Elmer N. Davis Obituary

posted Dec 2, 2018, 3:37 PM by Webmaster

January 2, 1921 - July 16, 2010

Elmer "Bud" N. Davis, Jr., 89, of Granger, passed away in his home, surrounded by family, at 10:06 am, Friday, July 16, 2010. Bud was born on January 2, 1921 in St. Charles, IL to the late Elmer N and Stella (Crawford) Davis. On March 30, 1946, he married Maxine "Mickey" E. Ruffner, who preceded him in death in 2008.

Bud graduated from Horace Mann High School in Gary, where he was enrolled in the ROTC. He proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he became a Corporal and a Rifle Expert. He participated in the Battle of Roi and Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, also was involved in action against the enemy at Saipan, Tinian and the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he earned a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Albright United Methodist Church, where he was a trustee. He was the former owner and operator of Davis Floor Covering Service. Bud was also employed at Joer's Floor Center for many years as an estimator. He was a master floor mechanic, loved animals, and was a big Notre Dame and Indianapolis Colts fan.

Bud is survived by four children, Janice (Bill) Falkenau-Shaw of South Bend, Jill Comfort of Osceola, Jackie Vogler of Mishawaka and Jody (Lucy) Davis of Granger, ten grandchildren, Kimberly McCall, David (Melissa) Falkenau, Jennifer (Tommy) Laymon, Rebecca Dahlin, Angela Comfort, Alicia Comfort, Michael Vogler, Ann (David) Emmitt, Benjamin Davis and Nicole Davis and nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his two sisters, Delores Portlock and Evelyn Tauber.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 22, 2010 in the funeral home with entombment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Albright United Methodist Church, 504 W. Mishawaka Ave, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or to The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

The Passing of Walter S. Donahue, Jr.

posted Dec 17, 2017, 3:09 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Dec 17, 2017, 3:50 PM ]

Walter S. Donahue, Jr.
May 19, 1921 - September 29, 2017

Pawtucket – Walter S. Donahue, Jr., 96, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Lillian (Kenney) Donahue for seventy-three years. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the son of the late Walter Scott Donahue and Grace (Hawes) Donahue, he resided in Pawtucket over seventy years. Walter was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served as a 1st Lieutenant Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Regular, 2nd Marine Division in Saipan, Timan and the Okinawa Campaigns and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. He was a 1940 graduate of the Boston Public Latin School. Walter was also a 1944 graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was a member and past-president of the Alpha Delta Pi Fraternity; member of the Student Council; Ivy Day Chairman; Class Life Secretary-Treasurer; Class Agent since 1949; Director of the Alumni Fund; Chairman of the Alumni Fund 1980 and he received the Robert Cross Award; Alumni Service Award and was the Maine All State Football Halfback / Place Kicker in 1943. He also attended Boston University and Rhode Island University studying in Sales and Marketing. Walter was employed by the Union Wadding Company for forty-five years until retiring in 1991 as Vice-president of Sales in the Manufacturing Division. He was member and Past Master of Barney Merry Lodge No. 29 F. & A.M.; member of the Pawtucket Junior Chamber of Commerce and an Honorary Life member of the Pawtucket Country Club. Besides his wife, he leaves three children, W. Scott Donahue, III, Susan J. Pimental and Alan R. Donahue; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services with Military Honors will be private. Interment will follow at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. Visitation and flowers are respectfully omitted. Memorial gifts to the Bowdoin Alumni Fund, 5000 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011 or Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.

Victory over Japan Day Article in the Roanoke Times

posted Dec 17, 2017, 3:07 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 7:49 PM ]

Tonia Moxley had a great piece in the Roanoke Times about a Victory over Japan Day luncheon for veteran's at Mission BBQ. The article also features an interview with Carlos Showalter and some great videos as well.

The Passing of Nicholas A. Zingaro

posted Dec 17, 2017, 3:03 PM by Webmaster

Sgt Major Nicholas A. Zingaro Ret. USMC
September 2, 2017

Nicholas A. Zingaro, 92, of Solvay, NY, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. He was born to the late Luigi and Theresa (Spicciati) Zingaro on August 20, 1925. To many, Nick Zingaro is a Marine, a Sergeant Major. To us, he is our dad, our grandfather, our great-grandfather, our mentor and our “hero”. Three of his sons, Richard, Nick and Lewis, followed in his footsteps to become Marines. On March 4, 1944 Nick joined the Marine Corps and proudly served for 36 years, serving in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He was a machine gunner with Charlie Company, First Battalion 23rd marines, 4th Marine Division. He was in the 3rd wave beach landing on Iwo Jima in February 1945. In March, 2005, he took a trip back to the Island for the 60th Anniversary Remembrance of the Battle of Iwo Jima. At that time, he and a fellow marine and Iwo Jima survivor returned battlefield mementos to family members of fallen Japanese soldiers. Nick was discharged in 1947 and joined the Marine Corps Reserves. In August, 1950, he was reactivated for the Korean War. After the war, he became an instructor for cold weather training and joined a training battalion in Bridgeport, California. He was promoted to Sgt Maj in 1970 and in 2004 inducted into the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Sgt Maj Zingaro was very active in many Veteran organizations including the Marine Corps League, American Legion Post 41, VFW Post 2893, Solvay Geddes Veterans, DAV, The Fleet Reserve Association and the 4th Marine Division Association. He has been recognized for his service with the Asiatic Pacific Medal, NYS Conspicuous Service Cross, National Defense Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iwo Jima Medal, Korean Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. In addition to his career as a Marine, Nick worked for the Department of Transportation, Design and Records for 58 years. He retired in December, 2011 at the age of 86. He reflects often on the many projects he was a part of and the friends he made and kept while there. Nick was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Christina Burns Zingaro, and his siblings, Carmella Plants, Anne Fantacone, Assunta Ranieri, Michael Zingaro, John Zingaro and Lucy Malvasi.

