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June 1-16, 2010


I went to La Salle and G'town was great...I do remember Imhof's. I toook a girl out to dinner there and barely had enough money to pay but it was a nice restaurant. A documentary about Germantown would be fantastic.
Gary, Toms River, NJ [06-16-2010]

attention, joe leone and raymond dawes i was able to contact the son and daught er-in-law of ronald mamzo. ron placed away in november of 2002. ron had 1 son and 6 daughters and 13 grand children
Bud Ballard [06-16-2010]

The Gangs and riots, to include those beatings we read of today have been occurring in Gtn for some time. I remember those days (60s-70s) when Gtn High School let out we would flee the streets until they all passed by. Being a white minority in my neighborhood I personally suffered beatings from groups of black kids. It was never one on one but mostly five or more of them to one of me. I learned the tricks of avoidance and selected alternate routes when going to the grocery store. I was in Gtown when the Haines Street, Somerville, Brickyard, and others gangs were at their peak. I remember one specific incident when the Haines Street gang swept towards our homes at High and Magnolia. There were flying bricks, bottles, and the loud sound of broken glass. It all went down very fast. Everybody headed for the hills except for one neighbor who emerged at his front door in his tank top like Ramboo, blasting away with his rifle in the air. I stared in amazement as this Moses parted the sea of hoodlums with gunfire. It remained relatively quiet in our neighborhood for some time after that. There was also the time when I was being jumped by a bunch of black kids only to be rescued by another group. And some, who saw the tenacity of me walking through their turf, gave way to safe passage. I am not trying to be a racist or pin black vs. white. I am just telling the truth how it went down in my neighborhood during the late 60s and early 70s.
Ed, Chester, VA [06-16-2010]

John, it could also be that a lot of learning time was wasted on the "discipline" A good educator does not have to resort to harsh discipline. It seems that the manner of discipline mentioned here may have been more disruptive to learning than the children who were being disciplined.
anonymous [06-16-2010]

To Helen Leone D'Angelo,I'm glad to hear from an honest person.There are many others out there who don't want to share their experiences-I don't why??Lou G
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-16-2010]

The Ron Manzo that lives in the Feasterville/Holland area had 4 or 5 daughters. One named Roseanne, can't remember the others ( a senior moment ) as I haven't seen them since around '88 . His wife at the time was named Anne Marie, don't know if they're still together. She was a friend of mine, we worked together. I only met Ron once or twice. I believe he was a painter. If any of this helps.
John DiRenzo [06-16-2010]

It happened a long time ago on this day June 15, 1959. Some of my peers may recall the three day manhunt--biggest of its time--for two desperadoes out of Germantown: the Coyle brothers, Will 22 and John 24 were tracked and surrounded in a swamp near Middleboro, Massachusetts. The news media was all over this breaking story in what was then its version of 24/7. A part of me wanted the brothers (who had lived behind the Band Box theater on Armat St.) to elude the police like D.B. Cooper who had parachuted out of an airplane with $200K of ransom and was never heard from again. That was until I learned that their crime spree, which had started ten days prior with the abduction of a center city resident, Wm Sedgewich, 49, and included the murder of officer James Kane who had confronted them stealing a bottle of milk. After learning this I knew we were dealing with murderous characters such as the writer Thuman Capote described in his classic novel "In Cold Blood", this about another murder that occurred in Kansas, also in 1959. He could have easily have selected this case and made the Coyle brothers even more infamous. The manhunt culminated after three days with the death of Will and the surrender of John. When asked what they should do with the body of Will, John answered "You shot him. You bury him." And he said it...in cold blood.
kevin mckernan, Santa Barbara, CA. [06-16-2010]

Re: Little Flower girls and North guys - It was always a thrill whenever it snowed and PTC was running slow - you knew a lot of the LF girls would be at Broad and Erie. It seemed we all congregated at Lintons until the trollies started running again. If you saw a girl in a maroon uniform you knew she would be beautiful !
Anon., 61 Brickyarder [06-16-2010]

We put the Doo Wop at Penns Landing on Sept 11th on our calander.. Sounds like a good time for a good cause..
Erda (Armstrong) Graham, From the Westside of Germantown [06-16-2010]

Even us poor public kids In Gtown HS had writing composition and oral reports. We also went on to college without being required to attend a prep school in advance. This was all contrary to the public opinion, back then, that the catholic HS education was far superior to the rest which I believed for many years till now. This wont mean much to many people today but growing up in the early 60s we were looked down upon by many of our CD friends.
anonymous [06-16-2010]

J. Fleming, I guess if you get hit up side the head you will learn more. You only get what you put in, no matter what school you attend.
Public School Kid [06-16-2010]

Back in the day corporal punishment was the order of the day in both public and parochial schools. I was acting up in kindergarten at Fitler and the teacher smacked me around. At St. Francis one nun could easily control a class of 60 students no problem because anyone who acted up got hit and smacked around. At home we were smacked by our parents if we did something wrong. We were taught in both public and private schools and at home the difference between right and wrong and we are better persons for it. Today, the environment has totally changed; the amount of violence in today's schools and streets bongles the mind and it all goes back to no more corporal punishment.I'm not talking child abuse where you are BEAT but simple coporal punishment. And there are decent people who still live in Germantown and it's a shame they have to live in constant fear. Society should return to the old days.
Mark L. Bambrick, raised in g-town 1960-1970. [06-16-2010]

To BeBe Rossi-All your buddies from GTN.would like to hear from you!To name a few,Lou Giorno-Frank Forgione Frank Margiotti Dante Guerrera-et al. Are you ever coming back for a visit? Contact us by email or go to this Gtn. web site.PS-did you know that Jack Walsh is in bad shape? Lou Giorno
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-16-2010]

Bud There is a Ronald Manzo 68 years old in feasterville but no phone number. Might be his son in dublin. Ronald age 44 shows he did live in feasterville.
Raymond Dawes [06-14-2010]

Lou, I never thought of it as harassment by the boys on the buses going to and from school, I thought it was fun when I was lucky enough to be on with them. Little Flower girl, '60
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [06-14-2010]

Anon 6-13, I beg to differ with your statement that nothing much has changed with the current wars. We now have an all volunteer force instead of a draft. The people that are in now have enlisted on their own and want to serve. You have more of a cross section of our population serving today. Some people say we should bring the draft back on a smaller scale. There is some benefits to that with enlistments running out.
anonymous [06-14-2010]

My comment concerning students of Catholic schools being better "prepared" for college then their public school counterparts, was in no way meant to be demeaning to public school or students. I was only referring to the fact that I think because of the discipline in Catholic schools, while some times quite severe, made learning more conducive to learning. Naturally its up to the student and their parents as to how much they learn.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay Florida [06-14-2010]

