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December 2, 1990 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
The best drill instructor in this here Army, that's William Krewal. You would expect the Army's drill sergeant of the year to be out there in the field, shaping up the troops, but after he won the title in April, that's not what happened. "I was really starting to get good at it, really starting to love it," said Krewal, who has been stationed at Fort Dix for nearly 2 1/2 years. Once he won the title, he was made an adviser on drill sergeant matters. He became an observer, charged with seeing how training could be improved.
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May 25, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Antwan L. Timbers Jr. aspired to join the Army, like his two older cousins. He was in the Junior ROTC class at Burlington City High School, where he would have been promoted Tuesday from staff sergeant to second lieutenant. "He really knew what he wanted to do," said his father, Antwan Sr. The family joined city and school officials at Burlington City Hall to remember the 17-year-old high school sophomore and his dream Monday, one day after an allegedly drunk driver struck and killed him. Police said he was walking home on a sidewalk near southbound Route 130 and Federal Street just after midnight Sunday.
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August 11, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joseph K. "Ken" Blewitt, 80, a retired Whitemarsh Township police chief and retired deputy coroner for Montgomery County, died Monday of cancer at his home in Lafayette Hill. He retired as police chief in 1979 after 27 years with the Whitemarsh force, then was deputy coroner until 1988. His professional memberships included Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14 in Montgomery County, the International Association of Police Chiefs, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Police Chiefs Association, the Montgomery County Police Chiefs Association and FBI National Academy Associates.
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January 27, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
James R. Butler, 63, of Bensalem, a former insurance underwriter who had been active in youth activities, died Friday at Saint Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township. He had retired on disability in the 1970s after many years as an independent underwriter. During his 36 years in Bensalem, Mr. Butler had served on the Bensalem school board and for 15 years coached diving at the high school. He also coached Babe Ruth League baseball, worked with the Boy Scouts, and was a foster parent through various agencies.
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August 26, 1992 | By Karen McAllister, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A staff sergeant in the Army's 82d Airborne Division has been charged with raping a housekeeper at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia on Sunday. Terry J. Hough, 28, who is based at Fort Bragg, N.C., told the housekeeper that he had lost his room key and asked whether she could let him in his room, according to a police affidavit. After she opened the door, he forced her inside and raped her, the affidavit said. He also struck the 47-year-old woman in the face several times, the report said.
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July 7, 1995 | By Barbara J. Richberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Elliot Sugarman, 70, of Jamesburg, N.J., a fund-raising executive, died Wednesday at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, N.J. Mr. Sugarman was director of fund-raising activities at the Philadelphia office of Israel's Weismann Institute of Science. He retired in 1988 and moved to Jamesburg, a retirement community in Monroe Township, several years ago. During the 1970s, he was executive director of the city offices for Israeli bonds in Boston and Philadelphia. In the 1960s, he was fund-raising director for Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.
SPORTS
November 11, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One soldier playfully put on Marty Biron's mask and exchanged a laugh with the goalie in the Flyers' dressing room after yesterday's practice in Voorhees. Eleven soldiers, on a brief leave from their Army base in Fort Dix, N.J., watched practice and later posed for photos with the Flyers, had pucks signed, and exchanged stories with the players. The soldiers, all wounded and rehabbing after tours in Iraq or Afghanistan, were guests of the hockey club. Mingling with the players is fun, said James Fisher, a staff sergeant from Wilkes-Barre.
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November 16, 2012
Giacomo A. DeBlasi, 98, a retired supervisor for Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia and a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Abington Hospice at Warminster. Mr. DeBlasi was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1932 and attended Drexel University. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. Mr. DeBlasi, a staff sergeant during World War II, fought in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a Bronze Star, an American Theatre Service Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars.
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September 25, 2010
Joseph Anthony Cella, 89, a Philadelphia firefighter for 32 years, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, in his sleep at Brighton Gardens, an assisted living residence in Cherry Hill. He was 89 and had emphysema. Mr. Cella joined the Fire Department in 1947. For most of his career, he was stationed at Engine 1, Ladder 5 in South Philadelphia. After retiring in 1979, Mr. Cella, a journeyman plumber, was a handyman for friends and relatives, repairing anything from toys to toilets, his daughter, Angela Costanzo, said.
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September 25, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
William H. Castor, 92, formerly of Richboro, who retired in 1983 from CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, a business he cofounded, died of a heart condition Friday, Sept. 20, at Doylestown Hospital. Mr. Castor, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, started his career working as a mechanic for his father's Sunoco service station. Later, he went into business with his brother, Edward, as cofounder of CMC Builders in Trevose. He also cofounded CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, from which he retired in 1983.
