A veteran of the US Army. Joe entered the Army in 2006 as an enlisted man. He later went on to become an officer and has attained the rank of First Lieutenant. During his time as an enlistee he worked as a Combat Medic and as an officer he worked in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He only intended to serve four years and get out but after those four years he knew he wouldn't be going anywhere. He loves the Army. He appreciates the opportunities it has provided him and his family. He knew he would make the Army a career. Joe has had a busy military career. He has had many duty stations and saw action in Iraq. He has earned and received many awards and medals. Those awards include four Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, Outstanding Military Volunteer Medal, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Airborne Badge, Explosive Ordnance Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge. Joe is still on active duty serving our county at the time of this writing.
Cordaro's restaurant parking lot
A veteran of the US Army. Philip served during the Global War on Terror and is, as of this writing, still serving. He has attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Philip was born and raised in Honesdale. He enlisted in the Army immediately after graduating from Honesdale High School in 1996 and received his commission as an officer in 2003. He has served in many roles over his career to include airborne infantryman, explosive ordnance disposal officer, intelligence officer, operations officer, executive officer, and commander. Phil's deployments include Albania and Kosovo in 1999, Iraq in 2004 and 2009 and Afghanistan in 2013. He earned and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, and the Army Achievement Medal. Philip earned a Bachelors’ degree from King's College and a Masters from Troy University. He is currently assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children. His entire family is so very proud of him.
Cordaro's Restaurant parking lot
A veteran of the US Army attaining the rank of Sergeant. Clayt, as he was called, served during the Korean Conflict as a machine gunner. He saw heavy combat during his time in Korea. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart along with other medals. Having been engaged in a trucking business before he entered the service Clayton, upon discharge, changed the course of his life. He went to college and became a school teacher.
On the East side of Church St. on Central Park across from Campbell Law Office.
A veteran of the US Army. Ralph went by the nickname, Bob. During WWII Bob was stationed in the southern Philippines, Luzon, New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago. He was a heavy machine gunner and attained the rank of Corporal. His awards included the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with four bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars, and the Distinguished Unit Citation. Bob was on board the USS Missouri when Japan surrendered. Having been born and raised in Wayne County he returned home after the war and worked as a truck driver and railroad worker.
Across from Maple Avenue on Park St.
A veteran of the US Army and attained the rank of Spc. 4. Joe is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm where his job was a Forward Observer Scout. He was born and raised in Wayne County. After his discharge from active duty Joe went to college and is now a doctor of sports medicine.
Church St. between St. John's Lutheran Church and Honesdale National Bank drive-thru entrance
A veteran of the US Marine Corps. Joe attained the rank of Sergeant. He is a proud veteran of the Vietnam War and a lifelong resident of Wayne County. After his time in the military Joe went on to become a Corporate Executive in the printing industry
West side corner of 8th and Church St.
A veteran of the US Marine Corps. Rich served in the Vietnam War from 1968 until 1971. He attained the rank of Corporal. Rich earned and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Being a lifelong resident of Honesdale Rich worked for two local businesses (Chroma Tube and Moore Business Forms) after his discharge from the Marines. He also worked at the Prompton Dam with the Army Corp of Engineers.
East side corner of 12th St. and Church St.
Tommy was in the Marine Corps as a Sergeant. He served in the Korean war as a Machine Gunner. He was wounded two times during his service and earned the Purple Heart. General Lemnitzer was Tommy’s neighbor and Tommy tells a story of one time while he was on the front line, he was told to go behind the lines, the higher-ups wanted to see him. While in the jeep riding back behind the lines, he was thinking he was in trouble for something. As he goes into the tent and the gentleman removed his parka, he saw it was General Lemnitzer. The General just want to say “hi” since he heard he was there. Of course, the next day when he went back to the line and told the guys they did not believe him, but he had photos to prove it. Tommy has lived in Honesdale all his life so after returning home from his service he worked as a PA Highway Inspector.
Across from Maple Avenue on Park St.
A veteran of the US Army. Joseph served from September 1966 to September 1970 and saw action in Vietnam. He attained the rank of Sergeant. His job was a Radio Teletype Operator which included Morse code/voice/teletype crypto and top-secret cryptographic special intelligence. Joseph earned and received several accommodations including the Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Overseas Service Bars, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Marksman, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. After his tour in Vietnam Joseph was stationed in Germany where he met his wife. After his time in service Joseph used the GI Bill to attend the New York Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He became a New York police officer, working out of the 103rd precinct in Jamaica Queens, New York. In 1984 he retired and moved to Wayne County where he still resides. Joseph also spent two years in PA National Guard. He became the NBC Defense NCO of Co. A 1st BN 109th Infantry. In 1987 he received his second Honorable Discharge.
In front of George W. Kinsman Inc. on Rt. 191 South of Honesdale
A veteran of the US Air Force-ANGUS. Jason attained the rank of Tech. Sergeant. He served from 1993 until 2002. Jason was active in operation Desert Storm. His job was in Communications as a Computer Systems Operator. His duty stations included Fort Indiantown Gap, Egypt, and Italy. He earned and received the AF Commendation Medal, AF LGY Service Award, AF Training Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal. A graduate of Honesdale High School, Jason returned to Wayne County after his military career. He works as a Computer Systems Engineer.