I can't believe that not one of you LF girls responded to the harassment that occured on the busses &trollies by NC guys-are too old to remember??
Lou Giorno, LOU from North Wales [06-13-2010]

During my years at CD, I may not have been required to write term papers or to have submitted essay exams; but I was required to learn valuable life lessons..... perseverance, patience, orderliness, self-control, discipline, respect. These qualities, instilled in us by the "good sisters", are valuable assets when applied in society and in the work force. There were many times in my life when I put these tools to good use and was rewarded for doing so. Take care.
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; cdhs 59, ic 55 [06-13-2010]

Anon of 06-11 message regarding draft boards targetting working class. I know this to be a fact. I have seen statistics that show the casualties in Vietnam were born not by the middle or wealthy classes but by the poor working classes. The stats show that more ethnic minorities died than whites pro ratio to the general population. Looking at the names posted by Prof McKernan it appears that it was Irish immigrant families and a few Italians who bore the brunt of the death in Germantown. But I also see that Edison High has the highest killed from their school(54) in the entire nation-and I recall Edison to be a largely black community. Whatever, immigrants and blacks bore the the hurt-and that is always the way of the world in war.Who profited by that insanity-DOW Chemical and other war industries. What Eisenhower called the "Military Industrial Complex". What has chaged? Not much to wit Iraq and Afgan wars. When will they ever learn? Reember the mamas and papas song? So true today.
anon [06-13-2010]

Being a graduate of Germantown HS, I don't appreciate the suggestion that my education or preparedness for college was in any way inferior to that of the Parochial School.
anonymous [06-13-2010]

Lou Giorno not only did I marry a girl from Little Flower, I married a girl from St. Francis, we were in first grade together. SFA '64', NC, LF '68'. We married in march of '69' been married ever since, 5 kids, 10 grand kids.
Richard Pio, Ocala, Fl. area. 59 born and bred in G-Town 1950-1995 [06-13-2010]

Charlie F. - that is a sad commentary of an aspect of life in Germantown today. We had similar problems in the late 60's. Originally, St. Francis of Assisi and Fitler were dismissed at the same time in the afternoon. For the St. Francis students who passed Fitler on our way home there would be fights, shake downs and general intimidation. I must admit that we St. Francis kids were usually on the short end of the outcomes and typically ended up in the role of victim. The school responded by dismissing us earlier and instructing us to go directly home. That was one bit of "Sisterly" advice heeded without exception. I'm sure there is plenty of blame to go around regarding the current state of humanity in Germantown but in general is is never a good idea to let the inmates run the asylum. We should also not lose sight that the vast majority of current Germantown residents are decent, hardworking people trying to make the most of their lives (as did we). They deserve to live in peace with every opportunity to aspire (as did we).
Mike Buchanan, Kennett Township, Chester County [06-13-2010]

Michael Poxon: You have discovered one of my favorite venues-the Great Germantown Web-site. By dint of this site,I have reconnected with many friends from my youth. I do recall your bachelor's party where you met many of my friends from G-town. I was so fortunate to have grown up in Germantown where so many good people lived. You lived in a nice part of Germantown-Blue Bell which is near Fairmount Park. Many people on this site went sledding at Blue Bell Hill. You were married at The Unitarian Church of Germantown at Wayne&Lincoln Drive. Connie Mack of The Philadelphia A's had lived in that area. Marita[wife] was a member of The Germantown Cricket Club. You and Marita have a connection with libraries,train-stations and old mansions. I remember having lunch with you at a Cafe near Oak Lane Train-station. I lived near The Queen-Lane Train Station and in my callow youth,I hung out at 333 W. Queen Lane[Crane's Tavern]. There has been a lot of chatter on this site about CD -a great Catholic Institution that Marita attended which gave her the foundation for a great professional career. I wish you and Marita good fortune in your new advocation-Noblesse Oblige.
John Bruce Schmitt [06-13-2010]

My side of the Kastner Family (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxTC-aBebM
Diana Castner Woodcock, I am a descendant from Paul Kastner Germantown family [06-13-2010]

to Rich, Yes I believe he had a brother named Pete, and a sister named Rebecca. Also remember 2 brothers in a wheelchair Maybe you can help me finding Harry?
anonymous [06-13-2010]

5th Annual Vets Doo Wop, Penns landing September 11, 2010. 12:30 - 7:00 pm Admission is free so please please make a donation. The Chantels are among the performers (Look in my eyes) Please come out and show your support! attended last year. A good time for a great cause!
G. Chatburn [06-13-2010]

Joe Graber, The DO WOP festival is Sept. 11, at Penn Landing."A great time for a great cause"Hope to see a lot of Germantowner there.
Mike Garvey [06-13-2010]

The Doo-Wop Concert at Penn's Landing to benefit all Veterans will be held Sept. 11, 2010. Great music for a great cause.
Dave Linn [06-13-2010]

Bud,I tried a few times to reach Ronnie Manzo and all I could find out was that he lived in Willow Grove.
joe Leone [06-11-2010]

From today's Daily News about the unrest of today's youths: Germantown High
Jose Colon was assisting a customer at his Germantown Avenue appliance shop when he heard a crash, then a scream. He spun around and saw the head of a student sticking through the window, blood gushing where huge shards of glass were protruding from his neck . About a dozen students who stood outside, yanked the boy out of the window and continued to pummel him until cops arrived, he said. That brutal attack two weeks ago has almost become indicative of dismissal time on the "Ave," where the problem has gotten so bad that police suggested storeowners temporarily close up shop when school lets out, said one shopkeeper who declined to give her name. "Man, those kids are crazy," said Colon, who keeps a machete under the counter since the incident. "They just threw him through the window, took him out and kept beating him up." Other besieged shopkeepers and residents near Germantown and Chelten avenues are fed up. "It's like hell," said Walgreen's employee Yolanda Ivery, 37, who watched a girl get jumped in the store last year. In another incident, two months ago, she saw a police officer get jumped and beaten with his own billy-club by a gang of about 50 teens after school. Inside a nearby deli, Georgia Brown-Thompson, 88, didn't make it home in time to avoid the flood of students one recent afternoon. "When they get out [of school], I don't like to be out here," she said, looking out at a group of students who were cursing and pushing one another into the street. "I sit on my porch, watch them and wait." Radames Lillo, who keeps a "nightstick" under the counter at the men's clothing store where he works, yells at students who get too close to the store's front windows. His boss also had to shell out $400 to fix a window that broke after a group of students heaved a teen into it. "At 3, I leave whatever I'm doing to go outside and stand watch," he said. "They're messing with people's livelihood."
Charlie F [06-11-2010]

