A veteran of the United States Air Force. James served during the Persian Gulf War as an F15 Eagle Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist. He attained the rank of Senior Airman. His duty stations included Lackland AFB, Texas; Lowry AFB, Colorado; Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan; Clark AFB, Philippines; Osan AFB, South Korea; Langley AFB, Virginia; and Nellis AFB, Nevada. James earned and received the SASM Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal. While in service he saw a USO show starring Mickey Rooney. After his time in service, James became the Project Management Construction Manager for Consolidated Edison/Orange and Rockland Utilities. He was active with the American Legion where he became Commander of Post #254 Honesdale, American Legion Deputy District Commander, VFW member Post #531 Honesdale, and Knights of Columbus member Honesdale. He still resides in Wayne County.
1238 Main St
George served during WWII and the Korea Conflict in the Marine Corps and Navy. George was a Sgt Weapons Co 8th Reg. Marine division as Infantryman and Navy Gunner’s Mate 2nd class. George was involved in the Pacific Theater as a Marine. He received the Marines Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Purple Heart, Pin and Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Tarawa Atoll Pin, and two Presidential Unit Citations. While serving in the Navy he was in the Far East and West Coast ports on the USS Calvert APA -32 and was awarded the Occupation Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal for Korea. George married a local girl and started a family living in the Honesdale area from 1951 to 2003. He worked in the local factories, as a mason, as Wayne Co. Bridge and Dam Inspector, and served as Democratic Committeeman.
Near B & B Dodge on Willow Avenue
A local Lakeville boy served with The United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Airman Chuprevich received National Defense Service Medal, Cold War Recognition Certificate, and Good Conduct Medal. During his stint in the Air Force, Pete attended AF Tech School as a 75250 Education Specialist. Pete was stationed in Patterson, NY, and Biloxi, Mississippi. After his honorable discharge, he entered the workforce in electronics at Bendix Corp.
Between 5th & 6th on Church St
Seaman 1st Class serving with the United States Coast Guard out of Long Beach Island, NJ. Ralph served during the Korean Conflict to safeguard the East Coast and provide Sea Rescue Service. Awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Ribbon, Ralph is credited with assisting in many water rescues of military staff and civilians. Ralph and his wife located Wayne Co. establishing a construction business and retiring in 2017. Ralph continues to be very active in the community.
Triangle Park on North Main
Local boy, Carl served in the Army Artillery. SP4 Davis served his country during the Vietnam War, stationed in Germany and Vietnam. During his service, he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Badge & Rifle Bar. After returning to Wayne County, Carl was employed as a repairman for the railroad and retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. Interesting fact: Carl is a hero in another way.... his blood type is "O" the universal donor.
Corner of 7th St & Church St
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Ronald served during the Vietnam era and spent one year of his enlistment in that country. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Ronald has lived in Wayne County for over 50 years. He and his wife currently reside in Lake Ariel.
Between 7th St & 8th St on Church St
A veteran of the U.S. Army. Reggie was with the 7th Army in WWII. He saw action in the European Theater of operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Reggie was born and raised in Honesdale. He returned there and worked at Farview State Hospital as a guard and then with the U.S. Postal Service where he was a mail carrier for 24 years.
Between 6th St. & 7th St. on Church St
A veteran of the U.S. Army. Joe served during Vietnam. Joe was an aide to top officials of the Army. When accompanying the officers, he would carry secret papers in a briefcase attached to his wrist with handcuffs. While in Vietnam, Joe spent a lot of time in helicopters. He was a very lucky soldier because one day while having lunch in front of a hotel in Vietnam, a bomb hit the back of the hotel. The back was blown out. He also was stationed in Germany where he worked in an office. Joe earned and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Overseas Bars, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and an Expert Badge M-16.
Between 5th St & 6th St on Church St
Richard was ranked an E-6 in the Navy during the Vietnam Era. He earned the Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, 4 Good Conduct Awards, and Sailor of the Month at NAS Willow Grove. While he was in the service, he did Personnel Accounting. Richard was stationed at MCB #7 Quonset Pt. RI., NAS Willow Grove, Pa, NAS Glenview, IL, Resaswtac School East, CNARTRA, Glenview, IL. He was raised in Wayne County and returned to Wayne County after his service. Rich reenlisted aboard Navy aircraft SH-3A Helicopter.
231 Terrace St
Chauncy was born in Starlight on a family dairy farm and lived in Wayne Co.until 1964. Known as "Chance" passed away at age 77 in Tucson, AZ. Chance started his education to become a veterinarian. He joined the Army in 1963 becoming a helicopter pilot, serving 10 plus years with two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea. After leaving active duty he continued serving in the Army Reserves and National Guard. He was called back to active duty and served another 10 plus years retiring in 2000. Awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Model. Purple Heart, Bronze Star w/60 Device, Four Overseas Service Bars, Senior Aviator Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Medal W/7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star. After leaving the service he returned to pursue his education and obtained a degree in Aviation Management and was a member of the VFW and supported the Wounded Warriors.
