October 17, 2015 |
Christopher C. Rutter Sr. was in the second wave of troops that landed on Omaha Beach under heavy Nazi gunfire June 6, 1944. As soldiers died around him that D-Day morning, daughter Dorothy Shelmet said, "he had promised himself that if he survived that day on the beach, he would come back one day and walk on the beach instead of crawling on it. " In 2004, Mr. Rutter returned with his family to Normandy and walked its beaches to celebrate the...
October 1, 2015 |
Stanley Anthony Wojtusik Sr., 90, a longtime Torresdale resident and a World War II veteran, died Friday, Sept. 25, of natural causes at his home. Born in South Philadelphia, Mr. Wojtusik was a graduate of John Bartram High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During the battle, his regiment was captured by the German army. Mr. Wojtusik received a Purple Heart in recognition of a battle injury, and two Bronze Stars.
August 17, 2015 |
Theodore J. "Teddy" Paluch, 92, a World War II veteran and a survivor of the infamous Malmedy massacre of American GIs during World War II, died Saturday, Aug. 8, of congestive heart failure at the Philadelphia Veterans Community Living Center. Mr. Paluch, a Philadelphia native, was drafted into the Army at age 20 and deployed to Europe with the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion. He was witness to the Malmedy massacre, a wartime atrocity in which 84 American soldiers who had surrendered in a field in Belgium were gunned down by the Waffen-SS on Dec. 17, 1944.
June 2, 2015
ISSUE | CHILD CARE Kids can't wait for this investment Many of the youngest children are spending most of their waking hours in child-care settings that at best are not helping, and at worst are undermining their prospects ("U.S. audit finds Pa. day cares lacking," May 26). It's not just Philadelphia. Nationally, fewer than 20 percent of child-care programs are high-quality; and as much as 40 percent actually pose a threat due to chronic underfunding. Research bears out the benefits of investing in high-quality early education.
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.