Full article

lou giorno, i married a little flower girl . mary jane from mt airy .we have been married for 50 yeasr this past sept . love her and would do it all over again . have 4 great children and 7 beautfull grand children .little flower girls were and are the best !
FRANK MARGIOTTI, north wales [06-11-2010]

to anonymous did he have a brother pete peters. ?
rich, Huntingdon Valley [06-11-2010]

Rosemarie Hite Malageri-I recall you as sweet "Ro-Ro". You are right. This memorial to the Germantown Vietnam Vets is long overdue. When I began this my plan was simply to get a complete list of all the area lads who lost their lives in Vietnam for this past Memorial Day. The list is being compiled-and it is growing, thanks to the readers of this site. The second part of the project will be challenging-getting the city officials to agree to a site where the memorial can be placed and obtaining the necessary funding. The Phila. Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America have offered me some advice which I am pursuing. Anyone with information on names or ideas for the success of the project contact me on my email: mckernanj@ecu.edu
Jim McKernan, Professor, Greenville, NC [06-11-2010]

Harry, I am grateful to Erda Armstrong Graham for giving me your brother's name. I found the details on the "Virtual Wall".
Jim McKernan, Professor Greenville NC [06-11-2010]

Joyce Ruggero, thank you for the information regarding Joseph Francis Schimpf (RIP). I have located the information and put him on our Germantown Vietnam Memorial list.
Jim McKernan, Professor,Greenville NC [06-11-2010]

Lou Giomo: Little wonder you met and married a girl from Little Flower (Congratulations!). We were all swimming in the same pool back in the day. It's not like we were meeting and dating girls from California or Texas. Little Flower, my own sisters' alma mater, was almost the only source for girls available for a period of time...if you wanted to stay within the faith. I found my own mate out of the Fiji Islands, a princess schooled by the sisters of St. Joseph within a convent school...a long way from Little Flower. But judging how my sisters turned out, I think Little Flower rocks!
kevin mckernan, Santa Barbara, age 65 [06-11-2010]

OOOppps ---Flyers, but what a ride..Go Flyers!
Ed, Chester, VA [06-11-2010]

Far to many men died and wounded from our neighborhood. I was drafted in 1964 and remember reporting down to the draft board and they stated that Phila was a prime target for the draft. My dad said that the same happened during WW2. They tried to clean out all of the neighborhoods in phila with the draft, especially germantown was targeted and had their own selective service rep assigned.
anonymous [06-11-2010]

Hello Bruce Schmitt. So this is where you hang out. My wife, Marita Krivda, was good friends with Bruce's wife (RIP) for many years and Bruce took me to Mace's Crossing, amongst other of his favorite haunts, for a final bachelor's night out before I married Marita. Marita is part of a large Catholic family, with six siblings, including one who graduated valedictorian of his class at LaSalle. Joe (RIP) talked his way into Univ of Penna School of Medicine when he happened to bump into the Dean while strolling across the Penn campus. They had a very pleasant conversation and the Dean found out who he was and invited him to apply. Anyway, Marita has a book contract to publish old photos of Oak Lane and we desperately seek a photo of Lawnton Mansion or Lawnton Hotel, situated about where 9th street and 66th Avenue are today. It was on the east side of the Penna RR tracks near the old Lawnton RR STation. It is identified on the Philadelphia property maps. See the map of 1889, plate 30.See the following link for the precise location of the Lawnton Mansion a/k/a the Lawnton Hotel. See, following link for exact location. http://www.philageohistory.org/rdic-images/view-image.cfm/BRM1889.PhilaWard22.032.Plate30 If anyone has knowledge of where there might be an old photo of Lawnton Mansion, we sure would like to have it. Regards To you Bruce!
T Michael Poxon, East Oak Lane [06-11-2010]

Mr McGlinchey's comment about CD being too large is an interesting observation. I can only speak for myself and how it was in the beginning and in my individual sections I was assigned. Basically, I think that a more then adequate education was available to those that wanted it. It seemed to me that many of fellow classmates in the late 50's and early 60's weren't really that motivated to excel, and many like myself, wanted only to pass, and get out into the work world or service. Those that wanted to go on to college, would have been better prepared then their public school counterparts. I do agree with Mr. McGlinchey that CD was just too big to give the personal attention to students, and as Joe Queenan said in his book "Closing Time", it was like a "student factory or mill" Of course given the bulging Catholic population in the 50's, a school that size was needed.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida [06-11-2010]

To anon brickyarder--I married a LF girl,and had a few girlfriends that were from LF-it would, statisically, be a great effort to find out how many of us married LF girls Lou-G
lou giorno, LOU from North Wales [06-10-2010]

Lou great to hear from you,hope things are good for you and yours!
joe DiPasquale [06-10-2010]

Tom Cusack: Jack Brogan,Sonny Kennedy,and you had a classmate at St. Francis[1954] by the name of Joe Gallagher[RIP]. John Fries was the cousin of Joe Gallagher. We played ball with John Fries at Fernhill Park. I never knew a Joe Fries. John Fries had a classmate by the name of Joe Lynch at St. Francis[1957]. Joe Lynch and his brother Tom were friends with John Fries. My classmate from The Prep[Mace Thompson] had a gin-mill on The Parkway called "Mace's Crossing" and I would bump into them there. Joe and Tom Lynch were cousins of Jack Brogan-The Great LaSalle Basketball Player-High School&College. Bob Terranova mentioned on this site that John Fries was a generous Philanthropist to North Catholic. John Fries had a sister Peggy but I never knew a Joe Fries but I did knew Frenchy Fries. Cueball! I'll see you at The Buck and go easy on the fries.
Bruce Schmitt [06-10-2010]

Hey Viet Nam Vets and everyone else. George Felice is one of the promoters of a DO WAP festival at Penns Landing for the benifit of VNV. I don't know what the date is this year but it is a great event for a great cause. If anyone knows when it will take place please post it here so everyone can attend.
Joe Graber, older than dirt [06-10-2010]

Joey DiPasquale. I'm sorry. I just read about Michaels passing. I'm sorry for your loss as well as my own. Mike was my best friend for years. He, I, Joe Shimpf, Kohlmiers, Kehans, Roses were all close as kids.
Joe Graber, Joe [06-10-2010]

Joe DiPasquale Hey Dude. Hope all is well with you. What's your brother Mike doing? He was best man at my wedding and I dont think I've seen him since. Id love to run into him and you sometime.
Joe Graber, 63 [06-10-2010]