Just before Old Willow Ave on Willow Avenue
A veteran of the U.S. Army. Bill served in WWII as a Medic. He was stationed in Germany. After the war Bill returned to Wayne County where he was a businessman, owning and operating Eberhardt's Tobacco and Candy Store.
Near Smokin Joes on Willow Avenue
WWII (Lt.) & Korea Conflict (Capt.) serving in the US Army. Gerald served as Infantry Unit Commander in Europe and Korea. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge with star, Bronze Star with Device for his outstanding leadership and courage on June 04, 1951, in the vicinity of Inje, Korea, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Korean Service Ribbon, UN Service Medal. Mr. Eno, as the students at Honesdale High School called him, taught General Science, Physics, General Math, Algebra, and Driver's Education until he retired in 1982. He was very active in his community until his passing in 2012.
Near Davis R. Chant on Willow Avenue
A veteran of the U.S. Army. Don or Donny as he was called served in WWII with the 264th Infantry, 66th Division. He was stationed in Northern France, Rhineland. As a Rifleman 745, he attained the rank of Private. The main focus of the 66th Infantry Division was to contain and eliminate the remaining pockets of German Soldiers in Northern France. Don earned and was awarded the Army Occupation Medal, WWII Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Don had the honor of being a member of General Wesley Clark's Honor Guard. After his discharge from the Army, being a lifelong resident of Wayne County, he returned here where he was a dairy farmer. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 114.
Near Park St complex on Park St
A veteran of the U.S. Army. George served during WWI and attained the rank of Private. As a member of Battalion “F” 320th Field Artillery, George was in France and saw action in the Marbache sector, St. Mihiel Offensive which was the first large offensive launched mainly by the United States Army. He also participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive which was one of the largest of the American Expeditionary Forces and was said to be one of the attacks that brought WW I to an end. As a lifelong resident of Wayne County, he returned here after his military service. George worked as a farmer and also an Engineman at Farview.
Near Workforce Wayne on Park St
A veteran of the U.S. Army. Bob joined the National Guard in 1939. He served with the 28th Division, 109th Infantry, Company H, 2nd Battalion. He was Federalized in 1941 and trained at Fort Indiantown Gap. In 1942, he was sent to Camp Livingston, Louisiana where he joined the 109th Infantry, Company M, 1st Battalion. In 1943, he was trained for Jungle Warfare and was injured. Bob was then sent to Texas where he was a guard of Italian prisoners at the Prisoner of War Camp in Hereford, Texas. He was discharged in 1944 with the rank of Sergeant. After his military service, he worked as a welder for Yuba and General Motors.
Corner of Erie St. and Sunrise Avenue
Honorable Discharge of Staff Sergeant of the 819th Military Police Company on November 26, 1945. "Ben" was born in Russia and made the United States his home, serving proudly in the United States Army. He saw action in Normandy, Rhineland, and Northern Apennines Central Europe. Ben was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, and WWII Victory Medal. Ben served under the Ghost Corps/XX Corps, which is considered one of the most powerful fighting teams in military history. Ben had the honor of being one of the first liberators of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Ben stated, "Words could never, never describe the evil atrocities that we witnessed." Ben was one of the luckiest GI's to attend a USO show to see the famous Dinah Shore perform and then to have her autograph his 50 French francs bill! After his Honorable Discharge in November 1945, he and his wife relocated to Honesdale. Ben worked for Lakewood Oil and then opened The Midtown Variety Store on Main St. retiring in 1985 and passing away in 1998. Ben was forever proud to be able to serve his country in its major victory toward democracy.
Near Gulf Station on Willow Avenue
A veteran of the U.S. Navy. Jack, as he was called, served during the Vietnam era. He was stationed stateside on the east coast and in Spain. Jack was a Boatswain Mate and attained the rank of IC-1 (E 6). He was born in Wayne County and currently resides here.
Corner Court St & 10th St
Better known to friends and family as "Charlie". Born and raised in Wayne Co. Charlie entered the United States Navy as a Fireman 1st class during WWII. He worked on PT Boats/Motor Torpedo Boat Base Four and P.T. Base 21 in the South Pacific. He received the Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, and Asiatic Pacific 1 Bronze Star Medal. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1946. Returning to his roots, Charlie bought the Ideal Restaurant at 526 Main St., Honesdale and changed the name to Flynn's Country Restaurant, and served the residents of Wayne Co. for over 32 years.
Near Krupa Wealth office on Church St