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HEROES IN OUR MIDST – Don Silba, Joseph Augusta, Joe DiZoglio, and the Vets at the Lawrence DAV!

HEROES IN OUR MIDST – Don Silba, Joseph Augusta, Joe DiZoglio, and the Vets at the Lawrence DAV!

Heroes Still Serving By: John Cuddy Meeting Don Silba, Joseph Augusta, Jim Moran, Joe DiZoglio, and the other US Military Veteran members of the Queen City Chapter 2’s Service Center…

Major Ronald Santagati, US Air Force: Korean and Vietnam Wars ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Major Ronald Santagati, US Air Force: Korean and Vietnam Wars ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Feb. 2020 Raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ronald Santagati is now living in Salem, New Hampshire with his wife (and high school sweetheart) Joan, to whom he…

Disgracing the Memory of Hero Veteran John Ratka: Where is VNOC One Year After His Passing?

Disgracing the Memory of Hero Veteran John Ratka: Where is VNOC One Year After His Passing?

  It’s been over a year since Command Master Chief John Ratka passed away. John was the Executive Director of Veterans Northeast Outreach Center (VNOC) in Haverhill and winner of…

VALLEY PATRIOT of the MONTH ~ Fr. James Broderick – 39 Bombing Missions Over Nazi Germany in a B24 Liberator

VALLEY PATRIOT of the MONTH ~ Fr. James Broderick – 39 Bombing Missions Over Nazi Germany in a B24 Liberator

By: John Cuddy – January, 2020 Originally hailing from Gloucester, Massachusetts, Fr. James Broderick is now a Catholic priest living in retirement at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Regina Cleri Home…

House Passes Legislation to Support, Honor Our Veterans

House Passes Legislation to Support, Honor Our Veterans

  BY: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Dec. 2019 In recognition of Veterans Day, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills to support and honor our Veterans. I…

Rep. Campbell, Governor, Lt. Gov., & Secretary Urena Honor Gold Star Families at Annual Tree Dedication

Rep. Campbell, Governor, Lt. Gov., & Secretary Urena Honor Gold Star Families at Annual Tree Dedication

(BOSTON) – Representative Linda Dean Campbell joined government officials, Veterans organizations, and families of our Fallen Heroes at the State House on Wednesday for the Annual Gold Star Families Tree…

U.S. Navy Chief Quartermaster Marshall Rogers Sr. ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

U.S. Navy Chief Quartermaster Marshall Rogers Sr. ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – December, 2019 Marshall Rogers Sr. was born in 1921 on his family dairy farm in North Andover, MA. He was the second youngest of nine children.…

VALLEY PATRIOT of the MONTH ~ Gerard Boucher US Marine Corp-Retired; Still Serving Brother & Sister Veterans!

VALLEY PATRIOT of the MONTH ~ Gerard Boucher US Marine Corp-Retired; Still Serving Brother & Sister Veterans!

By: John Cuddy – November, 2019 Haverhill’s Gerard Boucher joined the US Marine Corp to avoid getting drafted by the US Army. On the wall of his home sits a…

All Aboard to Honor Our Vietnam Veterans

All Aboard to Honor  Our Vietnam Veterans

If you’re reading this column, please thank a veteran for making it possible. Since our country’s founding nearly 250 years ago, our veterans have fought to protect and defend all…

Pat Walor of the 9th Infantry! Dairy Farmer, WW II Infantryman, American Hero! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Pat Walor of the 9th Infantry! Dairy Farmer, WW II Infantryman, American Hero!   ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy -Oct.2019 Dracut’s Pat Walor was born on his family’s farm in Peabody, Massachusetts in 1923 – the second youngest of eleven children. His father was a dirt…

55 Heroes! Local Korean War Vets receive Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

55 Heroes! Local Korean War Vets receive Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Sept. 2019 Our fifty-five heroes came from Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut, and throughout the Merrimack Valley. They brought their families with them and were honored by the…

HOMETOWN HERO: Devon Michael Brantmuller

HOMETOWN HERO: Devon Michael Brantmuller

Devon Michael Brantmuller graduated from Salem, NH, High School on June 12, 2015. He then enlisted in the United States Marines and left for Paris Island (Boot Camp) on November…

102 Infantry Division, Crossing the Rhine into Germany with Bob Chase ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

102 Infantry Division, Crossing the Rhine into Germany with Bob Chase ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – August, 2019 Living throughout the Merrimack Valley, with his family during his adult life, originally from Lynn, Massachusetts, Robert was born on July 17, 1926 and…

LAWRENCE HEROES AROUND THE WORLD ~ Seaman Michael Hernandez

LAWRENCE HEROES AROUND THE WORLD ~ Seaman Michael Hernandez

SALALAH, OMAN – Seaman Michael Hernandez, from Lawrence, MA, heaves line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) while pulling into port. Bainbridge is deployed to the…

Iwo Jima’s DeFusco and Hyder; Two Men Serving on Sacred Ground ~ VALLEY PATRIOTS OF THE MONTH, HEROES IN OUR MIDST

Iwo Jima’s DeFusco and Hyder; Two Men Serving on Sacred Ground  ~ VALLEY PATRIOTS OF THE MONTH, HEROES IN OUR MIDST

LAWRENCE , METHUEN – Lawrence’s Anthony De Fusco 97, and Methuen’s Henry Hyder 92, did not know each other until they both recently moved into the same assisted living facility,…

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