He is survived by his five children, Richard, of the Community Living Center at the VA, Michael of Solvay, Nicholas (Jane) of Cape Coral, FL., Lewis (Kitty) of Prince George, VA and Karen (Charles) Baracco of Onondaga Hill. His grandchildren, Danielle (Neil) Tardella, Sandra(Bill) Davis, Nicholas (Kerry) Zingaro, Nicole(Scott) Nettune, Charles(Lindsey) Baracco, Michael(Charlotte) Baracco, Michael, Nikki, Anthony, Janelle Zingaro, Jaclyn(Mark) Wesolaski, Jennifer (Graham)Tharp, Patricia (Travis) Gonzales, Christina (Korey) Wessel, Lewis and Zachary Zingaro. His great-grandchildren Marin and Astoria Davis, Bennett and Lara Nettune, Sailor and Fox Tardella, Isla, Laney and Esmae Baracco, Gianna and Blaise Wesolaski, Edmund and Owen Gonzales, Theodore Tharp and Natalie Wessel. His sister, Rose Fedrizzi, brother, Louis (Monica) Zingaro, sister-in-law, Anne Zingaro, brotherin-law, Joseph Ranieri, sister-in-law, Muriel Burns and several nieces and nephews.

Special thank you to dads compassionate caregivers Amber, Asia, Ebony, Kejah, Shallon, Aida and Michelle.

Funeral services will be held 8:45 am Friday at BAGOZZI TWINS FUNERAL HOME and 9:30 am at St. Cecilia Church, 1001 Woods Rd, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The Rite of Committal and burial with Military Honors will follow in Onondaga County Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Syracuse.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at BAGOZZI TWINS FUNERAL HOME, 2601 Milton Ave. 

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of CNY, 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088 or Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY, 6743 Kinne Street, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.

Please offer online tributes for Nicholas at 

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An Interview with Gene Rackovitch

posted Dec 17, 2017, 2:58 PM by Webmaster

On June 02, 2017, Katharine Schroeder interviewed Gene Rackovitch for a piece that appeared in the Community News section of Gene talked to Katharine about his books and his writing.

The Passing of Fred Schmidt

posted Jun 24, 2017, 1:15 PM by Webmaster

Fred John Schmidt, 94, Minot and Fessenden, died Monday, April 17, 2017, in a CHI Care Center in Turtle Lake.

Click here to read his obituary.

The Passing of Delmer Gibson

posted Jun 24, 2017, 1:14 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Jun 24, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

Delmer Paul Gibson Sr., 90, of Masontown, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Kingwood. Project Completed

posted Feb 13, 2017, 6:39 PM by Webmaster

Since Aug 2015 I have been working on a genealogy project for C123rd on

I have put the names of the 862 Marines and 161 Navy Corpsman who came and went in C Company during WWII into a tree at

If I could find their parents I added them and same for their spouses. About half of the men I could not find out more about. As I went along what struck me was how many were 1st generation Americans. 7 were even immigrants themselves of which 5 were born in Canada and 2 in Italy.

Of the ones whose parents I could find out more about, 120 of the Marines and Corpsmen were first generation Americans with their parents having been born in the following 33 countries.




















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If you have an membership you can see the tree at .

Thank you!

posted Sep 2, 2016, 7:24 PM by Webmaster

On Aug 1, 2015 we posted an announcement about a wooden box.

In an effort to find out which C123rd Marine it had belonged to, a tree at was started to look for records and clues. It was the only way to try to figure out where they enlisted, find them in census records or phone directories, etc., and other databases that would give us a clue as to where they were from when they enlisted.

Sadly, a year later after all 862 Marines had been entered and researched, we still don’t know which one the box was made by.

We would like to thank the person who now has the box for being the inspiration for research project that led to the tree on We believe that it will be a helpful repository for anyone researching, some of whom may not even know that their relative was a Marine in WWII.

If you’re an member you can find the tree at this link -

C123rd Master Roster has been updated

posted Aug 29, 2016, 5:58 PM by Webmaster

We've updated the C123rd Master Roster with the information as we know it. You can view the Master Roster at here: Master Roster

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