Friday, May 1, 2020

Honor Roll Project - Valley Stream, NY

As part of Heather Wilkinson Rojo's Honor Roll Project, I have transcribed these Rolls of Honor in Valley Stream, NY to make the names visible to search engines so that family researchers can find them. Please consider finding the Honor Roll(s) in your town or village and transcribing them on your blog or website. Some rolls are long and some are short but there's no deadline, you can take as long as you need to transcribe an honor roll.  I've learned so much about local history through this project and when someone finds the name of an ancestor in one of my posts they are grateful and excited! And even if you don't have a blog or website, you can ask me or another participating blogger. I would be happy to create a post to share your photos and transcription!

This memorial in Valley Stream is located in the Village Green Park at the corner of Hicks Street and West Valley Stream Boulevard.






This roll of honor lists those from Valley Stream who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.





World War I

George P. Butler
George A. Dahlbender
Robert F. Dibble
Andrew Fatscher
Otto Fatscher
Charles Hennig
Edward V. Ruppel
William F. Schmidt
Harold Van Buskirk

World War II

John Aitkin
Frank Balducci
Thomas P. Barnwell
Leslie M. Braren
Robert T. Bishop
George Boyne
James J. Cahill
Harold J. Carlson
Wendell P. Carolan
Fred Carroll
James F. Cashin
Donald M. Combs
Richard F. Combs
Walter G. Critchley
Henry V. Damm, Jr.
Edward T. Davidson
Dominick J. DiStasio
John F. Dolin
Frederick D. Doscher
Marvin W. Douberly
James C. Dilling
James J. Fitzpatrick
Francis P. Flynn, Jr.
Elwood P. Fosset
Harold M. Frederick
Frederick A. Gear
Charles F. Gallant
Karl H. Haglund
Joseph L. Huelster
Norman Jackson
Thomas F. Kearney
Arthur K. Kersten
John J. Knapp
George Krasa
Thomas Leanza
Maurice G. Mackey
Tiffany V. Manning
Joseph B. McConigle
John J. McLaughlin
Ernest C. Mejo
John J. Motley
Chester Murphy
George Murray
Francis J. McDermott
William J. McQueeney
William D. Nally
Howard L. Nitterhouse
Robert H. O'Loughlin
Edward P. Pearsall
Robert G. Pupke
Karl E. Prinz
George M. Reardon
Ernest S. Reckmann
Jacob M. Reisert
Frank J. Robertson
Maynard J. Rogg
Owen H. Salvage
John M. Savery
John Schaefer
Ralph L. Schurmann
Raymond T. Slezak
Carl S. Uhlyk
C. Maxwell Wellman
Joseph J. Wujcik
John P. Zelvis

Korea

Michael W. Dill, Jr.
Thomas Shields
Donald Spence
Eugene F. Voss
Edward C. Wahlgren
Robert Whitney

Vietnam

Michael J. Abruzzesa, Jr.
Herbert Dilger
Richard E. Gideon
Andrew Giordano
Albert F. Lupoli, Jr.
William J. Montague
Richard Nelson
Vincent Olley
Angelo Petraglia
William F. Reichert
Timothy C. Reitmann
Michael C. Saporito
John M. Walsh

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Herbert Austin Smith - His Two and a Half Years in Captivity

Many family stories that are passed down through the generations turn out to be untrue. The story I am about to tell you is basically unverifiable, but I hope it is true because it is an ancestor story for our time.



Herbert Austin Smith was one of my maternal grandfather's older brothers; the fourth child, third son, of my great-grandparents, George Robert Smith and Isabella Frances Parker. During his childhood, Herb contracted Scarlet fever. With a houseful of children and her husband's business associates as frequent guests, my great-grandmother had to find a way to keep Herb busy while he recuperated and so she taught him to knit, an unusual skill for a boy, but it would come in very handy soon enough.

On April 8, 1915, Herb, then nineteen, enlisted in the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force, he embarked for France with the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles on October 24, 1915, and was taken prisoner at Ypres in August of 1916. He spent the duration of the war, two years and almost three months, in a German Prisoner of War camp.

