Topics: Military

CHATHAM – In 2002, Polly Goddard's nephew Will was stationed in Kuwait with the U.S. Army awaiting the start of the Iraq war. His brother, Parker, then 13, was looking for a way to boost Will's spirits, and after a chat with his aunt, an idea was born that has become a heartfelt tradition. As Goddard explained, Parker had been assigned a school service project but didn't have a clue what would work. He and his...

Navy Is Home To Three Generations Of Chatham Family

By: Debra Lawless

When Chet Grocki of Chatham was in high school in the 1950s, he was sometimes called out of class to play Taps at a military funeral. Local men from his town in Connecticut were fighting and dying in the Korean War. As a trumpeter in the Connecticut All-State Band, Chet was in demand for this somber task. “It was the beginning of my awareness of the idea of military service—what it ultimately meant was peop...

CHATHAM — In the faded photographs on the walls and on the plaques listing names of past members and commanders, the Brown-James-Buck VFW Post holds history. “We're stewards,” Operations Manager Carl Rostek said. “We refuse to let this place go under.” But the building on George Ryder Road isn't a museum. For nearly 60 years, it's been a refuge for local veterans as well as an important community resou...

CHATHAM – Growing up the youngest of seven children in the Bronx, Chatham resident Tom Baldwin knew very little about his father Walter’s service in World War I. “I cannot recall my Dad ever talking about his wartime experiences in our home,” Baldwin said. Walter Baldwin passed away in 1965. It wasn’t until 2012 that Tom and his sister discovered a typed manuscript while going through some of their father’s...

Honoring The Memory Of Those Who Served

By: Tim Wood

With rain threatening, Chatham held its annual Memorial Day ceremony inside the community center Monday. Dozens of residents joined color guards from the Chatham VFW and Chatham Coast Guard Station, Coast Guard Auxiliary, scouts and local officials in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the nation's conflicts and wars. Master of Ceremonies Ted Miller of the Chatham VFW Post thanked those who attended for...

Honoring Those Who Died In Service To The Nation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The threat of rain did not deter an intrepid audience at the Memorial Day ceremony at Brooks Park on Monday morning, as residents came to hear Lt. Paul Doane, USN, a former four-term state senator of the Cape and Islands and active municipal volunteer. Doane focused on the importance of reflecting and honoring those Americans who died while in service to the nation. For many Americans, Memorial Day h...