Genesee County

World War II

Gold Star

Memorial Book



May, 1953


Miller-Mac Printing Co., Inc.

117 Ross St., Batavia, N. Y.












HE Gold Star Mothers Club of Genesee County, New York, assigned a Committee of World War II Gold Star Parents to gather and publish a history of the boys of Genesee County, New York, who lost their lives in World War II.

In compiling the material and in financing the publication of the history, the Committee acknowledges with deep appreciation enthusiastic help received from:

the Batavia Daily News,

the Genesee County Veterans’ Bureau,

the Nearest of Kin of the boys of

Genesee County who gave their lives

in World War II,

the social, service and veterans’


This Memorial Book is gratefully and respectfully submitted herewith by the Committee:

Gertrude F. Rumsey, Chairman

Clarence A. Brooks

Rose Marie Edwards

Buell J. and Clara Fuller

Edward P. Rumsey

Gertrude Warriner

Clyde P. Wells


Roger Robert Allen

Roger Robert Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Allen of Batavia, New York, was born December 25, 1922 in Batavia. The family moved to Attica where Roger was graduated from Attica High School in 1940. He studied accounting at Stratford Graduate School in Buffalo and took a position with Westinghouse Electric Company, Attica.

October, 1942, Roger enlisted in the Navy in Buffalo. Serial No. 6 086 907. After boot training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station he was assigned to the Navy Medical Corps and trained with Marines at three bases in California. On March 8, 1944 he married Donna Willey of Los Angeles.

Navy Medial Corpsmen go ashore with the Marines in all engagements unarmed and have won high praise for their work of mercy under fire. As a medic Roger wore the Marine uniform serving with the Leathernecks. He was assigned to the 1st marine Division, H & S Co., 8th Amphibious Tractor Battalion.

Roger’s last letter came from Pelelieu which the Marines were wresting from Japanese control. Pharmacist Mate, 1st Class Roger Allen was killed in action October 5, 1944. He was survived by his widow, his parents and two sisters, Virginia and Marilyn.

Stanley C. Andrews

Stanley C. Andrews, son of Thomas Andrews and Jessie Cook Andrews Woodbine of Elba, New York, was born in Oakfield June 26, 1923. While attending Elba Central School from which he was graduated in June, 1941, Stanley won State Future Farmers of America oratorical title, at State Fair, Syracuse. He represented the state in regional contests; worked on school publications staff; was class officer Freshman and Junior years; managed and played baseball; performed in Junior and Senior plays; always cherished ambitions to "Join the Army Air Corps".

Stanley enlisted December 27, 1941 at Buffalo, Serial No. 12 044 179. He trained at Jefferson Barracks, Las Vegas, MacDill and Barksdale Fields and was rated corporal-gunner.

Mother’s Day 1942 his mother, sisters and brother visited Corporal Andrews at Barksdale, La. A few days later, May 18th, 1942, on a routine training flight in a 4-motored bomber, 18-year-old Corporal Stanley Andrews and the crew were killed when an electric storm crashed the bomber against a tree.

Besides his parents and stepfather, Arthur Woodbine, Stanley was survived by sisters Lucille and Charlotte and brother, Lester Andrews.

Joseph G. Bachulak

Joseph G. Bachulak was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bachulak of No. 9 James Street, Batavia, New York. Joseph was born June 1, 1920 in Batavia. He attended Batavia High School and was a member of Sacred Heart Church. He played on the Polish Falcons Baseball team. He was employed at Massey-Harris Plant.

On March 27, 1942, Joseph enlisted in Batavia, New York, Serial No. 32 234 509. He trained to be a paratrooper at Camp Croft, S. C.; Ft. Bragg, N. C.; Ft. Benning, Ga. The unit practiced in England for months in preparation for the invasion of the continent.

Private Bachulak was reported missing in action on D-Day during the invasion but he made his way back to the American lines by the 10th of June. Five days later, June 15, 1944, Private First Class Joseph G. Bachulak, paratrooper, was killed in action in France at the age of 24.

His survivors were his parents, two brothers serving at the time in the armed forces, John and Charles, and three sisters, Rose and Mary and Mrs. Helen Yasses.


LaVerne C. Bacon was the son of Mrs. Clara Bacon of Batavia, New York. He was born May 2, 1916 in Batavia. "Eggs", as he was familiarly known, was graduated from Batavia High School in 1936, one of the best basketball players to perform on area courts. He was a member of Doehler Die Casting Company quintet.

On November 7, 1942, LaVerne entered the Army. Serial No. 32 550 131. He trained at several Medical Corps Centers including O'Reilly Hospital, Springfield, Mo.

He went overseas September 1943. After the invasion of Europe he worked day and night in an English hospital caring for troops wounded in France. He had earned corporal’s stripes. His last letter said he was ill, was able to sit up and might be returned to the United States. The War Department telegram to his mother said Corporal LaVerne C. Bacon, 28, had died after a six weeks’ illness, September 8, 1944.

Besides his mother, Corporal Bacon was survived by five uncles and two aunts. A brother, Clair D., was killed in an automobile accident in 1938.


William P. Bannister, son of Lee S. and Ruth Bannister, was born in 1923 in Rochester, New York. He attended West High School, winning letters in basketball and soccer, serving on the principal’s advisory committee and graduating.

William entered Naval service in Rochester. After Squantum, Mass., he received his wings at Pensacola, Fla., in September, 1943. Ensign Bannister was on duty with "Task Force 58", famous Navy unit ranging over much of Central and South Pacific in support of American landings and in depredations against the Japanese across thousands of miles of ocean.

Ensign Bannister had more than 600 hours of combat flying in seven months in action while his squadron took part in Marshalls, Saipan and Guam campaigns and was believed to be lending support to Marine landings in the Pelelieu Islands. The pilot 21 years of age, lost his life September 22, 1944 trying to save a buddy’s life. Drawing fire to himself, to take the range of Jap guns off a mate who had crashed, he crashed. His body was not found.

He was survived by his parents, a sister, a half brother and his paternal grandmother of Griswold Road, Bergen.


Frank Barnes was the son of Frank and Jeanette Hannah Barnes. He was born at Perry, New York, November 16, 1918. He was employed on several Batavia farms.

Frank entered the armed forces in the United States Navy September 9, 1941, at New York City. He was assigned Service No. 6 420 103. He received training at Newport, Rhode Island Naval Training Station. A short time later he went to sea.

On May 8, 1943, serving on the Destroyer USS Sims, Seaman First Class Frank Barnes, aged 26 was lost in the Battle of Coral Sea, one of the largest sea engagements of the war. Seventeen Japanese ships were sunk in the five-day sea battle.

Seaman Barnes was survived by five brothers, Dell Barnes of Batavia; Philip J. of Red House, Salamanca; Edward of Warsaw, John W. of Stafford and Wallace of Elba; and three sisters, Eunice James, Mrs. Arle Seward and Mrs. Bernice Trace, all of Batavia.


LaVerne Almund Bateman, son of Julius and the late Marie Poulter Bateman, was born June 2, 1915 in Byron, New York. In South Byron he was a Scout, and a member of the Methodist Church and orchestra, and of the High School baseball and basketball teams and orchestra. 1937 he was graduated from the Rochester Business Institute in Batavia. He was employed five years as salesman for Granger & Company, Batavia. June 2, 1940 LaVerne married Lucile Munsie. They had one child, Richard L. Bateman.

June 25, 1942, LaVerne entered the Army at Ft. Niagara. Service No. 01 315 660. He was graduated from Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, Ga., second highest in class of 200. He was then attached to the 66th Division at Camp Blanding, Fla., and Camp Robinson, Ark.

In March, 1944, Lt. Bateman was sent overseas and was attached to the 29th Division in England, Co. F., 116th Infantry Regiment.

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Lt. LaVerne Almund Bateman, 29 years of age, was killed, the county’s first officer to lose his life in France.


Jonas Elijah Beachy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beachy of Reynolds Road, Darien, New York. He was born December 31, 1920. There were six boys and four girls in the family. Jonas attended school in Fargo and attended Corfu High School. He was employed in some farming and for Lang’s Bakery in Buffalo.

Jonas entered service in the Navy. Serial No. 6 084 020. He trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. And then Seaman 1st Class Beachy served in the Atlantic, traveling in a convoy to Africa. During the next year and a half he served on the USS Spence in the Pacific. He volunteered as ship’s barber when the want ad was posted. The Spence came into port for repairs and Jonas came home on leave in August 1944.

Four months later the USS Spence was wrecked in a hurricane in the Pacific and Seaman 1st Class Jonas Beachy was reported missing. The date of his death was December 18, 1944. He had been in service three years.


Robert J. Bermingham was the son of Councilman and Mrs. John J. Bermingham of Batavia, New York. He was born in Batavia in April 1923. He attended St. Joseph’s Parochial School, was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and the Fife and Drum Corps. A graduate of Batavia High School, he studied one year, Fredonia State College.

September 19, 1942, Robert enlisted in the Air Corps, Service No. 0 811 843; trained at several fields; won his commission August, 1943. Trained at Ft. Meyers, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; on the west coast; then he went to his station, Hawaii.

Lt. Bermingham was pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter plane, one of a group of Thunderbolts in a routine flight over Oahu all using instruments in an overcast. He failed to return and was reported on April 12, 1944 as missing in action since April 1st. Searching parties failed to find trace of him or his plane. A War Department message, April 1945, presumed the fighter pilot dead.

Besides his parents, 18 Buell Street, Batavia, Lt. Bermingham was survived by three brothers and two sisters.


Kenneth Newman Blish, son of Mrs. F. M. Blish, Ulysses, Pa., and the late Rev. F. M. Blish, was born December 17, 1913 in Troupsburg, New York. In 1919 the family moved to Wisconsin. Kenneth attended school through the freshman year at the University of Wisconsin. The family moved in 1936 to Basom and then to Clarence, New York. Kenneth was a member of the Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge.

September 17, 1939 Kenneth married Leah Jane Fox and bought a house in Great Valley, N. Y. He was a salesman for Grennan Cake Company.

He was inducted Oct. 5, 1943 at Salamanca. Serial No. 42 029 146. Trained at Ft. McClellan and Ft. Meade and embarked for Africa April 1944, with Co. K, 143 Infantry Reg., 7th Army. He went into France with the invasion army from Italy August, 1944.

August 29, 1944 near Montelinar, Rhone Valley, Kenneth was wounded fatally by enemy shrapnel. He was buried in southern France, then was brought home October 8, 1948. Services in the Ulysses Methodist Church were followed by burial in Ulysses Cemetery; Carl Hyde Post members were bearers.

Kenneth was survived by his parents, his wife and son, William Kenneth, one sister, Helen Klotzback, four brothers, Frank, Harold, Walter and John.


Lloyd John Blood was born in the Town of Batavia, New York, the son of Mrs. Marjorie King Blood of East Pembroke and the late Harold Blood. He was a Boy Scout. He was a member of the basketball and baseball teams in Corfu Central School and was graduated from the high school in 1942. He attended the Baptist Church.

Lloyd was employed by General Electric Company at Schenectady until he entered the Army Air Force, April 22, 1943. Serial No. 32 856 964. He received silver aerial gunner’s wings at Yuma Arizona after completing flexible gunnery training for radiomen.

He left for overseas August, 1944. He participated with the 457th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force based in England, in many huge precision bombing assaults on the Reich’s oil centers and transportation hubs. He held the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation.

Tech. Sgt. Blood was returning from his 30th combat mission as radio operator on a B-17 Flying Fortress when his plane shot down at Templin, north of Berlin, April 10, 1945. October 4, 1945 he was reported unaccounted for.

He was survived by his mother, maternal grandmother, paternal grandfather and uncles and aunts.


Elmer John Boatfield husband of Theodora Eddy Boatfield, of Castile, New York and son of Mrs. Catherine Craven Boatfield of Morganville and the late John W. Boatfield, was born September 9, 1909 in Morganville. He was a graduate of South Byron High School and Rochester Business Institute. He was employed by Buffalo Arms Corporation. September 10, 1935, he married Miss Eddy.

Elmer joined the service January 8, 1944 in Buffalo. Serial No. 42 091 182. He went overseas July 1944. Shifting from ordinance to infantry, he trained further in France and was assigned to the 102 (Ozark) Division, 406th Infantry, Ninth Army. He saw action in Belgium, Holland and Germany at the northern end of the Allied line.

PFC Elmer Boatfield was killed in action in Germany February 28, 1945. He had been in service a little over a year and had received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, one of the newest and highest honors for infantrymen, and the Good Conduct Ribbon.

Besides his wife and mother, he was survived by a brother, Irving and two sisters, Mrs. Merton Hoyt and Miss A. Barbara Boatfield, teacher at Batavia High School.



Robert J. Boatfield was born near Pearl Creek, New York, the son of the late William Boatfield who died in 1925, and Amy Gates Boatfield Rabadeau, who died in Munising, Michigan, in 1941. After the boy’s father’s death, Robert and his sister made their home with their paternal aunt and uncle, the Floyd Paines of Covington. Robert attended district school and Pavilion Central School. He belonged to Covington Methodist Church, Young People’s Sunday School Class and Youth Fellowship Group.

January 1940 he enlisted in the Army Air Force. Serial No. 6 982 018. He trained at Ft. Slocum and then in California at Ft. McDowell and the Presidio. With no furlough, he sailed for the Philippines to be stationed with the 19th Air Base Squadron at Nichols Field outside of Manila.

After Pearl Harbor and the sudden attack on Philippines, the depleted Air Corps were taken into the 31st Infantry. All were taken prisoners on Bataan.

The International Red Cross found that Private Robert J. Boatfield died May 12, 1943 in a Philippines prison camp. He was survived by his sister, Mrs. Catherine Taylor of Pavilion, three other sisters, two brothers and his foster parents, brothers and sisters.


Walter Eugene Bond, Jr., was the son of Mrs. Bessie Bond of Oakfield, New York and the late Walter Bond. He was born in Oakfield, March 13, 1917. Walter was graduated from Horace Mann High School in Gary, Indiana. The family was living there at that time. When they returned to Oakfield, he was graduated from the University of Rochester. He won a Phi Beta Kappa key in Junior year, and a Master’s degree later. He belonged to Theta Chi fraternity.

August 31, 1940 Walter married Elizabeth Gillett of Oakfield. They lived in Schenectady three years where he became accountant for General Electric Company.

He was inducted March 4, 1943 in Schenectady. Serial No. 32 944 053.

Overseas Private 1st Class Eugene Bond was a member of Co. H, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Division in General Mark Clark’s Army. On Sunday, June 4, 1944, PFC Bond was killed in action. That was the day the American occupation of the Italian capital was announced by headquarters in Naples. The Infantrymen had carried the last heights before Rome.

PFC Bond was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He was survived by his wife, now Mrs. Prescott Gann, and his mother.


David Lansing Boyce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Boyce, was born June 7, 1924 at Elba, New York. At Elba Central School David was on the Revue and Paper staffs, member of the Glee Club, Future Farmers of America and in his senior year, of the baseball team and the Class Play. He was Class president and graduated in 1941. He belonged to the Elba Baptist Church.

David was inducted on March 5, 1943, at Rochester. Serial No. 32 834 875. He received flight training at Ft. Stockton and San Angelo, Tex. He received his commission, 2nd Lieut. USA, August 4, 1944. Serial No. 02 067 643. He left for overseas November 1, 1944.

2nd Lt. Boyce died August 2, 1945, aged twenty-one, in the China Area as the result of an airplane crash while serving with the 555th Air Service Squadron, 14th Air Service Group. His death occurred in the line of duty.

Lt. Boyce’s survivors included his parents, on brother, Lt. Robert LaVerne Boyce and three sisters, Jean, Gertrude and Evelyn.


Robert LaVerne Boyce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Boyce, was born November 7, 1921, in Elba, New York. At Elba Central School Robert was a Scout, Future Farmer of America, winner of speaking contest in Junior Year, Secretary of Senior Class and was graduated in 1939. He was a member of the Baptist Church. September 8, 1944 Robert married Virginia Dotson.

Robert enlisted in the Reserve Corps, July 15, 1942 in Buffalo. Service No. 12 098-853. January 30, 1943 he entered active duty, attending Army Flying Schools at Greenville, Miss. and Craig Field, Ala., where he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Service No. 0 815 644. He became test pilot at Patterson Field.

2nd Lt. Boyce served as helicopter pilot October 11, 1944 to September 28, 1945 at Guam, Okinawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima. He flew B-29 parts from base ships to island bases, sustaining Superfort assaults on Japan.

He became instructor at Randolph Field. 1st Lt. Boyce was killed in line of duty December 1946 in a helicopter crash while serving with Squadron B-3, 2562d Army Air Base Unit. He was survived by his wife, now Mrs. Virginia Barrett, Parkersburg, W. Va. and daughter, Saundra Jean; his parents and three sisters.


Frank William Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown of RD 2 LeRoy, New York was born May 27, 1917, in LeRoy. He was graduated from LeRoy High School in 1935 with the Samuel Mann Medal for excellence of character. He also attended Vocational School in Rochester prior to employment as tinsmith at the Jello plant in LeRoy. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church.

Frank entered service May 15, 1941. Serial No. 32 13 532. He trained for the infantry and went overseas in Co. C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Division.

Staff Sgt. Frank W. Brown, 27, was killed in action in France June 13, 1944. He wrote a letter home June 1st. On July 1st a letter from his pal to the Browns expressed sympathy at the recent loss of their son. That was the first news of his death. Frank was the first in his LeRoy parish to be killed in action.

Besides his parents he was survived by two brothers, Alfred and William and two sisters, Mrs. Eleanor Costa and Mary Brown.


PFC Martin I. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brown, Byron, New York, was born April 29, 1921 , at Batavia, New York.

Martin was graduated from the South Byron High School, and he attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Martin entered the service Aug. 25, 1942, at Rochester, New York, Serial No. 12 138 385. He was a member of the 506th Paratroop Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He took his training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was sent to England, August 1943.

Aug 12, 1943, Martin married Nora E. Glimpse of Rochester, N. Y., who has since his death, remarried.

Martin was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944, while landing in France. His remains were returned to this country November 26, 1944. Funeral services were held in Byron. A Purple Heart was awarded him.

Besides his widow and his parents, Martin’s survivors included a brother, Kenneth, two sisters, paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Brown of Bergen, and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Shelt of Byron.


Nelson Elmer Brownell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson H. Brownell, Batavia, New York, was born August 5, 1919 in Buffalo. From his baptism by Rev. George Warren in early youth, Nelson was active in First Baptist Church work in Batavia, teaching, choir, young people’s work. He was graduated 1937 from Batavia High School, an Honor Society student, a member and pianist of the Glee Club. Later he majored in piano at Pottsdam Crane Music School.

Nelson was inducted, Batavia, July, 1941. He ranked second in primary flight training at Pine Bluff and led in basic training at Randolph Field, winning his wings and commission at Foster Field, May 20, 1942. Serial No. 0 660 105.

Lt. Brownell went overseas August 31, 1942 with 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group to New Guinea, where he gave his life for his country in November, 1942. The following Spring his parents gave to their church a fitting musical memorial. Each day at noon the organ peals forth through the belfry by means of their gift, the amplifying system.

Lt. Brownell received the Purple Heart, American Legion Gold Star Citation from Glenn S. Loomis Post, and scroll signed by President Roosevelt from the Officers Branch of the Army.


Marvin Frank Burr, son of Ira H. and Helen M. Burr of Oakfield, New York, was born April 20, 1917 in the Town of Oakfield. He attended Oakfield schools. "Ike" served on the high school yearbook staff and football and basketball squads, in dramatics and on Junior and Senior Ball committees, graduating in 1936. Later he was graduated Junior Accountant from Bryant Stratton Business College, Buffalo. He worked for the U. S. Gypsum Company.

Marvin was inducted in May 1941. He served in the 63rd Hospital Corps, Camp Blanding, Fla. After Pearl Harbor, he transferred to the Air Force, training at southern fields. In January 1943 he married Elinor Searles of Oakfield. 2nd Lieutenant commission came in July. Serial No. 0 089 094.

Lt. Burr served in England with 370th Group, 401st Fighter Squadron, 9th Air Force from January 1944 until July 22 when he was reported missing in action. A year later he was presumed dead July 22, 1944.

His widow, now Mrs. Elinor Doane, his young daughter, Barbara Carol Burr and his parents, survive. He was awarded the Air Medal with five Clusters, two Bronze Stars for the European and Normandy Campaigns; Good Conduct Medal and seven others.


Walter John Burroughs, son of Eugene and Nettie Knoop Burroughs of Pembroke, New York, was born on March 30, 1902, in East Pembroke. He attended East Pembroke High School and North Pembroke Church. Fishing, camping and canoeing were his hobbies. For fourteen years he was employed by Athoe Motors in Batavia and was well known to Batavia motorists. He was unmarried.

Walter enlisted in the Navy in October, 1942. Serial No. 6 086 437. He trained with "Seabees", in a Naval Construction battalion at Camp Endicott, R. I. Then he was sent to an African base. He ranked Carpenter’s Mate and Petty Officer.

His death came June 22, 1943, in the North African-Mediterranean area, so it is believed he took part in the invasion of Sicily which began on June 22. He was first from Genesee County known to have given his life in sea service.

Military services were held at his grave in North Pembroke Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents and three brothers, Alfred of Horseshoe Lake Road, Batavia, Charles of Niagara Falls, and Wilber of Rochester.


Allen George Burrows, son of the late George M. Burrows and of Mrs. Dorothy Burrows of No. 36 Elm Street, LeRoy, New York, was born on October 18, 1921 at Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.

Allen and his family moved to LeRoy where he spent the greater part of his short life. He was graduated at LeRoy High School.

On November 20, 1943, Allen was inducted at Buffalo. He was assigned Service No. 1 326 379. He trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; trained as a staff sergeant in an Infantry unit at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. In Sept., 1944, he was graduated from officer’s candidate course at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned.

After a brief furlough home Lieutenant Burrows went overseas. In France and Belgium for several months, he took part in extensive Infantry knifing-back-action at the area gained by the Germans.

On January 9, 1945, Second Lieutenant Allen George Burrows, 23 years of age, was killed in Infantry battle action in Belgium.

Besides his parents, Lieutenant Burrows was survived by his sister, Dorothy.


Sheldon E. Bushman, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bushman, was born in LeRoy, New York, on January 10, 1910.

Sheldon spent the greater part of his life in LeRoy. However, for several years he lived with his sister, Mrs. Thomas A. O’Grady of 54 Swan Street, Batavia, New York; and was employed by the Wade Coal Company of 56 Swan Street.

At Rochester, in 1940, Sheldon enlisted in the U. S. Army. He was assigned Service No. 12 016 053.

During his long Army service Private Bushman was once on duty in the Panama Canal Zone and in Trinidad for many months. He left for overseas in Dec. 1943, and was stationed in England before the Invasion of the Continent.

On September 16, 1944, Private Sheldon E. Bushman, thirty-four years of age, was killed in battle in France.

Private Bushman was survived by his sister, Mrs. O’Grady; and by his aunt, Mrs. William Vader of the Randall Road, LeRoy.


Louis Caccamise was the youngest son of Joseph and the later Sarah Farrara Caccamise of LeRoy, New York. He was born in LeRoy and educated there. At high school he was a member of the gym team and active in school athletics. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church.

Young Caccamise enlisted in the Navy October 23, 1942. Serial No. 6 086 805. He trained at Sampson Naval Training Center; Norfolk, Va.; Rhode Island. He was then assigned to armed guard duty aboard a merchant ship, seeing plenty of action in the Atlantic and Pacific areas.

On March 31, 1944, Vice-Admiral Randolph Jacobs, Chief of Navy Personnel, sent a message to Joseph Caccamise, father of the twenty-two-year-old Seaman, First Class, USNR: Louis was missing action somewhere in the Pacific zone in the service of his country.

His death was given officially as March 20, 1945. He was survived by his father, his stepmother and five brothers, Roxie, of Batavia; Samuel, Charles, Ross and Anthony and two sisters, Genevieve and Pauline.


Marvin Burnell Carlton was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Carlton of 7 Oxford Street, Rochester, New York. He was born in Rochester Oct. 29, 1926. When he was about two the family moved to Hilton. He attended school there. He was interested in agricultural subjects and mathematics. As a young boy he joined 4-H Club and raised a garden, chickens, rabbits and a young colt. Of these he was very proud. At the age of ten he started guitar lessons. He attended Hilton Presbyterian Church and Sunday School and received a Bible for perfect attendance. He liked people and they liked him. To get out and meet people he would send away for magazines, seeds, other things, to sell from house to house. After he left school he went to LeRoy and worked for Lapp Insulator Works.

Marvin joined the Navy in Rochester, February, 1945. Serial No. 976 22 28. At Sampson he transferred to the Seabees and was stationed in Rhode Island, California, China, Japan and Okinawa. He was discharged in August 1946.

He then enlisted in the Army. Serial No. RA 2 249 989. The date of his death was June 10, 1947.


Charles Leslie Carter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Brooks of Pavilion, New York, was born February 7, 1911 at Gouverneur. He was graduated from Batavia High School and went to work in the Bank of Batavia, spending many hours in Rochester, furthering his education in banking. He was a member of the Methodist Church where on June 18, 1938 he was married to Jenneth Carver. He was a founder of the DeMolay, the Batavia chapter bearing his name, "The Charles L. Carter Chapter of DeMolay".

T/Sgt Carter entered the service July 24, 1942. Serial No. 32 142 731. He trained in Amarilla and Las Vegas before going overseas, August 1943. He served with the 534th Bomb Squadron, 381 Bomb Group (H). He was credited with destroying a German fighter plane January 1944. He was hospitalized three times and once the hospital was bombed. March 31,1944, he was killed in Ridgewell, England, credited with more than 30 missions over Europe.

Sgt. Charles Carter was awarded the Bronze Service Star, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Aerial Gunner’s Badge, Purple Heart and other medals.


Francis Edwin Castle was the son of Oliver Castle, 35 South Street, LeRoy, New York, and the late Harriet Boatfield Castle. He was born January 28, 1912 in the Town of Stafford. He was graduated from LeRoy High School and was employed at Lapp Insulator Works in LeRoy.

October 1942 Francis joined the Army in Rochester. Serial No. 32 548 337. He trained in various southern camps and in a Heavy Bomber Group at Scott Field, Illinois. As sergeant he was assigned a member of the 332nd Bomb Squadron, 94th Bomber Group, to go overseas.

On December 11, 1943 his plane was hit by enemy fire over Emden, Germany. It was felt that he was killed at that time. He was buried at Margraten in the United States Cemetery in Holland.

Francis was awarded the Purple Heart.


Paul Albert Chamberlain, son of Mrs. Diadama Chamberlain, 305 West Park Street, Albion, New York, was born on July 5, 1921, at Perry, New York.

Paul was a member of the Methodist Church in Warsaw.

On January 2, 1940, at Batavia, New York, Paul entered the service, Serial No. 6 981 900. He received training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Deven, Mass., attaining the rank of corporal.

Paul served with the 3rd Division, Reconnaissance Co. 601, Tank Destroyer Bn., in Tunisia, North Africa; in Anzio and in Salerno, Italy; and in Northern France Campaigns. He was awarded the European Theater of Operations ribbon with four battle stars. He was wounded in France.

During the Northern France Campaign, on September 20, 1944, Corporal Chamberlain was killed in action.

The Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Bar were also awarded him.


Daniel E. Chatt was the son of Jonas and Irene Chatt. he was born in Batavia, New York, on August 27, 1927. His parents remarried. His father lives in Batavia at 26 South Main Street, his mother in Rochester. Daniel was graduated from Batavia High School and was employed at the Doehler Die Casting Company Plant. For a while he worked at the Blue Bus Diner.

When he was not yet eighteen, Daniel enlisted for three years in the Marines, at Buffalo. His Serial No. was 577 671. That was on June 14, 1945. he trained at Camp Upton, Long Island, and went across to Hawaii. The Japanese Peace Treaty was signed soon afterward.

Eight days before his twentieth birthday, while Daniel was home on leave, he was killed in Batavia in an automobile accident.


Lyle L. Churchill was the son of Mrs. Norman G. Anewalt of Whittier, California, and the later John S. Churchill. Lyle was born in Oakfield, New York, March 6, 1918. He was graduated from high school in 1934, and attended University of Buffalo one year. In 1941 he married Minnie Kopf of Oneonta.

Lyle entered the Army January 25, 1943, and trained in aerial gunnery and airplane mechanics. He and Ray Dustin of LeRoy were assigned to a B-24 crew and in January 1944, Sgt. Churchill and Sgt. Dustin went overseas together to the 8th Air Force in England, and were reported missing in action the same day, May 8, 1944.

Churchill’s plane was shot down over the Reich that day and it was believed the crew was killed.

Eighteen months afterward, his wife received word that Sergeant Lyle L. Churchill was declared dead. According to German records, the boys were buried by civilians in a common grave which was located by the Americans in October, 1946. Lyle is now buried in France. He was survived by his wife, now Mrs. Minnie Ivellia, San Pedro, California, and his mother and stepfather, Norman Anewall, and three sisters. The Air Medal and Cluster had been awarded him.


William E. Clark, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Clark, was born on January 4, 1914, in Batavia, New York. He was employed by P. W. Minor, as edge setter. On Aug. 14, 1937, he married Edith Russell.

William joined the service on February 26, 1943. He was assigned Service No. 32 735 934. He trained in the United States six months.

Overseas, Sergeant Clark spent thirteen months with his infantry unit. After front training in North Africa, the unit went to Italy and became part of General Mark Clark’s Fifth Army. During the Spring campaign, Sergeant Clark was wounded, and was awarded the Purple Heart. After he returned to action, he was shifted to the Seventh Army which landed on the Southern Coast of France.

When the American forces were 100 miles north of Marseills, Sergeant William E. Clark, aged thirty, was killed in action, August 28, 1944.

Besides his wife, Sergeant Clark was survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Ernst of Batavia and Mrs. Charlotte Glover of Greece, and a brother, Adelbert of Buffalo.


Frank C. Cocuzza, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cocuzza, was born on May 14, 1914, at Batavia, New York.

Frank attended the Batavia High School. He was employed at Doehler Die Casting Company plant.

On October 27, 1942, Frank entered service. He was assigned Service No. 32 547 596. He trained in the United States, and in April, 1943, he went overseas with Armored Forces.

Corp. Cocuzza became a member of General George S. Patton’s Armored Force that moved inland after the invasion.

On July 28 1944, Corporal Frank C. Cocuzza, aged 30 years, was killed in action in France. He was evidently with the spearhead of tanks that tore a twenty-mile gap in German lines in the opening of the great American offensive, and, on the day he made the supreme sacrifice, reached almost to Countances.

Besides his father, Corporal Cocuzza was survived by five sisters: Miss Josephine Cocuzza at home; Mrs. Carrie Valle and Mrs. Esther Dispenza of Batavia; Mrs. Rose Teresa of Retsof, and Mrs. Bell Debole of Geneseo.


Daniel Connor, Jr., son of the late Daniel and Katherine Connor, was born August 21, 1921 near Pavilion, New York. Daniel graduated in 1938 from Pavilion High School. A kindly, gentle boy, he had unusual artistic ability in painting and verse writing. One of his pictures won first prize at the Batavia Fair. In 1939, staying with brother Maurice in Berwyn, Pa., Daniel studied Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art and aeronautical engineering at Penn State’s Extension School.

Daniel enlisted in the Air Force, 1942. Serial No. 13 097 803. With one year’s training, he went to England as radio operator on a B-24 attached to the 579th Heavy Bomber Squadron, 8th Air Force.

February 20, 1944, following a raid over Germany, Daniel’s crew brought back their crippled bomber to an emergency field, Manston, England. The ship exploded as it was coming down, over the runway.

Danny was buried with the crew at Brookwood Cemetery, England. Later, 1948, his body was brought home and buried with military honors in Pavilion.

For his twelve missions over Germany Danny was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. The Purple Heart was awarded too.


Ronald H. Daniels was the son of the late Henry A. and Nora Harloff Daniels of Alabama, New York. He was born in Oakfield, New York, March 2, 1919.

Ronald enlisted in the Army, October, 1940; was assigned Service No. 01 049 785. He was trained in the antiaircraft branch at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then served nine months in Panama before entering Officer’s Candidate School at Camp Davis, North Carolina, where he received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant.

On July 9, 1942, Lieut. Daniels married Miss Phyllis Luttrell.

Overseas Lieut. Daniels was attached to the 106th Infantry Div. of the First Army. January 13, 1944, Mrs. Daniels received word her husband was unaccounted for since December 1st, in action in Germany. Seven weeks later a letter came from her husband, written February 9, telling her he was a prisoner in a German camp. The War Department confirmed this.

A year later Mrs. Daniels received word that twenty-six-year-old Lieutenant Ronald H. Daniels, "previously reported a Nazi prisoner, met death in action on April 5, 1944," and was now listed as dead April 5, 1945.

He was survived by his widow and daughter, Lynn, in LeRoy and his stepmother in Alabama and sister, Mrs. Earl Wolcott in Morganville.


John Thomas Darby, son of Mrs. Jane L. Darby of LeRoy, New York, and the late John B. Darby, was born November 26, 1917, in Bergen, New York. He was the eldest of seven children.

The family moved to LeRoy in 1929. John attended St. Peter’s School and the LeRoy High School, graduating in 1935. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church. He worked for the Lapp Insulator Works.

John was inducted June 4, 1941, at LeRoy, Service No. 32 134 039. He received his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. From there he went to Pine Camp, New York; then he went to Tennessee and California for manoeuvres. Additional training was received at Camp Bowie, Texas. From there he was sent overseas in January, 1943.

John served in the Fourth Armored Division in Patton’s Third Army consecutively in England, France and Germany. When he was twenty-eight, April 2, 1945, he was killed by a sniper near Berka, Germany.

John remains were buried in an army cemetery in Butzbach, Germany; in January, 1949, they were brought home to be reburied in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy.

The European Theater of Operations Ribbon and three battle stars, the Purple Heart and other medals were awarded John.


John Albert Darrow, son of Albert J. Darrow of No. 2 Union Street, LeRoy, and the late Mrs. Lulu Walker Darrow, was born at Salamanca, New York, on July 5, 1923.

John resided with his family in LeRoy, New York, for about eleven years; attended schools there; was graduated from the High School in the Class of 1941. He attended LeRoy Methodist Church.

In Dec., 1941, shortly after the attack at Pearl Harbor, John enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserves. He received training at Newport, Rhode Island, and at a Florida base where he was given a Petty Officer rating. He was assigned to Convoy Duty and served in the Atlantic area. His last trip home was made on September 1, 1943.

On October 9, 1943, an underwater explosion sank the USS BUCK, a Destroyer, off Salerno, Italy. A member of the crew, Soundman Second Class John Albert Darrow, 20 years of age, was killed.

Survivors of Soundman Darrow were his father, two brothers, Luther of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and James of LeRoy; and a sister, Mrs. Alden Sharp of LeRoy.


Borden A. Davis was born on September 24, 1915, in Williamson, New York. His widow is Mrs. Borden Davis of Caledonia, New York.

Borden joined the military service at Sodus, New York, on October 13, 1942. He was assigned Service No. 32 472 981.

Borden A. Davis’ death date was December 16, 1944.


Dayton L. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton R. Davis, was born in Batavia, New York, April 17, 1918.

Dayton attended Batavia High School. He was employed by Remington – Rand Corporation, North Tonawanda.

Entering the Army April 27, 1942, Service No. 32 139 442, Dayton trained in several camps in this country; embarked for overseas duty September, 1942.

In England Dayton underwent intensive training.

In November 1944 Private First Class Davis received the Bronze Star Award for action July 17, 1944, on the beaches of Normandy where he landed the day after D-Day. He took part in the battles of Saint Lo and of Brest. With an Infantry Unit of the Ninth Army, he served in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

February 26, 1945, 26-year-old Private First Class Dayton L. Davis, one of four brothers serving their country in the armed forces, died of wounds suffered in action in Germany.

In service were Private Willis E., with the Quartermaster Corps in France, Private Donald B., and Seaman First Class Robert G. with the Navy in the Pacific.

Besides his parents and brothers in service, Private Davis was survived by another brother, James, and two sisters, Mrs. Bernard Epke and Betty Jo Davis.


John H. Davis, son of Mrs. Catherine DeSalvo of Batavia, and the late John M. Davis, was born on September 9, 1918, Batavia, New York.

John attended Brooklyn School; Batavia High School; he was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Holy Name Society and was employed by Massey Harris Company.

November 13, 1942, John entered service at Batavia; was assigned Service No. 32 550 167; received training, several Air Corps Fields, this country; received many gunnery awards; as engineer-gunner on a B-25 was stationed in Pacific Theater.

June 8, 1944, soon after morning arrival in Oahu territory, Hawaii, the pilot and Sergeant Davis alone took their plane up for a routine test. The ship’s navigator, a witness, wrote, "Suddenly the plane’s wing was taken off by another ship nearby. The plane went into a spin, fell to earth, struck several houses." Sergeant John H. Davis, aged 25 years, and "several civilians were among those instantly killed."

Sergeant Davis’ body was buried in Hawaiian cemetery among Pearl Harbor dead.

Besides his parents, Sergeant Davis was survived by two brothers; Joseph H. and Harvey M. Davis, Batavia; four sisters; Mrs. Catherine O’Geen, Mrs. Theresa Cosway, Batavia; Mrs. Matilda Geissler, Washington; Mrs. William Ives, Amsterdam; three uncles and two aunts.


Malcolm Davis was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Davis of Oakfield, New York. Malcolm was born September 19, 1923, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

When less than a year old, Malcolm came with his family to live in Oakfield. He was graduated in 1941 from Oakfield High School.

On September 10, 1942, the same day that his brother, Ronald, was inducted into the Army, Malcolm enlisted in the Army Air Forces, Service No. 12 165 967. Two years later he was a staff sergeant and a Flying Fortress aerial gunner.

August 30, 1943, following an August 7th Flying Fortress bombing-raid on Schweinfurt, Germany; and when aged only 20 years, Staff Sgt. Malcolm Davis was reported missing in action. August 30, 1943, the Associated Press reported that "in the face of heavy Nazi resistance", fortresses wrecked the ball bearing plant at Schweinfurt near Frankfurt, Germany.

August 30, 1944, the War Department listed Sergeant Davis as dead. He was believed to have crashed near Louvain, Belgium, after being under attack by several enemy planes. He had been awarded the Air Medal.

Sergeant Malcolm Davis was survived by his parents; two brothers, Corporal Ronald Davis and Private Franklin Davis; and by a sister, Phyllis.


Joseph E. DeAngelo was born in Batavia, New York on Oct. 24, 1921. His sister is Miss Laura DeAngelo. She lived at 8 Central Avenue, Batavia.

Joseph went into military service in Rochester, January 1, 1940. His Serial No. was 6 980 756.

His date of death was April 12, 1941.


Joseph B. Deffner, son of Mrs. Catherine B. Deffner of Batavia, New York, was born on February 28, 1914, at Batavia.

Joseph was graduated from St. Joseph’s Parochial School; Batavia High School; was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Knights of Columbus, managed K. of C. team in Genesee Town Baseball League; was member of Junior Chamber of Commerce; was employed at Van Hoesen’s store, seven years; and at Curtiss-Wright war-plane plant, Buffalo, for several months.

Joseph entered service January 25, 1943, at Batavia, Service No. 32 675 587; trained for Air Force, Miami, Florida; Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado; Aerial Gunners’ School, Fort Meyers, Florida, crew-trained, several western fields; went overseas, November, 1943; as Ball Turret Gunner on Eighth Air Force Bomber was stationed somewhere in England.

On January 11, 1944, staff Sergeant Joseph B. Deffner, aged 29, was killed in action over Germany. About 700 heavy bombers, Flying Fortresses and Liberators, in daylight attacked Oschersleben, Halberstadt and Brunswick, German plane-plants in heart of Reich, greatest aerial battle in history. Sixty bombers were lost.

Sergeant Deffner was survived by his mother; by brother, James, of Long Island; four sisters; Mrs. Mary Taggart, Mrs. Edwin Bermingham, Batavia; Mrs. Sylvester Lester, Mrs. G. Ailinger, Buffalo.


Albert A. Delvecchio, son of Mrs. Mary C. Delvecchio of LeRoy, N. Y., and the late Dominic Delvecchio, was born November 2, 1913, in LeRoy. He attended LeRoy Grammar School and High School. He was employed at Hirschman Ventilating Company plant. On January 10, 1942 he married Carmela LaRussa of Batavia.

He was inducted August 5, 1943. Serial No. 42 020 026. He left with the 39th contingent for Camp Upton, L. I. Then to Camp Harahan, La., and to a railroad battalion in Bucyrus, Ohio.

Albert went overseas July, 1944, three months in Southport, England and then to France. Sgt. Tech. Delvecchio served in General George Patton’s Army for eight months in Co. B, 764th Railway Shop Battalion. He died of bronchial pneumonia June 15, 1945. General George Marshall sent a letter of condolence and the Army Chaplain, Dennis McCarthy, wrote assuring his widow of his every care.

Sgt. Delvecchio received the Good Conduct ribbon and the European Theater ribbon with Bronze battle star. His body was brought to LeRoy to be buried in St. Francis Cemetery in the family plot. Besides his wife and mother, he was survived by five sisters and three brothers serving in World War II.


Peter Demmer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Demmer of Oakfield, New York. He was born in Rochester, on Jan. 4, 1927.

Peter enlisted in the Navy in Rochester on February 15, 1944, a little more than a month after reaching the minimum age of seventeen. He was assigned Service No. 6 099 119. He trained at Sampson Naval Training Center for four weeks, then was home for six days’ leave before going to New York for assignment to the fleet. He was a Seaman, Second Class.

Seaman Peter Demmer had served only four months in the Navy when the telegram announced his death, at the age of seventeen. He may have been in naval operations. The date of his death was June 8, 1944.

Besides his parents, Seaman Demmer was survived by a brother, Frank W., in the Army; a brother, William, in the Marines; a brother Charles, at home; a sister Anna, in Pennsylvania; and a half-brother, John Barclay, in Oakfield.


John Roy Despard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Despard of Batavia, New York, was born April 7, 1925. He enlisted in the Navy December 1942. Service No. 2 344 381. He left January, 1943, training at Sampson Naval Training Center and a diesel-engine school, Richmond, Va. He left for sea duty. He came home on leave when his ship was being repaired. He married Delores Birge September 9, 1944.

Machinist-mate 2nd Class Despard saw action in several major Pacific engagements and invasions. On May 4, 1945, he was lost in action, following an explosion and the sinking of the LSM (R) 194. He was twenty years old. The commanding officer wrote the parents:

"The ship was under air-attack for a considerable period before she disappeared beneath the waves at 8:30 on the morning of May 4, shortly after the order to abandon ship was given. Your son was located in the area that absorbed the full shock of the explosion. Rescue work was attempted but due to smoke and flames, we were not able to find the men located there."

Besides his wife, John was survived by his parents, two sisters Ruth and Ann, a brother Kenneth and four grandparents.


Earle Marlin Dibble was the son of Seth J. and Jennie M. Dibble of Byron, New York. He was born September 8, 1908 in Byron. He was graduated from the South Byron High School and attended Mechanics Institute in Rochester. He was a member of the Byron Presbyterian Church. Eight years he spent with his uncle M. W. Dibble, in the Catskills working on a New York State project.

At 32 Earle enlisted in New York City for three years service, on Sept. 17, 1940. Serial No. 12 014 661. At Chanute field, Rantoul, Illinois, he trained as an airplane mechanic in the 4th School Squadron. His age, his interest, his previous training made him an honor student.

Five weeks before graduation from the course, Earle was hospitalized with three-day measles. Pneumonia followed, causing his death on February 11, 1941.

His funeral was held from the Dibble home. Burial was in Byron Cemetery. Member of the Sackett-Merrill-White Post, American Legion of Byron, conducted the services at the grave. Besides his parents, he was survived by two sisters, Mrs. Paul Ridley of LeRoy and Mrs. Clyde Nightingale of Byron.


Gerald Vincent Doody, son of Earl and Gladys Doody of 155 Ross Street, Batavia, New York, was born at Linden, October 16, 1917. The family moved to Batavia in 1931. Gerald attended St. Joseph’s School and was a member of St. Joseph’s Church. He was graduated from Batavia High School in 1936.

Gerald enlisted in U. S. Air Force in November 1939, Buffalo, Serial No. 6 980 556. In 1940 Tech. Sgt. Doody was transferred to the newly opened Westover Field, in Mass. December 1940 Gerald married Doris Higby of Freeport, L. I. Their son, Gerald George was born January 10, 1942.

Master Sergeant Doody went overseas with 36th Service Squadron to a bomber base in England. He became Chief Clerk for Air Corps supplies. His squadron chose him to escort Buffalo’s Senator Mead on his tour of American installations in England.

During a blackout October 8, 1943, a jeep Sgt. Doody was riding in, collided with another vehicle. Doody was critically injured and died the next day. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, European Campaign, American Defense, World War II Campaign and Victory Medals. He was survived by his parents, his wife, Mrs. Ted Linso, his son, brothers, Ray, Roy and Howard, and sister, Mrs. John Lichner.


Alfred T. Drobek, son of the late Andrew Drobek and of Mrs. Sophie Drobek of No. 1 Webster Avenue, Batavia, New York, was born on October 23, 1922, at Buffalo, New York.

October 23, 1932, Alfred, aged 20 years, enlisted in the Armed Forces, at Rochester, new York; assigned Service No. 12 016 775; trained in infantry at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; trained in Tennessee and Missouri camps and at manoeuvres in California. His last visit home came on his twenty-first birthday anniversary, October 1943. He spent a short time in Ireland. In July he went into action in France. Mid-July letter home told of his being in action and in a foxhole where he said luck was with him.

On July 28, 1944, Sergeant Alfred T. Drobek, 21 years of age, was killed in infantry action in France.

Besides his mother, now living at 24 Magnolia Street, Rochester, Sergeant Drobek was survived by a brother, Private Chester Drobek in Fort McClellan, Alabama; and another brother, Matthew, at home. His father died on February 18, 1944.


Raymond Joseph Dustin, son of Mrs. Raymond Dustin, Buffalo, New York, and the late Raymond J. Dustin of Batavia, New York, was born in Batavia, November 30, 1919.

Raymond attended St. Joseph’s School and Batavia High School, graduating in 1937. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Drum Corps.

On July 4, 1941, Ray married Rita M. Kanaley, now Mrs. Rita Callahan, of LeRoy, New York, where they made their home.

In Buffalo, New York, November, 1942, Ray was inducted, and was assigned Service No. 12 131 164.

Ray was a member of the Air Force and received the Air Medal with five clusters. He was stationed with the 8th Air Force in England.

On May 8, 1944, the plane of Sergeant Raymond Joseph Dustin crashed in the vicinity of Vienenburg, Germany.


Carl Edward Dutton, son of Mrs. Clarice Dutton Ahl of Elba, New York, was born April 7 1924, in the town of Gainesville. He did well in church and school and worked nights after school. He had artistic talents, playing clarinet in the high school band, later drums and cymbals in the LeRoy Legion drum corps. He took shop and made many things for his mother. He liked to cook and bake and help in any way. The neighbors loved him for his kindness and helping hand.

Carl enlisted July 31, 1942, in LeRoy; Service No. 32 143 521. He was an Air Force mechanic with diplomas in Magnetic Inspection and Engine Overhaul. He was with the 93rd Service Squadron, 59th Service Group, later with the 79th Airdrome Squadron, gaining new friends wherever he was stationed.

Carl was killed April 18, 1945, while performing his duty of repairing a plane at Clark Field, Luzon, in the Philippines. One of our planes coming in crippled, blew up over the field, injuring and killing our men. Carl was buried in Manila and later in LeRoy.

Carl was awarded three battle stars in the Asiatic-Pacific Philippines liberation; the Good Conduct Medal, and others.


Albert Allen (Junior) Edwards, on son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Edwards of LeRoy, New York, was born January 8, 1926 in Stafford. Junior lived in the Griswold Road farm home 18 years. He attended district school. He was awarded a Good Citizenship Medal at 14. He took part in all athletics in South Byron School. Belonged to Byron Juvenile Grange and 4H, taking second prize, County Fair on a heifer. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church, Stafford.

Junior was inducted at 18 into the U. S. Navy, March 27, 1944. Serial No. 8 984 607. He trained at Sampson Naval Base, was assigned to the USS Mt. Hood and trained further at Newport, R. I. The ship was commissioned August, 1944. Junior went to Mana Island in the Admiralties in Central Pacific. He was stationed there as S 2/C V-6SV, USNR two months.

November 10, 1944 the USS Mt. Hood was accidentally blown up. Junior and 300 shipmates were killed. Where our beloved son lies, is a sacred spot we will cherish in our memory forever; no cross or country’s flag marks his grave.

November 10, 1945 St Paul’s Church, Stafford held a memorial service for Albert Allan Edwards. He was awarded Asiatic-Pacific and American Campaign ribbons.


Richard Kenneth Eichenberger was the eldest son of Fred and Ruby Richert Eichenberger. He was born in Attica, New York on April 8, 1922. He spent his boyhood at Attica where he was a member of the Methodist Church and attended grade school. In his Freshman year his parents moved to South Byron and he graduated from South Byron High School in 1940. He was active in track and basketball but excelled as pitcher for the baseball team.

Richard worked for some time at Railway Signal Works in Rochester and was working on his father’s farm on the Byron-Holly Road when he was inducted.

On October 27, 1944, Richard was inducted in the Army in LeRoy, Serial No. 42 171 214. He left for Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Later he went to Camp Blanding, Florida, a private in the infantry. There he was killed in an accident on training maneuvers on January 23, 1945. Richard’s Army career was short. It was but three months from the time he left home until the day his body was brought home for burial at Forest Home Cemetery in Attica.


Bernard M. Epke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Epke, was born on May 12, 1913, at Clarendon, New York.

Bernard married Miss Ethel Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Davis.

Bernard entered service in July, 1944. He was assigned Service No. 42 096 487. He received basic training at Fort McLellan, Alabama. Private First Class Epke spent a furlough in Batavia, New York, before being sent overseas. He was stationed in Hawaii for a short time.

On May 18, 1945, to an Army Chaplain, Private Epke dictated what was to become his last letter home.

In January, 1946, after seven months with no word, Mrs. Ethel B. Epke of 13 Columbia Avenue, Batavia, received a telegram from the War Department giving the following message:

On May 19, 1945, Private First Class Bernard M. Epke, aged 32 years, died of wound suffered in Okinawa.

Besides his wife, Private Epke was survived by his four children, Mary Elisabeth, Allan, Paul and Delores; his father, Frank Epke of Holley; two brothers; and a sister, Frances.


James W. Fagan was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Fagan of RD 2, LeRoy, New York and husband of Mrs. Nance White Fagan Reid of Churchville. He was born June 6, 1923 in South Byron. He took a leading part in South Byron High School activities, was basketball captain three years, played in the orchestra and graduated in 1941. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church. He clerked at the McAlpine-Brumsted store in Batavia. His name was on their honor roll.

In August,1942, James became an aviation cadet. He trained at southern flying fields and won his wings and commission in May 1943. Serial No. 0746 067. While a cadet at Tucson in November, 1942, he and Miss Nance White were married.

Lt. Fagan underwent fighter squadron training in California. When he left for overseas his wife returned to her parents in Riga. There she received word that Lt. Fagan was reported missing in action September 6, 1943 in the Southwest Pacific.

He was Major Bong’s right wing man on a mission over the Huhon Gulf. The official death date was December 19, 1945. He was survived by his wife and little daughter, Kay Ellen and his parents.


LaVerne Farley was the son of Mrs. Emma Farley of the Ledge Road, Basom, New York. He was born on October 8, 1908, at Oakfield, New York.

LaVerne entered military service March 5, 1942, at Batavia. He was assigned Service No. 32 094 605.

LaVerne served for several months overseas with the infantry. On December 7, 1944, the third anniversary of the start of the War, Private First Class LaVerne Farley, 36 years of age, was killed in action somewhere in Germany. The fact that he was in Germany would seem to indicate that he was with the First or Ninth Army which at that time was battling its way around Aachen.

Private Farley was survived by his mother. His father had died several years earlier.

Mr. G. S. Sholar, for whom Mrs. Farley had served as housekeeper, has moved to West Barre.


Frederick J. Feneran, youngest son of the late Harry J. and Florence Kinne Feneran of LeRoy, New York was born July 10, 1924 at Humphrey, Cattaraugus County, New York. Frederick and his family moved to LeRoy in his early youth. He spent most of his short life there.

Two days after his 18th birthday, July 12, 1942 Frederick enlisted in the Army at Rochester. He was assigned Service No. 12 129 872. He trained at southern camps. About July 1943 Frederick went overseas and was stationed in England for pre-invasion training, a member of a paratrooper unit.

On June 6, 1944, historic D-Day, Private First Class Frederick J. Feneran, aged 19, was killed, taking part with the Invasion Forces crossing the Channel for landings in France.

PFC Feneran was survived by his father of No. 66 Lake Street, LeRoy and by three brothers who were also in uniform, John F., James E., and Richard C. Feneran.


Leonard Gerald Fitch was a son of Mrs. Ada Knoop Fitch Shamp of Basom, New York, and the late Elmer Fitch. Leonard was born in Barre Center on October 20, 1924.

Leonard enlisted in Buffalo on January 1, 1943. He was assigned Service No. 3 728 411. He received his basic training at Bainbridge, Maryland, after which he was assigned to a subchaser. Coxswain Fitch saw service in South America, Cuba, North Africa, and in French waters.

Leonard had been stationed at Key West when died at the Naval Hospital at Jacksonville, Florida, following an operation. Coxswain Leonard Fitch was nineteen years old at the time of his death on August 20, 1944.

Besides his mother, Coxswain Fitch was survived by four brothers, Blaine Fitch serving as a paratrooper in New Guinea at the time, Rolla Fitch in Batavia, Marshall and Donald Fitch of Elba; by two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Savea and Miss Alice Fitch of Byron; by a half sister Barbara Shamp and half brother Bert Shamp of Basom.


Francis J. Fodge, son of James Fodge of the Townline Road, Bergen, was born on May 29, 1916. He was a graduate of Bergen High School and of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Francis entered the Army February 1, 1943, and was assigned Service No. 0 826 128. He received his wings and commission at Turner Field, Albany, Ga., in March, 1944. Then he received advanced training at the controls of Curtiss Commandos at Sedalia Air Base, Missouri, before going overseas in September. Later he piloted C-47’s in action. He flew the famed "Over the Hump" across the Himalayas between India and China, serving to keep open the air supply route to China’s embattled forces after land-routes were cut.

Lieutenant Francis J. Fodge, the transport command pilot, had flown 150 missions when he was killed in action in India, at 28 years of age, March 26, 1945.

Lieutenant Fodge was survived by his father, by two brothers and a sister.


1st Lt. Leonard Buell Fuller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Buell J. Fuller of East Bethany, New York, was born May 9, 1921 at Linden. He attended Linden grade school and was graduated from the Batavia High School in 1939. He belonged to the Bethany Grange.

Leonard enlisted October 20, 1942 in Buffalo. He trained in the Air Corps at San Antonio, Uvalde, San Angelo and Mission, Texas. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant October 1, 1943 at Moore Field, Mission, Tex. Serial No. 0 694 235. He sailed for England after further training at Hillsboro Field, Tampa, Fla. February 29, 1944. He was based at Steeple-Morden Field with the 8th Air Force, 357 Squadron, 355 Group, 65 Wing (Fighter).

At the time of his death, July 7, 1944, Lt. Fuller had completed 40 missions and 180 hours of combat and was credited with destroying 7 ½ planes. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart.

Lt. Leonard Fuller was buried in a cemetery at Blankhain, Germany. In July 1950 his remains were brought to the United States and buried in the family lot at West Middlebury Cemetery near the family home at Linden.


Michael Gautieri, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gautieri of 209 South Liberty Street, Batavia, New York, was born in Batavia February 9, 1922. He attended Batavia schools and was very interested in athletics. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Drum Corps. He was employed by Doehler-Jarvis Corporation.

Michael entered the U. S. Army in October 1942. Serial No. 32 547 589. He received basic training at Camp Campbell, Ky., and departed for overseas in June, 1943. He landed in Africa with an armored division of the Seventh Army.

Pvt. Gautieri was wounded the first time November 5, 1944 in southern France where armored forces of the Seventh Army were striving to break into Germany. He received the Order of the Purple Heart, recuperated and returned to action when he was wounded again January 24, 1945. His death occurred somewhere in France, January 26. Private Gautieri had been in service 27 months and had spent 19 months of that time overseas. He was a veteran of the North African, Sicilian, Italian and Southern France invasions. He will live forever in the memory of those that loved him.


Joseph L. Geise, son of Andrew and Mary Geise of Attica, New York, was born November 8, 1917 at Bennington. He attended Attica schools, graduating from Attica High School.

On Nov. 22, 1941, Joseph married Helen Stevens and they came to Batavia. Joseph was employed at Lapp Insulator plant, LeRoy and later at Massey-Harris plant, Batavia. A son William Andrew Geise was born.

Joseph entered service December 8, 1943 at Batavia. Serial No. 42 027 193. He trained at southern camps, went overseas July 1, 1944. He trained briefly in England and went into action in France, apparently with the First Army. For wounds October 5th he was given the Purple Heart. On January 28, 1945 Private Joseph L. Geise, 26 years old, died of additional wounds suffered on Christmas Day, in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

Private Geise was survived by his wife, now Mrs. Helen Moore, Linwood Avenue, his young son, his mother, Mrs. Mary Geise; one brother and four sisters, Mrs. L. F. Sharick of Rahway, N. J.; Mrs. John Sennott and the Misses Dorothy and Frances Geise of Bowmansville. His father, Andrew Geise, died in August 1944.


Spencer Thomas Gill, son of Mrs. Mildred Gill Pask of No. 31 Bennett Avenue, Oakfield, New York, was born on November 24, 1925, at Batavia, N. Y.

When Spencer, aged 17 years, had just completed his Junior year at Oakfield High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy, July 17, 1943, at Rochester, N. Y. He was assigned Service No. 6 092 528. He trained at the Sampson Naval Training Station before going to sea in the fall.

As crewmember aboard a Destroyer, Seaman Gill served in the North African-Mediterranean area.

On April 20, 1944, serving aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Lansdale in the African sector, Seaman First Class Spencer Thomas Gill, 18 years of age, was killed in action.


Harold M. Gnesin was the son of Mrs. Sonia Gnesin of New York, and the late Philip Gnesin. They lived at No. 1 Norris Avenue, Batavia, New York, when Harold was born, December 11, 1920.

Harold attended Washington elementary school and was graduated from Batavia High School.. At Doehler Die plant he became casting inspector and blue print reader.

Later Harold was a student at Tulane University in New Orleans. He entered the service there, and was assigned Service No. 0 703 035. When he received his wings as 2nd Lieutenant, he married the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Mason of New Orleans.

As a member of a bomber crew overseas, Lieutenant Harold M. Gnesin was killed in action in France, June 26, 1944. In May 1949, his remains were brought to national Cemetery, Farmingdale, Long Island.

Lieutenant Gnesin was survived by his wife, his mother, and by a sister, Mrs. Gustav Lesser, 1109 Harding Drive, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.


George L. Gouinlock, son of the late William S. Gouinlock, Climax Corporation official and Inez Gouinlock, former Batavians, was born in Warsaw, N. Y., Sept. 15, 1913. He attended Batavia schools. At Batavia High School he took a leading part in football, basketball and track. To honor the memory and record of the two outstanding athletes who gave their lives in World War II, George Gouinlock and Earl Judd, the school annually awards the Judd-Gouinlock trophy to a like outstanding athlete.

George lived with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gouinlock after his parents’ death. He was graduated from Syracuse University with a civil engineering degree. He belonged to Tau Beta Pi, honorary engineering society. He became engineer for Tennessee Valley Authority.

May, 1943, George entered the service, Serial No. 279 686, going overseas an ensign attached to 138th Demolition Unit. D-Day, June 6, 1944, presumably in the invasion of France, Ensign CEC, USNR George L. Gouinlock was killed. His survivors were his sister, Mrs. Edw. B. Allen, Jr., Springfield, Pa.; the Harold Gouinlocks, another uncle, Edwin Gouinlock, Warsaw; and six aunts, Mrs. Mary Thompson and Mrs. Jean VanArsdale of Castile and Mrs. Margaret Smallwood, Mrs. Agnes Conable, Mrs. Dorothy TenHagen and Miss Johanna Gouinlock of Warsaw.


