Thanks to Irene Minier who sent us a letter this week with a reminder that April 9 was the 70th Anniversary of the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in the early days of World War II. We have long documented the heroics of the men of the 192nd Tank Battalion, Company C, all of whom were from Ottawa County. They mustered from the Armory on West Perry Street and marched to the train station in November of 1941. Only about half of them made it home. The last living member of Company C, Joe Hrupcho, died just last year. Once again, we honor these brave men who either died in defense of their county or suffered horrific captivity at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. It all took place 70 years ago this week.
And while we are on the topic … the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission has announced the selection of Harold J. Fillmore, a U.S. Navy Veteran, as the County’s Veteran of the Year for 2011. The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Monday, April 16, at the Oak Harbor VFW Hall, 251 W. Main St. The public is invited.
Another letter we received this week came from Ida Mercurio, one of our area’s favorite and most friendly bartenders. She has been plying her craft at Nagoya the past several years, and is remaining with Mel and Barb Ayers in an administrative capacity. They will have a special farewell party for Ida at Nagoya on Monday, April 23. So it won’t be “Goodbye Ida” but rather “See you on the other side of the bar!!!”