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June 7, 2016 | By Edward Colimore, For The Inquirer
A few blocks from his Margate, N.J., home, the beach is busy with vacationers baking in the sun, playing in the waves. But when Bernard Friedenberg closes his eyes at night, he sees another sandy shore - a nightmarish place 3,000 miles away that won't let him go, not even after 72 years. Friedenberg tosses and turns in his sleep, he repeats military jargon, and tries to jump from his bed, as if again exiting the landing craft that brought him to Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Army medic's lifesaving "work began" the moment he crawled out of the surf - and onto the killing ground that was Normandy, France.
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May 25, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Antwan L. Timbers Jr. aspired to join the Army, like his two older cousins. He was in the Junior ROTC class at Burlington City High School, where he would have been promoted Tuesday from staff sergeant to second lieutenant. "He really knew what he wanted to do," said his father, Antwan Sr. The family joined city and school officials at Burlington City Hall to remember the 17-year-old high school sophomore and his dream Monday, one day after an allegedly drunk driver struck and killed him. Police said he was walking home on a sidewalk near southbound Route 130 and Federal Street just after midnight Sunday.
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March 30, 2016
By Peter Binzen This is a war story - actually an after-the-war story. I was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, the so-called "ski troops" of World War II. It's true that we trained on skis in Colorado before shipping overseas. But once we entered combat against the Germans in Italy's Apennines, skis were forgotten. We were ordinary foot soldiers. The 10th entered the fray in January 1945. The Apennines were white with snow and the fighting was static.
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December 19, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Services are planned for Jan. 9 for H. Keith Mosley, 91, of Jenkintown, a decorated World War II veteran and former prisoner of war who later pursued a career in public relations and development. Mr. Mosley, a 1968 transplant to the Philadelphia area from New York state, died Thursday, Nov. 26, at Abington Hospice in Warminster of complications from a fall. Known to family as "Mose," Mr. Mosley spent his childhood in Arcade, N.Y. He attended Oberlin College before enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1943.
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November 12, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
They served on Okinawa and Saipan, in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. They were assigned to destroyers, flew B-17s, and drove six-wheeled Army cargo trucks loaded with gasoline. They saw the devastation from atomic bombs and the heartbreak of concentration camps. And when they came home, many of the World War II veterans now living at Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford, Delaware County, put their memories aside and got on with life. "There are parts I don't talk about," said Bill Spohn, 91, who served as an Army sergeant.
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July 11, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Gaskill, 92, of Jenkintown, a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime dentist in Northeast Philadelphia, died Monday, July 6, of complications from a stroke at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gaskill practiced dentistry for a half-century, initially from the basement of his home on Large Street and later from offices at 7958 Bustleton Ave. and in Cheltenham. "He was the dentist of 50 years who bartered his expertise many times for baked goods when his patients couldn't pay their bill.
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September 25, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
William H. Castor, 92, formerly of Richboro, who retired in 1983 from CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, a business he cofounded, died of a heart condition Friday, Sept. 20, at Doylestown Hospital. Mr. Castor, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, started his career working as a mechanic for his father's Sunoco service station. Later, he went into business with his brother, Edward, as cofounder of CMC Builders in Trevose. He also cofounded CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, from which he retired in 1983.
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August 31, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Asked to explain the roots of the Syrian conflict or identify the warring factions or venture an opinion on how to respond to chemical attacks on civilians there, Douglas Jordan had the same reaction that many Philadelphians do. "I understand that Syria is declaring war on their own people, but I don't know why," Jordan said. The 51-year-old unemployed security guard has watched CNN, read news reports, and tried to keep informed, but he cannot quite grasp the geopolitics in the distant nation.
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June 30, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Herbert Ginensky, 94, a World War II veteran and devoted husband for nearly seven decades, died Thursday, June 27, at the Watermark senior community in Center City. Mr. Ginensky died of heart failure, said his daughter, Amy Ginensky. His wife, Evelyn, who was 91, died in November. They married on July 6, 1944. During the war, he met his future wife through a cousin who was dating one of Evelyn's sisters. "My father thought she was too young-looking," but on a second date, he reconsidered, his daughter said.
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November 16, 2012
Giacomo A. DeBlasi, 98, a retired supervisor for Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia and a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Abington Hospice at Warminster. Mr. DeBlasi was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1932 and attended Drexel University. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. Mr. DeBlasi, a staff sergeant during World War II, fought in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a Bronze Star, an American Theatre Service Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars.
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