, Liam and Aiden. Dear brother to Thomas, Gregory and the late Jackie. He was predeceased by his second wife Irene Greene Brennan. He is survived by his wife Sally Imperato. Dr. Brennan was a Navy veteran of World War II and a proud member of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. On June 6, 1944, at the age of 19, he landed at Omaha Beach as a Navy corpsman in the first waves of the invasion of Normandy. The following year he went in with the first wave at the invasion of Okinawa. He graduated from St. Francis College and received his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center. He was devoted to his patients and the staffs at Long Island College and his Holy Family hospitals. He had a special love and respect for the clergy. He was particularly fond of the Little Sisters of the Poor who lovingly cared for him in his final days. Dr. Brennan was a professor of Medicine at Downstate Medical Center and was a past President of the Medical Society of Kings County. He was invested as a Knight of Malta in 1987. Funeral Thursday 10:30 AM from the McMANUS FUNERAL HOME, 4601 Avenue N (corner East 46th St.), Brooklyn. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM, St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor. Visiting Tuesday 7 to 9 PM and Wednesday 2 to 4:30 and 7 to 9 PM. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Brennan requested contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 110-30 221st St., Queens Village, NY 11429.

Ed Cash
1924 - 2009


Ed Cash with "C" Co. shipmates of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. Standing left to right on "Easy Red" Omaha Beach are SF2/c Ed Cash, HA1/c George Scott, and HA1/c George Whalen. Kneeling: S1/c Merle Clark, S1/c Charles Hoegen, and S1/c Donald Herbert.

Dear Ken...It is with regret to inform you of  the passing of my beloved husband Ed Cash on January 23rd.  2010.

On 9/11/2009 Ed was 85 yrs old...He was one of the bravest men ever, enduring many years of maladies, never ever a complaint. His heart gave way and he closed his eyes for the last time this Saturday.

He had the love and support of his wife and all the children.

He received a full military funeral, which he richly deserved, at Calverton National Cemetery.  He will be missed dearly..God bless you and all his buddies.

Julie Cash

Albert Lewis Rinehimer, Jr.
1924 - 2009


Albert Rinehimer was a proud member of platoon C-8 of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. Shortly before the invasion, his small boat repair section was combined into "Salvage Group 4" for the Normandy landings. Living up to their reputation, "Commander Carusi's thieves" did what they had to do in order to get the job done. With the task of organizing the beach, they desperately needed an Army amphibious "duck" and subsequently appropriated one from Point du Hoc. Sixty years later, Albert Rinehimer explains Salvage Group 4's invasion role to an Army reenactor at the National WWII Memorial Dedication. 

Hi, Ken,
I wanted to let you know that my Dad passed away on Sunday, July 5th, from complications from pneumonia.  He fought hard, but the infection spread throughout his body.  He’s in a much better place now, where his faulty body no longer encumbers him.

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to send this.  I think the mind tries to protect itself at times like this and I just kept ‘forgetting’.  My family and I want to thank all those from the 6th who called, sent cards and prayed for Dad.  They meant more to us than we could ever say.

While I know that we’re still part of the 6th family, I want to thank all of them again for getting my father to tell us his D-Day story.  They’re all part of our family’s legacy.  And we’ll never be able to thank them enough for all the things they’ve given us.

I wanted to share this with you.  It became very important to my Dad over the past few months.

Take care,


P.S. I am truly proud to be among the children of the 6th NBB.


Albert "Lew" Lewis Rinehimer Jr., 85, of Pocono Pines, died Sunday, July 5, at Old Frankfort Hospital, Langhorne. He was the husband of Joan Ertley) Rinehimer, to whom he was married for 45 years.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Albert L. Rinehimer Sr. and Hazel Smith) Rinehimer.

Before his retirement, he was employed from 1955 to 1990 at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

An active member of Salem United Church of Christ, Pocono Lake, he also served on the consistory for many years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 780, Cresco, and a member of the Pocono Lake Cemetery Committee.

He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the small boat salvage unit. On D-Day, he served with C-8 of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion, Easy Red, at Omaha Beach.

