NEW HAVEN — Two World War II veterans received special recognition Friday evening when the Town of New Haven held its Veterans Day remembrance ceremony.
Although the service is held for all service men and women, each year two-to-three veterans are chosen for special recognition. They are presented with an American flag, encased in a wooden display with an engraved plaque.
This year’s chosen veterans were Nelson Roush of New Haven and Joseph W. Jones of Mason. Both entered the service at the young age of 17 years.
Jones joined the Navy and was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center for basic seaman training. He was then assigned to a “sub chaser” PC1598, where he served as a coxswain and a gunner. According to Jones’ biography, the sub chaser was one of the first ships to enter a new harbor to check for mines and submarines.
His tour took him to the Solomon Islands and the Philippine Islands. During his 28 months in the Navy, Jones served in the 3rd, 5th and 7th fleets. He is now 90 years old.
Roush entered the U.S. Army in June 1943. While training to go to the Pacific Theater, the war ended, and he was sent to Germany.
Roush was discharged in November 1945. He is a past commander of the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven, and has attended over 200 veteran funerals since 1973.
Neither Jones nor Roush was able to attend the ceremony. Roush’s son, Ronnie, accepted the flag on his behalf, with several family members in attendance. Accepting for Jones was Ray Varian.
Dave Sigman, commander of Legion Post 140, served as speaker and emcee. The event also included both the flag folding ceremony, as well as the P.O.W./M.I.A. table ceremony. The latter ceremony contains an empty table to represent the service men and women who remain missing yet today. Taking part in the ceremonies, along with the gun salute, were members of both the Legion and Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason.
The event is sponsored by the town each year at the veterans memorial site, next to the fire station. Organizer for the service is Roberta Hysell, town recorder.
(Editor’s Note: Nelson Roush passed away on Monday, Nov. 14, after the veterans remembrance ceremony took place in New Haven. His obituary appears inside this edition.)
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.