Currently browsing category

War

photo of woman in civil war ear dress

Civil War Stories by Local Historians

By Kathleen Mooney, LCHS Webmaster The Historical Society has produced a Civil War Presentation available for viewing on YouTube. Take a trip back in time and spend 12 minutes with us as you listen to local historians discuss the Civil War. They bring us snippets of life in the 1860’s through …

high school graduation photo of father thomas rocks

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 …

photo of Joe Trax with his Custer Cannon

The “Custer” Cannon & Joe Trax

By Betty DiRisio, LCHS Volunteer If we went back in time 100 years or more, no 4th of July Parade would have been complete without local Patriot Joe Trax and his Custer Cannon. A West Side resident of New Castle, Joe Trax had been a member of Company B, Second …

PFC James McClintock

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) The December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in the death of a local man. James McClintock of Wampum is believed to be the only known individual from Lawrence County to die as a result of the attack. James’ youngest brother, Elmer, had …

photo of Captain of James Lawrence

Captain James Lawrence

WHAT DOES WHAT HAPPENED 200 YEARS AGO ON LAKE ERIE HAVE TO DO WITH LAWRENCE COUNTY? By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) During the war of 1812 (our second war for independence) U.S. Navy Captain James Lawrence (photo) took command of the frigate USS Chesapeake. While leaving Boston he immediately …

photo of Everette A. Davis

All Graves are Adopted: PFC Davis at Margraten

PFC EVERETTE A. DAVIS – Netherlands American Cemetery By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Every Memorial Day we visit our local cemeteries to honor our men and women who died in the service of our Country. But there are those families who lost loved ones during WWII that are buried …

photo of John_Brettell

Died Aboard a Hell Ship: John B. Brettell

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Jack Morgan (see May 24, 2013 post) was not the only New Castle son subjected to the Hell Ships. While it is not known if the two had ever met, it appears they took their final voyages together. John B. Brettell enlisted in the …

photo of Jack Payne Morgan

One Soldier’s Journey to a Hellship: Jack Payne Morgan

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Jack Payne Morgan, son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Morgan of Harbor St., was nicknamed “Pierpont” by his New Castle High School friends after financier JP Morgan. Jack graduated in 1930, was Treasurer of his student council, and played violin in the school orchestra. …

PFC Hugh McCormick

Expressions of Gratitude: PFC Hugh R. McCormick

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Ed’s Note: on July 28, 2018, we added a 2-part YouTube video recounting this remarkable discovery  (scan to bottom of this post) We all have our own stories regarding loved ones who served this country and whom we honor on Memorial Day. The following …

photo of Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr

Forgotten Honor: Sgt. Leslie Sabo’s story

Posted by LCHS Our November 14, 2012, our Veterans’ Remembrance program features author Eric Poole presenting a free lecture for the public. He discusses the story of Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor 42 years after his death in Cambodia. This true story of …

scroll to top button