Lest We Forget: North Rockland’s World War Two War Dead

From an article in the Rockland County Times May 27th, 1948

 

KILLED IN ACTION-ARMY

Pfc. David Hirsch of GarnervilIe. Presumed dead as the result of action on Bataan, the Philippines. Last heard from in April, 1942

Sgt. Axel J. Halgren of Lincoln street. Killed in action in the Pacific in Nov., 1942. Army Air Force.

Charles R. Lewis of Stony Point. Killed in action in the Southwest Pacific Jan. 24, 1943. Infantry.

Staff Sgt. Gerard J. Harrigan, 15lh Air Force, of Haverstraw, killed in action in Italy April 28, 1944.

Pfc. James Jones, 4th Infantry Division, of Garnerville, killed in action in France June 15, 1944.

Pfc. Vincent Lawless, 4th Infantry Division, of Haverstraw, killed in action in France June 8, 1944.

Pfc. Joseph Delloro. 9th Infantry Division, of West Haverstraw, killed in action in France June 12, 1944.

Sgt. William P. Kinsman, 4th Infantry Division, of Garnerville, killed in action in France June 21, 1944.

Pfc. William D. Huott, 4th Infantry Division, of Haverstraw, killed in action in France June 24, 1944.

Sgt. Walter L. Herdman, 4th Infantry Division, of West Haverstraw, killed in action in France June 24, 1944.

Lt. Alexander M. Cameron, 35th Infantry Division, of West Haverstraw, killed in action in France July 15, 1944,

Lt. Daniel J. Griffin, 9th Air Force, of Haverstraw, killed in action in Europe July 18, 1944.

Lt. Joseph I. Shankey, 82nd Airborne Division, of West Haverstraw, killed in action in France July 1, 1944.

Pfc. James Francis Brems, infantry, of Haverstraw, killed in action in France August 13, 1944.

Pfc. John W, Kwiecinski, 8th Infantry Division, of West Haverstraw, killed in action in France August 21, 1944.

Pfc. William Skerry, 29th Infantry Division, of Stony Point, killed in action in France August 31, 1944.

Lt. William B. Hoke, infantry, of Tomkins Cove, killed in action in France, September 9, 1944.

Pfc. Anthony J. Bronico, 29th Infantry Division, of Haverstraw, killed in action in Germany October 4. 1944.

Pfc. Joseph P. Vranisky, lOOth Infantry Division, of Haverstraw, killed in action in France December 4, 1944.

Pfc. Charles Heck. 5th Armored Division, of Garnerville, died of wounds received in Germany December 12, 1944.

Pfc. George J. Mead, 70th Infantry Division, of Garnerville, killed in action in France January 4, 1945.

Pfc. Charles S. Malone, 80th Infantry Division, of Garnerville, killed in action in Luxembourg January 21, 1945.

Pfc. Donald W. Hurd, 3rd Infantry Division, of Garnerville, killed in action in France January 25, 1945.

Pfc. Louis C. Jones, 2nd Infantry Division, of Haverstraw, killed in action in Germany February 6, 1945,

Pfc. John Barnes, Ninth U. S. Army, of Garnerville, killed in action in Germany February 7, 1945.

Lt. John J. Ducey, 11th Armored Division, killed in action in Luxembourg February 16, 1945.

Pfc. Joseph F. Mackey, 1st Infantry Division, of Garnerville, killed ill action in Germany March 27. 1945.

Pfc. George E. Rose, Infantry, of Willow Grove, killed in action in Germany May 2, 1945.

KILLED IN ACTION—NAVY

Anthony William Ferracane, yeoman, second class, of Broadway. Lost at sea aboard the U. S. S. Simms, May 7,1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

William Michael Coyne, seaman, second class, of Haverstraw. Lost at sea aboard the U. S. S. Juneau, Nov. 13, 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Harry Everett Robbins, pharmacist’s mate, third class U. S. M. C., of Coolidge avenue. Killed in action on Saipan, June 14, 1944.

Clarence 1. Miller, chief water tender of Stony Point. Killed in action in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, Oct. 16, 1944.

MISSING IN ACTION—NAVY

Clifford Slater, chief motor machinist’s mate, Tomkins Cove.

DIED IN ACTION—MARINES

Sgt. John J. Easton of Roselle, N. J., formerly of Stony Point, killed in action on Guam in July 1944.

