Obituaries of World War II Soldiers
Hamilton County, NY

T-4 George E. Brown

Source: The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1945

Chaplain Tells Parents How Son Was Killed

        Wells - Mr. and Mrs. Truman Brown have recently received a letter from the chaplain of the unit of which their son, T-4 George E. Brown, was a member, telling of the manner in which he lost his life while serving his country. The letter reads in part as follows:
        Dear Mr. and Mrs. Brown:
        "The War Department has sent you notification of the death of your son, T-4 George E. Brown, who was killed in action on December 24, 1944. I wish to add a note of sympathy for Sergeant Brown was a friend of mine. Sergeant Brown was killed when a locomotive engine was strafed by an enemy plane.
        "The burial was in an American Military cemeter in Belgium and I conducted a short service of committal. I personally know that he was given a fine burial in a beautiful cemetery.
        "All of us were deeply grieved over his death. I was out until 3 in the morning checking all records and when I came to his company his Company commander and I talked over his death. You have the company commander, Captain Andress' word that your son was a fine soldier and a worker. Captain Andress joins me in expressing his sympathy."
        John F. Mulholland,
        Chaplain, USA
        A memorial service was held at the Methodist church, January 28, at 2:30 for Sergt. Brown with Rev. J. W. Shippey and Rev. F. W. Worden officiating.
        Members of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts attended in a body. After the service flowers from the family, the American Legion and the Fish and Game club were placed on the honor roll.

Vivian R. Coloney

Source: The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, Friday, May 12, 1944

Vivian R. Coloney Qualifies for WAC

        Mrs. Vivian Rose Coloney, RD 1, Gloversville, recently passed the required examinations and qualified for the Woman's Army Corps. She attended the Meco school and at this time was active in the Girl Scouts. Lately she has been employed by the Garfall's Uniform Co. in Johnstown.
        Mrs. Coloney's husband, Pvt. Robert Coloney is somewhere in North Africa. One brother, Seaman 2/c Howard Cole is serving somewhere in Ireland and another brother, Pvt. Alfred Cole is in the U.S. Marine Corps. With plenty of reasons to become a member of a proud Corps of women, Pbt. Coloney enlisted to do whatever she can to bring her family and millions of other families back together that much sooner.

Pfc. Michael J. Downey

Source: Leader-Republican, Gloversville and Johnstown, Tuesday, May 4, 1943

Unofficial Report of Soldier's Death in Africa

        Michael Downey's Buddy Writes to Family as They Had Been Notified
        Speculator - Although official confirmation has not yet been received, the family of Michael J. Downey has accepted the report of his death in action in North Africa as unquestionably true. This report came in the form of a letter from a soldier who had been "Mike's" buddy for their 27 months of service, a letter which came through in an unusually short time, having been written on April 16. This young soldier, who has corresponded with the Charles Downey family regularly, seemed to take it for granted that the family would have been notified by the time his letter arrived.
        In January, 1941, Michael J. Downey and James O'Keefe, both employed at Downey's Garage here and making their home with the Charles Downey's, enlisted in the U.S. Army, the first boys from Hamilton County to enlist during the present war.
        Mike received his training at various centers in the United States, and then, many months ago, he and this buddy who had been with him all through his training were among those transferred overseas.
        Eventually word came through that Mike was in the war zone in Africa. His letters, which have continued to arrive fairly frequently, were written in his usual cheery way but gave litte information beyond the fact that he was in the thick of it in Africa. The news of his death comes as a shock to his family and the hose of friends he had made in this community.
        Michael, 35 years old and unmarried, is survived by his mother, Mrs. Charles Downey of Mamaroneck, N.Y., a brother, Hugh, who is in the U.S. Navy, and his brother, Charles, of Speculator, as well as two sisters.
        This is the fourth Hamilton County casualty known so far in this war, and the first from the Town of Lake Pleasant in either World War.


Source: Leader-Republican, Gloversville and Johnstown, Monday, May 10, 1943

Downey's Death Now Confirmed

        Speculator - On Friday evening Charles Downey received a telegram from Washington stating that the Secretary of war tendered his sympathy in the death of Mr. Downey's brother, Michael J. Downey, who had just been reported killed in action on April 10, 1943, in the northern African area and that a letter followed.
        This confirms the letter recently received from a buddy of Private Downey who had been with him through twenty-seven months of service. His buddy's story of Private Downey's death appeared in this newspaper last week.

