Veterans Breakfast - 2017
WWII (1943-1947) and Korea(1950-1953) retired (1964)
Metzler McIntyre served in WWII and in Korea. He was born on 8/22/26, at Niagara Falls. He enlisted in the Navy in August of 1943. He was a chief petty officer in the Pacific theater. He served in WWII from 1943-1947. He re entered in 1950 and retired in 64. His dedication to the Navy shows his patriotism and selflessness
Vietnam War (1969-1971)
John Gaudet was born on December 9th, 1949, in Peabody Massachusetts. In 1969, John was drafted into the Vietnam War. He had his training in New Jersey, Virginia, and Arizona, before he went to Vietnam. John served in the army with a rank of E-4. During the war he lost some hearing in his ear. John felt it was hard for to come home after the war. John is now retired from the army. John service in the Vietnam war shows his selfless attitude. His service ended in 1971
Donald M Kelly
Donald M Kelly was born on May 5th,1951 in Springfield Massachusetts. He lived Peabody Massachusetts. In 1969 he enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam war. He served in the Navy from 1969 to 1973. Donald served in the Great Lakes, Canada, and many other places. Donald received a metal during his military career. Donald's service in the war is greatly appreciated by all people.
Cold War (1977-1981)
Joseph Gentlemen was born on September 11th, 1956. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. Joseph enlisted in the Navy during the Cold War. He served from 1977-1981. His rank in the navy was MMEN. He served in New Jersey on the the USS Nitro.
Global War on terrorism (1979-2009)
Jim Freedman was born in Jacksonville Florida. Jim served in the global war on terrorism. He enlisted in the Coast guard where he served on the Atlantic Coast. His service lasted from 1979-2009. Jim's rank was Cwo4. . Jim's involvement in the Coast Guard shows his dedication to freedom and his selfless attitude.
World War II
Angelo Devincenzi was born on August 20th, 1926 in Medford, Massachusetts. Although, he later grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts. He served in World War II after enlisting at age 17 at the rank of metalsmith. During his time, Angelo served in D-Day, as well as in China, Japan, Europe, and England. Angelo often worked maintenance on ships, spent some time in France cleaning the beaches, and visited the Pacific Theater in China to gather Japanese troops. He also had 4 brothers who were enlisted. One of his brothers was actually a prisoner of war in a interment camp, and Angelo was able to reunite with him at his camp in England. Angelo’s mother couldn’t write very well and wanted to send letters to her sons, so the woman who lived above her wrote the letters for his mother. Coincidentally, this his very woman became Angelo’s wife later in life. We thank Angelo Devincenzi for his time in the navy and he will forever be a hero for serving our country.
Korean War (1950-1952)
Peter Matvichuk was born on July 29th, 1931 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Matvichuk served in the Navy during the Korean war from 1950 to 1952. He was stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, Norfolk, Virginia, and his troop also took part in the Mediterranean Theatre. While on their way to the Mediterranean, his ship ran into a hurricane and did an 18 degree roll, which almost caused it to capsize. Everyone walked away with minor injuries, and Matvichuk claims, “This is when I became a true soldier.” His troop hit about every port in the Mediterranean from Portugal to Istanbul. He went on to become a third class Petty Officer, and at the end of his service, he was happy to come home to a one month old baby, and also received 2 degrees in engineering and business thanks to the G.I. Bill, which provides educational assistance to service members, veterans, and their dependents. Peter Matvichuk received awards such as the Good Conduct Medal and Korean Defenseman following his service. (Need picture)
World War II (1943-1946)
Moe Atherton was born on November 3rd, 1924. in Lynn, Massachusetts. Moe enlisted in the army during WWII. He served from 1943 to 1946. His boot camp was in North Carolina. Moe served in France, Germany, and Belgium. Moe fought in the invasion of Europe and the Battle of the Bulge. By the end of the war, he had received seven medal stars. After the war, Moe went into General electric. His education was not supported by the G.I bill. Moe spends his free time playing golf with his friends. (Need picture)
World War II (1945-1946)
Roland Seed was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 30th, 1927. He enlisted to serve in World War II, and served from 1945 to 1946. He served in the Navy at the rank of BM3, and served in the Pacific area, more specifically Guam. Though he was born in Minneapolis, he grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where he attended high school. Roland was very patriotic, so after he graduated high school, he enlisted in the Navy. He described it as a good experience with little stress. He often wrote to family, and he said the food was good. When the war ended, he was in Boston. He then paid for schooling and joined The Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was awarded the Pacific Medal and the World War II Medal, further affirming the fact that he is a hero to his country.
