Man Seeks Information On WWII Veterans

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They are 68 names at Allen Park in Pierrepont Manor - the names of area men who served in World War II.

To Dale Steele, a nephew to two of the men on the list, this memorial becomes more and more intriguing as more and more years go by.

"So many of them are gone and then I got interested to see how many are left and it just got to bugging me and so for a year I've been working on it," said Steele.

Steele has been trying to identify every name to find out if they're still alive.

He has had a lot of help from his uncle, John Steele, who is one of the survivors.

"But we're down to three and have come to a dead end," said Dale Steele.

Three names which are still unidentified are William Bartlett, Forest Shoup and Raymond Hopkins.

Steele is trying to find out what became of them by making phone calls, placing newspaper ads and using the internet.

"I'm going to keep trying, 'til I find the rest of them," he said.

To illustrate how fast World War II veterans are disappearing - out of the 65 names Steele has identified, how many are still alive?

"Three. John Steele; he's 91. Richard Brown, we always called him Bud Brown; he's 85. Wilson Bolton. He's in Florida; he's 95," said Steele.

Allen Park is maintained by the Pierrepont Manor Improvement Club. 

The sign is maintained by the Robert Bovee family.

If you have any information to share, call Dale Steele at (315) 465-4527.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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