Appleby Speaks at McKean-Cameron Bi-County Memorial Day Event

Steve Appleby, director of the World War II Museum in Eldred, spoke Sunday afternoon in the rain-shortened McKean-Cameron Bi-County American Legion's Memorial Day exercises on the steps of the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport. "We veterans know that Memorial Day is when we honor the deceased members of the armed forces from the nation's wars,” Appleby said. “Veterans Day is in November when we pay tribute to all veterans." Then turning his attention to the younger members of the audience, and especially the musicians in the Smethport Area High School Band, Appleby urged them to reme...
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Memorial Day Guest Speaker – Pastor Chris Edmonds

Come to the Museum on Monday, May 30 at 2:00 pm to hear our guest speaker, Pastor Chris Edmonds. Pastor Chris Edmonds is the son of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, a WWII hero who bravely and fearlessly saved the lives of countless Jewish soldiers in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. Pastor Chris Edmonds says his father was an ordinary man thrust into an extraordinary moment; a moment that deepened his faith in God and fixed his duty to comrades and country. Chris believes his father's life teaches us an ordinary life lived well is extraordinary... even heroic. Admission to the museum i...
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USO-Style Red, White and Blue Revue Show to Benefit Local Veterans

Veterans will be honored and assisted this Memorial Day weekend when local performers stage “Salute: A Red, White and Blue Revue” at 7:30 p.m. May 28 in the Olean High School auditorium. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Cattaraugus-Allegany Counties Joint Veterans’ Council Volunteer Van Service and the Olean Music Boosters. Producers Ardyth Van Scoy and Mike Tominez of M.F. Tominez Promotions LLC said the show was staged in May 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Pa. The event was so well received by the community that it sold out. Read more from The Bradford Era...
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Elk County Catholic Band Sudents to Perform at Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Seven Elk County Catholic High School band students will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on Dec. 7 — the 75th anniversary of the tragic Pearl Harbor attacks that brought the United States into World War II. This is the last major anniversary of the attack that event organizers feel living survivors will still be present and able to participate in. As such, the state of Hawaii projects this to be the largest event of its kind in its history. Every year, parade organizers strive to have a high school band represent each battleship state. Elk County Catholic students were c...
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Far East Find: Photos Show Captured Japanese Sub from World War II in Kane, PA

Much to the surprise of the Kane Historic Preservation Society, a recent donation of a collection of photo negatives contained negatives of a captured Japanese submarine from World War II on display on Field Street in Kane on June 16, 1943. According to the Historic Naval Ships Association, the submarine is the HA-19, a Japanese Type “A” midget submarine. The submarine was one of four deployed by the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. However, none of the midget submarines caused any damage to the American fleet. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Local Man Tells Origin of Japanese Flag Featured on Reality TV Show

The mission of a Bradford woman to track down and connect World War II veterans with a Japanese flag they signed nearly 70 years ago spurred a segment on a reality television show that aired on Veterans Day — and now it has triggered the memory of a Limestone, N.Y. man, who stopped by The Era Friday to tell the origin of the flag. Marine Corp. veteran George Brown, a 62-year resident of Limestone, says he knew the man to whom the flag belonged for many decades. Brown is certain it was the property of now-deceased Army Sgt. Harold St. Clair, who served in World War II and survived three year...
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World War II Museum Announces Re-Dedication of Holocaust Room

In honor of Veterans Day, the Eldred World War II Museum will re-dedicate its updated Holocaust Room on Friday. The room has been improved with new images, artifacts and a small library of Holocaust-related books. Steve Appleby, curator of the museum, credited Diana Phalon for her work with the update. Phalon is a former intern with the museum and is currently a history teacher at Allegany Limestone (N.Y.) High School. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Veterans Book Project Exhibit Opens at Jamestown Community College

While looking through one of the journals on display with the Veterans Book Project, Master Sgt. James Andrews spoke softly of the horrors of war — and why many soldiers don’t share their stories with family. Fittingly, Andrew, an instructor with the St. Bonaventure University ROTC Honor Guard, visited the book project exhibit at Jamestown Community College (JCC) in Olean on Veterans Day. He and his cadets had conducted the JCC Flag Pole ceremony earlier in conjunction with JCC’s Club Valor Veteran Recognition Ceremony. Following the Veterans Day luncheon at the college, the cadets were inv...
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Never Forget: Decorated World War II Veteran Nagel Shares His Story

Raymond Nagel Sr. remembers firing .50-caliber guns with each of his hands at a German submarine near the Brazilian coast with such accuracy that the enemy gun crews abandoned their stations on the doomed vessel. Nagel, a decorated World War II veteran with the United States Naval Reserve, and his family agreed to share his story to ensure that the battles fought in South America during the war are never forgotten. Now 92, Nagel remembers many of the details of that day in 1943 when he and others on a Navy patrol plane spotted a German submarine in the South Atlantic Ocean making its way...
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Author Reiter to Discuss Coming of Age During World War II

Retired public school teacher Daisy Reiter, author of “Cora, It’s War,” the story of a small-town Pennsylvania girl who comes of age during World War II, will discuss her book on Saturday at the Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center. The program, held in the Mitchell Paige Hall will begin at 2 p.m. The event is held on the anniversary of D-Day in 1944 when U.S. and Allied forces invaded Europe at Normandy, France, in the greatest amphibious landing in history. Formerly a teacher in the Philipsburg-Osceola School District, Reiter found very few materials for her fifth graders who...
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