Showing posts from August, 2017

George J. Ocavage

Branch: Army Air Force 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. 
On July 28, 1942, Geor…

Richard V. Buck

August 13th marks 75 years since the first Mount Ephraim serviceman was killed during World War II.  Richard Vincent Buck was born on October 31, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA to parents William Henry Buck III and Lydia Spencer Bowes. The family lived in the 359 Shedaker Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.  William was a tool maker and machinist for the Midvale Steel Company in Philadelphia while Lydia tended to her home and 4 boys.  William Henry IV, the eldest of the Buck children was born in 1909, Edward Norman born in 1913, Richard in 1915, and lastly, Victor Quinton was born in 1917.

In early February 1920, Richard's mother was not feeling well.   On the 10th of February, Doctor T. Carroll Davis came by the house to diagnose and treat her illness.  Lydia was suffering from influenza and her condition only worsened by contracting pneumonia.  Just one week later, she died at the age of 39.  A heartbroken William was now solely left to care for his 4 children.  Or at leas…