A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Featured, Tributes and Remembrances

A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

My recent trip to France with Normandy Allies offered me a tremendous opportunity to learn much more about my late father’s participation on D-Day. My Dad, Marvin D. Lanning, served in the United States Navy aboard LCI (L)-506 (Landing Craft Infantry Large – 351 Class) on June 6th, 1944. The US-designed LCI was the smallest ocean-going landing craft used during the invasion, and was designed to transport and land a company of soldiers (about 200 officers and men). Of...

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He Didn’t Like To Talk Of War: Veteran’s Recollections Shared

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Tributes and Remembrances

He Didn’t Like To Talk Of War:  Veteran’s Recollections Shared

Note: R. Donald Simison died on September 30, 1991. Before his death, he was among the scores of Northampton veterans of World War II who were interviewed by Allison Lockwood for her upcoming book, “Touched With Fire: An American Community in World War II.” The following was written by his daughter, Union-News reporter Cynthia Simison, after she listened to a tape recording of her father’s wartime recollections that he shared with Lockwood. He was a proud,...

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In Memory of, and With Gratitude to, Frank and Stella Wawrynovic

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Tributes and Remembrances

In Memory of, and With Gratitude to, Frank and Stella Wawrynovic

by Walter F. Carter, October 2013 Frank J. Wawrynovic (1917-2005) was born in Osceola Mills, PA, one of six children of Polish immigrants. His father worked in nearby coal mines. After graduating from Osceola Mills High School in 1935, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps and then as a coal miner until he was drafted into the US Army in 1942. He was assigned to the 29th Division, and completed Ranger training in England and Scotland. Sergeant Wawrynovic landed on...

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French Witnesses Recount Wartime Experiences

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Tributes and Remembrances

Each year, in preparation for their International Experience the student participants pose several questions which they hoped to have answered during the trip. In 2010, two of our very faithful French friends, Pierre and Colette Labbé, replied in writing. Each year, Pierre and Colette with Denis Lesage, President of the Wall of Remembrance Society, lead the preparations for the annual Normandy Allies visit to the Wall. The friendship and support provided by the Labbés has...

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Paying Their Respects: Family Visits Brother’s Grave In Normandy

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

Paying Their Respects: Family Visits Brother’s Grave In Normandy

By Rich Place, The Post-Journal, Jamestown NY POSTED: November 11, 2009 Every year since 1999, Marsha Smith has been able to visit her late-uncle’s grave. Although this may be the tradition of many family members and friends who lost a loved one in World War II, her circumstance is a bit different. Her uncle, Staff Sgt. Benedict Smith, is buried across the Atlantic in Normandy, France. Smith, who was a Jamestown native, was killed in action on July 30, 1944, while...

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My father and I by Robert J. Harding Jr.

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Tributes and Remembrances

My father and I by Robert J. Harding Jr.

July 31, 2012 New York City My father’s death in Normandy August 6, 1944 changed my life forever and not a day passes that I do not think about him and his life and legacy. He went to war in November 1942. He did not have to go then. He was a patriot who volunteered and left his wife, then pregnant, myself and my sister at home on East 123rd Street in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York. I was four at the time, my sister was two. My mother was thirty years old and pregnant...

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