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Welsh Bethel Baptist Church To Honor Gold Star Boys

May 23, 2019

The Welsh Bethel Baptist Church, 290 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, will honor its seven Gold Star Boys who died in service to their county at a service at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26. Public is welcome. Honorees are: World War I — Pvt. William Robbins, 16, U.S. Army, killed in action, Germany: World War II — Cpl. Kenneth Hobbs, 20, U.S. Army, graduate of Meyers High School, employed by the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Co., killed in action, 1945, Whelan, Germany; Pfc. Robert Hummel, 21, U.S. Army, graduate of GAR High School, employed by Holmes Metallic, he and Hobbs were cousins, killed in action, 1945, Germany; Pfc. Charles Grosspietsch, 20, U.S. Army, graduate of Meyers High School, killed in action, 1944, Luzon, Philippines; Pvt. William Parry Jr., 24, U.S. Army, graduate of Meyers High School, employed by Stegmaier Brewery, killed in action, 1944, Normandy, France; Pvt. William L. Richards, 32, U.S. Army, graduate of Coughlin High School, employed by J.T. Evans Plumbing Co., killed in action, 1944, Anzio, Italy; SSG Thomas D. Williams, 24, U.S. Army Air Corps, graduate of Hanover High School, attended junior college, killed in action, 1944, Russelsheim, Germany. A gold cross with the names of the Gold Star Boys was placed on the communion table Dec. 1, 1946. A monument honoring the seven Gold Star Boys who gave their lives for their country was dedicated in front of the church on Sunday, May 30, 2010. The church is presently seeking a photograph of Pfc. Charles Grosspietsch. Contact Jack Morgan at 570-824-9568.

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