May 25, 2015 |
My father, Maurice "Moose" Berry, was in the 104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division and fought in the Ardennes, where he was wounded, and in the Battle of the Bulge. Over the years, he revisited places where he had seen combat, and he toured American Battle Monument Cemeteries with my mother and my husband. In 2005, he photographed the grave markers of all the men of the 26th who lost their lives in Europe. When my father told me in November 2013 he wanted to return, I wanted to go with him. We planned our visit to coincide with the 2014 Memorial Day ceremony at the Lorraine Cemetery in St. Avold, France; with more than 10,000 military dead interred, it's the largest American burial site in Europe.
May 25, 2015 |
A dwindling group of elderly Philadelphia veterans wants to build a Battle of the Bulge memorial in Washington Square, a site within the city's Historic Mile they believe is a fitting place to remember the key World War II confrontation. In the process, they are fighting a new battle - against bureaucracy and time. They need money, political will, and permission from local and federal government agencies. "We're the only major city in the country that doesn't have a monument to the Battle of the Bulge," said Norbert McGettigan, 89, who grew up in Overbrook and lives in Woodside Park.
December 18, 2014 |
Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued. On Tuesday, 61-year-old Melvin McIlwaine pleaded guilty to cheating White of his worldly possessions, clearing the way for the retiree who served in the Battle of the Bulge to put his life back together. The guilty plea came at "the eleventh hour," just as jury selection was about to begin for McIlwaine's criminal fraud trial, said Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cooper Nixon.
November 13, 2014 |
Stanley C. Chojnacki compiled a 21-6 record as a pitcher for the baseball team at what is now Villanova University in the late 1940s. In 1993, that college career earned him induction into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame. But it was one strikeout against one first baseman, in a 5-1 victory at Yale University on June 8, 1946, that made his career memorable in later years. The first baseman was future President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Chojnacki said in autobiographical notes.
November 6, 2014 |
MANY PEOPLE will remember Bucks County Judge Leonard B. Sokolove for his many compassionate rulings, but his son Michael has more tender memories. Like that Little League game when Mike was a kid. "I am 7 years old, maybe 8, playing in what could have been my first Little League game," Michael wrote in a remembrance. "My father is behind me. He's the umpire. I'm hit by a pitch and it hurts. "He does not say, 'Shake it off, son.' He picks me up off the ground, cradles me in his arms, and sprints me down to first base.
October 18, 2014 |
NEW EGYPT, N.J. - Maybe he should have gotten a medal for patience. After waiting seven decades, World War II veteran Leonard Brotzky was honored Thursday with a Purple Heart for wounds he received during the Battle of the Bulge. "After 70 years, I'm finally getting it," said Brotzky, 89, of Manchester Township, Ocean County, at a presentation ceremony at the district office of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.). "I felt I earned it. " The medal should have been awarded in 1944 but was apparently overlooked because of a record-keeping foul-up.
July 3, 2014 |
EVERY CHRISTMAS season, an ebullient guy in a sweater was shown in a Pennsylvania Lottery TV commercial throwing open his window and taking in the happy sight in the street below. Snow is falling, carolers singing, everybody looking eager for the coming holiday. And what would be Christmas without a Pennsylvania lottery ticket as a gift? The man called Joe comes out of his house and, acting like Ebenezer Scrooge after his conversion, hurries to Rita's coffee stand and other businesses, handing out the lottery tickets to thrilled recipients.
March 15, 2014 |
MEDIA His colleagues marvel at Vram S. "Ned" Nedurian's efficiency and expertise. "He handles twice as many cases as any of the other attorneys," said John F.X. Reilly, a deputy Delaware County district attorney. But what is perhaps most remarkable about Nedurian is his age: 90. And on Friday, he was at the center of a closely guarded secret in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. For weeks, colleagues had been planning his 50th work-anniversary celebration.
March 11, 2014 |
WILLIAM GUARNERE didn't have to go to war. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, he was building tanks at the old Baldwin Locomotive Works, a job considered crucial to the war effort and good for an exemption from military service. But Bill didn't take it. He enlisted in the Army paratroops on Aug. 31, 1942, and the rest is legend. "Wild Bill" Guarnere, the nickname he earned as a fearless combat soldier against the Germans, was a member of the legendary "Band of Brothers" - Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division - celebrated in books and an HBO miniseries in 2001.
February 24, 2014 |
Not so long ago, repairing a life-threatening bulge in the aorta - the body's largest blood vessel - meant a huge operation. Surgeons would cut open the patient's torso, spread the breastbone, then replace the weakened wall of the aorta with a polyester tube. After a week in the hospital, the patient would need a month or two of convalescence at home. No more. For the majority of patients with aortic aneurysms, the fix is a minimally invasive procedure and one night in the hospital.