The highest medal given in the military is the Medal of Honor, first awarded in March of 1863 and only to enlisted men, later amended to include officers.
Very close to that award is the Silver Star citation, and in March of 1943, that medal was presented to George LaDue of Tupper Lake and part of the citation reads: “For gallantry in action.”
Pharmacist Mate LaDue of the U.S. Navy had written his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard LaDue of 88 Main St., early in February that year, informing them that he had been awarded the Silver Star decoration by Adm. William F. Halsey, Jr., commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific. (Halsey Reyell of Saranac Lake (Mrs. Robert Reyell) is a relative of Admiral Halsey, from whom her name derived.)
Then Sailor LaDue wrote: “I can’t tell you now what the award was for, but you’ll learn sometime” - and what he did was save the lives of a bunch of his wounded comrades.
The citation reads: “For distinguished service in the line of his profession during hostile attacks on Guadalcanal Island during the night of August 20 to 21, 1942.
“With utter disregard for his own personal safety, Pharmacist’s Mate LaDue exposed himself repeatedly to heavy and accurate enemy machine-gun and mortar fire to evacuate wounded personnel from the battle area. Largely as a result of his valorous action, the lives of many of the wounded were saved.”
The newspaper story goes on to say that he graduated from Tupper Lake High School in 1937 and joined the Navy in 1938 and then the following:
“Back in his football days at Tupper Lake High residents had a preview of the courage which helped him to carry on under heavy Jap fire on Guadalcanal. His wife and daughter, Grace, live in Jacksonville, Fla.”
Other news of Tupper
“Corp. Carl H. Lang, formerly of 26 Hill St., left Tuesday after a brief visit with friends and relatives. Corp. Lang won his wings recently as a flexible gunner and turret gunner operator, and was assigned to an aerial transport train for domestic and overseas duty. He has already made trips to many points in this hemisphere, including flights over Africa and South America.
“Tupper Lake residents will honor the 12 men called for service in March (1943) at a send-off party Tuesday night at the Hotel Iroquois.
“Albert J. Deshaw, chairman, and Harry N. Savett are directing arrangements for the dinner. Principal speaker will be Clarence S. Potvin, commander of Benjamin Churco Post 220, American Legion.
“Staff Sergeant Lawrence Reandeau, of Tupper Lake, has been transferred from Boise, Idaho, to Wendover Field, Utah.
“Pvt. Joseph R. Demars arrived Saturday from Fresno, Calif., where he is stationed with an Army Signal Corps unit to spend a short furlough at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mary Demars.
“Miss Katherine Powers, who is employed at the Naval Training Base at Sampson, N.Y., near Geneva, is passing a week here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Powers, 13 Mountain View Avenue.”
Tupper Lake GOP unopposed
In February 1943, the Republican incumbents for three village posts went unopposed as there was no mention of a Democratic caucus, but apparently that deadline had not yet expired.
James H. Powers had filed notice for his intention to stand for re-election for police justice (now known as village justice) and incumbents Albert J. Deshaw and Stanley Clark filed for re-election as village trustees.
Now this following plan could make for less frustration as local parties seek candidates for office as those interested in the positions must file their intentions even before the caucus is held … read this:
“Under the Australian caucus plan, adopted by the party here in 1938, the Republican caucus will be little more than a formality. The plan provides that a candidate for office must file notice of his intention to run at least 10 days before the caucus and deposit $5 with the town clerk to cover the cost of ballots, thereby eliminating any possibility of a last-minute candidate.”
Altamont in good shape
Town Supervisor Amell ought to be interested in this annual report from his predecessor, supervisor Paul E. Martin in February of 1942:
“Starting 1941 with a $576.40 balance in the general fund, the town of Altamont had receipts totaling $71,261.33 and disbursements totaling $67,942.88, winding up the fiscal year with a balance of $3,318.45.
“Major items of receipts were $40,854.76 from George H. Delair, tax collector, and $628.26 in his fees; from Franklin County Treasurer, W. H. Moore, $11,280.73, beverage tax; $7,197.05, home relief reimbursement … ”
Some of the disbursements listed were: “Home relief, $17,726.03; town clerk, $2,434.77; welfare officers, $1,269.36; justices of the peace and constables, $236.89 and Coney Beach, $538.93.”
(Editor's note: This article was published in the Saturday, May 24 Enterprise but was mistakenly not uploaded to the Web until Tuesday, May 27.)
From an A&P Store newspaper advertisement in 1943.