Jim McKernan — another name for the list of those killed so young in Vietnam is Joseph F. Schimpf, Cpl., E4, US Army. Tour began 2/9/69, became a casualty 3/24/69. Panel 28W Line 30 on the "Wall.” He attended St. Francis of Assissi.
Joyce Ruggero, Little Flower grad., married NC grad. [06-10-2010]

jimmy mckernan this is a great idea erecting a wall with the names of our germantown heros who gave all for our country ... this should have been done years ago! rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [06-10-2010]

Does anyone know how to get in touch with Ronny Manso, Class of 1956 Saint Francis of Assisi.
Bud BALLARD [06-10-2010]

There is a half scale black granite replica of the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall in Wildwood, NJ at Ocean & Burk Aves. across from the Convention Center in Columbus Park.
Dave Linn, Summer at the Shore [06-10-2010]

Just wondering how many former Germantowners/IC students are living in the Lancaster/York area. I notice that the fun get togethers have all been far from this area. Just curious!
Patricia Carr [06-10-2010]

Peter Coyle ­ I agree with you. This isn’t to knock CD as I’m proud to have gone to that school, graduated from it, and am saddened by its closing. But, it was just TOO big back in the day and I believe our education suffered as a result. To get accepted to LaSalle, I was required to take to 2 non-credit writing /composition courses because my writing skills were not up to college level. I remember being annoyed at that but I benefitted so much from those courses and learned the basics there that I really should have learned in high school. In high school, I also never did an oral presentation. That was also new to me in college. Both of my kids went to archdiocesan high schools and it is not that way today. They were both fully prepared going into college. I really believe they received a far better education than I did. But, I’m not bitter about it. While I would have benefitted more in a smaller environment, I got there in the end.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [06-10-2010]

Thanks for remembering, and honoring, the memory of my brother, Joe Chatburn. Lost his life in Viet Nam, March 1969. Still missed after all these years.
Harry Chatburn, NE Philadelphia, 68 yrs old. [06-10-2010]

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Harry Peters who lived on McCallum street in the 60's
anonymous [06-09-2010]

It is with somewhat mixed emotions that I read about the final graduating class from CDHS in today's paper. As a member of the class of '69 we had some fantastic accomplishments and I will always remember those feats. However, while in college I learned how deficient the education really was. In four years of high school I only had two essay exams and the number of papers that I had to submit could not of filled both hands. I have been bitter about that for many years but I have come to realized that how could any teacher control a class with 50 guys let alone have the time to grade 50 essay exams or 50 term papers. It was the sign of the times that we are not likely to see again.
Peter F. Coyle, Lafayette Hill, Pa. [06-09-2010]

No one has mentioned Haasis Bakery on Queen Lane! It's still the gold standard for me. Love all the names & places mentioned. Helps relive my childhood.
anonymous, Arizona [06-09-2010]

Joe DiPasquale great to hear from you.
Lou Fondi [06-09-2010]

Hey Al, where do you come up with "SO CALLED BAD PRIESTS" some were defrocked and others are in jail. That's justice!
Fact Finder [06-09-2010]

Bud Ballard, I will not be able to attend the reunion at the buck hotel on june 25th. Sadly, something has come up .I will miss you guys, but have a good time.
ed burke [06-09-2010]

A face from the past ..... I was reading the Inquirer this morning and whose picture do I see but Joe Fries ... from Berkley St. ... I went to St. Francis with his sister Peggy and played ball at Fernhill with his brother Joe (and his sidekick Tommy Lynch). Check out Section D page D4 for a picture of Joe and his wife Maureen.
Tom Cusack [06-09-2010]

Jim, I think this is a great idea.
Maryalice [06-09-2010]

I counted over 630 names on the The Walls site for Philadelphia. So many lost lives. So sad.
Maryalice [06-09-2010]

Friends, thank you for the several contributions from site members. I realize there is the "Wall" in Washington DC and the Deleware Ave monument to the 630 Philly Vets killed in the Vietnam War. I always felt that Germantown should have its own site-at a place like Market Square. Here is my updated revised list. Thanks for the support. I hope the Historical Society views my proposal for a permanent monument -these men deserve to be remembered. Please notify me of any mistakes/errors in the list or names of the overlooked. Thanks Germantown Vietnam Memorial __________________________________ Revised list of 12 names compiled by Jim McKernan June 8, 2010 with assistance from Dan Hartnett, Dennis McGlinchey, Robert McCreight and Erda Armstrong Graham. If anyone has further details or names please email me at mckernanj@ecu.edu. I feel that a memorial needs to be placed somewhere in Germantown to honor these brave young men who made the ultimate sacrifice. Several on the list have home addresses outside of Germantown (Lordi/Corcoran) but I accept the bona fide that these men were reared in Germantown. Please also confirm the name of John Joseph Gallagher-there are four John Gallaghers (on the Wall) and one Thomas Joseph Gallagher from Philadelphia-I hope I have the correct “Jack” Gallagher referred by Dan Hartnett.. Any ideas on how the memorial monument could be funded or societies we might contact for assistance would be welcome.

GERMANTOWN’S HONORED FALLEN IN VIETNAM

Cpl Rowland J. Adamoli, USMC
A Co. 1st AMTRAC Bn
3rd Marine Div
18 May 1940-18 Aug 1965
(First Philadelphia Marine killed in war)
The Wall Panel 02E Line 053

Sp 4 Robert John Chambers, USARMY
HHC 1st BN 27th INF
Age 19 Tour 01/04/68
Died 02/13/68
The Wall Panel 39E Line 018
Church lane, Germantown Phila Pa.

PFC Joseph Thomas Chatburn, USMC
3rd PLT, I Co, 3rd BN
26th Marines, 1st Marine Division III MAF
April 22 1948-March 16 1969
The Wall: Panel 29W Line 051

CPL Edward Corcoran USMC
C CO, 1st BN 7th Marines
25 Jan 1946- 17 Oct 1966
WALL: Panel 11ELine 081
(North Hills Pa.)

PFC Joseph Flanagan
US ARMY
West Rittenhouse Street, Germantown
Died of Agent Orange disease shortly after returning home from Vietnam

SP4 John Joseph Gallagher USARMY
C Battery, 5th BN, 22nd Artillery
52nd Arty Group 1st Field Force USARV
April 21 1944-Dec 17 1969
The WALL: Panel 15W Line 066

SP4 Louis Robert Lordi USARMY
A Co, 2nd BN 3rd INF 199th ING BDE
Oct 07 1947-May 17, 1968
WALL: Panel 62E Line 008
(North Wales, Pa.)