He is survived by a son, Bert Rinehimer and his wife, Patty, of Pocono Pines; a daughter, Susan Reinhardt and her husband, Mark, of Cresco; a brother, Dale Rinehimer of Wilkes-Barre; two sisters, Irene Coburn and Jean Lowery, both of Wilkes-Barre; three grandchildren, Lauren Reinhardt and Cole and Chase Rinehimer; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be viewings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Bolock Funeral Home, corner of routes 940 and 390, Paradise Valley. The Rev. John Stowell will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at Salem United Church of Christ, Pocono Lake. Interment will follow at Pocono Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salem United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1047, Pocono Pines, PA 18350.

Richard W. Mitchell
1925 - 2008

To Whom It May Concern,

I am contacting you in regards to my grandfather, Richard W. Mitchell who has just lost his battle with cancer. As you may or may not know, my grandfather has been sick for quite some time and he passed away on Friday, April 25th, 2008. I got your information from my grandmother, Helen Mitchell and thought you may want to know. As you all know, my grandfather could not have been more proud of being a part of the Sixth Naval Beach Battalion. Unfortunately, in searching for his Croix de Guerre with Palm, we cannot find it. My grandfather was the only one who knew where it was. I am requesting a detailed photo of said medal, so that I can have a keepsake of one of his most proud moments. I’ve attached a copy of his obituary which appeared in today’s local paper. Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you soon.


Brockton Richard W. Mitchell, 83 years, of Brockton died April 25, 2008, at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. He was the husband of Helen M. (Cummings) Mitchell for 61 years. Born and raised in South Boston, son of the late Richard M. and Margaret (Mason) Mitchell, he was a graduate of South Boston High School and attended Northwestern University. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, who served in the U.S. Navy Special Services, 6th Beach Battalion Amphibious Force. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre medal with palm from the Government of France for his participation in the invasion of Normandy. Mr. Mitchell had been employed by MIT and retired from Charles Draper Lab in Cambridge in 1989 as a technical engineer/writer. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, boating, bowling, gardening and had been an avid reader. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Maureen Mitchell of Brockton and Patricia Robbins and her husband Garry of Harwich; five grandchildren, Nancy Ellen Tan, Harry Alles, Mitchell, Kate and Megan Robbins; one great-granddaughter, Casey Tan; one sister, Irene O’Brien of Hingham; and his nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont St. (Rte. 123), Brockton, Wednesday at 8 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Edith Stein Parish/St. Edward Church at 9 a.m. Burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours Tuesday 4-8 p.m. For condolences and directions, www.conleyfuneralhome.com.

Harry F. Alles IV

Donald Anthony Burroughs
1926 - 2008


Don Burroughs, PhM2/c, greets his 6th Naval Beach Battalion shipmate Red Onines, who saved his life on Normandy D-Day and poses at the 6 June 2001 dedication of The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.


Hello all!  This is Penny.  I am very sad to let you all know that my father Don Burroughs passed away this morning at exactly midnight [3/10/08].  He spent his latter days fiercely battling the restrictions of Parkinson's Disease at a Nursing home in Clayton, GA.  He became very ill on Tuesday the 19th of March and stayed with us until the wee hours this morning.  His greatest concern in these last few months is that he was unable to work his webtv and get on the email to contact all his friends and let them know how he was doing.  Just a few days before he went in the hospital he wanted me to get him a computer so that he could email you all.  I know that he would want you to know that he passed peacefull in the wee hours of the night with all of his family gathered around him.  I know that right now he is walking (probably dancing) and talking the angels heads off.  Things he was unable to do for awhile now.  Thank you for being his friend and caring for him!  His family will miss him desperately. 


Graveside services for Donald Anthony Burroughs, age 82, of Sautee, will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2008, at 1:00 PM fat the Chapel of the Holy Cross Cemetery, with Rev. Dena Bearl officiating.

Mr. Burroughs passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born in Stuart, Florida on June 2, 1925, Mr. Burroughs was the son of the late Julian and Lucille Anthony Burroughs. Mr. Burroughs was a member of Grace Calvary Episcopal Church in Clarkesville and was a retired educator from the Miami Dade School System. Mr. Burroughs was a U.S. Army, World War II veteran. Mr. Burroughs was preceded in death by his daughter, Annette Danese Williams.

Survivors include his wife Noreen Geyer Burroughs of Sautee, daughters: Penny Crowder, Mary Lu Courtney, and daughter in law Lee Burroughs, son Donald Anthony Burroughs Jr. and son in law Bill Crowder, grandchildren, Mariellen Burroughs Batchelor, Kellianne Robinson, April Danese, Rick Danese, Stephen Burroughs, Bryan Burroughs, Jonathan Burroughs, and grandson in law Steve Batchelor.
Mr. Burroughs lived a long life and is survived by not only his family, but the many loving friends whose lives he touched.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace Calvary Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 490, Clarkesville, GA 30523.

