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.
April 7, 2015 |
BOB HIGGINS is coming home. After 63 years, the remains of the young Fishtown soldier, who was captured in a bloody battle at the height of the Korean War in 1951, will be returned here for proper ceremony and burial. His remains will arrive at Philadelphia International Airport from Hawaii on Thursday. A military escort will accompany the coffin to St. Ephrem Catholic Church in Bensalem for the funeral on Saturday. The escort will then accompany the coffin to Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Bucks County, for burial with full military honors.
January 29, 2015 |
William R. Johnson, 86, of Drexel Hill, a retired manager for Radio Corp. of America in Camden, died Friday, Jan. 23, of pneumonia at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. For 35 years, Mr. Johnson worked in the broadcast systems division at RCA as a manufacturing administrator. "He was an accountant. He took care of their budget; he watched their money. He was the only non-engineer in the department. He really, really liked it," said daughter Susanne Davis. When General Electric bought RCA, he left that position but continued working part-time at St. Francis Country House in Darby Borough and Acro Display in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.
November 17, 2014 |
LEROY MALACHI Sr. didn't hesitate to grab a broom or a snow shovel and go out on his block on 61st Street near Race in West Philadelphia, to put his muscle into improving his neighborhood. And Leroy had muscle to spare. In his youth, he won bodybuilding contests and titles like Mr. Pennsylvania, Mr. Maryland and Mr. New Jersey, his family said. In the AAU Senior Nationals weightlifting event held in Philadelphia in 1956, he came in fifth in the heavyweight class with a combined lift of 865 pounds - press, 300, snatch, 250, clean and jerk, 315. Leroy Malachi Sr., a 37-year machinist for the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Nov. 10. He was 84. Leroy was a popular figure in his West Philadelphia neighborhood where he was an officer of the block committee and helped arrange events, especially those for the children.
November 12, 2014 |
While honoring members of the armed services with special ceremonies on Veterans Day, the nation should also take time to reflect on its decision more than 40 years ago to field an all-volunteer military. It certainly made sense at the time for war-weary Americans trying to quit the Vietnam conflict. And there's no appetite to revive the draft now, after more than a dozen years of fighting in Afghanistan and with more military "advisers" returning to Iraq. This country has used conscription since its birth, when it was employed on a limited basis to fill militia ranks during the Revolutionary War. The first national drafts occurred during the Civil War, but only about 2 percent of Union troops were draftees, and some prospective conscripts paid others to take their place.
November 4, 2014 |
ROBERT BERGHAIER probably could have been a writer or an artist. He didn't take up either trade, but his son, Robert, said his father, a veteran of two wars, had a discerning eye. "He was very observant," his son said. "He had a very good eye and a gift for being very descriptive. He could process information and tell you exactly what happened. " What happened to Robert Berghaier might have made a good book. He and his son would sit around the kitchen table and the elder Berghaier would regale his son with stories of his adventures, down to the smallest detail.
October 21, 2014 |
The gently rolling land at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is usually a quiet, contemplative place. Flags flap in the breeze, visitors kneel at graves with flowers, and a line of cars heads to graveside services. But these days, the peace and serenity of the state-operated Burlington County cemetery is often broken by the sounds of heavy construction - part of a federally funded $18 million, three-year-long improvement project making way for more burials.