Kenneth Turco is a first class WWII veteran who served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was the first generation of his Sicilian family to be born in the United States where he worked to support his family by the age of 16. At 17 years old, he volunteered to serve in the Navy. He trained in New York for eight weeks and then went to California, Seattle and then to Pearl Harbor. Turco was there when the bomb was dropped in Japan. Turco was in Japan, Shanghai and South Korea with Shanghai being his favorite place. When he was in Okinawa they had a white Christmas. He was in the reserves for eight years after being discharged.
David T, DiPirro
Desert Shield Desert Storm (1977-2000)
David T. DiPirro was born on April 12th, 1958 in Somerville, Massachusetts. In April of 1977, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves. He was stationed in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Camp Darby, Italy, and Gagetown, in Canada. During the time that he was stationed, DiPirro went on to make lifelong friendships with Richard Marciniszyn, Jack Lyons, Steve Patten, and Edward Hinkel. While in Italy, DiPirro worked in a Dental Clinic with his unit, which was a part of a field hospital. Although his troop was never activated and sent overseas, he served during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, in the early 1990s as part of the war against Iraq. “I was never activated, but came very close and would have accepted any mission handed to my unit.” David DiPirro went on to become an E8, or First Sergeant before he retired in April of 2000.
Robert Bob Dunne
Name: Robert Bob Dunne
City:Peabody // State:MA // Zip: 01960
Place of birth: Brighton MA
DOB: March 1960
War served in: Mediterranean (2001-2002) // Iraq (2010-2011) // Bagaran (2014-1015)
Commissioned and Enlisted (1992-2002)
Location of service: Iraq, Bagaran, Mediterrane, Africa, Afghanistan, Spain
Awards: national defense commendation medal, 2 joint commendation ribbons, 1 navy commendation medal, 2 joint achievement awards, 4 navy awards and more..
Robert Bob Dunne
Robert Bob Dunne went to middlesex college. He was a bachelor from Salem state and master in Salem state. He served the country as an intelligence officer. An intelligence officer is someone that collects information from the place the military is headed and reports back to the commander. This is done so when the commander and other soldiers go there they will know how to act and what the culture is so no one gets offended. On most of his missions he didn’t know when he would be called to go and serve somewhere or when he would come back. Also because technology wasn’t really good it would be really hard to communicate with his family back home. Another interesting thing about the missions is that he has to keep his identity a secret in order to keep his family safe. Leaving his family sometimes was harder than usually. The hardest part in his opinion was telling his kids that he had to leave.
We are so grateful that Robert Bob Dunne has and still is serving our country. Thank you so much for your service.
Russell Bowden served as a sergeant in the “B” Battery 663 Field Artillery at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and he also served in the National Guard in Salem. After the war, Russell served in the police force for seven years before going into the industry business. He received the Soldier of the Month award and overall was an outstanding civil servant and a dedicated American citizen. We are all tremendously grateful for Mr. Bowden’s honor and integrity.
Korean War (three years in service)
Thomas Darragh served for 3 years 9 months and 2 days in the Korean War in the Navy. He was born in Everett MA. He completed his training courses at MM “A” School. Thomas was stationed on the USS Kleinsmith. A fun fact is that the 1951 movie, “The Frogmen” was made about the vessel Thomas served on. He was Second Class Petty Officer and was located throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean during his service. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. One of his favorite parts about being in the Navy as traveling especially to Paris.
World War II (1942-1946)
Robert Anderson was born in Lynn, MA. Anderson served in World War II in the European theatre for 4 years in the Army air core. He was stationed mostly in England and France. He was an AP and Eng Mech/Marksman Pistol Expert Machine Gun. Anderson was in charge of airplanes specifically he assembled air unit covers of B51s to fit over generators. He also riveted parts together and hammered and fitted the edges and sprayed them with zinc chloride. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon.
Between the Korean War (1959-1964)
John Morong served for 5 years between the years 1959 and 1964 in the United States Air Force. He was ranked E4 and was awarded with the medal of good conduct during his service time. He was stationed in various places throughout his term such as New York, Goose Bay Labrador in Canada, a base in Cape Cod, and Swindon, England. His job was the crew chief of the Boeing KC 97 and he refueled this plane as well as repaired and prepared it. He even got to fly in it one day every month! Morong looked up to his uncle who was in the service for 30 years. John liked the discipline that the service taught him and he wishes that everyone went through the service in order to learn this valuable life lesson. As a kid, John played sports such as football and hockey, but his favorite sport was baseball. He was born in Lynn and now happily lives with his wife in Peabody.
