January 11, 2016 |
John J. Sweeney, 85, of Wynnewood, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and later an insurance company executive, died Monday, Jan. 4, of prostate cancer at Lankenau Hospital. In a career that combined military service with business, Adm. Sweeney made a point of serving as an advocate for young people. Born in Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, he moved to Philadelphia with his family at age 10. He graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1948 and from St. Joseph's College in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
December 23, 2015
"The greatest rescue operation by a single ship in the history of mankind. " - U.S. Maritime Administration By Chris Gibbons On Dec. 22, 1950, Capt. Leonard LaRue, of Philadelphia, peered through his binoculars from the deck of his merchant cargo vessel, SS Meredith Victory, as it approached the besieged North Korean port of Hungnam. LaRue could see thousands of shivering refugees lining the harbor in a desperate attempt to escape the marauding Communist Chinese and North Korean soldiers who surrounded, and were quickly closing in on, the city.
October 26, 2015 |
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
October 16, 2015 |
James A. O'Connor Jr., 82, a veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam, died Sunday, Oct. 4, at Abington Memorial Hospital. No cause of death has been established, said his daughter Karol Mooney. Mooney said her father, who served 21 years in the military and was a letter carrier for 25 years, never wanted to be rich and was content with his life. She called him "a great dad and a wonderful Pop-Pop. " Open and friendly, he was one to give solid, reliable advice, she said. "He prided himself as the one that you can always count on, no matter what you needed.
September 30, 2015 |
Robert W. Shockley, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, a former car-dealership owner, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, of Parkinson's disease at his home. The son of Raymond Purnell Shockley Sr. and Helen Davis Shockley, he was born and reared in Darby. He lived in Springfield before moving to Newtown Square last year. As a teenager, he broke many pitching records while playing baseball for Darby High School and was especially proud of his no-hitters. He was elected senior class president and voted best dancer and "Mr. All-Around Personality.
September 19, 2015 |
Thomas J. Myer Jr., 92, of Chestnut Hill, a retired stockbroker and veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, of cancer at Keystone House in Wyndmoor. After graduating from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1942, Mr. Myer joined the Marine Corps and was sent to the Pacific Theater. He was among the first wave of Marines to reach the shore of Okinawa during the fierce fighting with the Japanese that began in April 1945. After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki in August 1945, Mr. Myer and his unit were sent to patrol the ruined city of Nagasaki.
May 27, 2015 |
It was the first time a former prisoner of war had delivered the Memorial Day keynote address at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans monument. But Ralph W. Galati did not want it to be about himself. "It's a lot different for me, sitting in a cell, than these guys fighting in combat," he said, gesturing to the 646 names inscribed on the granite walls behind him at Penn's Landing. "The least I can do is represent Vietnam veterans, and especially the guys that never got the welcome home that I did. " Galati was referring both to those who gave their lives and those who came home to deep, sometimes violent antiwar sentiment.
May 1, 2015 |
Kenneth Clarence Warren, 90, of Haverford, a surgeon who practiced urology at Bryn Mawr Hospital for 40 years ending in 1995, died Wednesday, April 22, of respiratory failure at Broomall Presbyterian Village. During his long career on the Main Line, Dr. Warren cared for thousands of patients with warmth and kindness, his family said. "He tried for perfection in everything he did, the surgery, and had a warm bedside manner with patients," said son Scott. Born and reared in Trenton, Dr. Warren was recruited to Tulane University, where he starred in basketball and baseball.
April 27, 2015 |
An 86-year-old Korean War veteran and his 55-year-old wife told police they were kidnapped Thursday morning by three women who forced them to open a bank account and rent two cars for them. Shaken and unharmed but indignant, the couple on Saturday recounted the bizarre tale of their six-hour abduction ordeal. Police said five people, including one of the alleged kidnappers, have been arrested. George Saunders and his wife, Priscilla Jones, of Southwest Philadelphia, said they were walking - with the aid of canes - to a convenience store for groceries about 11 a.m. Thursday on the 3000 block of Pennsgrove Street in West Philadelphia.
April 9, 2015 |
Just days before the battle at Hoengsong, South Korea, Army Cpl. Robert Higgins wrote a few words to his mother, Edith, in Philadelphia. He was hoping for more news from home. "When I get mail, I only get one letter that is from you," he wrote in his last letter, on Feb. 9, 1951. "I would like to have someone else write me, too. "It's like you said a long time ago, when all others stop writing, you will still write," he wrote. "Thanks for everything. Bob. " A few days later, Chinese forces overwhelmed his unit and others, killing hundreds and taking more than 100 prisoners in what became known as the Hoengsong massacre.