Monday, November 19, 2012
Sgt. Maj. Irene Davey joined the U.S. Army in 1943.
Monday, November 19, 2012
ATTLEBORO, MA -- The oldest veteran in Massachusetts died Sunday morning at age 104, The Sun Chronicle reported. Irene Davey, who served in the U.S. Army at Fort Devens during World War II, received an honorary promotion to sergeant major earlier this year during a ceremony outside her South Attleboro home. Davey joined the U.S. Army in March 1943 on the same day as her husband Harold. She served until 1945 in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, assigned to motor transport. Davey trained other women in driving rugged trucks and taking care of vehicle maintenance. She also made deliveries and took injured soldiers home in ambulances. In addition, Davey traveled to various places as a recruiter. "I was proud," Davey told Attleboro Patch in …
Friday, May 27, 2011
Attleboro's Memorial Day parade is set for Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m.
The American flags have been hung, officials have prepared their speeches and all that is needed is Attleboro area families to line the streets of downtown to watch the veterans, local boys and girl scout troops and the school bands walk in the annual Memorial Day parade. The community of Attleboro and its veterans understand and acknowledge the importance of honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, according to Carl Bradshaw, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. and Attleboro's director of Veterans' Services. "It is also a great opportunity to remember there are heroes serving in our community everyday, along with the world's best military continuing the tradition of sacrifice here and abroad," he said. There will …
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Richard Fredette, a Vietnam veteran, discusses how the attitudes toward veterans has changed in the years since the war ended.
Vietnam veterans are now regular participants in Veterans Day ceremonies, but that was not always the case. South Attleboro resident Richard Fredette, 65, served in Vietnam for 15 months, from March of 1966 to May of 1967, and remembers a time when Vietnam veterans were the subject of scorn upon returning home. Fredette joined the service voluntarily in 1965 on something of whim. "I wasn't thinking too much about the war at the time," he said. "I just figured I'd get away from here for awhile. I was just looking for something to do." When deciding whether to enlist in the U.S. Army or the U.S. Marine Corps, Fredette said, he simply flipped a coin and it came up Army. Fredette's family were not against him joining the service. It seemed to …