World War II (1944-1946)
George Papas was born on August 28th, 1925 in Peabody, Massachusetts on Harris Street. George originally had the name Papaconstantinou, but he changed it to Papas. George went to school at PVMHS. George enlisted into the Navy during WWII, because he knew he would drafted into the army. His service lasted form 1944 to 1946. While in the Navy he repaired planes at the West Coast. He worked for a company called Edgeston Germans housing. When the war ended, his friends joined the company. Because of George service he was supported by the G.I bill. In the Navy George made many friends that he still talks to.
Vietnam War (1966-1968)
Jerry Weinberg was born on May 24th,1947. Jerry was drafted in the army during the Vietnam War. His service lasted from October 1966-1968. In the army he had the rank of E-4. During the Vietnam war, he was in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Jerry received the Standard service award during his service
Ken Rauseo was born on December 18th, 1949 in Medford, Massachusetts. Ken enlisted in the US Air force during the Vietnam War. His service lasted from 1968-1972. While in the air force he was given the rank of Sergeant. Ken was stationed in Italy and the Philippine Islands during the Vietnam War. During his service he was awarded the Good Conduct medal. Ken’s willingness to show the Airforce shows his bravery and his selfness.
Donald Carbone was born on December 3rd, 1951 in Cambridge. During the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the Marine core. In addition his brothers served as well. Donald was given the rank lance corporal. Donald was mostly in Vietnam during the conflict. In his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart. He had received it for being injured in a fire fight. Donald's service lasted from 1969 to 1970. After the war Donald looked for a job. Also, Donald made a very good friend who he still talks to this day.
Vincent J Grifoni
Vietnam War (1968-1970)
Vincent J Grifoni was born on October 9th, 1949 in Lynnfield Massachusetts. Vincent enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Vincent enlisted in the Air Force, because he knew he would be drafted in the army. In the Air Force he go the rank of Sergeant.He served on the Stateside. Vincent felt homesick during his service, because it was around Christmas time. However, he liked the Air Force, because he did not have to experience actual combat. Vincent's service lasted from 1968-1970. In his service, he had received two medals during his career which included the Vietnam Ribbon.
Korean War (1950-1954)
John O’ Malley was born on April 1st, 1932 in Milton, Massachusetts. John served in the Korean war. He enlisted in the army. In the army he had the rank CPL. His service lasted from 1950-1954. His service in the Korean war shows his selflessness and bravery.
Korean War (1953-1954)
Charles Dimare was born on March 31st,1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. Charles started his enlistment in the Korean War on January 1st 1953. Charles served in the Navy with the class of Seaman 1st class. He served in NewPort R. I. He finished his service on December 3rd, 1954. Charles received National Defense, Korean service, and the UN Korean, and good conduct medal.
World War II (1945-1966)
John Venios was born in Peabody Massachusetts in 1927. John enlisted in the Navy during WWII. While in service he flew throughout the Pacific as a radio operator. His military rank was 18-I. John Sevice lasted from 1945-1966. John never received any awards or saw any action while in service. John did get married, but had no kids. John and his wife were on a flight for 77.5 hours on a 2p-c3w airship in August 1959
Steve Wieck was born in Oregon. Steve enlisted in the air force when the Vietnam War broke out. He served from 1972-1978. His rank while in the Air Force was 3 striper avionic specialist. He served in Cali, Florida, and Thailand. He received standard medals while in the Air Force. When in the US JR road, motorcycles, panned for gold, and skydived. He was sent to Thailand for 10 without knowing. Steve now works for excel Technology in Beverly.
Tanya Lopes was born in Peabody, Massachusetts. Tanya served in the Marine Corps from 2011-2015. Tanya served in North Carolina, France, and Spain. While in Spain he did marathon. While in service he made lots of friends, he is still friends with today. Tanya went to North Shore and came from army family.
World War II (1944-1946)
Quigley Thomas was born in August 10th, 1927 in New Bedford Massachusetts. He enlisted when he was 17. He enlisted into the Navy. His service lasted form 1944-1946. Quigley never received any medals while in the Navy. Quigley went on a 5 day trip from New York to California. HE then traveled from California to Hawaii. After that he traveled to the Pacific Coast, Japan and the Philippines. He stayed in military bases in Japan and took care of Japanese prisoners. On his way home he traveled to San Francisco, the Panama Canal, Virginia, and finally Boston. Quigley Thomas shows us his dedication to liberty and freedom.
National Guard and the army (1983-1999)
Gary Locke was born on January 1st, 1965 in Boston Massachusetts. Gary was never deployed, but he enlisted in the army and National Guard. He served from 1983-1999. He served 2 years in the army and 14 years in the National Guard. His rank was sergeant. He served in Fort Polk, Los Angeles, Germany, and Fort Knox. He received 2 army commendation medals, 2 army achievement medals, and a desert storm medal.
