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Five World War II veterans honored at Tri-Town Summer Festival


BRASHER FALLS - The American Legion Post 514 honored five World War II war veterans during the Tri-Town Summer Festival last weekend in Brasher Falls and Winthrop.

Donald Locke, Don Hoag, Victor Winters, Paul Compeau, and Charles Hickman were those men recognized. They rode in vehicles supplied by the U.S. Army Reserves.

Veterans of Korea and Viet Nam also rode in Army Reserves vehicles in the parade.

Mr. Locke was a Navy seaman third class, who served on an amphibious landing craft in the Pacific Theater, delivering troops to the shores of the Phillipines, Okinawa, and all of the islands in between.

Mr. Hoag was an aviation machinist third class in the Navy Air-Corps, also performing as a tail gunner on a B52 Bomber. He flew 40 combat missions over Iwo Jima, Guam, and Saipan.

Mr. Winters was a staff sergeant who served the military police in the South Pacific.

Mr. Compeau was an aero-engineer and flew on C46s and C47s. He logged 1,100 hours of air time - 400 of those were combat missions over New Guinea and the Phillipines.

Mr. Hickman is a former POW, staff sergeant and tail gunner on a B17, which is also known as ‘The Flying Fortress.’ On Easter Sunday morning in 1944 he volunteered for a mission. Germans shot down six airplanes, five of them crashing in the Baltic Sea. The pilot of his plane was able to maneuver over an island where he parachuted, landing next to a German Naval training station. He spent 13 months in Star light 17.

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