Thomas C. Braber
1923 - 2008


Tom Braber, 6th NBB, Salvage Group IV, wearing the white sailor cap, stands with his shipmate Bob Reynolds in the UK and later on Omaha Beach (1944).

FRANCONIA, Pa. — Thomas C. Braber, 85, of Souderton, formerly of Philadelphia, died Jan. 31, 2008.

He was a 1940 graduate of Girard College and was proud to serve in the Navy during World War II in the 6th Beach Battalion and Salvage Group IV, having landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy. He owned and operated his own businesses, Thomas C. Braber Pattern Maker and Atlantic Mold Company, for 51 years. He was also a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield. He was a son of the late Cornelius Braber and Ivy Mae Locke Braber. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Sigel; and a brother, Robert Braber.

Mass of Christian Burial was held for the family. Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Ann’s Basilica, P.O. Box 111, Scranton, PA 18504.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Virginia Garoppo Braber; his children, Thomas James and his wife, Sylvia, of Burkesville, Ky., Virginia Lee Alcott of Glasgow, Ky., Andrea Doria Braber of Souderton, Diane Marie Braber of Montclair, N.J., Mary Beth Austin and her husband, Richard, of Lansdale and Mary Jo Downey and her husband, Robert, of Sellersville; 12 grandchildren, Liam and Ryan Braber, Angelina and Gabriella Alcott, Thomas and Michael Braber, Brian and William Pasley, Richard and Johanna Austin and Sarah and Alex Downey; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Kaden Stone; and several nieces and nephews.

Diane Braber, daughter of Tom Braber wrote, "During the last few months of his life, my Father was thrilled to be back in touch with his shipmate, Al Prodigo.  Tom B [ Tom Bartlett, nephew of Bob Reynolds ] was responsible for this coming about.  Al was best man at my parents' wedding and godfather to my brother and my Dad's best friend.  They lost touch for decades,  but when they talked on the phone during the last few months, you would never suspect that so much time had passed.  It was incredibly special to witness."

Ralph W. Gault, Sr.
1916 - 2007

This NYC photo was shot by Joe Vaghi III during 2004 D-Day veteran interviews for the History Channel. Standing left to right are Elmer Carmichael, LCI(L) 85, Ralph Gault, LCI(L) 88, and Beachmaster Joe Vaghi, 6th Naval Beach Battalion. Chief Gault, in the engine room of LCI (L) 88 on D-Day, reported "at full throttle, the engine light panel lit up like a Christmas tree!" Ralph lost three of his USCG shipmates getting Commander Carusi, Beachmaster Vaghi, Ensign Reich, Cox Ed Marriott, Amin Isbir (KIA) and Lewis “little boats” Strickland, John Hanley, Eddie Gorski, Frank Hurley, Bob Walley, Harold Roderick, Ray Castor, John Shrode, Andy Chmiel, John Dietzman, George Abood, David Catallo, Bob Millican, Norman Paul, Emil Candelaria, Al Silva, Howard Hampton, “little Dr. Davey” and the remainder of platoon C-8 ashore safely

Ralph W. Gault, Sr., age 91, of Crown Point, IN, passed away Monday, November 12, 2007 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children: Ralph W. Gault, Jr., Roger Gault, Robert (Robin) Gault, Wayne (Julia) Terwilliger, Denise (James) Sitarz, Janis (Terry) Runyan, Karen (Patrick) Dirindin, Linda (Thomas) Buckley, Gail (Blaise) Kleefisch, Brian (Carolyn) Terwilliger and Craig (Susan) Terwilliger; 28 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Friday, November 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. (with military honors) at the Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 W. Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30 east of Cline Ave.), Schererville, IN with Pastor Michael Udoekong officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Ralph was a retired electrician with Local #134 and a member of the VFW St. John Post #717. He served during WWII with the U.S. Coast Guard during the Normandy Invasion - D-Day. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Anthony Hospice or St. John VFW Post #717 would be appreciated.
Published in The Times on 11/15/2007.