PFC Thomas Kevin Lyons, USARMY
A Co, 4th BN
31st INF 196th INF BDE
AMERICAL DIV
Oct 28 1947-May 01, 1968
THE WALL: Panel 53E Line 036
Immaculate Conception Parish, Graduate CDHS

GYSGT Joseph Thomas McCreight USMC
D Co, 7th ENG BN 3rd Marine Div, 111 MAF
Sep 06, 1937-Dec 19, 1966
THE WALL: Panel 13E Line 062

LCPL Francis Pennetti, USMC
K Co, 3rd BN, 26th Marine Div
15 June 1947-24 Jan 1968
THE WALL: Panel 35E Line 026

SGT Raymond Julius Smith USARMY
C Co, 2nd BN, 501st INF
101st Airborne Div
Aug 13, 1947-April 26, 1968
The Wall: Panel 52E Line 024

PFC Donald Charles Wood US ARMY
E Troop, 17th CAV 173rd Airborne Brigade
23 Oct 1949-20 May 1968
The WALL: Panel 64E line 010
1967 Graduate CDHS


Jim McKernan, Professor Greenville NC [06-09-2010]

To the loving family member of Rowland Adamoli. I attach my email address as requested. I incorporated Rowland Adamoli's details in my post of 06-07-2010 which also has the correct email address. I have made a proposal to the Philadelphia Historical Society for a Germantown Vietnam Memorial in Germantown. They tell me they will consider it shortly. Thanks to those who have provided names and details.
Jim McKernan, Professor Greenville NC [06-09-2010]

John Fleming: You,Kevin McKernan,and I were truly blessed and enriched to have known Lt. larry Bolger- a brave Marine and a class-act. larry was good friends with Bill Lawlor from Mt. Airy. Larry B. was the whole package-smarts,class and movie-star looks. He would have been disappointed to see CD close. Personally,I am happy to see his friends from CD post on this site.Your classmate[Kevin McKernan] liked to yell,"Geronimo" before he began his freefall.Other paratroopers would hum,"Please Help Me I'm Falling"- a great country song by Brenda Lee. John! Your 1962 CD Class had Class.
J. Bruce Schmitt [06-09-2010]

Al Patrizi: I appreciate your stance on Catholic Priests. Lou Pauzano and I have classmates from The Prep who are excellent and compassionate priests. Recently,I was talking to Lou Pauzano about The Italian Market and the time when they shot Salvie Testa 6 times at 9th&Christian-he lived. Nobody saw or heard anything. Lou then proceded to invite me to attend Mass at Gesu[18th&Girard]-not St. Paul's where some of The Boys have their Funeral Masses. Girard Estates in South Philly is much safer than Girard Ave. in North Philly. Lou will not be able to attend the Gtn. Reunion at The Buck on June 25th. He is trying to get in touch with you. I see that some Gtn. gals want to attend the luncheon. If your friend Bob Kephart attends,there will be more gals than guys. Bob K. was a magnet for the ladies. I'll be seeing you and the dancing machine[Cueball] at The Mini-Reunion.
Bruce Schmitt [06-08-2010]

Ted Silary - I was wrong about the number of Edison High students killed in Vietnam. According to the official website of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, "Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia sustained the largest number of Vietnam war casualties of any high school in the nation with 54". I can tell you that when the current Edison students light a candle foe each of those lost, it looks like many more.
Jim Smith [06-08-2010]

Ted Silary - I attended the annual Memorial Day observance at Edison High a couple of weeks ago. The students and faculty there do a great job with this event. Many of the present students are related to those lost in Vietnam, Republic of. I believe the correct number lost was 64.
Jim Smith [06-08-2010]

JBS: I ran cross-country during my freshman year with Larry Bolger at CD. Jack St Clair was our coach, and Larry was everything you mentioned (RIP). While he was serving with the Marines, I had already served in the Army (Paratroopers) and was working in the Peace Corps when I heard that he had fallen. Very sad! He had success written all over him. The VC got lucky with him. Another of my old neighbors was in the same fight that Larry fell and told of hand-to-hand combat with entrenching tools...brutal stuff. Thanks for remembering him and the others...lest they be forgotten. Geronimo!
kevin mckernan, "I will fight no more forever"...Chief Joseph [06-08-2010]

Sandy-hello old friend.Big smooch.sorry did't get back to you right away-been in montana for few weeks-just now checking posts.sorry to hear about your dad.miss those days hanging out on your grandma's porch with her and my old buddy reds- they were great people.are you still living in philly.I been in las vegas for 35 yrs Billy is also here-Barb is in delaware just across from maryland-Johnny passed from heart attack little over 6 yrs ago.me and barb were talking about pics of you on your bike outside of that barber shop that was on corner of heiskell and armat across from papiano's.going to philly in july will drive through old neighborhood and see whats sill standing.if you wanna drop a line my e-mail address is t.jakeman@cox.net take care talk to you soon.
Tommy [06-08-2010]

john and bonnie,great to hear from you both.would like to hear from joe razzano even if he is still a yankees fan.
joe dipasquale [06-08-2010]

Are there student tours of the area? If so where do I get information on them?
Sharon Shea, teacher-Philadelphia [06-08-2010]

Tom Cusack, thank you-yes I have used the "virtual wall" website-it is a very good source for information.
Jim McKernan, professor,Greenville NC [06-08-2010]

Erda and Chas., thanks for the information and names which I have incorporated into a more complete list. Jim
Jim McKernan [06-08-2010]

A sobering list of names of the fine young men we lost in war - lives cut short that never kissed their brides or held their babies or grew in wisdom to old age. Thank you for naming them so we can all honor them in our hearts.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [06-08-2010]

Went "THE WALL" as I do every Memorial Day to pay my respects. While downtown I always go the Law Enforcement Memorial to pay my respects. Officer John McEntee ICS '61 CDHS "65 killed in the line of duty while a member of PPD. I believe he was also a Vietnam Vet. I also served in Vietnam '66-'67. I also am retired from DC police. If you have never been to either WALL it is well worth the trip.
Jim Money, ics '61 cdhs '65 [06-08-2010]

This is for Jim McKernan, I tried to email you at mckernan@ecu.edu but it came to me as not being sent. Could you please post your email address again, as I would like to send you some information. Thank You. A loving family member of Rowland Adamoli.
A loving Family Member [06-08-2010]

John Bruce Schmitt: Larry Bolger sat next to me in my senior year at CD, and truly was just a really nice guy. Great sense of humor, and I was glad to have been a classmate of his.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida [06-08-2010]