Robert L. Graney was one of five sons of Dr. and the late Mrs. Charles D. Graney of East View, East Main Road, LeRoy, New York. Robert was born in LeRoy, May 19, 1920. He was a LeRoy High School graduate and a member of St. Peter’s Church. In 1943 he was graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism. He belonged to Sigma Chi fraternity. He held the rank of lieutenant in the ROTC.

Robert was inducted in Syracuse, May 15, 1943; Service No. 32 837 958. he reported to Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. His last visit home was just before leaving for overseas in July, 1944.

Corporal Graney served in Italy and in September he was transferred to France. His infantry division was probably attached to the Seventh Army in Southern France, when, at the age of 24, he was killed in action, October 28, 1944.

Corporal Graney was survived by his parents, four brothers, Dr. Charles M., of Batavia, John and Richard serving overseas at that time, and William D., in LeRoy; and by two sisters, Mr. Lawrence Judd of Jackson Heights, Long Island, New York, and Mrs. W. N. Chapman of Arlington, Massachusetts.


Fried Harold Gray was the son of Fred Gray of the Niagara Road, Oakfield, New York. He was born on August 23, 1926.

Fred attended Oakfield High School. He entered the Navy on September 21, 1943. He was assigned Service No. 2 344 674. He took basic training at Sampson Naval Training Center before being assigned to sea duty.

On February 17, 1945, when serving on the crew of an LST boat in the South Pacific, Seaman Second Class Fred Harold Gray died in sea action. The telegram from the War Department informed his father that Fred had died of wounds and had been buried at sea "somewhere in the South Pacific".

Beside his father, Seaman Gray was survived by a brother Chester, by two sisters, Barbara and Jean, and by his grandmother, Mrs. Effie Austin of Carthage.



Myron Ground, the son of Harrison and Lorinda Printup Ground, was born on September 26, 1916, on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, Basom, New York.

Myron lost his mother in death in 1931.

In January, 1941, Myron enlisted in the Navy, and was assigned Service No. 2 343 111, and trained at Norfolk, Virginia. A letter home to his sister in October said he expected to be transferred at any time "somewhere north."

On November 2, 1941, when the United States Navy bomber in which Seaman Second Class Myron Ground and eleven other officers and men were flying, either fell or was shot down in the "Atlantic area", all twelve were killed. Seaman Ground, twenty-five years of age, became Genesee County’s first casualty in World War II.

Seaman Ground was survived by his father; by a sister, Abeline Frieda; two half-brothers, Nelson and Alva; a half-sister, Lorinda; and his paternal grandfather.


Paul Ground was an Indian boy. He was born on May 12, 1923, on the Tonawanda Reservation, Basom, New York. He was the son of Simon Ground.

Paul’s sister writes: "Paul was just a baby when mother passed away, so he stayed with our grandparents for a while until he was old enough to go to school. He was sent to the Thomas Indian School on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. He stayed until he graduated from the eighth grade. Then he returned to the Tonawanda Reservation to stay with our aunt."

Paul was inducted on November 6, 1943, in Batavia, New York. He was assigned Service No. 32 673 233, and he trained for the infantry.

"He never did write," his sister continues, "so I couldn’t keep track of his whereabouts. Then the message came Paul was killed at Okinawa, May 4, 1945."

Paul’s father, Simon Ground, live opposite the Council House on the Tonawanda Reservation. Paul’s sister, Mrs. Mildred George, lives two doors away.


Francis M. Hackley, son of Mrs. Frank Hackley of Oakfield, New York and the late Mr. Hackley, was born November 13, 1918 in Oakfield. When he was a Junior at Yale University, June 4, 1941 he entered the army at Ft. Niagara. Service No. 0 796 529. He trained at Maxwell Field, Alabama; Monroe, Louisiana; Gowen, Idaho; Wendover field, Utah; Kearney, Nebraska; and went overseas in June, 1943. He wrote home July 2nd he had flown 5 bombing missions.

On July 4th, 1943, based in England, Lt. Hackley’s unit made three bomber-forays against enemy installations in France. He was navigator of the crew of a Flying Fortress. While participating in a mission over Noyen, France, flying at 20,000 feet, their fortress was attacked by German fighter planes. A tracer bullet exploded an oxygen tank, setting the Fortress ablaze. The crew of ten parachuted. All were barely conscious because of lack of oxygen and the fire. Because their parachutes took fire or failed to open four crewmen, including Lt. Francis Hackley, aged 24, were killed. Eight bombers failed to return to their base from the mission.

The body of Lieutenant Hackley was found and buried by the French. He was survived by his parents, a brother, Reginald, and a sister, Mrs. Albert George.


Joseph L. Halat was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Halat, Albion Road, Oakfield, New York, who came here as children from Poland. Joseph was born in their farm home on February 24, 1926. There were four boys and two girls. He attended school at Five Corners and Oakfield High School until he was sixteen when he stopped to work for his father on the muck.. He loved that work and planned to make it his life work. When he was eighteen he began working winter for the United States Gypsum Paper Mill and in Spring he would go to the muck. He belonged to St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church.

March 1945, Joseph entered service, Serial No. 42 174 686. He was undergoing basic training in Company B, 232d Infantry Training Battalion, 64th Regiment at Camp Blanding, Fla.

He had served but eleven weeks when he was killed in a training accident during manoeuvres, Thursday, July 19, 1945. He was 19 years old.

Private Halat’s body arrived north with military escort. Services were held from his late home and St. Cecilia’s Church. Military services were conducted by Hiram Luhman Post, American Legion. Burial was in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.


Clifford Hale was the son of Harry and Rose Booth Hale of East Bethany, New York. He was born November 26, 1918 at Batavia. He was a member of the East Bethany Presbyterian Church.

On January 17, 1941 at Buffalo Clifford enlisted in the Army. He was assigned Service No. 12 022 930. He trained for the Infantry at Fort Jay and received overseas training at Ft. Devens, Mass.

In July 1942 Private Hale went overseas to England where he received four month’ training. He took part in the first American landing in North Africa, November 7th and thereafter took part in several battles along the front. He was wounded in battle April 27, 1943 as American forces began a final drive into crumbling Axis mountain defenses guarding Bizerte and Tunis.

Private Clifford Hale died on May 14 of the wounds received in the Battle of Tunis.

Besides his parents, Private Hale was survived by a brother, Kenneth V. Hale, an aerial gunner in the war; and by four sisters Rita and Mrs. Robert Dusen at home, Marjorie Hale of Batavia and Mrs. Carlton Stewart of Oakfield.


Alfred William Hansen was the son of Peter and Lillian Hansen. He was born in the Town of Stafford, New York, November 30, 1920. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Stafford. He was employed in war work at the Chevrolet Plant in Buffalo.

With his twin brothers Leslie and Paul, Alfred enlisted in the Marines at Buffalo, September 18, 1942. He was assigned Service No. 455 842. He trained at Parris Island, South Carolina, in Florida and at San Diego, California. He then served several months overseas in the Pacific Area.

Corporal Alfred William Hansen was killed in action at Rendova, New Georgia on July 2, 1943. He was twenty-two years of age and one of five brothers in service.

Corporal Hansen was survived by his parents who lived on the Transit Road, Bergen at that time; brothers, Paul and Leslie in the Marines and brothers Irving and Christian in the Army; four other brothers, Henry of LeRoy; Lloyd, Allen and Dean at home and three sisters, Mrs. Victor Reed and the Misses Martha and Amelia Hansen of Batavia.


Leslie E. Hansen and twin brother Paul L., sons of Peter and Lillian Hansen, were born in Batavia, New York, January 4, 1923. The boys were inseparable. They attended high school, worked on a farm, worked as welders together.

Like brother Alfred, they joined the Marines in Buffalo, September 18, 1942. Leslie’s Service No. was 455 844.

On December 26, 1943 on Cape Gloucester, New Britain in the Southwest Pacific, Leslie, Paul and two other Marines volunteered to wipe out enemy pillboxes retarding American assault troops. Eight Japanese were killed. Paul headed his amphibian tractor toward a vital pillbox; he uprooted two trees which fell wedging the tractor and knocking out the machine guns on it. Japs killed one crewman, wounded another. Paul tried desperately to extricate the tractor. Leslie grappled in hand to hand battle with Japanese. As Paul loosened the tractor and advanced he saw brother Private First Class Leslie E. Hansen killed. He was 21.

Leslie and Paul were the first twins in Marine history ever to receive Navy Crosses, one of the nation’s highest awards.

Surviving Private Hansen were his parents, three brothers in service, Paul, Irving and Christian; four brothers at home, Lloyd, Allen, Dean and Henry; and three sisters, Mrs. Victor Reed, Martha and Amelia Hansen.


Donald Kenneth Harloff was born May 20, 1920 in Batavia, New York, as son of Bert C., and Annabelle Stackhouse Harloff of the Lewiston Road. He was graduated from Batavia High School in 1938. He worked on his father’s farm and was employed by GLF and the U. S. Gypsum Company. August 9ty, 1941, he married Dorothy Pauly and they resided at 43 Walnut Street. He belonged to the Methodist Church.

A year later Donald was inducted. Serial No. 32 142 652. He was assigned to the Army Air Force. He completed courses in radio and aerial gunnery and was made staff sergeant and assigned to the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress in a bombardment squadron.

June 24, 1943 Sgt. Harloff returned from a leave and the crew was expecting to be sent overseas. On July 7th their Flying Fortress crashed and burned near White City, Kansas, killing Sgt. Harloff and nine other crew members.

A memorial service at the Methodist Church and military funeral services were held to honor him. Besides his wife, now Mrs. Dorothy Marshall, and his parents, he is survived by a brother, two sisters and his grandmother Harloff.


Donald Harold was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Harold of Rochester, New York. Donald was born in Rochester on September 15, 1920. He and his wife, the former Eleanor Pritchard, lived in North Bergen, New York.

On February 15, 1943 Donald entered military service at Rochester and was assigned Serial Number 12 130 053 as an enlisted man. He must have attended Officer’s Candidate School or flight schools because he was Lieutenant Donald Harold, Serial No. 0 769 284 when he was reported missing in action in a flight over the islands in the Philippines November 1, 1944, during the American invasion of the Philippines. That was declared his death date.

Lt. Harold’s wife made her home with her mother, Mrs. Edna Pritchard in Batavia and was employed at the Camera Works office in Rochester. She is now Mrs. Stanley Snyder of Bergen.


Russell I. Harvie was a twin son of Duncan and Charlotte Isaac Harvie, born in Alnwick, Ontario, Canada, June 27, 1919. In 1925 Russell’s family moved to Leroy, New York where they remained. He was graduated from LeRoy High School and attended the First Presbyterian Church.

In October 1942, Russell left with a Selective Service contingent. Serial Number 32 473 407. He was assigned to the Army Air Forces and trained at Lowry Field, Denver. He became an instructor, continuing for 25 months. He married Miss Ruth G. Brady of Denver.

In February Sgt. Harvie was transferred to the Infantry and sent overseas. He marched in Tokyo, Japan in Troop H, 8th Cavalry, with General Douglas MacArthur. Later he was stationed at the Tokyo Airport. His last letter said he was recovering from a severe cold and his unit was preparing to move. Staff Sgt. Russell Harvie died in Japan December 8, 1945, at the age of 26 years.

Besides his wife and parents, Sgt. Harvie was survived by his twin brother Ross Harvie and another brother, Donald, two married sisters and his paternal grandfather.


Alvin Bruce Hettrick, son of Mrs. Bertha Hettrick of Pavilion, New York, and the late Frank Hettrick, was born December 17, 1923 in Rochester. He attended Pavilion Central School, graduating from the high school in 1940. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop #16 and took part in the senior play. After graduating Alvin was employed by the E. N. Rowell box factory in Batavia and as an office clerk at Lapp Insulator Company, LeRoy.

Alvin entered Army service February 12, 1943. Serial No. 32 734 521. He joined the 299th Engineer Combat Battalion shortly after it was activated. He received basic training at Camp White, remaining with the battalion in Oregon, Florida, and later in England.

Alvin was reported missing in action on D-Day, establishing a beachhead, and later Lt. Col. Jewett, commanding officer of the battalion, reported Alvin killed in action four days after D-Day, June 10, 1944. The Purple Heart was awarded him and his battalion received a Unit Citation. He was the first Pavilion casualty of World War II to be returned home for burial.

Alvin was survived by his mother, a sister and three brothers.


Charles F. Hicks was the son of Clark Hicks of Batavia, New York. Charles was born May 25, 1925 in Batavia.

He joined the military service in Buffalo on December 30, 1942 when he was seventeen years old. His Serial No. was 2 344 324.

His death date was June 12, 1945 when he was twenty. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Dorothy Hicks, 3373 W. 29th Avenue, Denver, Colorado; and by his father, who is employed by GLF Feed Store and has an apartment on Wiard Street.


George Tracy Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Hill of East Bethany, New York, was born April 28, 1921 in Batavia. He was graduated from the Batavia High School, Class of 1939. He was a member of the East Bethany Presbyterian Church and Grange, and was employed at E. N. Rowell’s.

George entered service October 23, 1942 at LeRoy. Serial No. 32 473 421. After classification at Nashville, Tenn., he received flight training at Maxwell Field, Ala.; Fletcher Field, Miss.; Newport, Ark., and Napier Field, Ala., to complete his training.

Three weeks before he was to receive his wings and Second Lieutenant’s commission, George was killed in an airplane accident on a night navigation mission near Troy, Alabama, on August 9, 1943.

Funeral services were held at East Bethany Presbyterian Church with Rev. B. A. Hammond officiating. Burial was in East Bethany Cemetery with full military honors tendered by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. Prominent Genesee County men served as active and honorary bearers, color guards and firing squad. There were many floral tributes. Relative and fiends from many places attended.


Robert Lincoln Hood was the son of Mrs. Laura L. Metzler, Box 109, Batavia, New York, and the husband of Frances Gierman Hood, whom he married February 4, 1941. He was born in Knowlesville, March 21, 1909. He played on the football, basketball and baseball teams and was graduated from the high school. He belonged to the Knowlesville Presbyterian Church. While attending the University of Rochester, he joined Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Later he attended Batavia branch, Rochester Business Institute and became bookkeeper at Snider Packing plant in Albion. He joined the LeRoy County Club.

March 21, 1941 Robert was inducted. Serial Number 32 255 959. He left for overseas with Hdqtrs. Co., 2nd Battalion, 301 Infantry, 94 Division. He was in radio and communications work.

In the great "Beginning of the End" offensive the Allies were pushing the Germans back in several sections. In an unusual incident Robert was killed by enemy shrapnel March 23, 1945, the only shot coming over that segment that day. He is buried where General Patton is buried.

His survivors were his wife, now Mrs. Frances Massey of Batavia and his mother. The Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge were awarded him.


Herbert Lloyd Hough, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd D. Hough, West Main Street Road, Batavia, New York, was born January 24, 1925 at Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada. The family moved to the United States. Lloyd attended district school #3 and Oakfield High School two years. He was a member of 4H, Boy Scouts and the Track Team. Then he attended Akron High School, played baseball and football, was president of the School Association, and was graduated in 1943. He belonged to the Baptist Church, Hunt’s Corners, and was married there April 21, 1944 to Jean Marie Becker.

Lloyd entered service November 8, 1943. Serial No. 42 029 312. He left for Camp Upton, L. I., and trained at Ft. Benning, GA., with the ASTP Group and at Camp Livingston, La. He went overseas in August 1944 and served in England, France and Belgium with Co. A, 2nd Infantry in General Patton’s Third Army.

Lloyd was killed December 20, 1944 at Saarlautern, Germany in the Battle of the Bulge. He was buried in United States Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg. March 1949 he was interred in the U. S. Military Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

Lloyd was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star, and several other badges with bars.


Charlie A. Ireland was the son of Mrs. Edith Ireland of East Main Street Road, Batavia, New York, and the late Archie Ireland. Charlie was born Jan. 27, 1919 in South Alabama.

Charlie left Batavia with the Second Selective Service Contingent from this area, January 28, 1941. Serial No. 71 150 127. He trained with the Coast Guard.

In 1943 Charlie traveled with the War Show all over the United States and then returned to Camp Davis and drove cars for the "brass" until he went overseas in December 1944.

On February 13, 1945 in France, Charlie died of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident. It is believed he was driving a truck hauling supplies to the front lines.

Charlie was awarded the Purple Heart.


Stephen S. Jackson was the son of Mrs. Viona Hennig, Alexander, New York. He was born October 12, 1923 in Vallaha, New York.

He entered the service February 22, 1943 at Ft. Niagara. His Serial No. was 32 833 612.

The date of his death was April 5, 1945.


Kasimier T. Jaroszek, son of the late Thomas and Ida Mika Jaroszek, was born in Canada May 24, 1915. At the age of two he came with his parents to LeRoy. The family has since resided in LeRoy and Pavilion, New York. Kasimier attended Pavilion Central School and Roanoke Community Church. He was employed at Lapp Insulator Plant. He was engaged to marry Miss Genevieve McQuilkin.

December 9, 1941 Kasimier left LeRoy with a Selective Service Contingent. Serial No. 32 584 883. Trained at Camp Croft, S. C., and went overseas to Africa in April 1942. He had further training.

January 26, 1944 Private Kasimier T. Jaroszek, Company E, 135 Infantry, 5th Army, and twenty-eight years old, was killed in action in the invasion of Italy. Kasimier’s grave was discovered by a Royal Canadian Artillery sergeant. He wrote the family about "the lonely grave of a Yank, marked with his name", close by his gun position. The War Department confirmed the report. Kasimier’s body was then brought home for a memorial service at Roanoke Community Church and burial in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

Private Jaroszek was survived by three sisters, Mrs. Samuel Zalacca, Mrs. Herbert Hunt and Miss Jennie Jaroszek and three brothers, William, Louis and Alfred.


Richard Charles Johnson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson of Oakfield, New York. He was born in the Town of Batavia January 10, 1924. He always lived in Genesee County.

Richard entered the service on February 26, 1943. Serial No. 32 735 960. After brief service at Ft. Niagara he was sent to the west coast where he served at Vancouver, Wash.; Benecia, Cal., and at Camp Stoneman, Cal. He was sent to Guadalcanal in the South Pacific in December, 1944. He was attached to 231 Port Company, Transportation Corps., U. S. A. His work included loading and unloading ships.

On January 29, 1945, while men of Richard’s company were loading the munitions ship, "Serpens", a terrific explosion occurred. All but two of the men on the ship were killed, including Private Johnson.

Temporarily the men’s bodies were interred in a native cemetery on the island and were later transported home for burial with special memorial services in MacArthur Circle at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D. C.

Richard was awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and Marksman’s Badge.


Leonard LaVern Joslyn, son of LaVern and Jennie VanAlstine Joslyn, of Oakfield, New York, was born at North Pembroke, August 16, 1924. He was graduated from Oakfield High School in 1942. Later he was employed by the United States Gypsum Company.

Leonard left for service on February 29, 1943. Serial No. 32 735 944. He trained at Atlantic City, New Jersey; Augusta, Georgia and Camp Ripley, Minnesota. He was home on furlough in August, 1943, before he left for overseas in September, 1943.

Leonard was stationed at Longford Lodge, North Ireland with the 984th Military Police Unit, 8th Air Force, until the time of his death, May 9, 1944.

The body of Corporal T-5 Joslyn arrived in Oakfield, August 5, 1948. Rev. L. A. Tucker, pastor of Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church officiated at the funeral services. Members of Hiram G. Luhman Post 626, American Legion conducted military services at the grave in North Pembroke Cemetery.

Leonard was awarded the Good Conduct Ribbon and European Theater Ribbon. Surviving him were his parents and several aunts and uncles.


S/Sgt. Earl Judd was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Judd, 106 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York. Earl was born January 11, 1912 at Alden. He attended elementary and high school in Batavia, distinguishing himself in athletics, especially in football. Each year the Judd-Gouinlock trophy is awarded an outstanding player in memory of Earl Judd and George Gouinlock. Later Earl became a prominent semi-pro player.

Earl was employed at Doehler Die’s plant until he was inducted, March 27, 1942 at Ft. Niagara. Serial No. 32 255 747. His last furlough home was February 3, 1944, for five days.

