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OOHRAH – Brig Gen William C. Chip

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) William C. Chip was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1919. His father was the famed George Chip, former middleweight boxing champion of the world, also from New Castle. William played football in 1936 and 1937 for New Castle High and went …

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Brigadier General James Van Gorder Wilson

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Another top brass of the military that hailed from Lawrence County is James V. G. Wilson who was born in Ellwood City, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1913, to Charles E. and Emma Vangorder Wilson. As a child he attended Hopewell, a one …

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Brig Gen Ralph Pope

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Ralph Michael Angelo Papa (Pope) was born in West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 22,1920 to Italian immigrants Raffaele “Ralph” and Rose (Santina) Papa. Ralph was one of nine children (eight boys and one girl). His mother died in 1928 when he was only 8 …

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THE ACE – Brig Gen Victor N. Cabas

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Victor Nicholas “Vic” Cabas was born January 15,1920 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Louis J. and Elizabeth (Tetu) Cabas, Romanian immigrants. He attended West Side, Lincoln-Garfield School, Ben Franklin and New Castle High Schools, graduating in 1938. He was the manager of the New …

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Rear Admiral George R. Muse

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Navy Rear Admiral George Read Muse was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on September 21, 1915 to Mr. & Mrs. George W. Muse. His father served in the Spanish American War and was district attorney for the county. Muse attended Arthur McGill and George …

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Wampum’s Pride: General McBride

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) The highest military rank to have been achieved by a Lawrence County resident is that of a four star general, held by General William Vincent McBride who served as the second in command of the United Sates Air Force. Born in Wampum, Pennsylvania on …

They Also Served: Women During WWII

  Guest Speaker: Ruth Fairchild Ruth Fairchild joined the Army in 1982, serving for 12 years as an Operating Room Technician in Alabama, Texas, New Jersey, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. Upon returning to New Castle, Fairchild joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars and became very involved, holding many positions at …

The Beginning of the End: D-Day & onward

Our Veterans’ Day program reflects on World War II from D-Day on June 6, 1944 through the end of WWII. Displays from our digital files & website Oral Histories Artifacts from our archives and the collection of Chuck King Short video of one local family’s remarkable journey to the place …

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Martyred – WWII the Phillipines

By Betty Hoover DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer Fifteen Years to Priesthood Thomas J. Rocks, seen here in his 1924 high school graduation photo, was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, to Hugh M. and Elizabeth Newman Rocks. The family lived on Wildwood Avenue. “Tommy” attended St. Mary’s School (1911-1920) and New Castle …

The BentProp Project: search for the MIA of WWII

On April 6, 2014, 6:30 PM at the Lawrence County Historical Society Museum, the King Beaver Archeology Society will be hosting guest speaker Reid Joyce of Valencia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Joyce will be sharing his experiences as a member of the BentProp Project. During World War II, American airmen lost their lives …