Memorial ceremony


American Legion Post 15, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 15 of Poland will conduct the Four Chaplains’ 70th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony today at the Post 15 Headquarters, 35 Courtland St.

Guest speaker is Air Force Retired Major and Chaplain Daniel Rohan of Liberty. The event will be supported by the Youngstown State Army ROTC, other veterans’ organizations and local community leaders.

The ceremony will be at the 7-foot high granite monument erected and dedicated in 1986 to the four Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other military personnel during the sinking of the Army Transport Ship Dorchester during World War II on Feb. 3, 1943.


Naval awards

Area naval personnel assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 (NMCB 11) recently were awarded the Naval Construction Force Battle “E” Award, which recognizes outstanding operational performance of its Naval Mobile Construction Battalions while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They are:

Constructionman Anna L. Parcher, daughter of Deborah A. Foltz of Jamestown, Pa., and Mark E. Parcher, of North Lawrence. Parcher is a 2010 graduate of Jamestown Area High School of Jamestown.

Petty Officer 2nd Class William M. Ferenczy, son of Linda L. and William J. Ferenczy of North Jackson. Ferenczy is a 2005 graduate of Northshore High School, Slidell, La.


Air Force: Air National Guard Airman Adam J. Harper (Minerva High School, ’12), son of Paul Harper of Homeworth Road and grandson of Betty White of Minerva; Airman Brandon Critchley (Leetonia High School, ’12), son of Sarah and Daron of Leetonia; Airman Blake T. Destasio (West Middlesex, Pa., High School, ’12), son of Susan Thomas of West Middlesex; Airman 1st Class William G. Kooyman (Boardman High School, ’12), son of Jason Kooyman of Canfield and Anne Draia of Mineral Ridge; Reserve Airman Dominic C. Netti (Canfield High School, ’12), son of Frank and Diane Netti of Canfield; Airman Justin A. Colella (Leetonia High School, ’10), son of Lance Grimes of Washingtonville and Analisa Colella of New Waterford; Reserve Airman Jesse L. Phillis (Austintown Fitch High School, ’10), brother of Jim Phillis of Youngstown.

Marine Corps: Pvt. Zachary R. Sallaz (Southeast High School, Ravenna, ’12), son of Lori and Russell Sallaz of Newton Falls; Pfc. Kaleb D. Karkow (Warren G. Harding High School, Warren, ’11), son of Rhonda L. and Kurt R. Karkow of Warren; Pvt. Joseph W. Guthrie III (Jamestown Area High School, Jamestown, Pa., ’12), son of Joseph W. Guthrie II and stepson of Christa Guthrie of Jamestown; Pfc. Kevin J. Bretz (Springfield Local High School, New Middletown, ’11), son of Lynn and Gary Bretz of New Middletown; Pvt. Nicholas E. Kessler (West Branch High School, Beloit, ’11), son of Terry E. and Tracy A. Kessler of Beloit; Pvt. Lucas B. Marcum, son of Cari D. Austin of Warren; Pvt. Joshua M. Thompson (New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa., ’12), son of Stephanie Figeroux of Leonardtown, Md., and Theodore Thompson of New Castle, Pa.; Pfc. Kyle R. Cracraft (Struthers High School, ’10), son of Christine M. Dilullo of Campbell and Gerald Cracraft of Struthers; Pvt. James B. Ludt Jr., (Struthers High School, ’10), son of Shauna Pupin and James B. Ludt Sr., both of Youngstown; Pfc. Laura L. Masters (Warren G. Harding High School, Warren, ’12), daughter of Michelle A. Pauley-Masters of Warren.

Items of note for the Armed Forces Digest can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or emailed to

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