John T. Higney
1914 - 2006

John T. Higney
PhM2c, 6th Naval Beach Battalion, platoon B-6

Born in New York City, NY, Mr. Higney lived in Bronx, NY moving to Hawthorne, NJ 23 years ago. He was employed as a motorman for NY City Transit for 38 years. Mr. Higney was a parishioner of St. Anthony's RC Church, Hawthorne. He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.

He was the beloved husband of Isabell (nee: Kurtz), loving father of John Higney, Jr. of Westchester, NY, Patricia Higney of Scarsdale, NY, Maryellen Zizzi of Hawthorne, Eileen Higney of New York, NY and the late James M. Higney (1993), dear grandfather of Christine and Kathryn Zizzi.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the World War II Memorial, P.O. Box 305, Calverton, NY 11933.

Fred C. Glover

Mr. Fred C. Glover, age 81, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away May 17, 2006 after a long illness. He was retired from the Seaboard Railroad (now CSX Transportation) after 36 years of service. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II, serving with the 6th Beach Battalion and a D-Day survivor of Omaha Beach. He was a member of Timberridge Presbyterian Church, loved to travel and was an avid woodcarver.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jeanne Holcombe Glover of McDonough; children, Mike Glover (Carol) of Atlanta, Toni Glover of Denver, Colo., Scott Glover (Annette) of Conyers; sisters, Catherine Cox (Jim) of Roswell, Mary Stephens (Clyde) of Tampa, Fla.; brothers, Harold Glover (Betty) of Sparta and Harry Glover (Barbara) Tennille, Ga.; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 19, 2006 - 8 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with the Rev. Matt Allison officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 7-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to: Timberridge Presbyterian Church Bldg. Fund, 2704 Conyers Rd., McDonough, Gsa., 30252 or Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Dr., McDonough, Ga., 30253. Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough 770-914-8833.

Ray Castor
1917 - 2006

SM 1st Class Ray "Bud" Castor, left this life today January 16th, 2006. He succumed to pneumonia brought about by congestive heart failure. Born Sep 6, 1917 in Weatherby, Mo.. He was a man devoted to God, family and country. He leaves a family who is grateful to have been graced with this devotion. We are comforted that he will be greeted eagerly by so many other family and friends waiting to share and celebrate in his reward. Ray touched many lives and none were left diminished because of it.

The world seemed just a bit colder today!

Godspeed dad.

Ray Castor, Jr.

Richard F. Weyant
1926 - 2005

Published in the Times Herald-Record on 4/27/2005. Richard F. Weyant (Dick) of Highland Mills, NY, died peacefully at Orange Regional Medical Center, Goshen, NY, on April 22, 2005 with his family at his bedside.

He was born July 10, 1926 in Tuxedo, NY, the son of the late Frank and Irene Cromwell Weyant.

He was a burner serviceman, retired from Carpenter and Smith, Inc., Monroe, NY. He attended Tuxedo and Monroe Schools and received his GED in Alaska in later years. In August of 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy. He received training in Newport, Rhode Island and Little Creek, Utah. He was assigned to the 6th Beach Battalion and was sent overseas to Swansea, Wales and then Netly Hant, England to prepare for the invasion of Normandy. The 6th Beach Battalion landed on Fox Green, Omaha Beach in the first hours of the D-Day invasion. They endured fierce enemy resistance and suffered many casualties. The Beach Battalion remained in Normandy aiding wounded troops and landing equipment and supplies for the invasion inland. Dick returned to England with the Beach Battalion in time to celebrate his 18th birthday. Later, he was stationed in Oceanside, California and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Seaman First Class. For service to his country, he received the Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal, the European Theatre Medal (1 star), and the Crois De Guerre Certificate. In 2002, the entire 6th Beach Battalion was granted the Presidential Unit Citation with Arrowhead for their heroic efforts on D-Day.

