WORLD WAR II VETS: GIVE ‘EM HELL, HAROLD AND WILLIE

November 5, 2010
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Harold Higgins, seated, is honored.

Harold Higgins, seated, is honored.

Jumping the gun on the upcoming Nov. 11 Veterans Day, The Friends of the 4th, La Verne VFW Post 12034, the La Verne Chamber of Commerce and their many friends and supporters on Friday afternoon honored and saluted World War II veterans Harrold Higgins and William Bennett in a moving, patriotic tribute to the two men who now reside at the La Verne Manor.

Higgins, a relatively new resident at the La Verne Manor, served in the European theater. Meanwhile, Bennett, 89, a regular each morning at Miss Donuts in La Verne, served as a radio operator in World War II, specializing in Japanese code-monitoring.
 

William Bennett didn't need a microphone as he shared memories of his induction into Uncle Sam's outfit.

William Bennett didn't need a microphone as he shared memories of his induction into Uncle Sam's outfit.

Each honoree was invited to share some of his wartime experiences. Said Bennett, a musician before he was drafted and ordered to report to Fort Dix for duty, “The only instrument I had down there was my M1.”

Knowing that Bennett still consumes his daily coffee with military precision at 0900, Chamber member Paul Saurenman, of Pacific Oil Coolers, worked out an arrangement with the donut shop owner to pick up Bennett’s tab for the remainder of the year.

Also on hand for the early Veterans Day festivities was Carl Harstine, who over the summer drew a large crowd to his home, where the veteran was given a new flag pole and flag after two of his early flags had been vandalized. Other veterans honored included Bennie Pappan, a Navy WAVE, and William Moore, a U.S. Army veteran.

On Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., Holy Name of Mary Parish in San Dimas, California will be celebrating a Veterans’ Day Mass, followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.

All veterans, past and present, will be honored. Please bring a photo of your military loved one to be placed in front of the altar during Mass. Holy Name of Mary encourages all military men and women to wear their uniforms, if possible.

All ages and all faiths are welcome to attend this celebration of honor and patriotism.
Then on Thursday, Nov. 11, VFW Post 12034 will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Hall, located on the southeast corner of Bonita and Wheeler.

Flags at the ready.

Flags at the ready.

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3 Responses to “WORLD WAR II VETS: GIVE ‘EM HELL, HAROLD AND WILLIE”

  1. GREAT JOB PETER. tHE GREATEST GENERATION IS SLOWLY DYING OFF AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AS MUCH AS WE CAN. WITHOUT THEIR DEDICATION AND DRIVE WE ALL MIGHT BE SPEAKING GERMAN RIGHT NOW.!!

  2. IT’S NICE THAT THE COMMUNITY COMES OUT AND HELPS US THANK THESE VETS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. WE TRY TO HONOR WW II VETS THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH.

  3. Peter, Your article was well written and very timely. Although I was not able to make the celebration of our Vets, having had a father that was a POW for over 4 years during WWII, I appreciate that you featured the few remaining brave men and women that protected our Country so many years ago. By you, bringing our Vets to the forefront reminds us that they are still with us and they need to be recognized for their accomplishments during our time of need. Thank you for being the person to do that. We must not forget. Joe

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