Westhampton Free Library
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In gratitude for their service and sacrifice, the Library community will recognize local veterans throughout 2017. Stop by the Library to learn about our Hometown Heroes project and find out how you can reach out to a veteran through local service organizations.

 

Retired MSgt Tom Quinn

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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 … [Read more…]

Charles Ramirez

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,” … [Read more…]

Creighton Berry, World War II Veteran

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 … [Read more…]

James Fogarty: Vietnam Veteran

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. … [Read more…]

Dominic Lodato, World War II Veteran

Dominic Lodato

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. … [Read more…]

Benedict Larson, World War II Veteran

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. … [Read more…]

Arma Andon, Former Mayor and World War II Veteran

Arma Andon, Former Mayor and World War II Veteran

This year this VFW Post also lost its longtime commander, Ham Andon, who died peacefully at home one month short of his 98th birthday. Andon was a highly decorated World War II veteran, who earned two Purple Hearts with Cluster, a Bronze Star with Cluster, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Austrian Medal of Honor and … [Read more…]

Hometown Heroes Remembered

Hometown Heroes Remembered

As part of its Hometown Heroes initiative, the Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to four veterans at a ceremony at VFW Post 5350 on May 25. During the posthumous ceremony, the service and sacrifices of Arma “Ham” Andon, William “Bud” Kavan, Ben Larson and Frank Matthews were recognized. Their family members were presented with an … [Read more…]

Marine Sgt. Paul Haines: Vietnam Veteran

Marine Sgt. Paul Haines: Vietnam Veteran

In gratitude of his service and sacrifice, the Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to Marine Sgt. Paul Haines, a Vietnam veteran, at a ceremony on April 27 as part of its Hometown Heroes initiative. In front of fellow veterans, library representatives and public officials, Haines was presented with a proclamation and bestowed the Vietnam 50th … [Read more…]

Sherri L. Huppert-Grassie – Chief Master Sergeant

Sherri L. Huppert-Grassie - Chief Master Sergeant

Women’s History Month, March 2017 Sherri L. Huppert grew up in Shirley where she graduated from William Floyd High School in 1988. After graduation, in 1989, she was employed as a civilian federal technician, working Inventory Management, for the Air National Guard at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach. Her future husband, Eugene Grassie, … [Read more…]

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