Pvt. Leonard B. Keeler

Source: Post-Star, Glens Falls, unknown exact date, 1945

Pvt. L. B. Keeler Killed in Action

Son of Indian Lake Cleric Previously Missing in France

        Indian Lake - Pvt. Leonard B. Keeler, 19, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Louis D. Keeler, pastor of the Methodist Church here, was killed in action in France July 31, 1944, according to a telegram from the War Department received by his parents Saturdya. Pvt. Keeler, who was with an armored division of General Patton's Third Army, was reported missing in action last September and no word had been had since until the telegram Saturday.
        Pvt. Keeler entered service in September 1943. He trained at Fort Knox, Ky., with an armored unit and graduated in February, 1944. After a short furlough at home, he was transferred to Fort George G. Meade, Md., and left for overseas in April. Before entering service he was a student at Fort Edward high School. His father is a former pastor of the Fort Edward Methodist Church.
        Surviving, besides his parents, are three brothers, Wesley B. Keeler, of Glens Falls, a member of the editorial staff of The Post-Star: Kenneth E. Keeler, of Cohoes, and L. Nelson Keeler, of Washington, D. C.

Pfc. Philip LaPelle

Source: The Warrensburg News, December 2, 1948

Funeral of Pfc. LaPelle

        Funeral services for Pfc. Philip LaPelle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd LaPelle, of Long Lake, who was killed on April 15, 1945, during combat duty in Italy, with the Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, were conducted on Nov. 20 in Calvary Methodist Church. The Rev. J. Norton officiated. Members of Hamilton County Post, American Legion, had charge of the services.
        Honorary bearers were Roy Hosley, Jr., Timothy D. Sullivan, Frederick Freeman, Gilbert Helms, Frank Burnett, Robert Jennings, John Harrington and Wilfred Burnett.
        Active bearers were Basil Burns, John Carey, Stewart and Stanley Arsenau, Dennis lamous and Andrew Joseph, Jr. Burial was in Long Lake Cemetery.

Staff Sgt Philo Leonard

Source: Daily Sentinel, Rome, NY, Tuesday Evening, February 2, 1943

Racquette Lake Youth Killed in Action in North Africa

        Moses Leonard, state forest ranger located at Raquette Lake, was notified yesterday by the War Department that his son, Philo Leonard, 22, had been killed in action in North Africa. This was the first casualty of the war reported in the Central Adirondack section.
        Young Leonard enlisted in August 1940. He was an expert machine gunner and navigator staff sergeant, and had won bars for pistol shooting. He had trained in several camps before going to Africa early last November.
        Before his enlistment he had been employed at Kamp Kill Kaire, Racquett Lake, which was owned by Francis Garvin, New York Ctiy.
        Leonard was born in Thendara and had attended schools in Utica and Raquette Lake, where he was graduated from high school.
        Surviving in addition to his father are five sisters, Mrs. Bernard Lepper, Utica; Mrs. Howard Waldron, Raquette Lake, and Ada, Inez and Betty Leonard, all of Raquette Lake


Source: Boonville Herald, Boonville, Thursday, April 22, 1943

Masonic Home Camp Hangs Service Flag

        A service flag containing 100 stars was hung in the Sarah Hill Wiley Memorial Chapel at Masonic Home Camp recently by Marvin Allen, caretaker at the camp. This flag honors boys from the Masonic Home in Utica who have entered into the U.S. service.
        The flag contains one gold star in honor of Philo Leonard of Raquette Lake, who was killed in action in North Africa, Dec. 17. He was a member of the Masonic Home family for several years during his boyhood and young manhood.

Pfc. Edward McGinn

Source: The Warrensburg News, December 2, 1948

Funeral of Pfc. McGinn

        Funeral services for Pfc. Edward McGinn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen McGinn, of Long Lake, who was killed in 1944 in Italy while serving with the Infantry, were conducted on Nov. 23. The Rev. J. Norton officiated. Members of Hamilton County Post, American Legion, conducted military services.
        Honorary bearers were Dennis Lamous, John Leimux, Roy Hosley, Jr., Timothy D. Sullivan, Gilbert Helms, Frederick Freeman, Robert Jennings, and Wilfred Burnett.
        Active bearers were Stewart and Stanley Arsenau, Dubois Stanton, Walter Edwards, Clifford Seeman and Andrew Joseph, Jr. Burial was in Long Lake Cemetery.

