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Local veterans honored in online album

Veterans Day is Nov. 11

Patrick Porter

Patrick Porter

— “Boy, it was warm,” he said.

When he dropped his arm from his eyes, the signature atomic mushroom cloud loomed over the horizon.

“I think about it once in awhile,” said Porter, “but it was many years ago. It's kind of fading out now.”

He went to Iowa State following his WWII service, and was enlisted in the Navy Reserve. After money got a little tight, he left school. His timing put him out of college just as the Korean War was ramping up. He was called back to bring a ship out of mothballs. He rode along during the ship's shakedown run, where it was tested for problems, to Jamaica. When he got back, his reserve time was up, so he went home.

Porter's family ventured west out of the Johnsburg area during the Great Depression, and he was born in Washington state. They returned to the family farm between Wevertown and Riparius when Porter was about a year-and-a-half-old.

“The good old Adirondacks; there's no place like 'em,” he said.

After he got out of the service, he worked 10 years at A&B Oil near the train station, then worked as a custodian at the school. He ended up at Imperial Wallpaper, which changed ownership a couple times before he retired to Riparius, where he lives now.

Another local veteran posted to the page is Richard Villaneuve. He was an Army repair tech in Vietnam.

He went through basic training in New Jersey in the winter.

“It was miserable,” he said. “It was cold and damp, probably more than half the company had upper respiratory infections by the time we were done.”

He followed up with repair training at Fort Benning, GA, and then it was off to a mountain valley near Qui Nhon in what was South Vietnam.

Patrick Porter's son Michael would like to correct his father's retirement place to North Creek. Thanks for keeping us on our toes.

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