CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The town of New Castle's Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday served as a chance to learn about the service histories of veterans who recently passed away.
At a large gathering by the town's war memorial, biographies were read of three longtime Chappaqua residents who served in World War II but died in the recent past.
Rebecca Thrope, a local Girl Scout, told the crowd about Seaman Pasquale Marzella, who served in the Navy and encountered repeated Japanese bombing and kamikaze attacks on his ship.
Thrope shared Marzella's recollections of firing with his machine gun during an attack, and of another time when a bomb landed in the forward end of his ship's flight deck, killing several men on board.
Marzella was discharged in 1946 and later moved to Chappaqua, Thrope added. She noted that Marzella worked for the town of New Castle and helped with the creation of Gedney Park. Thrope said that several of Marzella's sons still live in Chappaqua, with one being a volunteer firefighter. She also noted the medals that Marzella received, including one for the Pacific campaign and another pertaining to the liberation of the Philippines.
“We are proud to honor his memory today," she said.
Gabriel Rosenfeld, a longtime resident who was also called "Gabby," was remembered by his son, Eric, who read a recollection from his father about his Army service and his biography.
The younger read about how his father enlisted in the Army in 1943 when he was only 17 and a half years old. Rosenfeld would eventually serve in the Third Army's 94th Division under Gen. George Patton, landing in France 94 days after D-Day in 1944.
The younger Rosenfeld continued on with his father's account, which included liberating French villages and enduring a harsh winter before being injured in the hands and face due to a barrage. The division sustained more casualties but immaculately was successful in entering Germany, he added.
Gabby Rosenfeld would later work on a British military base to help with running telephone and telegraph lines in Berlin after the war ended, his son added. He was given several awards, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and one in connection with being inducted into the French Legion of Honor in 2011.
Gabby Rosenfeld passed away last August on his 89th birthday, his son added.
Lt. Joseph Goldreich was remember by James McCauley, the parade's marshal. Goldreich's service included becoming a Navy civil engineer at just 19 and being stationed in the Philippines. McCauley, who is a Vietnam War veteran, noted that Goldreich was his predecessor as the town parade's marshal and how he worked on several engineering projects, which were done for places such New York University and Brooklyn Children's Museum.
Time was taken to also remember a fallen Vietnam War veteran who lived in Chappaqua: Marine Corporal William Moss. Girl Scout Meaghan Townsend read about how Moss was killed in December 1965 when he was only 20 due to being injured in a battle that his group had with Viet Cong.
“William was an incredible and selfless young man," she said. "He devoted his short life to the service and protection of others, and for that we are deeply grateful.”
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