Overseas he was station on Oahu, Hawaii in Co. K, 305th Infantry, 77th Division. The Division went into action on Guam.

Sgt. Judd was killed December 15, 1944 in the Battle of Leyte. His remains were later transferred from Camp Downs, Leyte to the American Military Cemetery in Manila.

Earl’s survivors included his parents, a brother, Gordon and two sister, Mrs. Marian Hannaway, Jersey City, N. J., and Mrs. Carrie Letson of Batavia.

Sgt. Judd was awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Purple Heart and the Marksmanship Medal.


Leo Kaczmarczyk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kaczmarczyk, was born February 22, 1919 at Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. In Leo’s early youth his mother died. He came to live with his aunt, Mrs. Mary Stanek in Batavia, New York. She says he was a fine boy. He attended school seven years and worked in a bakery.

February 12, 1941 Leo entered service at Batavia. Serial No. 32 033 713. He was a member of the famed "Lincoln Day" Selective Service contingent.

He served as ambulance driver in the Medical Corps for many months overseas. On December 2, 1943 Private First Class Leo Kaczmarczyk was killed in action with the Fifth Army in Italy.

PFC Kaczmarczyk was survived by his aunt, Mary Stanek of No. 50 Osterhout Avenue, his father, who has returned to Poland in 1939 and not been heard from for many years, and who had remarried and returned to Nanticoke, Pa.; by two brothers, John and Joseph and two sisters, Mrs. Earl Hoskinson, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Sophie Walendiewicz of Nanticoke.


Captain Eldred Elmer Kellogg, 25, a fighter pilot and son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Kellogg of East Bethany, New York was reported missing March 26, 1945. Eldred was a combat flier, credited with 72 combat missions against the Japanese in New Guinea, the Netherlands, East Indies and Philippines, with the 417th Bomber Group, A-20 Havoc Bomber Unit, 5th Air Force, famed as "the Sky Lancer" then operating in the Philippines.

March 23, 1945, Captain Kellogg wrote home he was halfway on a 9000-mile round-trip with a C-47 transport bringing personnel from Sidney, Australia to the Philippines. It is assumed he was forced down by a storm over the Coral Sea.

Eldred had entered service at Buffalo, May, 1942, and was appointed Aviation cadet, and received his commission in May, 1943. Serial No. 0 803 830. He trained at Tyndall Field, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla., and Blytheville, Ark.

Eldred was born October 14, 1919 in Bennington, and was graduated from Batavia High School in 1937 and Alfred University. He was a member of East Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Captain Kellogg held the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters in recognition of his courage and devotion to duty. He left one sister, Mrs. Marjorie Kellogg Burns.


Robert Lee Kershner, Jr., only son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Kershner of Batavia, New York, was born October 2, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Batavia, attending East School and high school graduating in 1942. He excelled in football and basketball. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He was employed at Adelman’s Confectionary Store and by Curtiss Wright Corporation in Buffalo.

Robert entered service February 26, 1943. Serial No. 32 735 912. At Ft. Bliss he was assigned to Army Specialized Training at Oklahoma A & M and Niagara University. Then he joined the 104th Infantry Division, "The Timberwolves".

Overseas, August, 1944, in Holland the Timberwolves spearheaded the drive to the Maas; in Germany they made sharp night attacks on eight cities near Aachen, crossed the Rhine, supporting the Third Armored Division in closing the Ruhr pocket. During the nine day 193 mile advance toward Paderborn, PFC Kershner was killed March 29, 1945. Gen. Terry Allen, Commander of the Timberwolves, wrote Mrs. Kershner; "Your son died a hero’s death on the battlefield".

PFC Robert L. Kershner, Jr., was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, three bronze service stars, Combat and Expert Infantry badges and Purple Heart.


John Kettle was the son of John W. and Marion Smith Kettle. He was born in Albion, New York on September 23, 1920. He was graduated from Holley High School in 1938. And he was employed at the Curtiss Wright Corporation plant in Buffalo. Then he was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, as a riveting foreman. He married Miss Rennetta Hardy in August, 1943.

March 3, 1944, John Kettle joined the service. He trained at Camp Wolters, Texas and went overseas in mid-October as an infantryman with the Third Army of Gen. George Patton which drove two bridgeheads across the Saar River and was making its deepest penetration of the Siegfried Line, with the 35th and 90th Infantry Divisions in the thick of the fighting and subjected to German counter attacks.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1944, Private Kettle wrote to his wife telling of having a shower and hot food for the first time after a month in the front lines. On December 8th, he was killed in action on the German war front. He was 24 years old.

He was survived by his wife and six months old son, John Thomas Kettle in Columbus, by his father in Batavia, a brother and seven sisters.


Donald R. Kinney was born in a "Little brown house" on South Main Street, Batavia, New York, on August 29, 1916, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Raymond Kinney. He had two sisters, Elma and Betty. Don attended Brooklyn School and was graduated from Batavia High School with the Class of 1936.

Don was always interested in auto mechanics and after spending some time in that work, he was employed at Doehler Die plant. He had many friends and was a happy fellow who loved to hunt and fish. He seemed to make every minute of his life count. He enjoyed fishing with his dad and liked horseback riding and motorcycling. Don was a familiar figure at all square dances.

In 1941 Don married Mary Hobbs of Chocura, N. H., a nurse at Batavia Hospital. In September of 1941 he left Doehler’s and with three buddies, joined the Army, going first to Niagara Falls, then to the newly created Rome Air Depot, Rome, N. Y. He was a member of the Military Police and had one furlough during his brief army career.

November 11, 1942, his family was summoned to Rome because of Don’s illness. He died November 12 after a ten days’ illness.


Norbert C. Kohorst was the son of Mrs. Anna Kohorst, RD2, Corfu, New York, and the late Clemens H. Kohorst. He was born Feb. 4, 1908 at Iona, Minn. He was a member of St. Francis Church, Corfu, and a member of East Pembroke Volunteer Firemen’s Association. He was employed by the National Gypsum Company at Clarence Center.

March 27, 1942, Norbert was inducted into the United States Army. Serial Number 32 255 748. From Ft. Niagara he was transferred to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina where he trained with a heavy weapons company. He also trained in Louisiana and at Camp Hyder, Arizona and in California.

On January 30, 1944 Staff Sgt. Kohorst, 305th Infantry, 77th Division, left for overseas duty in the Pacific.

January 30, 1945 Staff Sgt. Kohorst died of wounds received in the battle of Leyte, Philippine Islands. He was the first member of St. Francis Church in World War II to pay the supreme sacrifice. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge at Guam, serving as Mortar Observer of a Heavy Weapons Company when they made a landing on Guam. The Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal were awarded him.


Carlton Hagen Lapp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward John Lapp of Darien, New York, was born October 12, 1913 at Darien.

Carlton enlisted in Batavia March 27, 1942. Serial No. 32 255 750. He trained at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina; Shreveport, La.; Los Angeles, Cal., where he was made corporal; at Desert Training Center; at Camp Hyder, Arizona; and at Camp Pickett, Va. He took mountain training and was made a sergeant January 30, 1944. He left California on the way overseas with Co. A, 305th Infantry.

Sgt. Lapp took part in the war in the Pacific in the recapture of Guam and in the Ormoc Campaign on Leyte. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. His last letter home, January 15, 1945, said he had been in the hospital but was going back into action next day. Then a wire notified his parents Sgt. Lapp had been wounded in action. A wire followed with word he had died of wounds January 31st.

Sgt. Carlton Hagen Lapp was buried in Valencia, Leyte, Philippines Islands. Later his remains were brought to the United States, September 17, 1948 to be buried in the family lot in the Darien Cemetery.


William F. Leight was born in Sykesville, Pennsylvania, May 11, 1915.

He joined the military services at Sykesville October 28, 1942. His Serial No. was 33 248 912.

The date of his death was February 2, 1945. His wife is now Mrs. Wilma Johncox.


Henry Lewandowski was on of six sons of Mrs. Stella Lewandowski of 67 Swan Street, Batavia, New York, and the late Joseph Lewandowski. Henry was born in Batavia July 5, 1921. He left high school to serve in the Civilian Conservation Corps but returned to be graduated in 1941. He was employed at Foley’s Service Station.

Henry enlisted in the Marines in August 1941. Serial No. 319 814. He trained at Parris Island, S. C. and at Norfolk and Quantico, Va., and he served at San Diego, Cal., for several months before going into the Pacific Theater of War.

Corporal Henry Lewandowski was killed in a bomb explosion aboard a United States warship on February 26, 1943. He was buried at sea, at twenty-one years of age.

Two older brothers were serving in the Army, Lloyd and Vincent. His father was a moulder in the gray foundry at Massey-Harris plant. Carl was operating a plot of Elba muckland with the assistance of Joseph, 17, and Monica, Edward and Virginia, all in school.


Lloyd A. Lewandowski was the son of Mrs. Stella Lewandowski and the late Joseph Lewandowski of Batavia, New York. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, June 21, 1917.

Lloyd enlisted April 9, 1942. Serial No. 32 139 361. He was on maneuvers with a tank destroyer unit near Los Angeles, Cal., before going overseas in September 1944 with an amphibious tractor battalion of the 77th Division.

Sgt. Lewandowski participated in the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines, and was wounded in his second major engagement. The 77th units were reported in action on Okinawa and nearby smaller islands. Lloyd died of his wounds April 16, 1945.

The family had not heard from Lloyd for about two months when they received the War Department telegram. This was the second death and third casualty in the family. Henry, a Marine, had been killed in the Pacific. Joseph had been wounded on Iwo Jima, "blown out of a foxhole".

Sgt. Lloyd Lewandowski was survived by his parents and brothers, Vincent, Carl and Joseph in service; Edward at home, and two sisters, Monica and Virginia.


Joseph J. Link, Jr., was a son of the late Mrs. Florence Link of Batavia, New York. He was born in 1914 and was graduated from Batavia High School. He was well known in YMCA basketball circles. He was employed by Doehler Die Casting Company.

Joseph entered military service February 7, 1943. Serial No. 12 130 496. He received his training at gunnery schools in Colorado and Texas.

Overseas Sgt. Link was a ball turret gunner aboard a Flying Fortress in the 8th Air Force, England. He had been flying missions two months when he was reported missing March 18, 1944 on a raid over Germany. He was killed in action on that date.

Sgt. Joseph J. Link was survived by his mother , two brothers, Ralph C., and Earl, and his sister, Marion, and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Francis Law.


Richard Nicholas Longhany, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Longhany of LeRoy, New York, was born June 21, 1921 in LeRoy. He attended Lime Rock School and the LeRoy High School and was a member of St. Anthony’s Church, Lime Rock.

Richard enlisted August 22, 1942. Serial No. 6 084 105. He trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and the Armory Gunnery School in Chicago, preparing for sea duty. Seaman First Class USNR Longhany was a member of the armed guards aboard a merchant ship traveling in a convoy.

April 22, 1943, his parents were notified Seaman Longhany, 21, was "Missing in action somewhere at sea". A year later the story came: his ship was torpedoed without warning the night of February 23, 1943 in the North Atlantic. The crew abandoned ship in lifeboats and rafts. Some were take prisoner by the Germans. Seaman Longhany’s death was certain, February 24, 1944.

Besides his parents, he was survived by two brothers, Edward and Raymond and three sisters, Mrs. Ralph Sperry, Mrs. Harold Mancuso of LeRoy and Mrs. Merle Sands of Batavia. He was awarded the American and European Campaign medals, Purple Heart and others.


Kenneth R. Mann was the son of Joseph Mann of the Knapp Road, Pembroke, New York. He was born on May 21, 1911 at Akron. He attended Akron elementary and high schools. He was employed at the Curtiss Wright Corp. plant in Buffalo.

On Oct. 24, 1942, Kenneth entered the Armed Forces. Serial No. 32 552 366. He was sent to Ft. Niagara and then to Ft. Dix. For a time he was stationed at Albany and in New York. Pvt. Mann served in transporting German prisoner of war from the Atlantic seaboard to the Western states.

Private Mann went overseas in July, 1943, in an armored infantry battalion. He took part in the North African, Italian and French Campaigns before going into Germany.

On March 20, 1945 Private Kenneth R. Mann, 33 years of age, in the Military Police, was killed in Germany.

He was survived by his father, three brothers and two sisters.



Seneca Gifford Mann was one of six sons of Theodore, Sr., and Agnes Mae Mann, 18 Morton Avenue, Batavia, New York. Seneca was born in Livonia on October 24, 1925. He attended South Byron High School and worked a short time for United States Gypsum Company in Oakfield.

In late 1943 Seneca enlisted in the Infantry, Regular Army. Serial Number 12 217 415. He trained at Camp Wolters, Tex. among others. He was picked with a few soldiers to speak from a New York City broadcasting station and a record was made.

PFC Mann was sent into action in the reconquest of the Philippines. A War Department telegram informed his parents he had died of wounds on Mindanao April 3, 1945. Later a letter from a commanding officer said a group of Infantrymen were trapped without water and PFC Mann volunteered to go over a hill to get water. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet.

Three brothers in the Mann family served in World War II and a fourth has returned from Korea and three years’ service. Seneca was survived by his parents and five brothers and three sisters.


Daniel T. Manning, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Manning of Batavia, New York, was born in Batavia July 11, 1920. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Parochial School and Batavia High School, Class of 1939. He was baton twirler in St. Joseph’s Fife and Drum Corps and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

December 5, 1939 Daniel enlisted but was given a medical discharge. So he enrolled and was graduated form Batavia Metal Trades School. He was employed at Doehler Die Casting plant. Still anxious for military service, Daniel enlisted in Toronto in the Royal Canadian Air Force in August 1941. He won his wings in the RCAF, April 24, 1942.

With the United States coming into the war, Daniel could transfer to the United States Marine Corps. He became staff sergeant, training at Quantico and Corpus Christie.

For five months Sgt. Manning patrolled the Allied shipping lanes in the gulf of Mexico. He had been training for transcontinental transport flying when a plane collision took his life January 6, 1943. He died in a Naval Hospital in Corpus Christie.

Sgt. Manning was survived by his parents, a sister, and three brothers.


Wendell T. Marshall was the son of Eugene and Grace Marshall. He was born at Mt. Morris, New York on March 23, 1924. "Skippy" attended Pavilion Central School where he was a brilliant student. He was very well thought of and had many friends. Skippy was his nickname form the time he was a little tot. He worked at the Lapp Insulator plant in LeRoy.

Skippy was inducted into the Army March 5, 1943. Serial No. 32 834 880. He was in training at Greensboro, North Carolina and Mt. Monmouth, New Jersey, in radio work. He did not like the work and transferring to the Air Force lost his corporal’s rank.

On September 28, 1944 at Kingman, Arizona, Skippy’s light training craft, an A T bomber training craft, crashed in attempting a landing. The youth was twenty years of age when he lost his life. Full military honors were paid him at the grave in Maplewood Cemetery on the South Street Road in LeRoy. Besides his parents, young Wendell Marshall was survived by a brother, Robert, and two sisters, Barbara and Mrs. Helen Kennedy. Mrs. Marshall and Barbara live at 151 Harvester Avenue, Batavia.


Paul Matthews was a son of Mrs. William Reichwald formerly of 38 Myrtle Street, LeRoy, New York. He was born September 8, 1921 in Owego. He was a graduate of Madison High School in Rochester and was employed by Eastman Kodak Company in that city.

Paul entered military service in Rochester, October 2, 1942 as a paratrooper. Serial No. 12 168 048. He trained at Camp Croft, S. C.; Ft. Benning, Ga.; the University of Mississippi and Ft. George Meade, Md. Sgt. Matthews was last home in April and June 1944, before going overseas July 21, 1944. He was then transferred to an Army Infantry battalion, as patrol leader.

Paul was reported missing in action in Germany November 39, 1944. The War Department advised his mother he was killed in action December 24, 1944. It was considered probable that he was detached from his unit as patrol leader in the thick of the fighting and was reported missing on the earlier date. At the time of his death he was fighting in the advanced lines.

Sgt. Paul Matthews was survived by his mother, two brothers Charles and Ford and a sister Caroline.


Donald Roy Mayhew, son of Asa and Barbara Brecht Mayhew of East Pembroke, New York, was born June 15, 1924 in East Pembroke. He was a Boy Scout, Patrol leader, Honor Scout. He attended First Baptist Church and Sunday School. He played on the basketball and baseball teams and was graduated from Corfu Central High School in 1941. He took postgraduate work in sheet metal and airplane fabrication and worked at the Curtiss Wright plant in Buffalo.

Donald was inducted into the Army Air Force February 20, 1943. Serial No. 32 833 428. He trained at Miami Beach, Fla.; Sioux Falls, S. D., for radio; Salt Lake City, Utah; Mountain Home, Ida., where he was assigned nosegunner on a B-24. He received gunner’s wings at Laredo, Texas.

Overseas Staff Sgt. Mayhew served as a bombardier in a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 850 Bomb Sqdn., 490 Bomb Group in the 8th Air Force after April 22, 1944. They made huge precision bombing assaults. Donald held the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, three battle stars, Good Conduct Medal and Presidential Unit Citation.

He was returning from his 25th mission on February 6, 1945, when over Alsace Lorraine, our own planes collided and Sgt. Donald Roy Mayhew was killed.


Kenneth C. McJury, son of Clifford D., and Charlotte Abbott McJury, was born in Akron, New York, June 15, 1922. He attended Akron Central School through the Sophomore year. The family moved to Clarence. He excelled in basketball at both Akron and Clarence high schools. Active in other sports, he was assistant manager of the Akron baseball team. He was employed at Pope’s meat market in Williamsville. In October, 1943, he married Dolores Deagan of Williamsville.

Kenneth enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. Serial No. 12 139 882. He was engineer gunner on a B-25 medium bomber in the India-Burma Theater. On his seventeenth mission, the bomber went down behind enemy lines, February 9, 1945. Staff Sergeant McJury was reported missing and presumed dead a year later. In 1949 the plane was found. The bodies of Sgt. McJury and his four comrades were returned to this country in a single casket. The families attended memorial funeral service in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, August, 1950.

Sgt. Kenneth C. McJury was awarded the Silver Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart for his missions. An organ in Parker High School, Clarence, is a memorial to World War II dead and bears his name.


Everett McWain was the son of Charles McWain of No. 60 Tracy Avenue, Batavia, New York and the late Mrs. McWain. They made their home on South Main Street for many years. Everett was born September 3, 1919 in Batavia. He attended Batavia schools. He was employed at the Doehler Die Casting Company Plant.

Everett enlisted in the Marine Corps January 26, 1942, soon after the war started. Serial No. 361 648. He left for overseas in August, 1942. The Marines made landings on Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. He was a radioman in a tank crew. A letter home, written a month before his death, told of seeing action from a ship and of moving from one island to another against the Japs.

Everett McWain was reported missing in action. Word from General Vandergrift, Commandant of Marines, did not disclose where the outfit was fighting or the date on which Everett was unaccounted for. The official date of his death "in performance of his duty and services to his country" was February 18, 1944.


Leonard Philip Meier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meier of Alexander, New York, was born July 20, 1920 in Stafford. He was graduated from Alexander Central School and Batavia branch of Rochester Business Institute. He was employed by Curtiss Wright Corporation, Buffalo.

Leonard enlisted Oct. 23, 1942 in LeRoy. He trained at Mitchel Field, L.I., and Nashville, Tenn., qualifying as navigator. Serial Number 0 808 110.

Lt. Meiers served overseas with the 535th Bomb Squadron, 381 Bomb Group, 8th Air Force operating from British bases after November 1943. He received the Purple Heart for wounds in combat over Osnabruck, Germany. He was twice wounded, twice decorated. His last letter was written in a Red Cross Rest Camp.

On February 22, 1944 there was an earth-shaking raid on German aircraft plants when heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force were blasting the Yunker 88 assembly plant at Bernburg for the second time in three days. 41 bombers failed to return. 2nd Lt. Meier’s plane, "The Bermondsey Battler" failed to return. His death was February 22, 1944.

He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters and two Purple Hearts.


John M. Mikolajczyk, third oldest of seven brothers, was born in Oakfield, New York, February 8, 1918. His parents died and John made his home with his brother Frank. He was an honor student and outstanding speaker in Oakfield High School where he won second place in the boys’ speaking contest, and was graduated.

