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WWII Journal: Hardship, tragedy didn't stop Marlborough woman

MARLBOROUGH – By her 30s, Rita Wright had already faced enough to last several lifetimes.<p>She was a Naval nurse during World War II, tending to …

WWII Journal: Natick's Hasgill lucky to avoid battle

NATICK – Upon hearing about the Japanese surrender in World War II, a young Paul Hasgill whooped and cheered with his fellow services members. They …

WWII Journal: Natick's Cohen dodged air raids, mines to deliver supplies to troops

NATICK � As he peers up at a model of the S.S. Edward Preble inside the well-decorated office of his Natick home, Stanley Cohen vividly recalls …

WWII Journal: Longtime Natick man helped shoot down German planes

�"A German prisoner took this photo," Arthur Fishtine said, his right hand shaking as he held the black-and-white photo of the handsome young …

WWII Journal: Franklin vet to receive medals 70 years after service

FRANKLIN � A chance meeting between Basil LeBlanc and an artist at a World War II re-enactment last year will lead to the Canadian Grenadier Guard …

WWII Journal: Milford gunner spent nearly 1,000 hours in the sky

HOPEDALE – Flipping through the pristine pages of his over 70-year-old aviator's logbook, Walter Browne stops, smiles and quietly chuckles.<p>“There’s …

WWII Journal: Milford vet recalls being injured in Battle of the Bulge

MILFORD – Crouching in a four-foot deep trench in the dense Ardennes Forest just hours into the first day of the month-long Battle of the Bulge, …

WWII Journal: Framingham's Hill crossed enemy lines to deliver orders, supplies

FRAMINGHAM – Admittedly fearful of flying, Frank Hill Jr. was distressed when told he would have to leave his trusty jeep and board a C7 plane to …

WWII Journal: Framingham's Howland one of five brothers to serve

FRAMINGHAM – A man who admittedly gets queasy at the sight of blood, Raymond Howland is fortunate he didn't have to witness the carnage on the front …

WWII Journal: In tiny craft, pilot Charles Rogers of Marlborough guided artillery

MARLBOROUGH – As Charles Rogers leans back in his armchair, tears well in his eyes and slowly trickle down his cheeks.<p>“I get emotional when I talk …

WWII Journal: Marlborough's Fortin criss-crossed Europe as a medic with the 343rd Regiment

MARLBOROUGH – The roar of German bombers’ engines in the middle of the night is a sound George Fortin won’t soon forget.<p>While stationed in Salerno, …

WWII Journal: Typhoon shook Framingham sailor

FRAMINGHAM – It wasn’t a nighttime air raid by the Japanese on Okinawa or coming face-to-face with a massive boa constrictor in the Philippines that …

WWII Journal: Open window saves Natick's Ames from injuries during bombing

NATICK – Always a lover of fresh air, Mary Ellen Crawford Ames never expected the simple act of opening a window would save her from being injured …

WWII Journal: Milford's Kupka navigated the dark woods to deliver supplies

Editor's note: Another in our weekly series profiling the men and women who served in World War II.<p>MILFORD – Weaving his way through the woods of …

WWII Journal: Northborough's Chapdelaine fought through Battle of Brest

Editor's note: Another in a series of stories profiling the men and women who served our country in World War II.<p>NORTHBOROUGH – Nasty is the only …

WWII Journal: Southborough's Berry one of four brothers to serve

SOUTHBOROUGH – Paul Berry’s voice trails off when he talks about his older brother Joseph.<p>One of the four Berry brothers of Southborough to join the …

WWII Journal: Malaria sends Franklin's Zinchuck home from New Guinea fighting

FRANKLIN – Walter Zinchuck survived a rough 23-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Australia and a handful of firefights with Japanese soldiers, …

WWII Journal: Marlborough's Zucker transported troops home from battle

MARLBOROUGH – From Gil Zucker’s two years in the Coast Guard at the tail end of World War II, one memory stands out among the rest.<p>A seaman first …

WWII Journal: Framingham's Goldberg helped map ocean floor, save lives

FRAMINGHAM – Clasping the photographer identification badge he used to gain clearance to Florida's Eglin Air Force Base, Bernard “Buddy” Goldberg …

WWII Journal: Natick's Symonds helped soldiers find homes, did clerical work in Navy

NATICK – Walking home from her job as a clerk at a Waltham office on Dec. 7, 1941, Catherine “Kit” Symonds stopped in her tracks when she overheard …

WWII Journal: Milford's DiVittorio remembers the heartache of war

MILFORD – At the height of World War II in the early 1940s, Dominic “Doc” DiVittorio watched as, one by one, his childhood friends left his …

WWII Journal: Natick's Al Blaney escaped danger in Normandy, Holland

Editor's note: Another in a continuing series of profiles of the men and women who served in World War II.<p>NATICK – Drifting beneath his parachute …

WWII Journal: Milford veteran says typewriter repair skills saved him

Editor's note: This is one in a continuing weekly series profiling the men and women who served during World War II.<p>MILFORD – Throughout his teenage …

WWII Journal: Atomic bombings brought mixed feelings to Marlborough's Van Vorse

MARLBOROUGH – Nearly 70 years later, the atomic bombings in Japan still bring mixed feelings to Lenny Van Vorse.<p>Just nine months into his tenure as a …

WWII JOURNAL: Being Jamaican-born saved Framingham's Farquharson

FRAMINGHAM – Jon Farquharson credits being born in Kingston, Jamaica as one of the main reasons he made it through World War II alive.<p>“I was not born …

WWII Journal: Milford's Jennie Kaizzi nursed soldiers back to health in France

MILFORD – Caring for soldiers wounded in the fierce battles in France during World War II was a labor of love for Jennie Kaizzi.<p>Stationed in Chaumont …

WWII Journal: Hudson native Kenneth Abbott protected airfield on Okinawa

MARLBOROUGH – As Kenneth Abbott and his fellow Marines prepared to disembark the USS Intrepid and step foot on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, the irony of …

WWII Journal: Milford's Ferrucci navigated treacherous skies above Himalayan Mountains

Editor's note: Another in a series of stories profiling local men and women who served in World War II.<p>MILFORD – Salvatore Raphael “Ralph” Ferrucci …

WWII Journal: Anzio was 'the worst' of five invasions for Hudson's Fitzpatrick

HUDSON – Breathing a sigh of relief moments after escaping a fierce German air raid unscathed during the invasion of Sicily, Thomas J. “Tom” …

WWII JOURNAL: Outgunned, Franklin's Howard Crawford captured two Germans

On April 14, 1945, Army Pfc. Howard Crawford stood atop a hill in western Germany, his only weapon a small "pea" gun, his only company the two German …