Wreaths across America 2020
Information on veteran named Harry J. Schmitt
(the following article is information the Post received via email)
Subject: I hope to contact men who served in my uncle;s 98th FIS
Hello, I write to you as someone whose uncle died while serving in the Air Force in 1958. I am an experienced historian who is writing a book on my uncle and hope communicate by phone, email or via correspondence with men who served in my uncle’s 98th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. I have been advised by a retired Air Force officer I interviewed that the only chance I have of interviewing men who served in the squadron would be to contact American Legion Posts located near Air Force Bases where the squadron was stationed. I was told that Air Force officers often retire near where they last served. Since the 98th was stationed at Suffolk County Air Force Base I have emailed you in the hope that you may be able to tell me if any members of your post served in the 98th and would be willing to communicate with me.
Please allow me to tell you a little about my uncle, Harry J. Schmitt. He graduated from the Queens College, New York Air Force ROTC program and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on June 20, 1956.
In Memoriam - Frank DePergola
|May 11, 1932 to April 3, 2020|
Dear Post Members, on Friday, April 3, 2020, Post member, Frank DePergola, passed away and reported to Post Everlasing. Frank DePergola, was a kind and gentle man. I first met Frank, at our Post meetings and he would also help the American Legion during their veteran fund rasing drive at the old Holmers Service Station in Merrick (now the B.P. service station) during the month of May. I got to know more about Frank DePergola, when he was the Grand Marshall for the Merrick's Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Memorial Day of 2013 (i.e. 5/27/2013). Post member Frank DePergola will be sorely missed.
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