LOST AT SEA -MERCHANT MARINE

William Gordon Jr, Garnerville. Lost at sea aboard the SS Halo on May 20, 1942, torpedoed by U-506 in the Gulf of Mexico.

DIED IN SERVICE—ARMY

John Henry Clark of Stony Point. Died at Cochran Field, Macon, Ga., Jume 5, 1942. Attached to military police.

Pvt. Charles W. Wenzel of Tomkins Cove. Died of spinal meningitis at Fort McClellan, Ala., Feb. 21, 1943. Infantry.

Lt. Sol. Simenovsky of Broadway. Died of leukemia at Post Hospital, Fort Slocum, N. Y., Feb. 24, 1943.

Pvt. Ralph P. Picariello of Edgar street. Died April 30, 1943, at Buckley Field, Denver, Col., as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

Pfc. Raymond Baumeister of Stony Point, who died in a hospital at Atlantic City, September 20, 1943.

Pfc. Donald Joseph Ryder of Clove avenue. Died at Rhoads General Hospital, Utica, N. Y., Jan. 10, 1945. Flown home from 1st Army front, where he served with 28th General Hospital.

Pfc. Andrew Gdula of Union street. Died of natural causes in the station hospital at Romulus Army Air Field, Romulus, Mich., August 20. 1945. prior to discharge after 18 months overseas with 8th Air Force.

DIED IN SERVICE—NAVY

Walter Herbert Allison, motor machinist first class, of Stony Point, who died of infantile paralysis at a South American Naval Base hospital in June 1944.

Robert Dowd, of Partition Street, pharmacists’ mate, first class, who died in the Oakland, Ca. Naval Hospital. September 25, 1945.

CIVILIAN—DIED IN MILITARY PURSUIT

Frank Ludvig of Division street. Died Feb. 3, 1943, when a ship of civilian workers bound for Greenland was torpedoed in the Atlantic.

 

 

Memorial

Plaque

The Story

At Haverstraw Station 1943

     In early 1943, a group of Citizens erected a Roll of Honor listing all then serving in World War Two. This Roll of Honor was located adjacent to the main entrance of the Haverstraw High School.

That Liberty Shall Not Perish From The Earth

     Weeping willow trees were planted each year on Arbor Day in memory of those who passed. Those willow trees, in line behind it, were along the tracks of the Erie right of way.

They Died So That We May Live

     In time, the Roll of Honor began to show signs of wear and tear and was dismantled in the 1970’s. Later, the citizens of the Haverstraw Community erected a Memorial and then Plaque in the Clock Park at the corner of New Main Street and Maple Avenue.

We Will Never Forget

 

 

 

The Names

To Those of the Village of Haverstraw

James Brems

Hudson Avenue

Private First Class US Army

August 13, 1944 France

Anthony Bronico

5 Conklin Avenue

Private First Class US Army

October 4, 1944 Germany

William Coyne

57 Broadway

USN Seaman 2nd Class USS Juneau

November 13, 1942 South Pacific

Robert Dowd

7 Partition Street

US Navy Seaman

John Ducey

1 Prospect Street

Lieutenant  US Army

February 16, 1945 Luxembourg

Anthony Ferracane

64 Broadway

USN Yeoman Second Class

May 7, 1942 Coral Sea  U.S.S. Sims

Andrew Gdula

24 Union Street

Private First Class US Army Airforce

August 20, 1945

Daniel Griffin

158 West Street

Lieutenant US Army Air Force

July 18, 1944

A. John Halgren

19 Lincoln Street

SGT. US Army Air Force

 

November 1942 Pacific

Gerard Harrigan

Staff Sergent Army Air Force Europe

April 28, 1944 Italy

William Huott

100 Hudson Avenue

Private First Class US Army

June 24, 1944 France

Louis Jones

13 Warren Ave

Private First Class US Army

February 6, 1945 Germany

Vincent Lawless

West Side Avenue

Private First Class US Army

June 8, 1944 France

Ralph Picariello

10 Edgar Street

Private First Class US Army

April 30, 1943

Harry Robbins

19 Harding Avenue

Pharmacist Third Class USMC

June 14, 1944 Saipan

Donald Ryder

148 Clove Avenue

Private First Class US Army

January 10, 1945 Utica, New York

Sol Simenovsky

43 Broadway

Lieutenant US Army

February 24, 1943 Fort Slocum, New York

Joseph Vransky

7 Pratt Street

Private First Class US Army

December 4, 1944 France