Indian Lake Honor Roll

Researched by Lisa Slaski

Anyone have a photo or copy of the names that were listed on this WWII honor roll?

The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., Saturday, 10 Nov 1945

Indian Lake - James Hunt Locke, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Locke of this community, although too young to enter the armed forces, has been doing his part faithfully for the past three years. It has been his job to see that the flag by the Indian Lake Honor roll is raised every morning and lowered every evening. This he has done every day, without compensation, since the Honor Roll was erected in October, 1942.

The youth, a nephew of Mrs. William McCane, who sponsored the purchase and erection of the board and flag on her own property in the center of the community is a student in the sixth grade at the Indian Lake Central School. He plays the cornet in the Senior Band.

The Honor Roll was dedicated Oct 24, 1942, at ceremonies in the Central School with the North creek Post 629 American Legion, taking part in the program. Congressman Bernard W. Kearney of Gloversville was the principal speaker.

The Honor Roll lists 170 names, five of which are followed by a gold star. Edward Hamner, AMM, US Navy, son of Edward Hamner and the late Mrs. Hamner, lost his life when his plan crashed in the Atlantic Ocean Feb. 19, 1942. Pfc. Beecher Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Parker, was killed in action in Italy in February, 1943. Elmer Benton, seaman 1c, was killed in action while serving on an LST during the invasion of Normandy April 2[8], 1944. Pvt. Leonard b. Keeer, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Louis D. Keeler, was killed in action in France July 31, 1944. Timothy Hamner, MM 1c, brother of AMM Edward Hamner, was killed in action in the Pacific Theatre May 4, 1945.

Clarke G. Harrington, son of Mrs. George Harrington and the late Mr. Harrington, was reported missing in action this Spring.

James Locke has a brother, Francis Locke, stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga.

The Warrentsburg News, Warrensburg, N.Y., Thursday, 30 Jul 1942

Plan Honor Roll

A movement is being carried on in Indian Lake for the erection of an honor roll of the men and women from that village who are serving in the armed forces. Mrs. William McCane is in charge of the project and those who desire to contribute to the fund being raised, may contact Mrs. McCane. Families and friends of those now serving are asked to notify Mrs. McCane so that no names will be omitted from the honor roll. Additional names will be placed on the roll as others are called into service. Dedication is expected to take place during the latter part of August.


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