Vietnam War (1969-1973)
David Farley was born in Boston Massachusetts on DEcember 12th, 1950. He enlisted in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. His rank while in the Coast Guard was Seaman. David service started in 1969. He served in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Hawaii. While in Hawaii he had a new years celebration. His service ended in 1973. David played softball and Cross Country. David attended Masco. David had a Son and Daughter. His children went to Peabody High.
Vietnam and the Cuban Missile Crisis ( 1962-1966)
Dennis Melanaphy was born on February 12th, 1945. Dennis enlisted when he was 19 in the Air Force in July of 1962. Dennis was in the Air Force during the Cuban missile Crisis and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He also served in Springfield Massachusetts and Alaska. Dennis rank while in the Air Force was airman first class. Dennis was usually on Air Force bases, but served in no battles. Dennis received normal defense medals and excellent awards. While in the Air Force he made many friends. Dennis still has his dog tags for good luck. Dennis service shows his selfless in society. His service ended in July of 1962.
World War II (1945-1946)
Arthur LaBrie was fought in the army during WWII. His service started on February 1st, 1945. Arthur was part of 6th Division. Arthur served in the Philippines, Korea, and invasion of Japan of August 1945. However Japan surrendered before the US could invade it. While in the army Arthur drove the jeep for the captain. Arthur also cleaned while in the army. They would flip coin to decide who would clean. Arthur married and had two kids. Arthur remarried though. In addition Arthur had 11 grandchildren. His errice ended in 1946.
Vietnam War (1969-1973)
Harvey Reddich was born in Revere on October 5th, 1949. Harvey served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Harvey especially did not want to join the Navy. His rank while in the war was E4-sergeant. His service started in 1969. He served in Illinois, Air Force bases, presque Isle, Thailand, Guam, and Hawaii. Harvey never fought in any battles, flew above them. Harvey also repaired engines, had basic training in Texas, and refuel planes. His service ended in 1973. Harvey was hired by GE at 51. He retired in October and had a son and daughter. They both graduated from PVMHS. (Picture included)
National Guard (1962-1991)
John Stepenuck was born on June 19th, 1944 in Peabody Massachusetts. John enlisted in the National Guard from 1962. His rank while in the national guard was sergeant first class of maintenance. In 1962 he was sent to Fort DIX in New Jersey. After he was sent to Fort Sill in Oklahoma during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was then sent to Virginia for artillery training. When he worked on artillery a hot round went off and saved his squad. John then was sent to Fort Drum in NY to work on chemicals. John was then sent to a joint operating base in Gagetown and Canada. In the final years of the 90s he worked in Aviation specifically Huey's and Black Hawks for operation Desert Storm. John ended his service in 1991.
Mel Babner was born in Peabody Massachusetts. Mel was drafted into the army during the Korean War. Mel was drafted to Fort Devens. He was then sent to Fort Dixon for Basic training. After he was sent to a Fort in Texas for training and medical training. He was then sent to Japan and got seasick. Mel mostly stayed in his barracks. Mel also worked in a chemical factory. Mel thought the food was bad. Mel would play baseball with the team.
Howard Boutilier was born on June 6th 1927 in Peabody Massachusetts. Howard was drafted into the Rangers in WWII. He was drafted one day after his birthday. While in the Rangers he had the rank of Private first class. Howard trained in England, but he served in Germany. His service started in June of 1943. Howard fought in the Battle of the Breast. Howard served under lieutenant Pepper. Howard received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the good conduct medal. Howard courage and dedication to freedom are shown throughout his military career.
Walter Booth was born in Boston Massachusetts. Walter enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. His started his service in 1965 and served in Vietnam. When he was in the Air Force he had the rank of sergeant. Walter never served in any battle and did not receive any awards during his service. In the Air Force he scouted out island west of Africa. He was the first to touch down. The place he touched down is now a major airport and is used daily. C5 and C130s are used there.
Robert Allen Sousa
Gulf and Iraq
Robert Allen Sousa was born in Salem, MA on September 10, 1951. He was commissioned and enlisted in the Vietnam Era, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom Wars from January 1st, 1973 to October 10th, 2013. During his time in the Air Force, he served as a Colonel as well as a Deputy Command surgeon at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command. He met his wife at Air Force and married her on September 26, 1997. He has served in many Air Force bases, from the Lowry base in Colorado, the Shepherd base in Texas, and the Robins base in Georgia. He has also been awarded the Legion of Merit. While he was on reserve, he taught English at Bishop Fenwick. Principal Eric Buckley was even a student of his in a Freshman Honors class! Mr. Sousa collected materials and kept a journal of his reports when he worked at Medical. His best friend Bobby Driscoll, a Medtech, would play pranks on him, such as giving him a fake report. His friend Bobby would later become the godfather to his three children.