Most of the details of Uncle Herb's time as a POW are unknown to me and he has no living descendants, but there is one story that survives.

When he was captured, Herb was wearing a hand-knit sweater under his uniform. During the monotony of his imprisonment, Herb must have remembered how he had passed the time during his childhood convalescence and so he fashioned knitting needles out of sticks, unraveled his sweater and then he knit it all over again. And he did this over and over and over for all those months until he was finally freed on the day of the armistice.

Herb's life changed in the blink of an eye when he was injured, captured and transported to a prison camp in Germany and then he faced many months of stress, worry and uncertainly, cut off from his family, friends, and country. Sound familiar?  But even without books, phones, the internet, a Playstation or even a board game, Herb found a way to keep himself and his mind occupied.

As I face this new reality with all of its attendant uncertainty, stress and worry, I will look to my Grand-uncle Herb as an excellent example of making the most of what you have to make it through to better times.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Honor Roll Project - Sea Cliff, NY

As part of Heather Wilkinson Rojo's Honor Roll Project, I have transcribed these Rolls of Honor in Sea Cliff, NY to make the names visible to search engines so that family researchers can find them. Please consider finding the Honor Roll(s) in your town or village and transcribing them on your blog or website. Some rolls are long and some are short but there's no deadline, you can take as long as you need to transcribe an honor roll.  I've learned so much about local history through this project and when someone finds the name of an ancestor in one of my posts they are grateful and excited! And even if you don't have a blog or website, you can ask me or another participating blogger. I would be happy to create a post to share your photos and transcription!

Sea Cliff is a picturesque village on Long Island's North Shore. These rolls of honor are in Memorial Park which is small but has breathtaking views of Long Island Sound. (This photo was taken in late March and therefore at a safe distance from others.)




This memorial remembers all who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam but lists only those who gave their lives.

These plaques are in the walkway.



THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED TO THE RESIDENTS OF SEA CLIFF WHO SERVED IN THE KOREAN CONFLICT AND TO THE FOLLOWING WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

Theodore C. Clayton
July 13, 1950

Robert T. Lawrence
Sept. 6, 1952


A GRATEFUL COMMUNITY DEDICATES THIS MEMORIAL TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SEA CLIFF WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AND IN HONOR OF THE FOLLOWING WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

Sidney A. Bowers
James F. Brengel, Jr.
Edmund P. Bull
Robert N. Cottrell
William Craig
Gerald Davino
James D. Deane
George M. Dempster
Roger Ellison
Angelo Famigletti
Henry F. Graham
John D. Hanson
Anthony Hendrickson
Roy J. Hidecker
Walter Hoerle
George L'Hommedieu
Edward A. Mauger
Frank A. Mullen
Silvio Nieri
Kenneth M. Reid
Robert C. Stevenson
Charles A. Tedeschi
Ernest Tenke, Jr.
Stanley A. Loewenberg



THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED TO THE RESIDENTS OF SEA CLIFF WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT AND TO THE FOLLOWING WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

Richard Mitchell
June 11, 1966

Carl Richard Dice
December 8, 1969

Erwin L. Edelman
February 18, 1969

Francis L. Arnett
February 13, 1968


Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Honor Roll Project - East Williston, Long Island, New York

As part of Heather Wilkinson Rojo's Honor Roll Project, I have transcribed these Rolls of Honor in East Williston to make the names visible to search engines so that family researchers can find them. Please consider finding the Honor Roll(s) in your town or village and transcribing them on your blog or website. Some rolls are long and some are short but there's no deadline, you can take as long as you need to transcribe an honor roll.  I've learned so much about local history through this project and when someone finds the name of an ancestor in one of my posts they are grateful and excited! And even if you don't have a blog or website, you can ask me or another participating blogger. I would be happy to create a post to share your photos and transcription!

