Rear Admiral George R. Muse

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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…

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Wampum’s Pride: General McBride

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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…

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They Also Served: Women During WWII

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  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.…

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The Beginning of the End: D-Day & onward

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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…

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Martyred – WWII the Phillipines
Thomas J. Rocks
New Castle High School
1924

Martyred – WWII the Phillipines

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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…

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The BentProp Project: search for the MIA of WWII

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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…

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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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…

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All Graves are Adopted: PFC Davis at Margraten
PFC Everette A. Davis
92nd Chemical Battalion, Company B
US Army, WWII

All Graves are Adopted: PFC Davis at Margraten

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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…

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Died Aboard a Hell Ship: John B. Brettell
Lt. Col. John Brettell
US Army
WWI and WWII

Died Aboard a Hell Ship: John B. Brettell

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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…

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One Soldier’s Journey to a Hellship: Jack Payne Morgan
Jack Payne Morgan
US Navy
Attached to 4th Marines
WWII

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

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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…

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Expressions of Gratitude: PFC Hugh R. McCormick
PFC Hugh McCormick

Expressions of Gratitude: PFC Hugh R. McCormick

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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…

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