September 4, 2015 |
EDDIE HENDERSON liked nothing better than to tool around the Philly streets in one of his big Cadillacs to check out the scene. He would always be impeccably dressed, starting with his Stetson hat and descending to his well-matched outfits. Caddies were among Eddie's hobbies, along with bicycle riding, operating remote control cars, or harkening to some old-time rhythm and blues. He was also an enthusiastic line dancer, dabbled in art and enjoyed getting together with lifelong pals.
September 1, 2015 |
FRANK LEVISTER had a passion for helping people, especially those in dire straits. He worked with the homeless in Philadelphia, and his job with the state Department of Welfare was to make sure that nursing homes were doing their job helping others in need. James Franklin Levister Sr., a 21-year employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare who later worked for two of the nursing homes he monitored, died Aug. 23 of multiple health complications at the age of 68. Frank was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. Although his family didn't know what happened to him there, it was obvious that he saw combat because among his decorations was the Purple Heart for wounds.
April 25, 2015 |
After his first wife, Marie, died in 1992, Henry Saia lived alone for 13 years. Mr. Saia had retired in 1980 as a clothing factory manager in South Jersey and later became financial director for St. Mary Church and its school in Williamstown. "The church gave him a parking spot with his name on it," his son Thomas said, "and one day after Mass, a lady his age was standing there. " She introduced herself, now a widow, as the Elizabeth Schaeffer with whom he had been friends in a grammar school in Cedar Brook.
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.
April 7, 2015 |
Kerry Walters Jr. might not be attending the University of Pennsylvania without the help of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. It would have been too costly. His family's finances were stretched thin, partly because his father, a Marine, was wounded during the Vietnam War and his earning ability was affected by deteriorating health. But the foundation came to the rescue, as it has for nearly 33,000 others since it was established in 1962. It provides Walters $2,500 a year, over and above other grants and financial aid. "By lifting some of my financial burden, the scholarship has allowed me to worry a bit less about financing my education and has given me more time and energy to dedicate towards school," said Walters, 25, a sophomore and mathematics major who grew up in Chaska, Minn.
March 9, 2015 |
Robert M. Rossetti could not wait to become a Marine. "At Frankford High School, he did not graduate," daughter Peggy Ciccone said. "He falsified his birth date so that he could go into the Marine Corps because he wanted to fight in World War II," she said. He was only 16. He got his wish. From September to November 1944, Mr. Rossetti fought alongside the Marines who routed the Japanese from the South Pacific island of Peleliu. "What he told me was he was very lucky," said Bill Darling, a friend of 40 years.
January 13, 2015 |
He was almost home free. On his 23d birthday in 1967, Marine Lt. Ron Castille was leading a platoon on a search-and-destroy mission in Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was hit in the leg by a Viet Cong machine-gun round and evacuated from the fight. For a moment, it seemed he was on his way to the safety of the rear. But just as the Marine helicopter bearing Castille was clearing the battle zone, a burst of enemy fire raked the thin metal skin of its fuselage, tearing another and much more serious wound in his leg. Military surgeons said they had no choice but to amputate.
December 17, 2014 |
In one of the region's deadliest shooting rampages, an Iraq war veteran shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives early Monday, terrorizing four upper Montgomery County communities and sparking a manhunt that continued deep into the night, officials said. The suspect, Bradley W. Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, had a "familial relationship" with all of the victims, officials said. Besides his ex-wife, he allegedly killed her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and niece.
December 15, 2014 |
Roy Scarfo, 88, of Downingtown, an artist whose illustrations of outer space captured the imagination of Americans from the 1960s on, died Monday, Dec. 8, of pancreatic cancer at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville. Mr. Scarfo's first illustrations came to the attention of the public in 1957 when they were published by his employer, General Electric. He spent 16 years as creative art director for GE's Space Technology Center, which opened in 1961 in Valley Forge. At the same time, he became a space art consultant and illustrator for Sun Co., NASA, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate, and others.
December 8, 2014 |
Even now, almost 45 years later, Al Dandridge can still hear the mortar and gun fire, picture the searing chaos of battle. It was a perhaps-ill-conceived coin toss that led Dandridge to join the Marine Corps with childhood friend Christopher Billups. Billups had always wanted to be a Marine, and he insisted Dandridge go with him. Dandridge said no. So they flipped a coin. Dandridge lost. Sometime later, Dandridge, who will take over Jan. 1 as the new chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, found himself in Vietnam.