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Samuel J. Price

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Branch: ARMY
Service Number: 32072982 Rank: Technician 5th Grade Outfit: 37th Infantry Division, 117th Combat Engineer Battalion, Co. “C” 
Samuel Joseph Price, “Sam” was born November 10, 1918 at 1710 Master Street in Camden, NJ to parents William K. Jr. and Anna (Haug) Price.  While he appears to have been named after his uncle, his birth certificate shows however, that his original birth name was in fact William Price.  Sam was the youngest of the Price siblings of which included a brother, William “Lester,” who was born in 1908 and a sister, Anna born in 1912.  The family was residing at 861 Vanhook Street in Camden, NJ according to the 1920 Census.
The Price Family had moved to 18 Valley Road in Mt. Ephraim, NJ by 1930.   Sam attended school in Mt. Ephraim and a year later started at Audubon High School, where he graduated in June 1935.  By 1940, the Great Depression had taken a turn for the better, yet as late as April 1940, Sam was unemployed and looking for a job.  Both of his sibli…

George J. Ocavage

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Branch: Army Air Force
Service Number: 32077440 Rank: Staff Sergeant Outfit: 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 425th Bombardment Squadron


August 24th 2017 is the 74rd anniversary of the passing of World War II airman and Mount Ephraim resident, Staff Sergeant George J. Ocavage.
George was the youngest sibling of the Ocavage family having several sisters and a brother. Born to Lithuanian immigrant parents John and Margaret on March 2, 1919 in New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a coal mining community located in Schuykill County approximately 70 miles northeast of Philadelphia. Most of the town residents at that time were mainly of Lithuanian descent. His father John, who was employed at the Silver Creek Mine,passed away just prior to George's second birthday. The Ocavages eventually moved to 836 Lambert Avenue in Mt. Ephraim some time just prior to 1940. George attended Audubon High School until the end of his junior year (1939). He was said by the Courier Post to be a star athlete…

Jerry J. Giordano

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Branch: ARMY
Service Number: 32751097 Rank: Private First Class Outfit: 4th Infantry Div, 12th Infantry Reg, Co. “G”
November 14th, 2017 will mark the 73rd anniversary of the death of Mt. Ephraim resident and World War II soldier, Private First Class, Jerry J. Giordano.
Jerry was born Genaro Joseph Giordano on November 7, 1917 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Italian immigrant parents, Pasquale and Rosina “Rose” Giordano. Jerry was the eldest child of Giordano family. His siblings were Angelo born in 1918, Frank born in 1920, Nicholas born in 1922, and Charles who was born in 1923 but died from diphtheria at 9 months old.
The family lived at 1839 Morris Street by 1920 and later at 1733 Cleveland Street. Both address are located in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia. 
According to the 1930 Census, the Giordano family had moved to 57 West Kings Highway in Mt. Ephraim (presently the office of Kingsgate Realty). All of the children were attending school and Pasquale was working for a co…

Robert A. Dixon

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Branch: ARMY
Service Number: 13002955 Rank: Private Outfit: 3rd Infantry Div, 15th Infantry Reg, Co. “C”
November 13th marks the 74th anniversary of the death of Mt. Ephraim soldier, Private Robert A. Dixon.
Robert was born on August 2nd, 1909 in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania to parents Albert and Mary Dixon.  Robert had a twin brother Richard, who died of pneumonia at the age of 2.   Albert had 4 sons from a previous marriage, Leo born in 1893, Arthur in 1899, William in 1902, and Jerome born in 1907.  They all resided on Third Street in Port Carbon, a coal mining town in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  It is located approximately 80 miles northwest of Mount Ephraim, New Jersey. 
Robert's mother passed away around 1915, when he was just a young boy.  He attended school up to the 7th grade and by the age of 19, he moved out on his own, working as a laborer for the railroad but still residing in Port Carbon. By early 1940, Robert moved to Muncy Creek Township, situated a few miles east of…