In the years after the war, he was a logger on the Oregon coast and in Sitka, Alaska. Dick returned to Monroe in 1970 and went to work at Carpenter and Smith, Inc., Monroe. During his years of retirement, Dick went to secondary schools to speak about his D-Day experiences. He also enjoyed going to Pine Tree School in Monroe each year to talk to students about growing up in Monroe in the 1930s.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dona, at home; his daughters, Michelle (Shelly) Weyant and her fiance Wayne Richter of Highland Falls, NY, Debra Weyant of Troutdale, Oregon, Christina Eckman of Kapolei, Hawaii; and his granddaughter, Hannah Dew of Killeen, Texas. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Lucas and brother-in- law, Don Lucas of Monroe; brothers-in-law, William Elliot of Harriman and Thomas Elliot of Colorado; and sister-in- law and family Linda, Garry, and Colleen Rudd of Buena Vista, Colorado. He is also survived by his niece and husband Lynn and David Darrigo of Goshen; niece and family Diane, Robert, Rebbeca, and Jason Klein of Monroe; nephew Rick Young of Pennsylvania; nephew and family Robb, Dawn, Sabrina, and Camille Young of Monroe; niece Suzanne Elliot of Illinois; niece Donna Lucas-Zcharko and husband Michael and daughters of Maryland; nephew and family James and Lisa Lucas of Arizona; nephew and family Peter and Robin Lucas of Ohio; nephew and family John and Beth Lucas of Illinois; nephew and wife Robert and Jessica Lucas of Pennsylvania; niece Jayne Hesse, her husband John, and children John Paul and Kelly of Mountain Lodge Park, NY; and many friends.

He was predeceased by a son, Daniel Weyant Grunwalt; his sister, Marie Drescher and her husband John; his sister, Eleanor Maxwell and her husband Ed; and an infant brother and sister.

Dick enjoyed his family and friends, pets, telling jokes, and stories, meeting new people, building rock walls and unique gifts for friends and family, and drinking coffee. He felt he had a good day if he could lend someone a hand or make someone laugh or smile. He will be missed.

Interment of his cremains will be private and at the convenience of his family in the Seamanville Cemetery by a rock wall he built.

Donations may be made in his name to the Kirk Scholarship Fund, c/o Woodbury Historical Society, PO Box 30, Highland Mills, NY 10930, the Highland Mills Fire Company, Route 32, Highland Mills, NY or a charity of one's choice.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held for friends and family on the afternoon of May 22, 2005 at the Mombasha Fire House, Route 17M, Monroe, NY.

Art Hart
1924 - 2005


Arthur Charles Hart, of Bellevue, died on March 21, 2005 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. He was 80 years of age.

Mr. Hart was born on July 7, 1924 in New York City, the son of Arthur and Edna Hart. He was raised in New York City and attended Arnold College. On August 18th 1945 he married Madeline J. Downs in New York. The family moved to Bellevue in 2001. In his leisure time he enjoyed golf.

In addition to his wife survivors include Eileen St. John and Husband Robert, Kathleen Pennington-Classen and Husband Curt, Arthur C. Hart, Jr., Madelyn E. Green (deceased), Maureen J. Wunsch, Thomas P. Hart and Wife Deirdre, and 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held 11am Friday, March 25, 2005 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Remembrances may be made to Evergreen Hospice of Kirkland, Washington.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com.

John F. Gallagher
1924 - 2004

John F. Gallagher, 79, of Sidney N.Y., since 1984 and formerly of LaGrange, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 at Bassett Healthcare Center in Copperstown. Mr. Gallagher was an engineer for IBM, East Fishkill, for 25 years until his retirement in 1981. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Radioman First Class in Sicily, North Africa, and Normandy. He was a ham radio operator with a call number K2KN and was a life member of the AARL. He was instrumental in setting up Locust Grove, the historical home of Samuel Morse in Poughkeepsie.

Born in Ozone Park on Dec. 6, 1924, he was the son of the late John J. and Caroline Lawrence Gallagher. He married Virginia Messina who died in May of 1985. They were married on July 20, 1957 at Christ the King Church in Springfield. Survivors include sons, Glenn Petersen and his wife, Jacquelyn of Poughkeepsie, and Bruce Petersen and his wife, Susan of Marlboro; a brother, Thomas Gallagher of Wheatridge, Colo.; sisters, Barbara Stern of Harrisburg, Pa., and Karen Faist of Lynchburg, Va.; grandchildren, Kevin, Lauren, Matthew, and Lindsay Petersen; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Kathryn Winnie.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Monday, at McHoul Funeral Home Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Denis Church, 602 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction. Interment will be in St. Denis Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to New Horizons Inc., 21 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

Herb Goodick
1924 - 2004

"A Life Well Lived"

W. Herbert Goodick, of Gloucester, MA, retired building contractor, decorated World War II veteran and active building contractor, decorated World War II veteran and active community leader, died peacefully at his home on Beach Road on Saturday, October 23, 2004.