East Williston is an incorporated village in Nassau County on Long Island (not to be confused with another area named for a different Willis family in upstate NewYork) and the Village Green and rolls of honor sit near its train station just off of Hillside Avenue. This is one memorial I didn't have to Google since I just happened to notice the backs of the wreaths laid there last Memorial Day while I was sitting and waiting for a train to cross Hillside while I was on my way to work.


This memorial contains rolls of honor for World War I and World War II. It also contains plaques in recognition of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It appears that a name was added to the Vietnam War plaque after it was made.


THAT THE NAMES OF 
THE MEN FROM THIS COMMUNITY
WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR
MAY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED
1917-1919

John S. Bailey
J. Harper Bonnell
Harold Bouck
Raymond L. Hayden
George Hauser
John Hughes
William J. Kempf
Allison M. Lederer
Charles Parker
John Razzano
Herbert Richter
Thomas L. Robinson
Milton G. Schenck
William W. Stoothoff
James Tilly
Howard F. Townsend
Chester George Valentine
Henry L. Wagner, Jr.
Edward West
Anthony Yadisko
Benjamin Zaleski
Joseph J. Zeblinksy



IN HONOR OF
THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES
OF OUR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II
EAST WILLISTON, NY

★ Harry R. Ludwig
★ Forbes D. Park

James Adams
Arnold P. Barnett
H. Howell Bartlett
Walter E. Bartlett
Walter H. Bartlett
Edward M. Becker
William F. Becker
Alfred H. Bengeyfield
William H. Bengeyfield
Charles F. Bertschinger
James E. Bertschinger
Peter Blank, Jr.
Wilford A. Bryde
Wilbur J. Buschmann
Frank J. Cashin, Jr.
James W. Cashin
Robert F. Clancy
Richard L. Clark
Harold A. Cobb
Francis W. Colby
Karl S. Day
Edward V. Dembinski
James A. DeVeer
John A. DeVeer
Burton E. Dezendorf
William H. Dickson III
Donald W. East
William H. Edwards
Maurice A. Ekos
William F. Fenno III
Frank A. Fitton
Walter B. Frame
William R. Frederick, Jr.
James P. Gallacher
Ruth B. Grace
Jack K. Greenland
James R. Gurney
John G. Haggist
Fremont B. Hallock
Richard F. Hamm
Kenneth Harder
Eugene H. Harned
John F. Hartigan
Thomas M. Hearn, Jr.
Herry T. Helsher
Howard S. Heydon
LeRoy E. Hopkins
David W. Hopper
Earle A. S. Hopping
Joseph D. Hudson
Richard A. Hudson
Fred M. Ironside
John J. Johnstone
Richard A. Jonas III
John E. Kingston
Robert J. Kolyer
Walter Kronimus, Jr.
Kenneth A. Lent
Frank S. McKee
George S. Martin
Harry Mathewson
Edwin D. Maxfield
Philip R. Meyer
Frederick Michel, Jr.
Edwin J. Mihan
E. Eliot Miller
Edwin C. Monkmeyer
Craig R. Murray
Frederick M. Nolte
Howard P. Palmer
Ernest D. Perkins
Peter J. F. Rager
Henry B. Robinson
Thomas J. Roche
Thomas J. Rohan
Malcolm T. Ryan
Ward K. St. Clair
Howard E. Schenck, Jr.
Wilbur D. Schiller
Edson S. Schmid
Robert E. Schreiber
Julius H. Seeth
Richard M. Seymour
Robert J. Shotter
Pentti K. Siiteri
John L. Slusser
Robert N. Swanson
Charles W. Thill
William I. Todd
Howard M. Trowern, Jr.
Alfred R. Valentine
Richard H. Valentine
Edgar J. Viscecchio
Paul H. Vonderhorst
Wallace G. Voegel
James S. White
Paul J. Wiggins
Daniel E. Winneke
Theodore W. Winter



This plaque acknowledging the Korean War is dedicated to all the men and women who have served and those who have made the Supreme Sacrifice.



And this one is dedicated the same way but remembers the Vietnam War and specifically one man: William Nuebel, Jr. (1947-1967).