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Veterans salute at the ceremony commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor 80 years ago. The annual remembrance of servicemen from Berkshire County who were at or near the attack is held at Pittsfield's South Street Memorial Park.
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Air Force veteran Robert Dassat receives a plaque after being honored as the Berkshire Veterans Coalition 2021 Veteran of the Year.
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Joseph DeFilippo plays the taps, the Christmas tree can be seen in the background.

Local Veterans Mark 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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Pittsfield Veterans Service Officer John Herrera speaks at the ceremony on Tuesday morning. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu that sparked the nation's entrance into World War II.

About 80 servicemen from Berkshire County were stationed at or near Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, including more than 40 from Dalton and Pittsfield.
 
Two of them were killed in action during the surprise strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski and Army Air Forces 1st Sgt. Edward Burns.  

The 18-year-old Sadlowski from Pittsfield was an electrician's mate when he died on the USS Oklahoma, which was struck by multiple Japanese torpedoes and sunk.  

Burns, also a Pittsfield native, was 24 years old when he was severely wounded in the attack and died several days later.  He was attached to a squadron that had arrived in Hawaii only two days prior to the attack and was the first soldier killed from his station at Wheeler Field in Oahu.
 
Local veterans gathered at the South Street Memorial Park on Tuesday to honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

Mayor Linda Tyer was not able to attend the ceremony but sent a communication for Veterans Service Officer John Herrera to read.

"Today on this 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we along with our fellow Americans across the country solemnly remember the magnitude of that tragic and fateful day. We remember the many service members who lost their lives. We remember how it forever changed our country in unimaginable ways," Tyer wrote.

"And while we know that these memories aren't without pain, we recognize that it is through the remembering that we give lasting honor to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Let today and the anniversaries to follow stand as a powerful testament to their service and dedication of which time knows no bounds."

Herrera read an article from the History Channel that detailed the destruction.  

A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 more wounded. Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged during the attack and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed.

He also announced that the Office of Veterans Services will be moving from City Hall to the first floor of the Council on Aging building at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center.  The move will happen in the next month and a half.

Veteran George Moran read the speech that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 1941, just one day after the attack and veteran Ron Rousseau read the names of Dalton and Pittsfield residents who were killed or present at the naval base in Honolulu or the nearby airfield.

Taps was played by veterans Joseph DeFilippo and Skip Hoskeer and the Christmas tree was lit by veteran Robert "Doc" Miller.

Below are the names of county residents who were present or killed; those with an asterisk (*) next to their names are known to be deceased.

MICHAEL BARANUK
LOUIS D.BARNES*
JOSEPH BAROLI*
HAROLD BENCE*
GLADYS BENIEL
CHARLES BERRY*
JOHN J. BILODEAU
JOSEPIT BULWINKLE
EDWARD BURNS *
ROBERT C. BURT*
WOODFORDR CHAPMAN


JOHN CURLEY*
CHARLES CURONE
FRANCIS DEAMBROGIO*
JAMES W DRAIN
GEORGE F DROSEHN*
CHARLES FILKINS
EDWARD F.SHEA*
WILLIAMS FITCH
PHILLIP GALLANT*
ROGER HALL*
BENJAMIN HANDEREK
JAMES HOULDSWORTH
RONALD HUNTER*
GEORGE KILIGAS
JOSEPH KOZAK
JOHN W KROSS*
RICHARD D.LASSOR
ROBERT MICKLE
FRANCIS MOORE*
PAUL L.MORAN
THOMAS O'NEIL*
JOSEPH PHILLIPS
GEORGE PIKE
RAYMOND PRZPELSKI*
HUGH QUIRK*
LEO O.RONDEAU*
ROMAN SADLOWSKI *
LAURIELE I. ST. JACOUES
LOUIS J. SCULLY JR.
EDWARD SIWIK*
CHESTER STOCKLOSA
JOHN TEMPLE*
RAYMOND TRCZINKA*
FRANK WINNE
WILLIS WORTH

 


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State Launches Commission on Clean Heat

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the members of Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation Commission on Clean Heat were sworn in, helping to advance the Commonwealth's ambitious goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions in the buildings sector. 
 
The Commission, which was created via Executive Order 596, held its first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, and over the next year will advise the Administration as it works to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The Commission membership, representing a wide range of backgrounds and expertise including affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, health care and real estate, will identify policies and strategies and recommend a framework to achieve emissions reductions that is well-balanced, affordable, and equitable.
 
"This Commission brings together a diverse, experienced and thoughtful group of experts and stakeholders to help our Administration develop the policies and strategies we will need to meet the challenges associated with decarbonizing the buildings sector in Massachusetts," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The membership of the Commission on Clean Heat represents a variety of important perspectives that will be critical in the development of balanced, forward-thinking approaches to decarbonization that prioritize innovation, affordability, and equity as we make this transition."
 
Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides has appointed EEA Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions Judy Chang to serve as her designee and chair of the Commission, and its membership reflects a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds from outside stakeholders, including representatives from the fields of affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, healthcare, heating system design and technology, real estate, and heating fuel distribution.
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