John enlisted for three years in the Regular Army in 1937, serving in the Philippines. In 1940 he wrote home he was re-enlisting. Serial No. 6 907 019. He liked the Philippines and saw the war coming in the Far East long before the Japanese struck. He wrote: "I’d like a little action and if anything happens, we soldiers in the Philippines will be first in action. "Wish me luck!"

Private Mikolajczyk was in the 31st Infantry, the only full regiment known to have fought in defense of Bataan which fell April 10, 1942. After the heroic defense, MacArthur’s handful was captured. John died in a prison camp August 6, 1942.

Three of John’s brothers were serving, one in the Army, two in the Marines.


Lee S. Miller, Jr., was the son of Lee S. Miller and the late Bernice Miller of Woodhull, Steuben County, New York, and the husband of Nellie Matrone Miller whom he married July 10, 1943. Lee was born in Woodhull July 8, 1922. He and his wife lived on the West Main Street Road west of Bushville in East Pembroke.

Lee enlisted in the Air Corps October 26, 1942 at Painted Post. He received his training as Selman Field, Monroe, La., and Dahlart, Texas.

He went overseas December 1, 1943. He was a pilot of a Flying Fortress and was holder of the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters for having completed 17 combat missions.

2d Lt. Miller failed to return from a mission to Oscherleben, German plane center 70 miles from Berlin. Sixty-four planes were counted as lost in that day’s raids in which 2000 United States planes, half of them Fortresses and Liberators, took part. Lt. Miller was twenty-six years of age.

The date of his death was April 12, 1945 (Official). He was survived by his wife and father.


Richard E. Miller was one of three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Miller of RD 2, Elba, New York. He was born on March 27, 1927 in Batavia.

Richard enlisted in the Army April 30, 1945 with Serial No. 42 215 133. He received basic training at Camp Gordon, Ga., and he left for overseas after a 26-day furlough, Nov. 8, 1945.

Richard was first stationed with the 97th Signal Battalion at Bomburg, Germany as a messenger and drove a jeep to Nuernberg, Munich and other cities. In March he was transferred to Berchtesgarden, Germany, Hitler’s former mountain headquarters. There he was assigned to the 489 AAA Battalion. It was customary for him to drive to Salzburg, Austria for rations for his unit on Mondays and Saturdays. On Sunday, June 23, 1946 Corporal Miller was killed in a jeep accident on his trip to Salzburg, Austria.

He was nineteen years of age. Corporal Richard E. Miller was survived by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Albert and a sister, Karen.


Rosario A. Mocciaro was a son of James and Louise Scamacca Mocciaro of Batavia, New York. Rosario was born in Batavia March 17, 1913. He was known as Harry. He was employed at the Doehler Die plant. For the following ten years he worked with his father, becoming a well-known barber. He belonged to St. Anthony’s Church and to the Holy Name Society of St. Anthony’s Church.

Harry was inducted August 7, 1942 in Batavia. Serial No. 32 142 719. He was Private First Class in the Army Air Force ground personnel for a fighter squadron, stationed at March Field, California. Then he went overseas.

South of the Fiji Islands in the south central Pacific, PFC Rosario A. Mocciaro’s troop transport was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, March 13, 1943. He was lost when his ship sank.


Sandino J. Mocciaro, son of James and Louise Scamacca Mocciaro of Batavia, New York, was born February 26, 1925 in Batavia. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Church and Holy Name Society. At Jackson School in 1938 Sandino played the part of "Tom" in "Tom Sawyer". He attended Batavia High School. At the Junior Chamber of Commerce observance of Baseball’s Centennial, Sandino played on the boys’ team defeating "the old men’s club". He was employed by several Batavia firms.

Sandino enlisted June 8, 1943. Serial No. 32 846 227. Corporal Technician Mocciaro served overseas about one year in the Engineer Corps in the vanguard of MacArthur’s troops on Leyte in the Philippines. His last message home, written October 18, 1944 said he was aboard ship, ready for an invasion, but ignorant of the place. He was killed in the Battle of Leyte, October 25, 1944, five days after the island was invaded. He was twenty years old.

Corporal Sandino Mocciaro’s death followed that of his brother, PFC Rosario Mocciaro, reported lost in the sinking of a troop transport in the Pacific, March, 1943. Three other brothers served in World War II, Louis, Anthony and Ralph.


George David Myers was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Myers, 7 Hewitt Place, Batavia, New York. George was born April 8, 1920, in Batavia. He attended Washington and East elementary schools and attended the Batavia High School for two years. Then he learned a trade at the NYA. He attended the Baptist and the Salvation Army Churches.

George enlisted in the United States Army July 19, 1945. Serial No. 42 217 973. He served with the 60th Infantry Training Regiment. He was graduated from Military Police Training School and later was stationed as a food inspector in Austria. He came, but was to return and marry a German girl. He was stricken with a brain tumor and died in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C., Feb. 22, 1947.


John Philip Nagorniak, son of Marion and Agnes Widocki Nagorniak of Batavia, New York, was born in Buffalo December 27, 1918. In his early youth John’s family moved to Batavia. Aged 18, in 1936, John left Batavia High School to enlist for three years in the Army. Was stationed at Oswego. Then he was employed in a battery plant, Tonawanda, January 22, 1942, John enlisted at Buffalo in the Navy. Serial No. 5 515 047. He trained at Key West, Fla. He made frequent submarine and convoy trips along the Atlantic to Central and South America. After a leave with his parents, he returned to duty, Ship’s Cook, Third Class, on a warship, August 4, 1943.

August 8, Petty Officer Nagorniak was killed in action in the Atlantic. His ship on convoy duty was sunk by German submarines. He was 24 years old.

Besides his parents he was survived by two brothers, Stanley at home and Alphonso in Buffalo; and by four sisters, Mary of Long Island, Mrs. Joseph A. Aquino and Mrs. Anna Bork of Batavia, and Miss Rose Nagorniak of Trenton, New Jersey. His father is now deceased.


James C. Nichols, son of Harold and Mary Nichols of East Bethany, New York, was born in Buffalo, April 27, 1922. He spent most of his life in East Bethany, graduating from Batavia High School in 1941.

James entered service December 9, 1942. Serial No. 32 584 813. He trained as paratrooper at Ft. Benning, Ga. PFC Nichols went to England. His unit, the 501st Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, took part in the D-Day invasion and action in Southern France and Holland. They were trapped in Bastogne from December 19th through Christmas 1944.

PFC Nichols helped truck paratroopers to the front in Alsace Lorraine. Machine guns were being cleaned up front. A gun was discharged, mortally wounding young Nichols. He died February 20, 1945.

He was survived by his parents, twin sister, Della, and a brother, serving near him, but unknown to him. Among his awards were: "By direction of the President; Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster"; Distinguished Unit Emblem with Oak Leaf Cluster; European Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead for Normandy Invasion and three Bronze Service Stars for Normandy-Rhineland and Ardennes-Alsace Campaigns; Belgian Fourragere; Netherlands Orange Lanyard.


Joseph J. Niedzialek was born in Batavia, New York, July 20, 1918, a son of John Niedzialek. Joseph resided in Batavia all of his life. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and received his education in Batavia schools.

On February 17, 1941 young Niedzialek entered our Armed Forces. Serial No. 32 234 551. He began his army career at Ft. Niagara and was transferred to Camp Lee in Virginia. Completing an army-prescribed course for medics, he volunteered for the Airborne division. He was last home on August 12, 1943. The next month he went overseas, where he was stationed briefly in England. He took part in campaigns in Holland and France with the 101st Airborne Division.

After 16 months of overseas service Joseph made the supreme sacrifice January 14, 1945 while participating in the Belgium Campaign. FPC Niedzialek was awarded the Purple Heart and the European Theater Medal.


Homer Herbert Ochs was the son of the late Nicholas Ochs, Genesee Road, Corfu, New York. He was born at Clifton, Monroe County, New York, February 6, 1923. He attended school at Chili. After his mother’s death the family moved to Holland, Erie County and Homer was graduated from Holland High School in 1941. The year following, the family moved to Alden and Homer was employed at the Curtiss Wright plant until he was inducted June 30, 1944. His Serial No. was 42 147 500.

After 20 weeks’ training at Camp Croft, South Carolina, Homer was sent overseas. His last letter was dated two months later, February 26, 1945 in Belgium. He was in Company T, 4th Platoon, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion. He met death less than two weeks later in Germany, March 8th, 1945.

Pvt. Ochs was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart posthumously. He was survived by his father, now deceased; a brother, Earl N. Ochs of Longview, Washington, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Shortt.


Esborn Robert Odell was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Odell of Basom, New York. Esborn was born September 26, 1922. He attended Syracuse University and was employed by the Curtiss Wright Company of Buffalo.

Esborn entered military service February 25, 1943. His Serial No. was T 180 449. He left for overseas duty July 25, 1945.

Flight Officer Odell was killed in action August 10, 1945 in Kyushu, Japan.

Funeral services were held at the home and the burial took place in Alabama Cemetery. The Donald Towne Post , Alabama and the Hiram Luhman Post, American Legion, Oakfield, conducted the military services at the grave. Besides his parents, Flight Officer Odell was survived by his wife, now Mrs. Jane Odell Siner of Fresno, California; and three brothers, Elthan, Cleland and Wilbur, and a sister, Gwendolyn.


Charles Martin O’Geen was a son of Charles and the late Josephine Chimera O’Geen of 45 Lake Street, LeRoy, New York. Charles was born September 24, 1918 in LeRoy. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in LeRoy. For ten years prior to entering service he had been employed in Rochester. Me married Miss Louise Mazchrzak of Blossburg, Pennsylvania in September, 1941.

Charles entered service in the Air Force April 20, 1942 and he was located in Miami, Florida, most of his time in service. His wife made her home with him in Miami.

Sgt. O’Geen died of pneumonia in Miami, November 6, 1943. His remains were brought to LeRoy for burial. Besides his wife, Mrs. Louise O’Geen, and his father in LeRoy, the sergeant was survived by two brothers, Samuel and Dominic and a sister, Mrs. Anthony Fricano of Rochester.


Vincent Alex Panzone, son of Alexio and Virginia Orlando Panzone, was born on April 27, 1919 in Batavia, New York. Vincent attended Lincoln and Jackson Junior High School and was graduated from Batavia High School, 1937. he was active in all sports and played the piano. He worked in the family’s trucking business.

Vincent married Dorothy Snyder July 4, 1941. He bought a house in Gates and worked for Grennan Bakeries.

He was inducted October 27, 1942, in Batavia. Serial No. 32 547 598. Vincent Panzone, Jr., was born ten days later. Vincent trained at Camp Campbell, Ky., and Camp Barkley, Tex. Just as he was going overseas, his second son, Edward, was born, August 29, 1944. Vincent never saw him.

Corporal Panzone served as tank turret-gunner with the 7th Army in the drive through southern France, in Co. A. 23rd Tank Battalion. January 17, 1945 he was listed as wounded. He received the Purple Heart and many medals. January 19th he was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. He was twenty-five years old.

Corporal Panzone was survived by his wife and sons, a brother John and sister, Mrs. Anthony Bona Donna.


Alfred Earl Phelps, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Phelps of Indian Falls, New York, was born at Batavia, New York, October 4, 1921. Alfred always resided at Indian Falls. He was a member of the Indian Falls Methodist Church. He was graduated from Akron High School, 1938 and from Cornell University, Ithaca, with B. S. degree in Agriculture, 1942. At Cornell he was a member of Alpha Zeta and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps earning his commission.

2d Lt. Phelps entered the Armed Services June 26, 1942. Service No. 0 464 674. He trained at Fort Bragg, N. C.; Ft. Sill, Okla.; in Florida, Tennessee, California and Kansas with the 79th Division, 310 Field Artillery.

Lt. Phelps went overseas two months before the invasion of France began. He was believed to have entered the Normandy fighting in its second week and to have been in the front line for a month.

Lt. Alfred Earl Phelps, 22, was killed in action near Cherbourg, France, July 14, 1944. He was the second commissioned Army officer to meet death in the invasion of France; the ninth from the Genesee County area reported as killed in action in Normandy.

Lt. Phelps was survived by his parents and his sister Ruth.


Hugh A. Pickell, son of Arthur S. Pickell of Scottsburg, Livingston County, New York, and the late Isnoma Traxler Pickell, was born in LeRoy, August, 1919. When he was ten, his mother died and he made his home with the William Hapgoods, Richmond Road, LeRoy. He was a LeRoy High School graduate and attended Cornell two years.

Hugh enlisted in the Air Force January, 1941, in New York City. He received basic training in southern camps and won his wings and 2d Lt. commission at Kelly Field, Texas, August 5, 1942. He was sent overseas in January 1944. He was awarded the Air Medal and Cluster for "exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in heavy bombardment missions over enemy-occupied continental Europe". He was commissioned 1st Lieutenant.

One June 6, 1944 the plane in which Hugh was a crew member, sustained damage from enemy fire north of Dieppe, France, and a short time later was seen burning on the English Channel, south of the Straits of Dover. A year later 1st Lt. Hugh Pickell was presumed dead, June 6, 1945. He was survived by his fathers, three brothers, Elliot, Frederick and Merle.


Kenneth Jay Pinney, eldest son of World War I Navy Veteran, Fred H. and Helen Empie Pinney, was born October 23, 1918 in Stafford, New York. Kenneth attended Roanoke district school, LeRoy High School and Batavia Vocational School. He worked as glazier at Lapp Insulator Works. He belonged to Pavilion Center Grange and Dramatic Club and Roanoke Church and Sunday School. He married Patricia Fallon, July 16, 1942.

Kenneth entered service November 27, 1942 at LeRoy. Serial No. 32 548 344. After three months he transferred to paratroop training at Ft. Benning, Ga.

PFC Pinney landed in Africa in Co. E., 2d Battalion, 504 Parachute Infantry. Kenneth Jay, Pinney, Jr., "Nicky", was born May 27, 1943. His father never saw him. PFC Pinney served in Palermo, Sicily, and Naples and Mt. Vesuvius and at Anzio Beach. He trained in England before parachuting into Holland September 19th.

While making another parachute landing in Holland September 28, 1944, young Pinney was mortally wounded. He was survived by his wife and son, his parents and two brothers, Warren A., and LaVerne R. PFC Pinney was awarded the Bronze Star Legion of Merit for four invasions; Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and European-African Theater Ribbon.


Gerald E. Platt, Jr., was the only son of Gerald E. and Lila Button Platt of LeRoy, New York. He was born on March 24, 1921 at Painted Post. With his family, Gerald came to LeRoy in 1938. He was graduated from LeRoy High School and attended the Presbyterian Church.

Gerald enlisted on his birthday, March 24, 1944. Serial number 42 109 442. He trained at Camp Blanding, Fla., and Ft. Jackson, S. C. In September he left for overseas.

He was stationed briefly in England and served in action in France, Belgium and Germany. Pvt. Platt wrote his parents he had won the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and that his 87th Division was liberating thousands of prisoners as it drove ahead with General Patton’s Third Army toward Dresden, Germany. March 30, 1945 he wrote his outfit was moving into action riding tanks and destroyers.

April 8, 1945 PFC Gerald E. Platt, Jr., 24, was killed in action in Germany. Besides his parents, he was survived by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Platt of LeRoy and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Button of Dresden, N. Y.


Peter Procio was the foster son of Clyde and Bernice Marshall of RD 2, Batavia, New York. He was born in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1920. He was a young man when he came to live with the Marshalls two years before his enlistment.

In December 1940, Peter entered service in Buffalo. His serial number was ASN 12 014 456. He was with Co. C in the 26th Infantry. He became a staff sergeant and was one of the first to land in the North African invasion. He served through the Tunisian campaign and the Sicilian campaign. He was wounded twice. He was transferred to England and took part in the invasion of France.

Staff Sgt. Procio was a veteran of war experience when he died on German soil, September 18, 1944. He was the second boy from this area to die in action in Germany. Peter was awarded two Purple Hearts.


Bernard John Quinlan was the son of the late Henry V., and Mary H. Quinlan of Pavilion, New York. He was born in Pavilion, November 8, 1909. He was graduated from Cuba High School and was associated with his father in the restaurant business in Pavilion. He was a member of the Batavia Lodge of Elks. His marriage to Miss Alda Cook took place in 1933.

Bernard Quinlan enlisted in the Army in Rochester in May, 1942. Service No. 12 080 744. When he went overseas in April, 1943, he was a corporal technician assigned to the 36th Division in General Mark Clark’s Army in the North African Campaign. The invasions of Italy followed. Corp. Quinlan was killed in action in Italy, December 15,1943.

Corporal Quinlan’s father received a memorial letter on the death of his son from President Roosevelt. At a special memorial ceremony, the Batavia Elks’ Lodge awarded the Elks’ Medal of Honor to Bernard’s widow. His father and brother were present.

Henry V. Quinlan in since deceased. Bernard’s widow is now Mrs. Sharon Willett of Rochester.


Zigmund Rafalski was born in Buffalo, New York. His parents lived on the Francis Road in East Bethany when their son joined the service. Zigmund was inducted in Buffalo on December 7, 1939. He was assigned Service No. 6 980 593.

Zigmund Rafalski was killed in action in the European Area on December 31, 1944.

Zigmund Rafalski’s widow, Mrs. Helen J. Rafalski, lives at 1712 West 7th in Wilmington, Delaware.


Jack Maurice Reamer, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Merton Reamer of LeRoy, New York, was born on June 11, 1924, in LeRoy. He attended District No. 4 School with just one teacher, Miss Hazel I. Burr. When 14 years of age, he went to LeRoy High School and was very active in athletics. He graduated at seventeen. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church.

Drafted on April 13, 1943, Service No. 32 844 705, Jack took his training at Camp Mackall, North Carolina, where he made several glider flights. He was rated on December 23, 1943, as a Qualified Gliderman in the 17th Airborne Division. He was sent to Camp Forrest, Tennessee, for manoeuvres.

From Camp Forrest Corporal Reamer was sent to England in Company E, 193 Glider Infantry, 17th Airborne Division. He went into action near Bastogne, Belgium. During a heavy enemy artillery barrage, Corporal Jack Maurice Reamer was struck and instantly killed by shell fragments.

Corporal Reamer was buried first at Grand Failly, France, and later was interred in Plot E, Row 9, Grave 34, Headstone Cross, at Hamm, Luxembourg, and U. S. military cemetery.

Corporal Reamer was awarded the Purple Heart and a medal for rifle range shooting.


Emery George Reed, son of E. Birney Reed and Edna Reed, Fargo Road and Main Road, Stafford, New York, was born on September 27, 1924, in Batavia, New York.

Emery had three brothers and two sisters. In his youth he loved the outdoors and often visited the woods to find flowers for his mother. He liked trapping, fishing and hunting, and liked his dog for company. In school he made a good student. He sang in the school chorus. He liked baseball and liked to build model airplanes.

When Emery entered the service he naturally signed for the Army Air Force. Service No. 32 834 869. Throughout his aerial training he took top honors. His short span of training from mechanic to aerial engineer took less than a year.

Emery was a member of the 335th Bombing Group.

On March 3, 1944, in combat training over Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Louisiana, two planes collided in the clouds. Six men in each plane, Emery among them, were killed. Emery’s family feels that if he had to meet death prematurely, Emery would want to meet it "above the clouds, where flying is beautiful".

Corp. Emery Reed was buried in Morganville Cemetery with full military services. He was awarded the Citation of Honor.


Arthur H. Richter, Jr., was the second son of Arthur H. and the late Marguerite DeBoucherville Richter of Franklin Street, Batavia, New York. "Junior" was born in Batavia, June 16, 1922. He was graduated from Batavia High School and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. He was employed in war plants in Buffalo and Seneca Falls.

Arthur Richter entered the Air Force as a voluntary inductee in March, 1942. Service No. 32 845 587. He trained at Miami Beach, Florida, and Kessler Field, Mississippi. Then he became an aviation cadet. At Mississippi State College he underwent scholastic and physical training.

For final training Arthur Richter was stationed at Waco, Texas, undergoing piloting the swift, heavily armed, P-61 night fighters, know as the Black Widows. Ten days before commission, Aviation Cadet Arthur H. Richter, Jr., lost his life in the collision of two of the Army Air Force fighter planes near Blackland Field on December 20, 1944.

