The Perryopolis Veterans’ Honor Roll
A Stone in the Honor Roll

HE WALKS ALONE

He walks alone on this darkened night,
On a path very few would choose,
Many go on with nary a care,
Not knowing his life he may lose.

Tis a day to remember,
the greatest of blessings,
the price that was paid for,
this freedom we have.

Do not take it for granted.
The love that was given,
On that darkened night,
He paid the price.

He walked the path,
Very few would choose,
Knowing his life he could lose.

by Pamela J. Simpson 4/13/07
Pamela writes: “All of my family are veterans of which I am most proud. My husband is Army, daughter Kristy is Army, Son Joe is retired Army, daughter Anna is Navy, grandson Sean is serving in the Marines in Okinawa.”

The Perryopolis VFW is collecting the names of all military personnel from Perry Township and the Perryopolis Borough. To be elegible to have a name on the Honor Roll, the veteran must have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. To have a name placed on the Honor Roll, submit a copy (not the original) of separation papers, a DD 214, form 553 or another official document. This should show the date and place of entry and the place of separation. Remember to list your phone number on the back of the document copy. Interested parties should address correspondence to: Names Committee P.O. Box 566, Perryopolis, PA 15473.
Veterans Day: The Armistice that ended World War I was announced at 11:00 A.M. (in France) on the 11th day of November (the 11th month), 1918. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war. During the 1920s and ’30s, thousands turned out annually to pay homage to the war dead. A 1938 law made the day a federal holiday.

In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, still Nov. 11, but now honoring the dead of all wars. In 1971, it became one of our movable federal holidays, to give us another long weekend -- the new date the fourth Monday of October. Veterans groups argued the new date had no meaning. State after state moved the remembrance back to to Nov. 11 on their own. By 1978, Congress made it officially Nov. 11 again.

Will you pause on November 11 with a moment of silence to honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives, liberty, and health for you? Will you remember the graves of 400 Americans buried in Flanders Fields and at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the honored dead of Afghanistan and Iraq?

The following two photos were kindly supplied by Suzanne Bubnash Walker of Beaverton, Oregon.
Suzanne is the daughter of George Bubnash
George Bubnash (1921-2004) was born in the rowhouse on Commodore St. near Route 51, Perryopolis.
George is pictured serving on the Battleship Missouri, or the “Mighty Mo,” as it is commonly known.
He served on the Missouri in the Pacific Theater from 1944-1947.
Three Bubnash Brothers
Left, Michael Bubnash (1926-2002) was born on a farm on Cemetery Rd., Perryopolis, just below the cemetery. He served
in the US Navy aboard a supply ship in the Pacific during WW2; married Irene Bilohlavek from Star Junction.
Center, George Bubnash (also shown in the black-and-white photo above). Before he served on the Missouri he
was assigned to the US Navy Education Center at 90 Church St., NY 1942-44. He married Jean Ashe of NYC.
Right, John Bubnash (1916-2002) was born at Crescent #2, Snowden, Allegheny County. He served in the Pacific Theater
as a mechanic in the Army Air Corps 531st Squadron of the 380th Bombardment Group. He married Kay Bordash of Perryopolis
Webmaster’s note: The photo above is an example of a hand-colored black-and-white photo. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand-colouring.
Frank T. Mills. Mr. Mills enlisted in the Army in 1916 with the intention of serving in World War I, but the Army discharged him, saying that he had a bad heart. At right: Frank T. Mills at age 109. Some bad heart! Mr. Mills passed away on March 20, 2001, just short of his 110th birthday.
This is Charles E. Baker, always known in Perry as Eugene Baker, just before he went overseas in World War II. The Baker family lived on Lingan Street in Perryopolis. Eugene’s sister Beatrice taught school in Perryopolis. After the war, Eugene became a school teacher in Waynesburg.

Mr Baker passed away in December, 2008, at age 83. His obituary is here.
 

Generations of Service

Dennis Kerwin Wilkes, U.S. Navy, with his wife Alberta Albright Wilkes. Dennis served in World War II. He is the grandson of John Wilkes, the Civil War Veteran in the photo below. Dennis lived in Perryopolis, where he was known as a good baseball player. The Wilkes’ son, Dennis Keith Wilkes, also served in the U.S. Navy.

 


Photo courtesy D. Wilkes
Perryopolis, 1913: Civil War Veterans at train station preparing to travel to attend the Battle of Gettysburg 50th Anniversary Reunion.
• 2nd from left: John Wilkes (1849-1923) Co. A, 188th Rgt., Pa. Inf.
• 5th from left: John Shirey (1842-1926) Pvt., Co. F, 168th Rgt., Pa. Inf., 1862-1863. Also served with Capt. Thomas, 103rd Rgt., Pa. Inf., 1865
Please contact Joan Lyons if you can identify any of the other veterans in this photo.
 
The Sassi Brothers

Left: Dante, who served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 with the 9th Army Air Force.
Center: Isadore (deceased), who served in the U.S. occupation force in Germany, 1951-1953.
Right: Leggio (Lee) Sassi, who served from 1938 to 1948. During the war he was in the 6th Armored Division in Patton's 3rd Army.

Photos courtesy Dante Sassi

Seoul, Korea- November, 1945

That's Sergeant Craig Martin on the right, just as handsome then as he is now! Craig and his buddy, Andy Loksa, were members of the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. They had gone to Seoul from Okinawa as part of the U.S. Occupation Force following the departure of the defeated Japanese army. Craig was the Mess Sergeant and Andy was driver for the Regimental Commander.

Photo courtesy Craig Martin

If you or a member of your family served in the Armed Forces, in peace or in war, please consider submitting your appropriate photos for publication here. E-mail the webmaster if you need help.
Your webmaster is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, 1962-1970. As a civilian employee of the U.S. Government from 1970-1994, he saw military action in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He and his wife, Leona, narrowly survived a terrorist rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a, the Yemen Arab Republic, in 1988, and the assassination of the Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament in Cairo in 2000.
 
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