To veterans, with love

American Legion Auxiliary president plays Santa at Belle Reve


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • From left: Avery, Ken Tinqust’s great-granddaughter; President of Milford’s Ausiliary, Katie Jo Kardel; Sandy, Ken’s daughter; and Navy Sailor Ken Tinquist holding fuzzy Sherlock Holmes, dressed as the great detective for which he is named, complete with his hat. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • American Legion Auxiliary President Katie Jo Kardel stands next to veteran Ray Smith while Belle Reve’s care worker, Irina Abayeva, holds a framed tee shirt of Ray’s B-24. Ray’s wife, Alice, is seated. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • The president of Milford’s American Legion Auxiliary, Katie Jo Kardel, packed gifts at the American Legion Auxiliary, then personally delivered them to more than veterans at Milford Senior Center and Belle Reve Senior Living Center on Dec. 27. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)



By Frances Ruth Harris

— Katie Jo Kardel, president of Milford's American Legion Auxiliary, on Dec. 27 personally delivered remembrance gifts to 30 veterans at the Milford Senior Center and Belle Reve Senior Living.

She spent time with each veteran, thanking them for their service.

During World War II, ninety-five-year old veteran Ray Smith was one of the B-24 plane's ball turret gunners, one of the most dangerous assignments in the war. Gunners were protected only by a glass bubble jutting out from the bottom of the plane, where there was no hiding from the enemy.

Smith was part of the Army Air Corps. He and his wife, Alice, have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Kardel brought a gift to Smith, thanking him for his Army Air Corps service. He has a framed tee shirt featuring the B-24 and the website cfdn.org, which provides the history of the service men who flew in B-24s. The story "B-24 Liberator" is on its way to becoming an IMAX historical film (thelastliberator.com).

Navy sailor Ken Tinquist is visited frequently by his loving family, including his furry pal Sherlock Holmes, who dressed up as the great detective from whom he gets his name, complete with a Holmes' hat.

"It is important to make sure each senior veteran knows their service is appreciated and respected," said Kardel.


Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Slide away
— The developers of the Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Tannersville, Pa., are building a two-acre,...
Read more »
Image

Water Expert Andy Ball: Slimy Water
The minerals that make water hard usually contain calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium in water interfere with the cleaning action of soap and detergent. They do this by...
Read more »
Image

Native American musician sings for Rosemary Brown
Delwin Fiddler Jr., internationally renowned Native American performing artist and cultural consultant from the Black Hills of South Dakota (second from right), recently met with...
Read more »
Image

Of dark-eyed juncos and ruby-crowed kinglets
The second 2017-18 Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen Memorial Field Trip, "Search for Eagles," took place in the Delaware Valley on Jan. 7. The temperature at the start was negative 6...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Entertainment
Dine with an explorer
  • Jan 19, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA