Support our Troops: Tom Schad Marine Corps Reserve 

        Dignity Home Care Professionals is a veteran-owned, family-run elder care service.  Co-owner, Tom Schad followed in his family’s footsteps when he decided to serve his country.  “I was compelled to join the military due to the many family members who served, both my grandfathers in World War II, a great uncle in the Korean War, an uncle in Vietnam and several cousins who served in the liberation of Kuwait from Iraq in the early 1990s,” Tom said.  [Read more…]

Arthur E. Inks  Serviceman on the SS Dorchester 

 

           Last month, in our Support Our Troops column, we featured a World War II story on four Army chaplains who perished on the SS Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943.  After the ship was torpedoed they helped soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own lifejackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.  [Read more…]

The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Four Chaplains 

By Paula Green 

“As I swam away from the ship, I looked back. The flares had lighted everything. The bow came up high and she slid under. The last thing I saw, the Four Chaplains were up there praying for the safety of the men. They had done everything they could. I did not see them again. They themselves did not have a chance without their life jackets.”      — Grady Clark, survivor  [Read more…]

Support our Troops: Anthony “Tony” Iole 

By Paula Green 

           Germany started World War II by invading Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The battle raged on for six long years, and on Sept. 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered, which ended World War II.  [Read more…]

Irene Kierski – WWII POW Veteran Honored with Quilt of Valor 

        When most people hear the word POW (prisoner of war), they often think of men, but that is not always the case. This month, we introduce you to Irene Kierski, 91, of Wilkins Township, who is the oldest living female POW from World War II in the Pittsburgh area. She served in the Polish Army for four years under the command of the British.  [Read more…]