Pvt. George F. Remonda

Source: Leader-Republican, Gloversville and Johnstown, Monday, Sept. 20, 1943

Pvt. Remonda, 21, Died in Latin America, Sept. 12

Son of Morehouseville Couple Had Meen [sic] in Brazil; Details Lacking

        NORTHVILLE - Private George Remonda of Morehouseville died September 12 in Latin America. He was a brother of Private Leonard Remonda of this village who is now stationed in Greenland.
        Private George Remonda, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Remonda of Morehouseville, former assistant pastor of the Highland Baptist church in Utica, died in Brazil, South America, according to a telegram from the War Department received by his parents.
        The message gave no details stating that death had occured in Latin America, September 12. It added that a letter will follow.
        The family had received letters this week which had been written a short time ago stating that he was in Brazil. During his short career as a clergyman Remonda's sermon provoked wide comment. Prior to his induction in the Army he expressed his views on world peace with the comment that peace can be guaranteed only if it is built on the practice of Jesus and his principles.
        A graduate of Poland Central school in 1940, he was active in many school organizations, he was editor of the Press club, and president of the Dramatic and French clubs. He won the Inter-Valley League public speaking contest. He was a graduate of the Excelsior Business school in Utica. He studied for the ministry at the Crhistian Alliance Gospel Tabernacle in Utica during his regular schooling.
        Surviving, besides his parents are four sisters, Mrs. Edith Jones, Whitesboro; Mrs. James Christman, Mrs. William Youker, Newport; Mrs. Alfred Mosher, Morehouseville; and four brothers, Howard Remonda of Ohio, N.Y.; Ralph Remonda, Morehouseville; Private Leonard Remonda, in Greenland; Rollin Remonda, Syracuse.

Pvt. Earl Stuart

Source: Leader Republican, Gloversville and Johnstown, Tuesday, August 10, 1943

Private Stuart, Stationed in Illinois, Killed

Mother Notified by Government, But No Details Are Given

        Wells - Word has been received from the War Department of the death of Private Earl Stuart, son of Mrs. Marguerite Stuart. Mrs. Stuart received the telegram Sunday afternoon stating that her son had accidentally been killed Saturday night. No details were given.
        Private Stuart entered the U.S. Army Jan. 16, 1943 and was sent to Camp Upton. Later he was transferred to Fort Sheridan, Ill., where he has since been stationed. He was home on furlough several weeks ago.
        Private Stuart is survived by his mother, two brothers, Private Nelson Stuart, who is stationed in Kentucky, and Jerry Stuart, residing at home, two sisters, Mrs. John L. Stuart, of this place and Beatrice Stuart of Gloversville, also several nieces and nephews.
        This is believed to be the first war casualty in Wells in either world war.
        The body is being brought home with military escort. Funeral announcements are not yet completed.


Source: The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, Friday, August 13, 1943

Military Rites Given Private Stuart Here

Wells - The body of Private Earl Stuart, who was killed by a train, last Saturday evening near his camp at Fort Sheridan, Ill., arrived in town Wednesday evening with military escort.

        Funeral services were held on Thursday morning with a prayer service at the home at 10 and the funeral services in the Methodist church at 10:30. The Rev. Franklin W. Worden, former pastor, officiated. A full military service was held by the American Legion Post, 1076, and Stanley Steves Post.
        The service was largely attended by relatives, neighbors and friends. Employes of Serfis Glove shop, where he was employed before entering the service, attended in a body.
        There was a profusion of flowers from officers and boys of his company, Serfis Glove Co., Cutting Department of Serfis Glove Co., Serfis Annex, Darby Glove Shop, Welsl Fish and Game club, family, friends and relatives.
        The bearers were Hasson Boyce, Paul Bradt, Hiram Craig, Louis Simons, Charles Wight and Francis Simons. Burial was in the family plot in the local cemetery.
        Friends were present from Amsterdam, Gloversville, fultonville, Northville, Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Hope and vicinity.

Pfc. Charles A. Williams

Source: Leader-Republican, Gloversville and Johnstown, Monday, January 29, 1948

Pfc. Charles A. Williams Reported Missing in Action January 8

Wife Receives Word From War Department; Stationed in France

        Northville - Word has just been received Sunday from the War Department by Mrs. Genevieve Williams, wife of Charles A. Williams, that her husband, Pvt. First Class Charles A. Williams is missing in action in France January 8.
        Pfc. Williams was with the 7th Army and the last word received from him was dated December 28.
        He received his first training at Camp Blanding, Florida and later transferred to Camp Meade. He went overseas last summer.

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