I’ve written many times about the “Bangor Book of Honor,” the special volume containing a photo and information honoring those from Bangor who died in the service during World War II. The City Council commissioned the book, which is displayed in a glass-topped case near the circulation desk at Bangor Public Library. “Bangor Remembers Her Sons Who Died for Victory,” the inscription reads.
Local History and Special Collections Librarian Bill Cook, who is in charge of the Maine and New England materials in the Bangor Room, has started Volume II of the “Book of Honor” to remember Bangor service personnel who have died in more recent wars.
For Memorial Day, Bill and I want to share with you the names of those who have a page in Volume II so far in hopes that families of other people who qualify will step forward to share a photo and information about them.
• Pfc. George R. Burton, Army, Feb. 13, 1951.
• Capt. Earl Oswald Ruhlin, Air Force, December 1952.
• Pfc. Donald Aidan Cushman, Marines, Sept. 22, 1951.
• Pfc. Philip P. Tarr, Army, Oct. 3, 1951.
• Pfc. Robert J. Clukey, Army, July 20, 1950.
• Pfc. Clarence J. Gilbert, Army, Sept. 8, 1950.
• Pvt. Llewellyn Kenneson, Army, Sept. 13, 1951.
• Cpl. Anthony J. Makosky, Army, April 24, 1951.
• Pfc. Philip Norseworthy, Army, Dec. 11, 1951.
• Pfc. William H. Turner, Army, May 18, 1951.
• Sgt. Donald Sidney Skidgel, Army, Nov. 11, 1969.
• Maj. William Francis Callinan, Army, Dec. 18, 1970.
• Spc. 4 Robert Dorian Cranson, Army, Nov. 16, 1968.
• Spc. 6 James George Deschenes, Army, Feb. 6, 1970.
• Pfc. David Bruce Fogg, Army, March 3, 1967.
• Pfc. Martin Lee Freeman, Army, Jan. 11, 1966.
• Spc. 5 William E. Jordan III, Army, April 30, 1968.
• Lance Cpl. Edward Leonard Mann Jr., Marines, Sept. 8, 1968.
• Cpl. Frederick William McHugh, Army, April 16, 1971.
• Lt. Cmdr. Walter Forrest Merrick, Navy, Oct. 26, 1966.
• Staff Sgt. Charles Edgar Stuart, Air Force, May 19, 1966.
• Cpl. Charles Edward Sullivan Jr., Marines, June 29, 1967.
• Pfc. Thomas Michael Sullivan, Army, March 31, 1967.
• Pfc. Michael Peter Umel, Marines, April 10, 1968.
• Lance Cpl. Alexander M. Arredondo, Marines, Aug. 25, 2004.
• Staff Sgt. James Kristofer Ciraso, Army, Dec. 7, 2006.
The Bangor Daily News on March 15, 2008, also listed Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns, Bangor, Marines, killed May 9, 2003, in Kuwait.
Photo and information about military personnel from Bangor who died in wars may be sent to Bill Cook, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor 04401; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cook also is looking for a photo and information on Isadore Solomon, who served from Bangor and died during World War II, probably in 1947.
Bangor’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the corner of State and Exchange Street. The afternoon program at Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road, begins at noon. The Brewer High School Band will provide music, and the speaker will be Maj. Gen. John Libby, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard.
In Stockton Springs, Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157, American Legion, will present the Stockton Springs Historical Society with a framed copy of page 12 of the Bangor Daily News from June 17, 1943, featuring those from the town serving in the war. The presentation will be held during 11 a.m. ceremonies at Veterans Park.
Civil War historian Brian Swartz will present a slide show, “Maine at Gettysburg,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St.
The public is invited to attend the program illustrating the many Maine monuments at Gettysburg. Swartz also will speak about other topics related to the Civil War. For information, call 262-9600.
The Corinth Historical Society Museum is open 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays this summer on Main Street. The society will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the museum.
The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society will participate in a hands-on session “Transcribing Gravestones,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 4, at Eastern Cemetery in Portland. Members from the nonprofit group Spirits Alive will give instruction on transcribing gravestones, preserving the information on the deteriorating stones. Groups will have guided tours 1-2:30 p.m. Ethnic and religious communities represented include Irish, Quaker, Roman Catholic and African-American.
Bring a lunch and wear comfortable shoes. Restrooms are available in the area. The program is free and open to all. For information, call Deb at 329-6438.
Montpelier, the Gen. Henry Knox Museum, located near the turn to St. George in Thomaston, is open for guided tours 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Columbus Day weekend. Tours also are available Sunday and Monday of holiday weekends, except for Labor Day. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children age 5 and up. Younger children attend free and family discounts are available.
Montpelier is a replica of a 19-room Federal-period mansion originally built by Boston bookseller-turned-patriot and Revolutionary War hero Gen. Henry Knox for his society wife, Lucy, on her family’s landholdings in Maine. The museum includes Knox family letters.
Architecturally, Montpelier takes inspiration from compatriots George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello with its oval room, grand flying staircase and 24 fireplaces. Interiors showcase handsome antiques from prominent American craftsmen, elegant wall coverings from France and fine China trade porcelain. For information, call 354-8062 or email email@example.com.
Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor 04402; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.