NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem was blessed with beautiful spring weather for its Memorial Day celebration. The traditional parade of veterans, scouts of all ages and genders, athletic clubs, school bands, civic societies, town officials, fire and ambulance volunteers and antique cars progressed from Oakridge Road to the Veterans Memorial at the Westchester Exceptional Children’s School, where North Salem’s nonagenarian war veteran, Herb Geller, welcomed the crowd and spoke of loyalty, peace and freedom.
Following the playing of “Taps” by the bugler, American Legion Vice-Commander called the roll of North Salem’s war dead, from the Civil War to the present time.
Cornelius Van Scoy and Andrew Quick were among the seven men from North Salem and Somers who died in 1861 of typhoid fever at Harpers Ferry.
Capt. James McKeel and Sgt. Theodore Quick, Andrew’s brother, were killed in heavy fighting in Ream’s Station, Virginia, in 1864. James Quick, another brother, was also killed in combat during the war.
James Russell, Norman Purdy and John Knapp, three of the four North Salem men taken prisoner died of malnutrition, malaria or typhus as the result of being in Confederate prison camps.
During World War I, 35 local men served in the Armed Forces. Albert J. Lobdell and John F. Potter were killed in action.
Of the 105 residents who served during World War II, Philip Doyle, brothers Ray and Joseph Doole, Peter Collabelletta, Lawrence Studley, Donald Gilliland and John McCardle were killed in action.
Phillip Adams was killed in action in the Vietnam War and U. S. Navyman John Norton was killed in Vietnam waters in a collision between an Australian cruiser and an American destroyer.
New York Fire Lt. Vincent Halloran died on September 11, 2001, in the attack on the the World Trade Center.
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