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Hero in Our Midst: Greg Page – War on Terror

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH   By: Gary Mannion – September, 2010 LOWELL – Greg Page sat on his couch waiting to leave for Newark International Airport to catch his…

Sgt. Maj. Eric Nelson, U.S. Army (retired)

Sgt. Maj. Eric Nelson, U.S. Army (retired)

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST   December 2009 – While attending the North Andover Veteran’s Day observances, I was privileged to listen to guest speaker…

Hero in Our Midst – Haverhill’s John Katsaros and Code Burgandy

Hero in Our Midst – Haverhill’s John Katsaros and Code Burgandy

  Tech Sgt. James Moore, USAF It is now possible for us to remember a true patriot. Sworn to silence for a period of time, even to his own family,…

Remembering Alex Jiminez – Valley Patriot of the Month – August 2008

Remembering Alex Jiminez – Valley Patriot of the Month – August 2008

Since the very first edition of The Valley Patriot in March of 2004, this space has been reserved for honoring local veterans who have either performed heroically in battle or…

Hero in Our Midst – Natasha Young – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Natasha Young – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Tech. Sgt. James Moore, USAF  – May, 2008 LAWRENCE – A patriot, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “One who loves his or her country and supports its…

Hero in Our Midst – Agnes Bresnahan of Methuen – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Agnes Bresnahan of Methuen – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Lonnie Brennan – April, 2008 METHUEN – Her statistics from 1970 are simple: female, 5 foot five inches, 125 pounds, age 19. As she entered her Junior year at…

Hero In Our Midst – Christoper Fantasia, Salem NH – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero In Our Midst – Christoper Fantasia, Salem NH – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Tech Sgt. James Moore, USAF – February, 2008 SALEM, NH – Airman First Class Christopher Fantasia, home on Recruiting Assistance Duty at the Air Force Recruiting Office in Lawrence,…

Hero in Our Midst – Arthur Rauseo of Georgetown – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Arthur Rauseo of Georgetown – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Lonnie Brennan -December, 2007 GEORGETOWN – Quietly, peacefully, a former naval seaman makes his way to a local coffee shop. He takes his seat on a short stool at…

Hero in Our Midst – Sara Payne Hayden – WASP Pilot

Hero in Our Midst – Sara Payne Hayden – WASP Pilot

By: Kathleen Corey Rahme – November, 2007 METHUEN – The Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network named Methuen resident, Sara Payne Hayden the Woman’s Veteran of the Year at a special ceremony in…

Hero in Our Midst – Francisco Urena – Valley Patriot of the Month Sept. 2007

Hero in Our Midst – Francisco Urena – Valley Patriot of the Month Sept. 2007

  By: Tom Duggan, September, 2007  Most Lawrence residents know Francisco Urena as the city’s Veterans’ Services Director, but long before Urena came to work for the city of Lawrence…

Hero in Our Midst – Methuen’s Mike Beshara – US NAVY

Hero in Our Midst – Methuen’s Mike Beshara – US NAVY

By: Tom Duggan – August,. 2007 When Methuen resident Mike Beshara tried to join the Navy in January of 1942, he was initially told that he could not join the…

Hero in Our Midst, Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. U.S. Navy – Korean War, Medal of Honor

Hero in Our Midst,  Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.  U.S. Navy – Korean War, Medal of Honor

Valley Patriot of the Month By: Ted Tripp – May, 2007 CONCORD/ANDOVER – Tom Hudner was sitting in the commons area after lunch at Phillips Academy in Andover when word…

Hero in Our Midst – PART II – Gunners Mate 3rd Class Thomas Petrillo, U.S. Navy – WW II

Hero in Our Midst – PART II – Gunners Mate 3rd Class Thomas Petrillo, U.S. Navy – WW II

Valley Patriot of the Month PART 2   By: By Ted Tripp April, 2007 (read part 1) METHUEN – It was late in the summer of 1943 and Tom Petrillo…

Heroes in Our Midst PART 1 – Methuen’s Thomas Patrillo – US NAVY WWII

Heroes in Our Midst PART 1 – Methuen’s Thomas Patrillo – US NAVY WWII

Valley Patriot of the Month   By; Ted Tripp – March, 2007 METHUEN – Sixteen million Americans served in World War II. Only a fraction of this number saw action…

Hero in Our Midst – Corporal James M. Cassidy, U.S. Army – WW II

Hero in Our Midst – Corporal James M. Cassidy, U.S. Army – WW II

Valley Patriot of the Month By: Ted Tripp – February, 2007 NORTH ANDOVER– On the morning of June 6, 1944, the Allies finally began the liberation of Europe from the…