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Korean War veteran

Edgar ‘Perry’ Pope, 90; Served In World War II, Korean Conflict

IN MEMORIAM: Edgar ‘Perry’ Pope, 90;

Served In World War II, Korean Conflict

NEW BERLIN – Edmeston native and veterans of World War II and Korea, Edgar “Perry” Pope, 90, of South New Berlin, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Born in Edmeston, Perry was the son of Edward and Nillie (Green) Pope.  He married Gladys Mudge on May, 18 1959, in Oneonta.

Walter E. Backus, 88; Korean War  Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

IN MEMORIAM: Walter E. Backus, 88;

Korean War Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

Walter E. Backus

SIDNEY – Walter Edmund Backus, 88, a Korean War veteran and union leader during 40 years at Scintilla (Amphenol) passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in the comfort of his home.

Walt was born in 1930 and graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford High School in 1947.

Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army; he was discharged in July 1950. Walt was recalled to active duty on Nov. 2, 1950 and sent to Fort Hood,  Texas, for eight weeks of advanced combat training.

Frank Gallucci, 86, Taught 33 Years In Oneonta Schools
IN MEMORIAM

Frank Gallucci, 86, Taught

33 Years In Oneonta Schools

Frank Gallucci

ONEONTA – Frank Gallucci, 86, a 33-year Oneonta High School history teacher, and one of the last people to have taught both at Academy Street and the new campus on East Street, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Frank was born on Jan. 13, 1932, in Oneonta to John and Raffaella Gallucci. He attended city schools and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950.

Upon graduation, Frank went to work for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad as an agent telegrapher. In 1952, during the Korean War, Frank joined the Army and served in the 8174th Army Signal Corp in Sendai and Tokyo, Japan. Frank was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of corporal.

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