US Marine, Police Officer, Veterans’ Advocate – Eric Ryan – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

US Marine, Police Officer, Veterans’ Advocate – Eric Ryan – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John  Cuddy – 5/24 The 2024 John Ratka Hero Veteran Award recipient, Haverhill’s Eric Ryan graduated from Haverhill High School in 1988. While growing up in the city with his brother, he was greatly influenced by his two grandfathers, both World War II Veterans. One, left Norwich University during his sophomore year, after the […]

 Jeffrey Hollett Serving Veterans; Assisting in Meeting Five Basic Needs ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

 Jeffrey Hollett Serving Veterans; Assisting in Meeting Five Basic Needs ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

  By: John Cuddy – 4-24  The Valley Patriot this March, met with Haverhill’s Veteran Services Director, US Army and Massachusetts National Guard Veteran Jeffrey Hollett and discussed the five basic needs of our Nation’s Veterans. Most Veterans consider those needs to be housing, health care, access to education, employment, and most importantly, support and […]

HEROES IN OUR MIDST ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – SFC Chadwick Larter and the MA National Guard

HEROES IN OUR MIDST ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – SFC Chadwick Larter and the MA National Guard

By: John Cuddy – Feb, 2024 The Massachusetts National Guard has been defending our freedoms since 1636! Sergeant First Class (SFC) Chadwick Larter, Recruiting Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) tells his story, in his own words. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, I grew up in Ayer MA where I attended school and graduated from Ayer […]

U.S. Army Veteran Joe Cuddy ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

U.S. Army Veteran Joe Cuddy ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 12-23 Born and raised in South Lawrence, Joseph Cuddy attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in the Class of 1952. Joe played basketball, hockey and football and ran track. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army. As the middle of 5 brothers, Joe’s brother, […]

America in World War II and Korea, James Fiorello ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

America in World War II and Korea, James Fiorello ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Nov. 2023 Hailing from the long-gone Boston neighborhood, once known as the West End, Methuen’s James Fiorello graduated from Boston’s Mechanic Arts High School with the class of 1941. He then enrolled at Fitchburg State College, with the intent on becoming a teacher. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December […]

Our Silent Generation Speaks – Two-Service Vet Robert Lister ~ Valley Patriot of the Month

Our Silent Generation Speaks – Two-Service Vet Robert Lister ~ Valley Patriot of the Month

By: John Cuddy 10-23 Raised in Methuen, Massachusetts, where he returned to over thirty years ago, ninety-year-old Robert Lister and his daughter Joan, recently met with the Valley Patriot to tell his story. Growing up, he had three sisters and one brother. Robert attended Lawrence High School for a while before joining the US Navy […]

Still Serving, Chris Manning & the American Legion ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Still Serving, Chris Manning & the American Legion ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

  Haverhill native Chris Manning is the current Commander of American Legion Post 4 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Chris grew up in Haverhill, one of twelve children, his three brothers all served in the US Military. His dad served in the South Pacific during World War II, as a Machinist Mate First Class. His older brother […]

US Army Vet. James Hajjar, Attorney & Lawrence Lion – HERO IN OUR MIDST ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

US Army Vet. James Hajjar, Attorney & Lawrence Lion – HERO IN OUR MIDST ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – 7/23 Lawrence’s James George Hajjar, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Plains neighborhood in Lawrence, a community of Lebanese, Sicilian, and Irish, a few blocks northwest of Campagnone Common, named after three Lawrence brothers, who were killed in the Normandy Campaign of World War II. James […]

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy 6-23 HAVERHILL – During World War II, Haverhill’s Ed Girroir enlisted in the US Army after Pearl Harbor, with most of his friends doing the same. He served as a Paratrooper with the US Army, in the European Theatre. He was on Active duty, from 1944 to 1946, assigned to the 517th […]

World War II Veteran Robert “Boots” Chouniard ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST, Valley Patriot of the Month

World War II Veteran Robert “Boots” Chouniard ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST, Valley Patriot of the Month

By: John Cuddy – 05-23 Despite the fact that I arrived with a two-pound box of Tripoli’s cookies, ninety-nine-year-old US Army Veteran Salisbury’s Robert “Boots” Chouniard, spent a good part of our time together, on his rowing machine, vigorously working out. He walks a mile a day, rows, lifts weights, and travels worldwide. Boots spends […]

Kevin Lynch Receives John Ratka – Hero Veteran Award (Story and Video) ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Kevin Lynch Receives John Ratka – Hero Veteran Award (Story and Video) ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – 4-23 On Friday March 31st at the Annual Valley Patriot Bash, Scholarship and Award Night, Haverhill Police Officer Kevin Lynch was awarded the Master Chief John Ratka Hero Veteran Award! Interviewing US Navy Seabee and Haverhill Police Sergeant Kevin Lynch uncovered a family tradition of US Military Service. Kevin served as […]

US Marine, Purple Heart Recipient, Lawrence’s Daniel Cotnoir ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

US Marine, Purple Heart Recipient, Lawrence’s Daniel Cotnoir ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy 3-23 The president of Edgar J. Racicot Funeral Home, formerly in Lawrence Massachusetts, now operating in Dracut, Massachusetts, is Lawrence native and US Marine Veteran, Daniel Cotnoir. Operating since 1899, Racicot Funeral is one of the oldest businesses in continual operation in the Merrimack Valley. Although US Marine Dan Cotnoir, was featured […]

Lawrence Native Art Jacobs, US Army Silver Star and Three Purple Hearts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Lawrence Native Art Jacobs, US Army Silver Star and Three Purple Hearts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 01-23 Little did I know that my previous story about US Army Medic Steve Bird from Groveland, and his brave efforts to treat the wounded on the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, would lead me to this feature about Art Jacobs, who was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and grew up in […]

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