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As a youngster, Ronald Peoples stocked shelves at his family's East Side grocery store at Peckham and Monroe streets, but he also found time for sports. Raised across the street from Willert Park playground, he often joined in games of football on a gravel coated field – talk about a gridiron – and played basketball on the courts. He learned the games from "the o…

Saluting Our War Heroes

David M. Dehler had a rough life from the start. His father, a soldier serving in Germany, fell in love with a German woman and a year later Dehler was born. But Dehler's father, who was from Buffalo, returned to the United States before his birth in February 1985 and it seemed they would never know each other. His mother, Sabine Dehler, remained in Germany with h…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Uncle Sam did not have a minute to waste in seeking the services of Robert J. Mischel – or so it seemed to the 1943 South Park High School graduate. Right after graduation in June, the 18-year-old received his draft notice for World War II. He reported to the old downtown Buffalo Post Office – now Erie Community College's  city campus – and was sworn into th…

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A Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Monument in Cheektowaga Town Park. It will include an invocation by the Rev. Richard Zajac, chaplain at Sisters of Charity Hospital; the National Anthem performed by the Cheektowaga Chorale; and a Veterans Day poem by George Ross of the Cheektowaga Veterans Affairs Committee. In addition, the Pine…

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Buffalo Choral Arts Society will be performing "A Salute to Our Armed a Forces" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. The 110-voice choir directed by Marcia A. Giambrone will perform an array of patriotic songs and music that celebrate American spirit including "Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless America" and the "Ba…

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This story is about John N. Rosati and his World War II service in the Pacific Ocean on bombing runs aimed at destroying Japanese ships loaded with military personnel and equipment. But it is also a story about Rosati's family members and the patriotism they exemplified. There were seven Rosati brothers, all of whom served in WWII. Two gave their lives. Navy seam…

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Mark O'Brien of Marilla left college and joined the Marines after watching the World Trade Center towers collapse Sept. 11, 2001. It is fitting, then, that a foundation named for a New York City firefighter who died that day spent more than a half-million dollars to renovate his entire house, inside and out, making it more user friendly for the veteran who lost a leg an…

Saluting Our War Heroes

When Edward J. Lattuca Sr. was born in Italy in 1920, he was named in honor of his uncle Edward who had died fighting the Germans in World War I Ten years after Lattuca's parents moved the family to America, young Edward found himself in his own little war of sorts on the streets of Buffalo's West Side. The youngster quickly learned how to fight off neighborhood bull…

Saluting Our War Heroes

After graduating from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Chanthini Taylor-Dixon wanted to escape the cold Buffalo winters. College in Florida sounded like a great idea. But by her junior year at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, the biology major realized she would need more cash if she was going to complete her education. "I enlis…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Walter Kloc always has been ambitious and active -- even these days at 100 years old. When he attended Central Michigan University, he majored in industrial engineering and history. When  World War II started, he spotted an opportunity. Rather than be told which branch of the military to serve in as a draftee, he gave up his education and enlisted in the Army Air Forc…

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In a way, Capt. Michael E. Neufeld was reunited with the aircraft he was nearly killed in more than 45 years ago. The Vietnam War helicopter pilot was shot down Jan. 19, 1972 and survived a violent landing in a rice paddy. Neufeld died in 2011 at age 64 from the effects of Agent Orange exposure. But his family brought Neufeld's ashes Thursday from Kansas to Tonawa…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Richard J. Stachowiak desperately wanted to follow in his four older brothers' footsteps. They were all serving in World War II. Benny fought as an Army infantry sergeant in the European Theater. Frank rolled through Europe in an Army tank division. Joseph, a Marine, served in the pivotal battle at Guadalcanal in the Pacific Theater and suffered serious wounds. …

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Hamburg's Hometown Heroes banner project is accepting applications for its seventh season. The project honors veterans by placing a photo of them in uniform on a banner that is attached to a utility pole along Main and Buffalo streets between April 1 and Veterans Day. After Veterans Day, the banners are given to the soldier’s family as a keepsake. Families also are …

Saluting Our War Heroes

Jerry Lagenor dropped out of McKinley High School's sheet metal vocational program after tenth grade. He thought he would be better off working for his father's heating and air conditioning business. But when his dad closed up shop to work for a big contractor, Lagenor considered his options. There weren't many. He could continue working at his new place of employment, …