Aviation Cadet Richter was survived by his parents, two brothers, John in the Navy and Daniel, a sister Dorothy, and his maternal grandmother. His mother died in 1950, his grandmother in 1953. Daniel is now 1st Lieutenant Richter, Army Air Corps.


Anthony Riggi was the youngest son of Mrs. Mary Scarlata Riggi of 21 Mill Street, LeRoy, New York, and the late Joseph Riggi. Anthony was born in LeRoy November 16, 1924 and received his education in LeRoy schools. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church.

He entered the service in Buffalo, February 1943. Serial No. 8 054 373. He served in the Pacific after completing his training at Sampson. It is assumed that the ship on which he was stationed participated in extensive action which had been underway in the Pacific theater for several months.

The telegram from the Navy Department read that Anthony Riggi, Seaman First Class, USNR, had died of wounds following action while in the service of his country. No date or place was mentioned. It was thought to be the battle of Okinawa. His remains were interred in an Allied cemetery in the Pacific Islands pending cessation of hostilities, then were brought to St. Francis Cemetery in LeRoy.

Anthony was survived by his mother and five brothers, Michael and Charles of Buffalo, Joseph, Felix and James of LeRoy, and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Chirico of Buffalo.


George William Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Roberts of Oakfield, New York, was born in Batavia, New York, on February 4, 1925.

George attended East and Pringle Schools in Batavia, and was a Boy Scout. At Oakfield High School he played football.

George became foreman on the bomb line at Doehler Die plant and was president of M. B. A.

On November 8, 1943, in Batavia, George was inducted; Service No. 42 029 311; and trained first at Camp Blanding, Florida, and then at Fort George Meade, Maryland. He went overseas in June, 1944. He spent a few days in England, and wrote home August 7th from "somewhere in France" that he would be fighting in the line the next day.

August 8th, 1944, his first day in action, brought death to Private George Roberts.

George had joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars overseas.

Besides his parents, George Roberts was survived by a brother, Raymond; sister, Jean; and grandmother, Mrs. Philip Roberts of LeRoy. His mother, then 37 years of age, was thought to be the youngest Gold Star Mother in the country.


Earl W. Rubens was the son of Mrs. Myrtle Rubens and the late Harry Rubens of LeRoy, New York. Earl was born on October 8, 1912, in LeRoy. He attended public schools, the University of Rochester and the Harvard Business School. At the time of his enlistment, he was a buyer for Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Company in Rochester.

Earl Rubens enlisted in the Navy in August, 1942. Service No. 255 433. He was assigned to the Intelligence Office in New York City where he remained until the following February when he received a commission as ensign and was sent to Harvard Navy Communications School. He was graduated there in October, 1943, and was sent to North Africa. He was on the staff of the commander of Flotilla No. 2 as Communications Officer of the Fleet.

During a storm, Communications Officer Ruben’s ship was blown upon Anzio Beach in Italy, striking a mine and sinking. Officer Rubens was first reported missing in action, February 23, 1944. A year later it was presumed that he was dead.


Williston Fish Rumsey, only son of Edward Prole and Gertrude Fish Rumsey, farmers, Batavia, New York, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., April 4, 1919. He was graduated in 1937 at Batavia High School. He completed one year at Cornell Agricultural College. He loved figure skating, dancing, singing, color photography, machinery, life.

February 1941, he enlisted with Buffalo 209th Anti-Aircraft, and left for Camp Stewart, Ga. Serial No. 20 275 475. He passed Aviation Cadet examinations and Preliminary. Sinus grounded him during Primary. He joined the ground crews. May to October 1943 on Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, cleared the sinus. He won Gunner’s wings and moved with the 431 Bomb Squadron, II Bomb Group, 7th Air Force to the Ellice Islands. They bombed and were bombed. The targets were Tarawa in the Gilberts, then the Marshalls. There were fourteen-hour missions, no replacements.

On a strike December 29, 1943 Private Rumsey, aged 24, was engineer gunner in the lead plane. Three engines were shot out. The crew made a safe landing near Majuro. Intelligence Officers later questioned the natives who said the crew was taken away by the Japanese. They were done away with.

Rumsey’s parents and sisters, Martha and Virginia survived him. He was awarded the Air Medal, Citation of Honor, four bronze service stars for Central Pacific Campaign, Purple Heart.


Claude L. Russell, son of Mrs. Laura Russell of the Horseshoe Lake Road, Batavia, New York, was born in Elmira, New York, on July 23, 1908. He was graduated from a Buffalo high school. He was employed as a chef at the Miss Batavia Diner in Batavia. At that time he was a member of the Elks, the Moose and Junior Chamber of Commerce.

On October 23, 1941, Claude entered the Armed Forces and was assigned Service No. 32 040 404. He trained at Puerto Rico and at several air bases in the United States. In August, 1944, he went overseas.

September 12, 1944, Staff Sergeant Claude L. Russell, 34 years of age, gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber of the 15th Air Force, was reported missing when the plane failed to return from a mission to a Wasserberg Aircraft factory in Germany.

A year and a day afterward, the War Department sent a message to Sergeant Russell’s wife, Private Helen M. Russell, of the WAC, stationed at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, that her husband was presumed dead, September 13, 1945.

Sergeant Russell was survived by his mother, his wife, now Mrs. Helen Wooten, Box 150 Ransomville, New York, and a sister, Mrs. Edith Clark.


Martin E. Salway, Jr., son of Game Protector and Mrs. Martin Salway of Batavia, New York, was born on March 13, 1916, in Batavia. Bud was graduated from Batavia High School and attended University of Toledo two years. He operated the Atlantic Service Station on East Main St. On January 1, 1942, he married Mary Shreder of Attica.

Bud was inducted May 23,1942, at Buffalo. He trained for the Air Corps. In February, 1943, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant at Columbus, Mississippi. Service No. 0 798 587. Further training brought him to Herrington Army Air Base to be assigned to a new Liberator, August 7, 1943. At this time Army Air Force General H. H. Arnold wrote: "His (Lieut. Salway’s) high ideals and courage inspired brother officers and men alike. He was an outstanding officer, having exceptional ability to cope with difficult problems. . ."

Lieutenant Salway was assigned to the 8th Air Force in England. Less than a month overseas, he was reported killed in action in the European Areas, September 13, 1943. He is buried in the American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, England. His survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Salway, Poughkeepsie, his parents, brother Vernon and sisters, Mrs. Jane Simmons and Mrs. Bettie Wolcott.


Ralph E. Shepard, one of twelve children of Mr. and Mrs. Orin Shepard of the West Bergen Road, LeRoy, was born at LeRoy, New York, on January 26, 1925.

Ralph attended LeRoy High School; worked at the Union Steel Chest Company and the LeRoy Post Office.

December, 1943, Ralph left for service; was assigned Service No. 42037470; trained at several camps in this country; on October 1, 1944, went overseas. He served as a radio-gunner on a B-25 in the Pacific War Zone. He wrote home that he was taking part in terrific action against the Japanese.

On February 27, 1945, a month and a day after his twentieth birthday, Corporal Ralph E. Shepard was reported killed in action in the Mindanao area, the Philippines.

Corporal Shepard was survived by his parents, by two sisters, and by nine brothers, three of whom also were serving.


James Edward Scheuing was the son of Harry Scheuing of 15 Maple Avenue, LeRoy, New York. He was born May 29, 1924 in LeRoy.

James joined the service at Ft. Niagara February 5,1943. His Serial No. was 32 734 526.

His death date was October 2, 1945.


Ernest F. Schultz, Jr., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Shultz of Elba, New York, was born on June 23, 1921, at Elba. He attended Elba Central School and was employed at the United States Gypsum plant at Oakfield.

Ernest enlisted in the Marines August 10, 1942; Service Number 427 499. He trained at Parris Island, South Carolina; Camp LeJeune, North Carolina; and at Ordnance School, Quantico, Virginia, where he was graduated on May 29, 1943, as artillery mechanic on 105-mm howitzer guns. He went to Camp Pendleton, California, for overseas training.

Over seas Ernest wrote he had gone through the Marshall Islands campaign and was moving. The Marines were in action on Saipan, Tinian and Guam. There was a "buddy" pact wherein Corporal Shultz and a sergeant promised that each would notify the other’s fiancée in case one of them was hurt or killed. Shultz’s fiancée got the word and the parents of Corporal Ernest F. Shultz, Jr., were informed that their 23-year-old son had died of wounds somewhere in the Pacific war zone, June 26, 1944.

Corporal Shultz was survived by three brothers, Robert, Herman and Ray; and by five sisters, Mrs. Elwood Say, Mrs. David Say, Mrs. Frances Cayea, and Rosemary and Gertrude.


Robert N. Snodgrass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Snodgrass of Sharron, Pa., was born March 9, 1913, in Sharron. He was a graduate of Ohio State and of Westminster College in Pittsburgh.

Robert lived in Batavia, New York, for three years, and was the area manager of GLO CO concern, a division of the Tydol Company. He was married.

In October, 1943, he entered military service; was assigned Service Number 42 025 132. After a year’s training he went overseas. His wife, Eleanor, was secretary in a law office.

Pvt. First Class Snodgrass served with the 14th Armored Division of General Patch’s Seventh Army. He was with the engineer unit which usually preceded the tank spearheads of his division. His last letter was written when the Seventh Army captured Saarbruchen which cleared the Saarland in conjunction with the Third Army. It was the great Pre-Rhine offensive.

Private First Class Robert N. Snodgrass was killed in action on March 21, 1945, at the age of 32 years.


Samuel C. Steffenella, son of Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Steffenella, was born on March 2, 1921, in LeRoy, New York.

Samuel attended elementary and high schools in LeRoy. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church.

With a Selective Service contingent, Samuel left LeRoy on October 23, 1942; was assigned Service Number 32 473 417; trained at Camp Ruckner, Alabama, and at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky. He was then sent overseas to Hawaii. Attached to the 333rd Army Corps of Engineers, he spent sixteen months there where it was assumed that he was undergoing extensive training for active duty in the campaign against the Japs.

On May 7th, 1945, Private First Class Samuel C. Steffenella, 24 years of age, was killed at Oahu, Hawaii, the victim of an accidental explosion of hand-grenades.

Private Steffenella was survived by his parents, by six brothers and four sisters.


Oren Dean Stevens, only son of Dean D., and Leola Stevens of Oakfield, New York, was born in Bethany, July 12, 1923. He attended Oakfield schools and was a member of the Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church. He worked on a farm and at Rowell’s Box Factory.

Oren joined the Navy January 23, 1944. Serial No. 8 063 790. He trained at Sampson four months. He was assigned to a destroyer to be based at Oran, North Africa to patrol the Mediterranean and the English Channel. On D-Day the destroyer shelled Cherbourg and later provided cover for landing craft in southern France.

Oren came home on leave Thanksgiving, 1944, before going to the Pacific on a minesweeper, through the Panama Canal to Hawaii, the Marshalls, the Carolines. He last wrote March 16, 1945. Between March 18 and April 18 while the United States was losing 15 ships near Okinawa and the Japanese were losing 100, three of our minesweepers were sunk. Aboard one of them was Seaman 2d Class Oren Stevens, twenty years old.

The official death date was April 6, 1945. Dean was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, World War II and American Campaign badges and Purple Heart. His parents and three married sisters survived him.


Michael Joseph Strollo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Strollo of 43 Hutchins Street, Batavia, New York, was born on April 13, 1918, in Batavia. Mike stood second in his class at St. Anthony’s School, graduated from Batavia High School, 1938, and attended Metal Trades School. He served as altar boy at St. Anthony’s Church. He was always "thinking of the other fellow". He worked summers on the muck to help pay for his sister’s education and saved to buy her a car for graduation. She is now school principal. He urged his younger brother to study hard and he would back him. Mike’s money is helping finance that boy’s education at Bologna.

Mike worked at Massey-Harris plant. He was drafted February 12, 1941. In five months at Quartermaster’s School he received Technician rating. May, 1942, he sailed with an armored division for Northern Ireland to prepare for the African Invasion, November 7, 1942.

At Christmas Day service, 1942, in North Africa, T/5 Strollo was altar boy and served his last Mass. His December 27th letter said he received his gifts and Daily News. December 29th he was killed in action.

Michael Strollo Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, honors his memory.


Edward J. Swain was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swain who now live on Garibaldi Avenue in Oakfield, New York. Edward was born at Fairmont, May 16, 1916. His father is a railroad man. The family lived in South Byron for thirteen years. Edward attended the South Byron School. He loved to dance and he liked music. The family moved to Depew. Edward worked at Houdaille plant in Buffalo. When the family moved to Alden, Edward belonged to St. John’s Catholic Church there.

Edward joined the service February 12, 1941; was assigned Service Number 32 033 689. After Pearl Harbor, he was in the infantry in the Philippines when the Japanese struck. He was taken prisoner and no word came to the Swain family. The following September a telegram came, saying, "Edward died on May 1st, 1942, of dysentery". Later Edward’s buddy came to see Mrs. Swain. He had crossed on the same ship with Edward to the Philippines, had been with him on the Bataan Death March, and had held him in his arms when he died of dysentery in the Japanese prison camp.

Edward J. Swain was survived by his parents, and by two brothers, Martin and Charles, both in the service.


Frank Swiatowy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix J. Swiatowy, Indian Falls Road, Akron, New York, was born November 21, 1925 at Buffalo. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and Holy Name Society. He was employed at the Rochester Button Company Plant, Akron.

March 21, 1944 at Batavia, Frank was inducted into the Armed Forces. Serial Number 42 107 985. He trained at Ft. Dix, N. J.; Camp Wheeler, Ga.; Camp Maxey, Tex. On October 15, 1944 he left for overseas duty.

PFC Swiatowy trained briefly in England and then served in action in France and Belgium with HQ 394th Infantry regiment of General Courtney Hodges’ First Army. He was wounded January 2d, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart to add to his earlier awards, Sharpshooter Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After hospitalization, Frank went back into action.

PFC Frank Swiatowy met death March 16th, 1945. He was 19 years of age. He was survived by his parents, two brothers and four sisters. A second Purple Heart was awarded him.


Staff Sgt. George Jay Tenney, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tenney of Brown Mills Road, Alexander, New York, was born in Batavia, Aug. 10, 1919. George attended Alexander Central School and he was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Batavia. He was a machinist at P. W. Minor’s. On April 9, 1942 he married Mildred I. Gates.

George entered service April 24, 1942. Serial No. 32 139 327. He trained at Ft. Knox and Camp Campbell, Ky., and at Camp Barkley, Texas. He was home for the last time when his daughter Suellyn was born.

Sergeant Tenney arrived overseas in France with Co. C, 23rd Tank Battalion, only two months before he was killed, December 10, 1944 at the age of 25 years.

Surviving Sgt. Tenney were his wife and daughter, parents, and five sisters, Mrs. Marian Cooper, Mrs. Josephine Bruggman, Mrs. Elizabeth Pixley, Mrs. Edith Robertson, Mrs. Joyce Judd; and a brother Robert. Thomas was killed in an automobile accident in 1949.

Sgt. George Tenney was buried in St. Avold, France in a U. S. Military Cemetery. He was awarded the Purple Heart. His name is inscribed on a war memorial in Caledonia where his wife and daughter reside.


Robert Davis Thompson, eldest son of Mrs. Margaret W., and the late Thomas Arthur Thompson of LeRoy, New York, was born February 27, 1918 at Irondequoit. Robert was educated in LeRoy schools. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was associated with his father as an ironworker and later was employed in the Texas oil fields.

Robert enlisted as a paratrooper, Jan. 28, 1942. Serial No. 12 054 761. In October he went to England, a member of Co. D., 30th Infantry Regiment. The Americans were assembled at two airdromes in S. W. England. Gen. Eisenhower’s instructions came: "Proceed to North Africa". As the C-47s circled the field, they filled the sky with red and green lights. The lights were extinguished. The ships took off. Robert was among the first American parachute flying fighters of the Allied Nations to be flown directly from distant bases, leading all other airborne soldiers into the North African invasion.

Robert again took part with paratroopers invading Italy January 21, 1943. He was reported missing in action. Church sources reported him in a German prison camp. In June he wrote he was well. He escaped from imprisonment but was killed by German artillery fire, escaping, December 7, 1943.


Gerald L. Tiede, son of Mrs. Edna T. Mallison of Batavia, New York, was born in Middlebury, New York, on July 12, 1925.

For several years Gerald was a resident of Batavia. He attended Batavia High School.

On November 3, 1943, Gerald entered the Marine Corps, and was assigned Service No. 895 749. Private Tiede received training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and at a number of other training centers. In February, 1944, he embarked for the Pacific fighting fronts.

March 6, 1945, Private Gerald L. Tiede, a Marine, lost his life in action in Iwo-Jima. Press reports of March 6th from the heavy fighting fronts that the last of Japanese resistance was being pushed back with heavy losses.

Private Tiede was the first resident of Batavia to meet death in the battle in which he participated.


Donald H. Towne was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Towne of South Alabama, New York. He was born on May 29, 1923, in Council Bluffs Iowa. He attended Oakfield High School and then worked for the New York Central Railroad. He attended the South Alabama Baptist Church.

Donald was inducted into service February 26, 1943, in Buffalo. His Service No. was 32 735 925. He trained at Camp Swift, Texas, for the infantry.

Overseas Private First Class Towne earned an award for service in North Africa, and he was wounded in the Italian Campaign at Anzio Beach, receiving the Purple Heart. After his return to duty he was transferred to France. His infantry unit was given the Bronze Star and a citation. Donald was killed in action in France on August 15, 1944.

The American Legion Post in Alabama, New York, is named Donald Towne Post. Donald was one of five in his family serving the United States; his father and brother, Harold, were with the Seabees, Harold later transferring to the Infantry; Richard and Horace were in the Navy.


Francesso F. Tucci, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Massino Tucci, was born on April 27, 1922, at Alexander, New York.

Francesso and his family moved to Mount Morris, New York, where he spent the greater part of his life, and where, in 1940, he was graduated from high school.

In 1940, Francesso and his family moved to LeRoy. There he was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, and for a few months was employed at the Lapp Insulator Company’s plant.

On December 9, 1942, Francesso was inducted into the United States Army; was assigned Service Number 32 584 791. He received training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas; Nashville, Tennessee; Camp Campbell, Kentucky. He left for overseas in October, 1944.

On April 3, 1945, as a member of the United States Armored Force attached to the 14th Division of the Seventh Army on its high-speed drive toward Berlin, Corporal Francesso F. Tucci, 23 years of age, paid the supreme sacrifice.

Corporal Tucci was survived by his parents and by four brothers, three of whom served in the Navy.


The death date of Jann Turton was July 17, 1945.

Jann Turton was survived by his brother, Lawrence Turton, Angling Road, East Pembroke, New York.


Claude B. VanVolkenburg was born September 24, 1912 in Holland, Erie County, New York. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley VanVolkenburg. His marriage to Miss Madeline Ecker of Clarendon took place October 19, 1942.

Claude entered military Service October 21, 1942. Serial No. 32 473 219. From Ft. Niagara he went to Ft. McClellan, Alabama and Ft. Benning, Georgia. In June 1944 he went overseas.

Three months later Private Claude VanVolkenburg was killed in action in France on September 5, 1944. He was thirty-one years of age. His father had had a premonition of his death.

Private VanVolkenburg was survived by his wife and twelve weeks old son, Claude B. Jr., whom he had never seen. Other survivors were his parents of South Byron and brother, Ellsworth, of South Byron and three sisters, Mrs. Walter Herrington of East Bethany, Mrs. Kenneth Zeliff of Morganville and Miss Marjorie VanVolkenburg of East Bethany.


Donald L. Veltz, son of the late Eugene and Lottie Veltz, was born in Batavia, New York, February 21, 1922. He was graduated from St. Joseph’s Parochial School and in 1941 from Batavia High School. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, and Holy Name Society. He belonged to St. Joseph’s Fife and Drum Corps.

Donald entered service at Rochester November 25, 1942. Serial No. 32 472 418. He trained at several Air Corps bases in the United States and was last home Thanksgiving 1942. He left for overseas duty June 1943. He was attached to the Post Office Unit in England. His last letter home, May 17, 1944, said he planned an outing on the Thames River.

Corporal Donald L. Veltz lost his life May 30, 1944, Memorial Day by drowning. He was survived by two sisters, Mildred and Irene, four brothers, Richard, Charles, Kenneth and Stewart; and an aunt, Mrs. Louise Spalding, with whom he had resided.