Jim, The two young men I personally know who parishes in Vietnam are Joseph (Joe) Chatburn, USMC and Raymond (Ray) Smith Army Infantry, There is a memorial to Ray in the woods between Tommy Hill and the ball field on Wissiahickon Ave..and Walnut Lane. He grew up in Blue Bell Hill, Ray was a St Vincent Boy. Joe lived on the Eastside of Germantown near Roosevelt Jr High.
Erda (Armstrong) Graham, Lived on the Westside [06-07-2010]

Jim Mckernan-try this link http://vvmf.org/ you can find everybody killed in action during the war. Most have a short story from the Inquirer or Bulletin about those killed. I read many and their are many from Germantown.
Chas. Yeiter, 51 yrs. East Germantown [06-07-2010]

Kevin McKernan: In recent days,there has been much talk on this site about CD and Vietnam. I believe that you were in The CD Class of 1962 with Larry Bolger and Tom Rooney. Tom R. and Larry B. graduated with me from St. Joe College in 1966. Larry Bolger was a superior athlete-a gazelle on the track. Larry Bolger enlisted in The Marines after graduation. LT. Larry Bolger died in combat in Vietnam during the summer of 1967[June]. Larry Boger was such a great guy and I was blessed to have known him-"Semper Fidelis".
John Bruce Schmitt [06-07-2010]

I remember Rowland Adamoli of The US Marines who died in Vietnam in the summer of 1965. Rowland[Mole] Adamoli was the first Philadelphian to die in Vietnam. Many people on this site knew Mole from St.Francis[1955],GBC and The Hollow. Persoanally,I knew The Mole from all these venues. Mole was a tough kid,a tough Marine and a character who had a lot of character-"Semper Fidelis".
John Bruce Schmitt [06-07-2010]

Hey Joe DePasquale, Good to see you here.
Bonnie (Joe) Gatto [06-07-2010]

Hey Joe D. There are lots of people on this site from the old neighborhoods. Glad to see you found it. If you go into some of the past postings you will find Joe Razz, Bonnie G, and many other familiar names.
John Payne [06-07-2010]

I have always found it very sad, and perplexing, that one Philadelphia high school, Edison, lost the most former students in Vietnam (54), nationally, and that two more, Dougherty and Judge, tied for losing the most among Catholic high schools (27 apiece). Though it's possible those numbers could be slightly off, they've been published on many lists through the years. How did that happen? How did Philly incur such losses? RIP, men.
Ted Silary [06-07-2010]

Let's get off all the so called bad priest at N.C.& CD, It's been over 50+ yrs.
Al Patrizi [06-07-2010]

LOU GIORNO, actually in the early years, there really weren't that many oppurtunities to look at girls. The only common areas we shared were the cafeteria, which had the famed glass curtain. The auditorium on rare occasions when there was some sort of assembly. The library, where there was the "Silence Please" rule. Keep in mind there were 4 different dismissals, and rarely did the boys and girls go home together. *To compound the problem personally, our parish Holy Child, sent the girls to Little Flower.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida [06-07-2010]

NORTHEAST CATHOLIC ALUMNI on SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010 AT 12 NOON THERE WILL BE A MASS IN THE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. THEN THE SCHOOL WILL BE OPEMED TO THE PUBLIC TO WALK AROUND THE SCHOOL.
BUD BALLARD [06-07-2010]

Lou - your posting got me thinking - I wonder how many North Catholic guys ended up marrying girls from Little Flower. I count myself in that lucky group. Although we graduated the same year we did not meet until a few years later in Avalon's Bongo Room. That was over 35 years ago and I count my blessings every day.
Anon., Brickyarder [06-07-2010]

I used the Viet Nam memorial site submitted by a post on 6-04 ... the site is http://www.virtualwall.org/istates.htm and when I checked the name Adomoli on the website, regretably it had Rowland's name and picture on it .. Rowland was a Corporal in the Marines ... I remember him well from St. Francis ... God rest his soul.
Tom Cusack [06-07-2010]

In Jim McKernan's list of people that died in Vietnam, he mentioned a person named Adamli ... I went to St. Francis with a Roland Adamoli ... however I don't know if this is the person Jim was referring to.
Tom Cusack [06-07-2010]

Many thanks to Robert McCreight and to Dan Hartnett and Dennis McGlinchey for some names. I attach a proposal I have and a list of Germantown's Vietnam fallen. Germantown Vietnam Memorial

Compiled by Jim McKernan June 5, 2010 with assistance from Dan Hartnett, Dennis McGlinchey, and Robert McCreight. If anyone has further details or names please email me at mckernanj@ecu.edu. I feel that a memorial needs to be placed somewhere in Germantown to honor these brave young men who made the ultimate sacrifice. Several on the list have home addresses outside of Germantown (Lordi/Corcoran) but I accept the bona fide that these men were reared in Germantown. Please also confirm the name of John Joseph Gallagher-there are four John Gallaghers (on the Wall) and one Thomas Joseph Gallagher from Philadelphia-I hope I have the correct “Jack” Gallagher referred by Dan Hartnett.. Any ideas on how the memorial monument could be funded or societies we might contact for assistance would be welcome. Finally I also feel strongly that Private Joey Flanagan of St Vincent’s and Rittenhouse Street deserves to be on the list though he died of Agent Orange less than a year after returning-he was killed by the materials of the war.

GERMANTOWN’S HONORED FALLEN IN VIETNAM

Cpl Rowland J. Adamoli, USMC
A Co. 1st AMTRAC Bn
3rd Marine Div
18 May 1940-18 Aug 1965
(First Philadelphia Marine killed in war)
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Sp 4 Robert John Chambers, USARMY
HHC 1st BN 27th INF
Age 19 Tour 01/04/68
Died 02/13/68
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Church lane, Germantown Phila Pa.

CPL Edward Corcoran USMC
C CO, 1st BN 7th Marines
25 Jan 1946- 17 Oct 1966
WALL: Panel 11ELine 081
(North Hills Pa.)

PFC Joseph Flanagan
US ARMY
West Rittenhouse Street, Germantown
Died of Agent Orange disease shortly after returning home from Vietnam

SP4 John Joseph Gallagher USARMY
C Battery, 5th BN, 22nd Artillery
52nd Arty Group 1st Field Force USARV
April 21 1944-Dec 17 1969
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SP4 Louis Robert Lordi USARMY
A Co, 2nd BN 3rd INF 199th ING BDE
Oct 07 1947-May 17, 1968
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(North Wales, Pa.)

