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Veterans day 2020

  1. Veterans have stories to tell! PHNN Zoom meeting Veterans Day, November 11, 2020
  2. Members of APH joined thousands of others in volunteering to interview and document these interviews to be archived at the Library of Congress Despite the loss of APH, efforts continue to document these important stories. You can help.
  3. Matt Foley was in the Navy when WWII was declared and stayed in the Navy through the whole war. But he most wanted to be a farmer. Palermo, Italy after intense battle during WWII
  4. Robert Arpin, U.S. Navy Robert Arpin joined the Navy in March of 1945. On his way across the Pacific he crossed the international dateline and lost a day - his birthday - which became a family joke. He hoped to be a cook but was assigned to gunnery duty and stationed in Okinawa at the very end of WWII. To his surprise, as they landed in Okinawa he and his fellow sailors were shot at by Japanese who were not aware the war had ended.
  5. Catherine “Kay” Mabey DeTore learned about the Cadet Nurse Corps program while caring for her aunt who was ill. This nurse’s training program was instituted during WWII by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a program to provide additional nurses since so many trained nurses were being sent overseas because for the war effort. Kay joined the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1944 and graduated in 1947.
  6. Robert S. Weidman grew up in Franklin, MA, joined the Army when he was 17 and was sent to Korea during the Korean War in 1953-54. He trained as a medic and served at the 38th parallel, one mile behind the front lines. Robert met United Nations troops from across the world during his time in Korea. He was moved by the poverty of the people of Korea, as well as his experiences meeting survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima (during a week of rest –R&R-in Japan).
  7. Jim Fitzpatrick was drafted during the Vietnam era, but flu separated him from his unit. He ended up relatively safe, and bored in Korea during his time of service. He still mourns his friend who ended up in Vietnam and did not make it back.
  8. Glenn E. Moody thought his life was going in one direction until he was drafted and ended up serving in the Army in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He shares his thoughts about the war, his experiences, how it changed his family, his life, and his perspective on life.
  9. Linda Caleriso Bellingham, MA resident, joined the Army as a single mother with two small children. She says that she wanted to do something to make her sons proud of her. She talks about the challenges of boot camp and being so far away from her children, her determination to stay fit once she’d gotten into shape, and her experiences serving as an Emergency Prepared Liaison Officer during the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
  10. Tim Harvey grew up in Blackstone and his family is from Bellingham, his parents have a business in Bellingham. His father served in the Army, but encouraged Tim to join the Marines for the closeness and camaraderie of this branch of the service. Tim went to college, graduated then joined the Marines as an officer candidate. After training and becoming an officer, Tim was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He served on two bases, Camp Eddi, a Forward Operating Base, (FOB) and Camp Leatherneck. He describes life on a FOB, security concerns, staying in shape with Marine Martial Arts training, and learning to manage in difficult circumstances.