Salvatore J. Vona, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Vona of LeRoy, was born in Batavia, New York, March 13, 1920. The family moved to LeRoy. Salvatore was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and was graduated from LeRoy High School in 1938. For almost four years he was employed by the LeRoy Gazette News.

He was inducted March 25, 1942 at Buffalo with one of the first Selective Service contingents to go from this area. Serial No. 32 255 421. He trained in the Infantry at Ft. Jackson, S. C. and Camp Pickett, Va.

Private Vona was sent overseas in December, 1943 to the South Pacific Theater and participated with the 77th Division in the conquests of Guam, Ormoc and Leyte.

On December 17, 1944, PFC Salvatore J. Vona was killed in action on Leyte Island in the Philippines. He was 24 years of age. Besides his parents of 116 Lake Street, LeRoy, he was survived by three sisters, Miss Betty Vona of LeRoy, Miss Martha Vona of Washington, D. C.; and Lt. Rose Vona of the Army Nurse Corps.


James Calvin Walker, son of Mrs. Oscar Walker of LeRoy, New York, was born July 21, 1924 in LeRoy. He spent his boyhood on the farm. He attended Fort Hill School through 7th grade and then went to LeRoy schools, graduating in 1943, third highest in his high school class of 87 members. He was a member of the National Honor Society. He was awarded the Bausch and Lomb Science Medal in his senior year and the D A R Citizenship Medal. He attended the Methodist Church.

James entered military service August 1943, two months after graduation. Serial number. 42 020 919. He trained at Ft. Benning. He was chosen for Officers Training in the Army Specialized Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh. The program was abandoned and James was put in the infantry, March 1944. In April he married L. Elizabeth Atkins.

James served overseas with Co. C, 378th Infantry and was serving as messenger with the 95th Division fighting Northeast France on the German border, when he was killed December 1, 1944. James was survived by his wife and son, born December 6, 1944; his parent, five brothers and three sisters. The Purple Heart was awarded him.


William E. Warriner, son of Gertrude Warriner and the late Glenn W. Warriner, was born in Batavia, New York, September 11, 1917. He was graduated from Batavia High School in 1935. He was a former Scout and member of the First Presbyterian Church. Memorial services were held there.

Warriner enlisted in the Regular Army April 19, 1940 at Buffalo. Serial Number 7 070 245. He left to serve in the Panama Canal Zone May 4, 1940 and was transferred January 6, 1943 to the South West Pacific Area.

Private Warriner was serving with the 59th Engineers, Separate Combat Company at Cape Merkus, New Britain Island when he was killed in action December 24, 1943 as a result of concussion due to enemy bomb blast. His remains are interred at Ft. McKinley United States Military Cemetery, Manila, P. I. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

General Douglas MacArthur wrote the parents: "In the death of your son, Private William E. Warriner, I have lost a gallant comrade in arms and I cannot express to you the poignancy of my regret. His service under me in the South West Pacific was characterized by his complete devotion to our beloved country and by his death in our crusade for freedom and liberty he is enshrined in its imperishable glory".


Stanley Lewis Washburn was the son of John J. and the late Blanche Brickman Washburn, formerly of the Alexander Road, Batavia, New York. Stanley was born in Batavia May 9, 1919. He attended Batavia schools and was employed by a contracting firm.

He entered service January 26, 1942. Serial Number 32 211 880. He trained at Ft. Knox, Camp Polk and Rice, California.

Overseas Stanley served as reconnaissance scout with Headquarters 1st Battalion, in the 33rd Armored Regiment, and was believed to be with Gen. Courtney Hodges. They landed in France shortly after D-Day and took part in the sweep across France after the Allied Armies broke out of the Normandy Area. PFC Washburn wrote home his motorcycle had been shot out from under him and he had a new machine for scouting duty.

PFC Stanley Washburn was killed on reconnaissance duty September 23,1944, at the age of twenty-five. He was the first from this area to die on German soil. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Conspicuous Service Cross, and the Purple Heart.

He was survived by his parents and three sisters. His mother is since deceased. His father lives at 1802 Jenkins Street, Shreveport, La.


Arthur J. Weber was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Weber. Following his mother’s death, Arthur made his home with, and worked for, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wilcox on their farm in Bergen, New York. Sometimes his sister was there too. He attended Bergen grade school and the high school for a while, playing the B flat horn in the orchestra. He joined the C.C.C., retaining his Bergen address. Later he transferred from the C.C.C. to the regular army in December, 1940, giving Bergen as a home address.

His nearest of kin was his sister, who was then a student at State Teachers’ College, Albany. She is now Mrs. Harry Riedel of California.

Arthur died in North Africa May 16, 1943.


Lynn W. Webster, son of Theo and Florence C. Webster of Batavia, New York, was born April 9, 1925 in Batavia. He always lived at 22 Chestnut Street. He was graduated at Batavia High School in 1943. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Sunday School. He failed to qualify for bombardier training.

Lynn was inducted October 8, 1943 in Buffalo. Serial No. 42 025 155. He trained for the Armored Force at Ft. Knox, Ky., and Ft. Meade, Md., and overseas in England he trained for the invasion. His armored force unit landed in France June 13, 1944 with General Hodges’ First Army. They swept across France into Germany. He saw continuous front line action for 35 days in October and November.

Corporal Technician Lynn W. Webster, aged nineteen, was killed in action November 19, 1944 when the forces were driving forward in bitter fighting east of Aachen, to a point 14 miles inside Germany. The infantry and tanks were near Duren.

Beside his parents, Corporal Webster was survived by his brother, Carl Webster, who took part as a paratrooper in the French invasion.


Donald Earl Welker was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Welker of the Broadway Road, Darien Center, New York. He was born in Darien Center March 5, 1913. He was a Scout and took part in musical activities, graduating from Alden High School in 1931. He was engaged in poultry farming and belonged to the Darien Grange. He played with "Tiny" Glor’s orchestra in Varysburg and the American Legion Band in Batavia.

In February, 1941, Donald enlisted in the Army. Serial No. 32 034 836. He was assigned to Ft. Jackson, S. C., and was a member of the 28th Infantry Band, later becoming clarinet soloist. After two years he was transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. and Camp Shelby, Miss., with Co. A., 261st Infantry. He came home on furlough in August, 1944.

Then in January, 1945, Sgt. Welker went overseas with the 261st Infantry to become part of General George Patton’s Third Army, in the 65th Division. Word of Donald’s death in action in Germany on April 26, 1945, was received by the family.

Surviving Donald were his parents, two brothers, Roger and Harry, and one sister, Mrs. Arthur Greiner. He was awarded the Purple Heart.


James Hervey Wells, second of three sons of Clyde and Alice Knappenberger Wells, of Batavia, New York, was born at Walton, September 8, 1919. He attended Washington School and took a postgraduate year after graduating at Batavia High School in 1937. At Amherst College he belonged to Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the band, the glee club, the college choir, and the Outing Club. He was Junior Class President and was graduated in 1942.

James entered service in the Navy, January 31, 1942 at Boston, Mass. Service No. USNR 158 150. He ranked Ensign, Fleet Air Wing 16 of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet-bombing Squadron, 107.

Admiral Jonas Ingram, USN Commander, South Atlantic Force, wrote in Army-Navy Journal: "We had a session with surface blockade runners at the beginning of 1944. We destroyed three of these in as many days, which is often referred to as The Solant (South Atlantic) Triple Play". January 2, 1944, Ensign James Hervey Wells was the second of three pilots on a Liberator lost in this "Triple Play".

Ensign Wells, one of three brothers, all World War II pilots, was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, European-African-Eastern Command Medal, and City of Batavia Medal. Citations and letter came from President Roosevelt, Secretary Knox, and James Forrestal.


Earl Richard Wilkinson, son of Mrs. Anna Marie Wilkinson and the late Reverend William Wilkinson, was born October 26, 1908 in Rochester, New York. He was graduated from West High School, Rochester. He was employed by Railway Signal Co. June 1, 1929 he became a member of Troop A, New York State Police, was promoted to Corporal and then a member of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at its organization in 1936. He studied flying at D-W and Rochester and Airports, and was awarded a pilot’s license. He married Mary E. Miller of East Pembroke. They had a son and daughter.

The well-known Corporal Wilkinson joined the Army Air Corps April 1, 1942 at Rochester. Service No. 0 315 726. He was assigned to Lowry Field, near Denver.

On May 24, 1942, on "a new assignment", a United States Army Air Corps two-motored transport crashed into an isolated swamp near Houlton, Maine. 2d Lt. Earl Richard Wilkinson, four other army officers and an enlisted man met instant death.

Lt. Wilkinson was survived by his wife and two children and by his mother in Rochester.


Clarence Allen Williams, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Williams, Lewiston Road, Batavia, New York, was born on August 29, 1925 at South Alabama, New York. He was graduated from Batavia High School in the Class of 1943. He was active in Boy Scout work. He was a member of National Honor Society and of the Batavia High School Band. He belonged to the Order of De Molay. He was a Freshman at Hamilton College at Clinton when he enlisted.

Clarence enlisted at Utica on August 26, 1943, His service No. was 12 239 150. He trained at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Then he was assigned to the Army Specialized Training Course at Carnegie Technical University prior to the abandonment of the program. He was stationed at Indiantown Gap until August 15, 1944 when he left for overseas duty. He was sent to England.

On November 10, 1944 the tank riding infantrymen who were serving in France with the 95th Division in Patton’s Third Army, were rolling toward Metz, Germany. PFC Clarence Allen Williams, Jr., 19 years of age, was killed in battle.

PFC Williams was survived by his parents and a sister, Mrs. George Stratton of Batavia.


Garnet John Wood was born April 3, 1919 in Buffalo, New York. He attended Buffalo schools. He resided in Batavia six years, and was employed by Eastman Kodak, Rochester. January 1, 1938 Garnet married Helen Snyder.

October 27, 1942 Garnet entered service. Serial No. 32 547 609. He trained in aerial gunnery, Harlingen, Tex.; in armament at Lowry Field, Denver. He was assigned as tail gunner to a Flying Fortress crew for unit training. In late September, 1943, the crew went overseas to join the 8th Air Force in continuous pounding on Hitler’s production centers. November 20, 1943 Staff Sgt. Wood was hospitalized for frozen fingers.

November 29, 1943 Staff Sgt. Wood was reported "unaccounted for" after a Flying Fortress raid on Bremen, Germany. Relatives of the crew hoped the boys might be in a prison camp. The War Department set Sgt. Wood’s death date as September 9, 1945.

Sgt. Garnet John Wood was survived by his wife, now Mrs. Helen F. Decker, No. 2 Northern Blvd., Batavia, and his son, Garnet James; three brothers and a sister and his grandmother. He was awarded the Air Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, a Bronze Service Star for European Campaign, and Aerial Gunner Badge.


Reid Talmadge Woodward, son of Donald and Florence Stobie Woodward of LeRoy, N. Y., was born July 13, 1918. Following his graduation from Phillips-Exeter preparatory school at Andover, Mass., he attended Yale University for two years, and studied agriculture at Cornell one year. He became interested in aeronautics, attended the Ryan School of Aeronautics, Los Angeles, purchased a plane and gained his pilot’s license. He married Donna Cooke of New Haven, Conn., April 28, 1941.

Woodward joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant. He served as instructor, Ferry Command, Wilmington, Del., until May, 1943, when he was transferred to the Army Transport Crops and promoted to 1st Lieutenant. In July he went overseas to India where he served as a pilot, flying the "Hump" to China with gasoline and other materiel for American forces fighting in China. It was mostly "blind" flying with instruments at night. He was piloting a Curtiss Commando and had completed 80% of his missions.

Shortly before he had taken off December 2, 1944, Lieut. Woodward was presented the Air Medal award. He left the China field at night on the return to India when he was killed in action at the age of 26.

Lieut. Woodward was survived by his wife, a daughter, Diane, his parents; a sister, Barbara and a brother, William.


Henry Yasses, son of Mrs. Wanda Yasses of Batavia, New York and the late Frank Yasses, was born December 20, 1923 in Batavia. He attended the Lincoln and Jackson Schools; he was graduated from Batavia High School and took postgraduate work. He attended Batavia Vocational School.

Henry was inducted February, 1943, at Batavia. He trained for the Air Corps. He was commissioned Bombardier at Big Springs, Tex. Service No. 02 067 995. He studied Superfort radar at the Air Force Flexible Gunnery School, Laredo, Texas. June 1, 1945 he went overseas with the 20th Air Force, 314th Wing, 29th Group, 6th Squadron. On August 5 the Group set out to wipe out Japan’s Yawata war production facilities.

Six days before Japan’s surrender, in one of World War II’s final superfort raids on Japan, August 8, 1945, Radar Operator, 1st Lt. Henry Yasses, 21, was listed as missing in action over Honshu. The B-29 strike came shortly after the first use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In this daylight attack, superforts dropped 1500 tons of demolition bombs on Yawata, the "Pittsburgh of Japan".

Lt. Yasses’ death date was given officially as September 1, 1945. He was survived by his parents, four brothers, Theodore, Frank, Jr., Leonard, Edwin; and seven sisters, Alfreda, Irene, Frances, Lorraine, Delores, Jean and Genevieve.


LaVerne J. Zehler, son of Mrs. Jane A. Zehler of No. 152 Bank Street, Batavia, New York, was born July 6, 1914 in Batavia. He attended St. Joseph’s Parochial School and was graduated from Batavia High School in 1932. LaVerne was well known as a football player. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Batavia Moose Lodge and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

August 9, 1943, LaVerne entered service at Batavia. Serial No. 12 139 226.

Corp. Zehler served overseas with the 20th Bomber Command based in the Marianas for three months. He was a radio-gunner aboard a Super Fortress, a B-29. His last letter home dated March 7, 1945, said he expected to go on his first mission.

On March 10, 1945, more than three hundred Superforts, the largest air fleet to take to the air up to that time, laid waste to large sections of Tokyo, Japan. Two Superforts were lost. Corporal LaVerne J. Zehler was captured March 10, placed in Tokyo Military Prison and died when the prison burned, May 26, 1945. He was thirty-one years of age.

Surviving Corporal Zehler were his mother; a brother, Francis, then recuperating from wounds in Luxembourg; a brother, Robert, serving in India at the time, and a sister, Helen.


T/Sgt. Robert J. Zeis, 32 037 281, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zeis, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., on July 29, 1911 and entered the service April 11, 1941. He was assigned to Co. B, 28th Infantry, 8th Division and remained in this outfit throughout his army service.

After training in several camps in the U. S. and Ireland, Bob’s battalion entered the fighting on Europe’s mainland on July 4, 1944. They encountered fierce fighting here and in the Normandy peninsula. Crossing France they spearheaded the drive across the Roer River.

It was in this battle that Bob was killed on the morning of February 23, 1945. He was buried in an American National Cemetery near Margratan, Holland, and in 1948 was brought back to this country to be buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, N. Y.

Bob received awards including the Purple Heart for wounds in action, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Service Ribbon, European Campaign Service Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Service Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.

Bob leaves his widow, former Lillian I. Siebert of East Pembroke, N. Y.


PFC William Joseph Zientara, a son of Mr. Joseph C. Zientara and the late Mrs. Zientara, was born at Buffalo, New York, August 3, 1914. William, who spent most of his life in Batavia, attending public schools and growing into a fine young man, was associated with the Civil Conservation Corps. He became an employee of the Massey-Harris Company. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, a member of the Polish Falcons and took part in all sports connected with the club.

Bill was inducted May 26, 1942 at Batavia. Serial No. 32 140 452. He trained at Nashville, Tenn., and at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He was then sent to Europe. In Germany he was wounded and sent to a hospital in England. The Purple Heart was awarded him.

In December 1944 came the Battle of the Bulge when everyone was recalled to the lines of battle. At this time our beloved Bill was killed in action. He gave his life so that we might be free.

The remains of PFC William Joseph Zientara are buried in the United States Military Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz near Liege, Belgium. God rest his soul.

"To live in the hearts we leave behind, is

not to die."




American Legion & American Legion Auxiliary

Botts-Fiorita Post No. 576

LeRoy, New York




Our thoughts go to those who offered their lives in the service of their country and who are now enrolled in that great spirit army, whose footfalls cause no sound, but in the memory of man, their souls go marching on , sustained by the pride of service in time of national danger.

Because of them our lives are free; because of them our nation lives; because of them the world is blessed.

To those of you who are left behind, we realize how futile are mere words to express our deep and abiding sympathy in your loss. May you feel that they are at rest, and in endless peace.

Surely there is an after life for all who have been loyal and true, a life to which light and peace shall come, where the burden shall be lifted and the heartache shall cease, where the love, the hope and the fulfillment that escaped them here shall be given to them, to be theirs forever.

May they rest in peace.




Glenn S. Loomis Post No. 332

American Legion

Batavia, N. Y.

They lived to bear their country’s arms. They died to save its honor. Their sacrifice will help to keep aglow the flaming torch that lights our lives . . . . that millions yet unborn may know the priceless joy of liberty.




American Legion

Hiram G. Luhman Post No. 626

Oakfield, N. Y.

So let our buried heroes live

In hands that freely guard and give,

In minds that, watchful, entertain

Great thoughts of justice and her reign,

That tend, all other tasks above,

The household fires of faith and love,

And keep our banner, wide unfurled,

A pledge of blessing to the world





American Legion

Sackett-Merrill-White Post No. 575

Bergen-Byron, New York

So you’ll live, you’ll live, young fellows,

In the gleam of the evening star,

In the woodnote wild and the laugh of a child,

In all the sweet things that are.

And you’ll never die, our wonderful boys,

While life is noble and true;

For all our beauty and hope and joy

We will owe to our lads like you.





Batavia Lodge, # 475 F. & A. M.



Life would have nothing worth to give

Had men not for their duty died;

True patriots would scorn to live

If they sacrifice denied.

O Ye who love the soul’s free air,

Who seek the larger hope, arise!

For truth and justice do and dare!

Who cares to live if freedom dies?





Batavia Kiwanis Club



We honor our heroic and patriotic dead

By being true men, as true men by faithfully

Fighting the battles of our day as they

Fought the battles of their day.





The Lions Club of Batavia

They sleep beneath no immemorial yews;

Their resting place no temple arches hem;

No blazoned shaft or graven tablet woos

Men’s praise, and yet, we shall remember them.





Genesee County

Magistrate and Peace Officers Association


Whether in the hour of mirth

Or in the hour of song

Whether in the hour of strife

Or midst the busy throng

Whether in the hour of pain

Or on the windswept sea

Whether struggling with the cares

Pressing heavily

Let us pause to pay tribute

To those who made the supreme sacrifice

So we may live

In liberty and peace




Genesee County Real Estate Board


Hold our dead sacred; let them quietly rest

In your unnumbered vales, where God thought best.

Your vines and flowers learned long since to forgive

And o’er their graves a broidered mantle weave.





Loyal Order of Moose

Batavia Lodge No. 196





They stand in the unbroken line of patriots

who have dared to die that freedom might live,

and grow, and increase its blessing.

Freedom lives and through it, they live –

in a way that humbles the undertakings

of most men.




Optimist Club


Batavia, New York

For the youth they gave and the blood they gave

We must render back the due;

For every marked or nameless grave

We must pay a service true;

Till the scales stand straight and with even weight

And the world is a world make new





Elba Rotary

The members of the Pavilion Rotary Club hold a cherished memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in order that you and I might retain our precious heritage of freedom, and they also extend a deep and heart-felt sympathy to the families who lost their gallant youths during World War II.

They made this supreme sacrifice for our country’s freedom and for "Peace on Earth and Good Will toward Men".

Their souls will not rest until each and every one of us who are living today, stops waiting for the other fellow to solve the world’s problems, and begins thinking and acting for himself.




Pavilion Rotary Club


The order of the Purple Heart was first instituted in the Revolutionary War by General Washington as a means of honoring men wounded in battle or those who made the supreme sacrifice. The heart-shaped medal bears the likeness of Washington and hangs from a purple and white ribbon.


Veterans of Foreign Wars

Post 1602

Batavia, New York


Life every man holds dear; but the brave man

Holds honor far more precious-dear than life.



Veterans of Foreign Wars

Corp. Michael J. Strollo Post

Batavia, New York


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