PFC Thomas Kevin Lyons, USARMY
A Co, 4th BN
31st INF 196th INF BDE
AMERICAL DIV
Oct 28 1947-May 01, 1968
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Immaculate Conception Parish, Graduate CDHS

GYSGT Joseph Thomas McCreight USMC
D Co, 7th ENG BN 3rd Marine Div, 111 MAF
Sep 06, 1937-Dec 19, 1966
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LCPL Francis Pennetti, USMC
K Co, 3rd BN, 26th Marine Div
15 June 1947-24 Jan 1968
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PFC Donald Charles Wood US ARMY
E Troop, 17th CAV 173rd Airborne Brigade
23 Oct 1949-20 May 1968
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1967 Graduate CDHS

Jim McKernan, Prof. [06-07-2010]

I think this is a great idea.To compile a list of all the young guys from Germantown who never came home to enjoy life.A way to keep there memory alive.We should never forget.
rich, huntingdon valley [06-07-2010]

Please do not forget Corporal Rowland J. Adamoli, (Mole) who was killed in VietNam August 18,1965 in the battle of Operation Starlight. Mole lived on West Ashmead Street and hung at the Brickyard and was the first Marine to be killed from Philadelphia. He is never forgotten in our family. A loving family member.
a loving family member [06-07-2010]

anyone from happy hollow or st francis area,please let me know
joseph DiPasquale [06-05-2010]

John Fleming--At least you guys at CD had girls to look at,alas,we guys at NC saw nothing but guys.When some poor girl happened to be on the trolley when we boarded,she had to put up with cat-calls,whistles,and romantic bantering nothing harsh.The girls who were caught in that situation,usually thought we were crazy and funny at the same time.I wonder how many girls out there remember being in that situation-like to hear from you too!
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-05-2010]

Please add Jackie Gallagher to your list of those from Germantown who were killed in action. He was with a younger crowd than mine and hung on the corner of Price and Crittenden for a while.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [06-05-2010]

Jim McKernan - here is a link to 3 who were from IC/Germantown who were killed during the Vietnam War (Lordi, Lyons & Gallagher): http://www.friendsofimmaculate.com/Roll%20of%20Honor.htm I know of another, Francis Pennetti. He is listed as being from East Falls. His family lived in Germantown at the time he went into service. They lived on my block of Price St. I watched as he left and will always remember seeing his mother hugging him and crying as he left for war. I don't recall when exactly they moved out of Germantown or if that was the last time she saw him. He deserves to be included on a Germantown memorial. There was another on my block, new on the block and the name long escapes me.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [06-05-2010]

Lou Giorno:I agree with you 100% - it is called frustration....and no one should inflict corporal punishment on any student...there are other ways to deal with "insubordination".Using 'your fists' is NEVER the proper answer. amen :Anon.
L..A..F [06-04-2010]

Bob, let us together, try to figure out the names of all the Germantown men who died in Vietnam. I am not sure of all these names but I think that if we can get a comprehesnsive list we might be able to honour them in a more fitting way-like having a special monument erected at a place like Market Square on Germatown Avenue..when I was a kid I would note the civil way dead the WW1 dead etc.... You mentioned several names in your blog. I knew Tommy Lyons...in addition to these Here is my off the cuff recollection:
• Robert "Monk" Chambers, Church Lane, died in Cambodia(where we were not supposed to be). He lived across the street from me.
• Donny Wood, (brother to Paul who dies at the same time not in war)
• A man named as ? Adamli a Marine and GBC lad
• Louis Lordi of Germatown
I would include, though the Department of Defense does not those who were killed by Agent Orange-the chemical sprayed on the jungle to expose the enemy but which also gave cancer to all those who it touched:
• Joeseph Flanagan, 200 block Rittenhouse Street who died within a year o coming home from the War.

Anyone else who knows details of others should contribute and perhaps we can have that special memorial erected in Germantown. Thank you Bob for your remembrance of these fine young men.
Jim McKernan, Professor East Carolina University Greenville NC [06-04-2010]

if you knew someone or had a relative that was killed in vietnam you will really appreciate this site..... first click on a state. when it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. then click on their names. it should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals. i hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in vietnam sacrificed for our country. the link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heros. pass this link on to others if you like. http://www.virtualwall.org/istates.htm
anonymous, not from germantown [06-04-2010]

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Harry Peters who lived on McCallum street in the 60's
anonymous [06-04-2010]

LOU GIORNO, I believe Ed from Chester said it best. Basically the abusive priests were in the small minority. Why they acted the way they did? Frustration? Possibly, but it seems to me if they were that frustrated, they should have left the priesthood and entered the "real" world. In the beginning, 1956, the girls were separated from the boys, with the boys in the North Wing,and the girls in the South Wing. The school took great pains in making sure we were kept away from each other, with the famed glass curtain in the cafeteria, and having 4 different dismissals. The often mentioned Fr. Benonis did hand out detention slips, for mental rape, if a boy got caught looking at a girl! I think it was sometime in the early or mid 70's that the boys and girls were integrated.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay Florida [06-04-2010]

Jim Smith, We sure could your talent in Reilly.. I have so many good memories of Yearsley.. All Good Ones.. Erda
Erda, Lived on the Westside [06-03-2010]

Ed Burke are you going to put the photos from March 30, 2010 luncheon at the Buck Hotel. Bud Ballard.
BUD BALLARD [06-03-2010]

To Anonymous, regarding those who served and died in VietNam, let me know who they were and I will be glad to include them in my annual Memorial Day note. Youcan click on my name or send to rmccreight@comcast.net
Bob Mc Creight, 56 Havertown PA [06-03-2010]

Gracie Casciano is alive & well. She goes between pa, nj & fl.
anonymous [06-03-2010]

Vicki D [06-03-2010]

To anonymous, I was just going to write in Louis Lordi's name. I can still see his smiling face.
anthonyg [06-03-2010]

When is there going to be another St.Francis Parrish Reunion or a Germantown Neighborhood Reunion? I attended both. St Francis reunion in 2005 and the Germantown Reunion I think it was about 3 years ago. I had a great time at both.gtn girl
GTN GIRL [06-03-2010]

LOU GIORNO regarding your question "Do you agree that they could have faced assault & battery charges for corporal punishment meted out?" A most interesting question. To begin with, we both know that they are not allowed to inflict corporal punishment on students today, nor are the Marine DI's "supposed" to hit a recruit. I think overall, this is a good change, as some teachers could go overboard in their form of punishment. In my 4 years at CD, and my 3 months of Navy bootcamp, I never saw any capital punishment that was, shall we say, over the top, but I digress somewhat. To answer your question, given the times, and what was expected back then, I don't think they would have faced assault and battery charges. It was my observation that, in most cases, when corporal punishment was dealt out, the offending student deserved it. For the record, there was one priest at CD, that would take on students and allow the student to fight back, and I have heard that more then once the student came out the winner.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay Florida [06-03-2010]