In front of Edward J. Schwarz Buick on Rt. 6 East of Honesdale
A veteran of the US Army and PA National Guard. Kurt attained the rank of Captain. He served during the Vietnam Conflict, and during the Cold War, as well as in Peacetime. He worked as an Operations/Intelligence Specialist and Infantry Officer. He earned and received the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal 1st OLC, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Badge Rifle, and the M-16 Expert Marksmanship Badge Grenade. Kurt served as an NCO, went to ROTC, and earned his commission. He served in PA National Guard and on active duty as a Military Science Assistant Professor in ROTC at the University of Scranton. Kurt was born, raised, and still lives in Honesdale where he was a teacher, principal, and then Superintendent of Schools.
West of Mane Creations on Rt. 6 East of Honesdale
A veteran of the US Army. Matthew served with the Army Special Forces during the Global War on Terror. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He earned and received many awards which included the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, also, he received several badges and ribbons.
East end of Edward J. Schwarz parking lot on Rt. 6 East of Honesdale
A veteran of the US Army. He fought in the Korean Conflict. Walt worked as a Records Clerk and attained the rank of Corporal. He was the recipient of the Korea Service Medal, two Bronze CP Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal. His duty stations included Korea, Michigan, West Point, and Camp Drum. After returning from Korea Walt taught the cadets at West Point. After returning home he worked for the United States Post Office as a Rural Mail Carrier.
In front of Mane Creations on Rt. 6 East of Honesdale
A veteran of the US Army. He attained the rank of Sergeant and was a machine gunner in a heavy weapons infantry division. John saw a great deal of action in WWll having been sent to North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Monte Cassino, Anzio, and Rome. Between July 1943 and June 1944, he participated in three amphibious invasions of Italy and Sicily. He spent the winter at the Gustavline (Monte Cassino) and the Liberation of Rome. All of this ended just two days before the Invasion of Normandy. He served under General George Patton in the invasion of Sicily and under General Mark Clark at the invasion of Salerno and Anzio. John met War Correspondent Ernie Pyle at Monte Cassino. His picture now hangs in the WW ll museum in Anzio, Italy. John passed away in 1994 and is buried in St. Mary Magdalen Cemetery in Honesdale.
Near Clark's Sunrise Market on Rt. 191 South of Honesdale
Arthur E. Fasshauer: A veteran of the US Army Air Corps. Later known as the United States Air Force (1947). Art served during WWII and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was stationed in Texas and saw action in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, the Euro-African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four bronze stars. A lifelong resident of Honesdale Art returned home after his service and was a merchant in town owning Art's Apparel which is still a popular clothing store on Main Street in Honesdale.
On the West side of Church St at the corner of 9th St. and Church St in front of Park Hotel & Apartments.
A veteran of the US Air Force. Ken served in Vietnam. He was assigned to the 56th Combat Support Group Pacific. He served a one-year tour and was stationed at Nakhon Phanom Airbase in Thailand in 1968. Ken's job was in Aircraft Avionics and he attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He received the Vietnam Service Medal. Among his duty stations was Johnson Island in the Pacific, Moses Lake Washington, Hawaii, and Andrews AFB. Ken relates a story of when he was stationed on the one-mile long Johnson Island they played a lot of pokers and fed the sharks! Having spent most of his life in Wayne County he returned here after his time in the military. He worked for the US Postal Service and became the Postmaster of his hometown of Hamlin.
In front of Osborne's Small Engine Repair on Park St
A veteran of the US Army. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Leo has a long history of service to his country starting back in 1939 when he was just 16 years old. He enlisted in the National Guard. He was discharged in 1940 having served for one year. In 1941 at the age of 17 he again enlisted, this time in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was stationed at Camp 5139 in Greentown, Pennsylvania. After serving just two and a half months he was honorably discharged because he was under-age. He was inducted into the Army in 1943 at the age of 19. His job in the Army was that of a paratrooper and a Glider pilot. He saw much action in Rhineland, Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge, and Central Europe. He earned and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded while in Belgium. Leo also received the EAME Theater Service Medal with three Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead and several other medals and badges. He loved telling stories especially to his grandson Brian Lamberton. One, in particular where his group parachuted into an area and landed on the side of the road. They were not supposed to shoot until another Army troop met up with them. While waiting they heard a lot of noise and commotion coming down the road. They started shooting and then realized that they had shot a bunch of horses. The army troop they were waiting for was behind the horses. After discharge from the Army in 1946 he married his sweetheart Doris C. Hiller. Together they owned and operated Gumpper's Shoe Repair Shop. Leo passed away in May 1996 at the age of 73.
Across from laundromat on West Park St.
A veteran of the US Air Force. Gunner, as his friends called him, served in Vietnam and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. His duty stations included Lackland AFB, Texas, Tech School Chanute AFB, Illinois, and Cam Rahn Bay Vietnam. His job was an Aero Space Ground Equipment Engineer and he received the Vietnamese Service Medal. During his time in the service he was able to take in a USO show starring Bob Hope. During his time in Vietnam he felt it gave him great insight into human nature. Glen was born, raised, and still resides in Honesdale. After completing his military service Glen worked as the Fire Chief at Tobyhanna Army Depot from 1971 to 1996. He worked with Wayne County Emergency Management from 1998 until 2006.
In front of Pet Central on Rt. 191 South of Honesdale
Regretfully, we have utilized all poles approved for the mounting of the banners. These banners will be in place for two years, at which time the current banners will be given to the sponsors and we will replace them with the next group. Applications for the next group will be available after Jan. 1, 2021. Please s