Herb was born in Lower Sandy Point, Nova Scotia, the youngest child of the late fisherman Manley C. and Ella (Hermeon) Goodick. He became a devoted resident of Gloucester as a boy in 1928, when his family left Canada so that his father could fish with the local fleet.

In his youth, Herb managed the biggest Gloucester Daily Times paper route in the city with his brother Earl, learning lessons of good customer service that served him well throughout his lifetime.

At 17 years of age, Herb put his high school education on hold and enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II. He joined thousands of other U.S. and Allied servicemen in England preparing for the biggest battle of the global conflict: D-Day. On June 6, 1944, as a sailor in the 6th Beach Battalion, he crossed the English Channel before dawn and successfully landed at Omaha Beach at "H Hour." He was one of only a handful of sailors from his amphibious craft to make it alive as part of the largest military landing in history.

During the war, Herb also served in the Pacific Theatre in the Philippine Islands, and at Okinawa and Nagasaki, Japan. He attained the rank of Boatswain's Mate First Class and was awarded numerous medals and citations for his service including: World War II Victory medal, American Theatre medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre medal (one star), Philippine Liberation medal, European African Middle East Theatre (one star), American Campaign medal, U.S. Navy Good Conduct and U.S. Navy Occupation Service medals, Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the Army Engineer Citation. In 2000, the President of the United States presented Herb and members of the 6th Beach Battalion with the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation.

True to many men of his generation, Herb rarely spoke of his military service; yet in recent years, he was an active participant in the 50th D-Day anniversary in Europe in 1994, crossing the English Channel From England to France for a second time and observing that the seas were just as rough five decades later as they were on that historic day in 1944. Herb recently attended the 60th [D-Day anniversary] reunion of the 6th Beach Battalion.

Following his military service, he began a carpentry apprenticeship and helped build the East Gloucester Elementary School, Addison Gilbert Hospital extension, and the Sterling Drug Store. He was also foreman of the Quincy Cold Storage and Almy's Store construction projects. In 1962, Herb started his own business as a building contractor serving customers throughout Cape Ann, which continues today under his son. He often said that he made his living within a 15-minute radius of home.

In 1949, Herb married Ruth (Bicknell) Goodick, and together they raised their family on Wheeler's Point. For many years, he played Santa to scores of neighborhood children, and in the early '70s, he built a backyard skating rink for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. The neighborhood kids thanked him by chipping in to buy a pair of fisherman's "lumber" mittens to keep his hands warm while he iced the rink with water from the garden hose.

Asked recently how he would characterize his life, Herb replied, "I tried to be a good citizen." Nobody in Gloucester would dispute that claim. For over 30 years he was an active member of the Rotary Club, lending a hand wherever needed. As a member of that organization, he helped paint the Gentile Bandstand each spring, flipped pancakes at the annual Pancake Breakfast every summer, and reprised his role as Santa for 18 holiday seasons. In 1993, the Rotary Club awarded him its Paul Harris Award.

For 26 years, Herb served as a Trustee of the Cape Ann Savings Bank. He also served on the boards of the local Red Cross and Addison Gilbert Hospital, was a member of the Board of Managers of the Cape Ann Historical Association, was active with the Gloucester Educational Assistance scholarship committee, and was an advisor to Gloucester High's Vocational School. He was also a Life Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Gloucester where he served on many boards and committees.

In 1977, following the graduation of his three children from Gloucester High School and more than 30 years after interrupting his education to serve his country at war Herb was awarded a GHS diploma in recognition of his life's work. And, in 2001 the local Boy Scout chapter honored him with their Distinguished Service Award.

Herb is survived by Ruth, his wife of 55 years; his children Suzanne Bicknell, and Stephen Goodick of Gloucester, and Sally MacKenzie of Ridgefield, CT; John Watkins, daughter-in-law Nina Goodick and son-in-law Tod MacKenzie; and five grandchildren, Stephanie, and Rebecca Goodick, and Walter, Connor and Brooklyn Mackenzie. His brother earl died in combat during World War II, and his sister Beulah (Goodick) Bragg of Gloucester preceded him in death. A brother and fellow World War II veteran, H. Cleveland Goodick of Gloucester, survives him.

Herb will be buried near the ocean he loved in Locust Grove Cemetery in Lanesville, MA.

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