To J.Fleming--Not at all,they were all wrong for what they did.By the way,did CD girls attend classes with the boys, If they did,do you think that would inhibit them,(the abusers),from using their full might to beat them?? In any event,it should not have been allowed. I hate to say this,but the vow of chastity,plus the boozing led them to act the way they did--it's called FRUSTRATION.What do you think??
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-03-2010]

SAFOS [06-03-2010]

There is a Memorial monument in front of Cardinal Dougherty HS which has the names of Alumni who lost their lives in Viet Nam. One of those names is Cpl.Michael Crescenz, US Army, is the only Philadelphian to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Posthumously.
CD Father, Point of Information [06-03-2010]

It’s funny how abusive Catholic Priests resurface time and time again on this website. I guess it was all part of the Catholic education experience. And since Germantown had their fair share of Catholics it was part of that experience too. Hey, if you messed up in school and got caught you paid the price. I felt bad getting over on Mr. Dumphey (he was the easiest class to skip), Mr. Archenbolt, and others to mention a few; but I did see kindness in many Catholic School Teachers, Priests, and Nuns. And yes there were bad apples a (few mentioned here) but I always felt my Catholic education was tops. My biggest mistake was leaving Cardinal Dougherty (CD) after the beginning of my sophomore year. It was the early 70s, jackets and ties were not in. It took one week in Olney HS to learn how much I missed Catholic School and CD. By that time it was too late and I dropped out of HS entirely. Eventually I went on to finish my education, but to this day I always regretted not finishing CD.
Ed, Chester, VA [06-03-2010]

Dennis McGlinchey, Thanks for the well written articles in "The Crier". Sound advice on joining the Historical Society, and I did so. My Grandparents lived on Locust Ave. around the corner from the various "Homes" you mentioned. They were big supporters of The Little Sisters.
Dave Byrne, sf, 1958, nechs 1962 [06-02-2010]

To John Fleming-Do you agree that they could have faced assault & battery charges for corporal punishment meted out? I think they were all frustrated, but that doesn't absolve them from their actions.Lou G.
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-02-2010]

Bob, I think it would be right if you mentioned the complete list of those who perished from Germantown in Vietnam rather than simply a few.You send a message that the ones you mention are the only ones-they were not.
anonymous [06-02-2010]

I heard Sonny Hat died years ago.Sandy
anonymous [06-02-2010]

Mr. LOU GIORNO, are you inferring that the priests at NC were more cruel then the ones at CD?
John Fleming, Tampa Bay Florida [06-02-2010]

Al Patrizi: I'm sure that some ladies will be coming to the luncheon on June 25 since you and Tom Cueball Cusack will be attending-2 of the great dancers from Germantown. I liked Bud Ballard's blog about South Philly where you once lived. I'll be seeing you and Cueball on June 25th at The Buck.
Bruce Schmitt [06-02-2010]

frank payne [06-02-2010]

erda... you sure stirred up some wonderful memeories of those parades of so long ago ... i remember them well and so loved them and the black hawks ... memorial day was just that a day of rememberance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. to all of those men and women of wars gone by and to those of today i say thank you ...rosemarie
ROSEMARIE HITE MALAGERI [06-02-2010]

For those with connections or memories to/of Philadelphia National Cemetery at Limekiln and Haines, I went there yesterday to visit my folks and other family members and honor the veterans laid to rest there, as is my annual custom. For the first time, there were no individual flags on the graves. I thought this might be a budget cut casualty, and called the administrator to see what happened. My assumption that they were placed there by the government was incorrect; volunteers do that. So whoever was doing that decoration (Scouts, Veterans' group, etc.) has cut it out apparently. One more vestige of the glory days has bitten the dust. God bless those who serve and have served our great nation.
Bruce Marshall, 58, still in Gtn [06-02-2010]

Again, many thanks to the WEBMASTER for maintaining this site--you'll never know how much joy you are providing for sooo many people GOD BLESS!
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-02-2010]

No problem, Sheila. I have been getting very forgetful at my age. Hope to see you all there.
anthonyg [06-01-2010]

Interesting how comments you hear when you were young stay with you and are triggered by other things. A case in point that I remember, there was this man named Unger who at the end of WWII getting out of the service was sent home to his family house in Germantown. Keep in mind that when the war ended and the men were sent home many of the service men did not know the day or week whey would arrive at their home until the last minute plus telephones were not as common, so the rest of the family had no idea when they were coming. In the case of Unger, he had a brother in the service (I don’t remember which branch either one was in, but I do know that each was in a different branch). The day Unger arrived he had taken the trolley and walked the few blocks to his house after getting off. Coming down the street in the other direction was his brother who had taken a bus after just getting out of his branch of the service. Neither man knew the other brother was coming home that day nor did anyone in the family know that the two boys were coming home. Just a nice pleasant moment in Germantown once upon a time.
Jack McHugh [06-01-2010]

Theresa Marchese..Does anyone know what ever happened to Sonny Hat?? Is he alive or dead because no one seems to know for certain.
anonymous [06-01-2010]

Another Germantown friend lost to the Viet Nam War is Louis Lordi.
anonymous [06-01-2010]

Anyone know the whare abouts of Becky ( Emma Jean ) Grace. Would be around 61yrs. old now. From Nicetown but was married to a Hollow guy but was in love with me and J.\Lawless
Joey G., Brick Yard [06-01-2010]

To Dennis McGlinchey--if you went to NC-you could compare stories with me.However,what they considered justice was assault and battery--all of them are guilty.I was a teacher for 35yrs in Phila.School Dist.and never laid a hand on any student-there were other forms of discipline LOU-G
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-01-2010]

To-Joe Melchiorre--Didn't know Fr.Butler-I graduated in1953 75yrs young.
LOU GIORNO, LOU from North Wales [06-01-2010]

Mister McGlinchey is correct. Corporal punishment was the "order of the day" in ALL Catholic schools of the past. To be fair, CD and I would be safe to say, not all Catholic Schools, were the "House of Horrors", that many of those, never attended Catholic school, were led to believe. Most of the priests and lay teachers were more interested in teaching, then ladling our their particular form of discipline, such as the aforementioned Fr. Benonis and "Knobby" Walsh of NC.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay Florida [06-01-2010]

Where r the all ladies from Happy hollow and Fernhill park.St Francis. U r invited to the luncheon June 25th.at the Buck Hotel
Al Patrizi, st francis 56 - fernhill pk. [06-01-2010]

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