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Local Veterans Recognized at Hometown Heroes Celebration

The Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 during a special Hometown Heroes celebration at the VFW Hall in Westhampton Beach on Jan. 25. The celebration culminated the library’s yearlong initiative that recognized local veterans, both living and deceased, for their service to the country and their contributions […]

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February 8, 2018

Technical Sergeant James Dougherty: 106th Rescue Wing

Technical Sergeant James Dougherty of the 106th Rescue Wing just turned 30 this year, yet he has been a pararescueman (PJ) for eight years and served overseas five times in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. His father, Chief Master Sergeant Dougherty, was a pararescueman for the 106th and served alongside his son for […]

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November 30, 2017

Cpl. Jeffrey C. McArthur, USMC

01 February, 1967 to 21 January, 1970 Vietnam Service, 15mons. 28days Cpl. McArthur’s tour of duty in the I Corps Area of South Vietnam, the most northern area at the Demilitarized Zone, was approximately from April, 1968 to October, 1969.  He was given many diverse duties during this time. He was assigned to Marine Air […]

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November 6, 2017

Retired MSgt Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn enlisted in the Air National Guard, Westhampton Beach, in 1979. He was close to a decade out of high school and had been pursuing a degree in physics at Stony Brook University before leaving due to the ideology prevalent at the school. “I was in the doldrums and ended up working different jobs […]

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October 15, 2017

Charles Ramirez

The Beginning Those who find their direction in life can often point to one influential figure that provided the inspiration for their success. Charles Ramirez, a veteran of nine deployments to date, found his inspiration through his fourth grade teacher. “He was a fighter pilot during Vietnam and he continued to serve in the reserves,” […]

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October 7, 2017

Creighton Berry, World War II Veteran

Let’s be clear. When Creighton Berry was drafted out of Pratt Institute in his junior year, it was a different world. It was 1943. There was a black army and there was a white army, and Mr. Berry eventually ended up in the black army. But first he had an adventure. “I was drafted into […]

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August 22, 2017

James Fogarty: Vietnam Veteran

James Fogarty’s first Purple Heart came in an incident when his point man Bobby G. Swanson caught a Viet Cong bullet and later bled to death. Mr. Fogarty was grazed across the forehead and received a facial wound. In his year of leading sweeps and ambushes across the Vietnam countryside, this was his only casualty. […]

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July 6, 2017

Judge Dominic Lodato Honored

In gratitude of his service and sacrifice, the Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to Judge Dominic Lodato, a World War II veteran, at a ceremony on June 22 as part of its Hometown Heroes initiative. During the ceremony, held at the Westhampton VFW Hall and attended by fellow veterans, library representatives and public officials, Lodato […]

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June 27, 2017

Dominic Lodato, World War II Veteran

When Dominic Lodato first served on the bench, he was assigned the David Berkowitz, AKA Son of Sam, case. Berkowitz told his lawyer he was going to put a curse on him. Judge Lodato was presiding over the civil case in which the victims were suing Berkowitz. “He was one nasty fellow,” Judge Lodato said. […]

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June 12, 2017

Benedict Larson, World War II Veteran

When Ben Larson died last year in March, he was eight days shy of his ninety-first birthday. These were years well-lived. In March 1925, Ben was born in Westhampton Beach and graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 1942, at age 17. He spent World War II serving in the Navy from 1943 through 1946. […]

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June 6, 2017