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A World War II Vet Remembers

Nov 11, 2013|

Lou Pasquale, a World War II Vet, joins Jeff on Veterans day.

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Welcome back to the corner report this is Jeff -- Boston's. Bulldozers 6172666868. Is the number. My friends as many of you know. Today is Veteran's Day. And within days that we salute the service of our veterans. Many of whom sacrificed everything for our freedoms. And in studio with me now is a very special guest his name is -- Pasquale. He served our country noble -- Patriotic police in World War II. He in fact was stationed in open on why he is one of the great World War II vets. Lou I want to thank you personally for coming in studio today on the quarterly report thank you mr. Obama. -- just very quickly I just wanna get your your your story out to everybody. You enter a disservice in 1944. Correct. What I'm just curious -- you were eighteen years of age then yes why you joined her. I entered what it was doing was the what was going on and I was going got the -- I was still too young to -- in the service. And what happened then go to the movies and I would see these films of a man killing people of whom they work. And I was growing up with three a little fullest like myself. In non in my area. And every night I'd go to bed and I'd be thinking that this man. Would be down the street killing them because. What did I know it there are 1617. Years old at that time. He. It was killing people because of who they were. And so I go to my parents every day and sound man that I had to go in the service and they ask me why. And they system the end. Well Lou you have to finish school and when you finish school. You'll be able to go in but at that time. I couldn't do that. So my brother was a superintendent down -- shipyard. And I talk to him about getting the job because I was still too young to go win. So in the morning he finally got new job. And in the morning -- we get up to dress up for my books. Totally YMCA. Change my clothes take a trolley. -- of the shipyard work all day. Come back take a trolley back through the war and seeing change my clothes and I did that for a year in some time till I became of age. And that was close to eighteen so I asked my parents every night I would be asking them I'd be in the kitchen. And that come downstairs and talk to them. Can my father or mother says so on. Why do you wanna go win. -- -- I have to emerge from the was in service. And turned around. And -- They just look you give us a good reason. And then we'll talk about signing your papers. To having you go win. So what happened I kept pestering them. So finally. After about two weeks. -- mum and dad are in the kitchen pieces what is your reason. And I -- as well. Take killing people because of Leon. And I was grown up with three of those fellows that were -- those people. And so anyway. I waited a few months and my parents says can you finish school. And then we can talk about it. But I have already had been. Broken and chipped out until my father caught me a year later. And finally got drafted. And I went -- I got in and not trained in Florida there. Was put in. California national got this 7 division. In the Pacific. And I went through the Carolinas to Marshall Islands. And spoken hour. Another dimension that's -- you sir see your station and -- all yes and also want to also. The occupation of Korea. Now Lou when you were did you say you fought the Japanese -- -- no I was on a canal. Did you if you don't mind asking what. What did you see when I'm OK okay I did you wait you're forced to Japanese were absolutely ferocious. Day and how they defended the islands they defended area. They hear they would touch and die for their country. And we would talk to live for our country. And there was no heroics or anything like that that I can talk about. I did get hurt. In an ammunition dump explosion. And I had personal problems. Particularly with posttraumatic stress. -- -- that time. I finally got to. Brought back to the United States. And not put in a hospital for Roland. And then that was put in a hospital in Cleveland Ohio. And then kept up to New York I spent seven months in hospitals. And then when I came home I was taking care of by -- million veterans administration. And private doctors. And finally I met this doctor Rick Kaplan. Had been -- -- just doing a medical center. And also -- Beth Israel which doctor Kaplan's candidate. And in the meantime during their practice. I went on to vocational American rehabilitation. What -- VA which treated me wonderful. And learn the trade the missionary. Which my father was in the business. So finally opened up my own little business and I was doing well but physically I couldn't take it physically. So one day. This gentleman asked me he said that there was two gentleman's and that and the brother -- that we're opening up a little business. And that I'd be efficient in going down health and fix the business up. Which I did and that was missed mr. Zoellick mr. Sharon Martino. And turn into a two Brothers and a brother in law. And then. After we finished a work nationally how much I yield they -- me. And they paid me and five days later they called me and they said -- would you like to stay with us. And so I solar business. In I stayed with them for 58 years. And during that time I wanna see him all my company Phillips family properties. That -- prolong my life through taking care of me. Given me the opportunity be productive in life and to help others. And not I thanked him from the bottom of my heart. And today. The government is working on promoting and talking about job. Helping veterans and hiring veterans. The company I work for a lot has been doing that for fifteen years and they still have myself and others working father. So loose so he's going to fight for your country you get wounded he spent seven months in hospital. You come back you must for any handouts. You begin working your rehabilitate. You end up basically found in your own business yes working 58 years. Lou you mentioned something earlier about PT SD. And did you did you suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. Yes I. And what happened was. If I can just tell a little story when it -- I met this. I met this girl. Tricia. And we were have a lunch one day in Quincy. And we -- how -- johnsons. And there was a thunderstorm. And what happened was that guys -- to backfire in those days. So we come out of the restaurant Howard Johnson's after the sun was shining beautiful. In the cab backed plan and I jumped in the middle of the aside curbing in a puddle of water with a brand new so. I looked up and that's all she says to me that was a beauty. I never I and then I eat better -- better and and dance and I didn't call her because after that I figured. She didn't sit on top commander. So closely how they should finally and better I'm better at a dance and she asked me writing com home. And explain to her in my condition. And from then on. She was -- girl. It's okay. She was a girl and with her support. For their support. From the VA. Her support the company I work far. They may be very productive. And when I got hurt. I made a promise. And as I lay there. Precious god I promised my mother and be home. And if you let me home. And we'll open individual every day in my life. And that's what I'm doing candidate. To raise money and he's veterans. -- 128000. Veterans in the state. The claims are very low. Boys get out there and -- which yours. And so. That's why I'm here today. Who we're gonna talk about -- and so much more. We're here with a great World War II veteran move Pasquale. My friends today's very special veterans today. Lou I want to thank you and every veteran for your service to this country. Is because of men like you know I'm behind the microphone and I can't thank you and thank you -- we'll have more with lupus quality power for of the corner report. It's special. Veterans day show this will be a special hour devoted solely to veterans. And for everything they've done for this country. As you heard previously just before I went to break. We heard the story of -- Pasquale. He was born in 1926 he entered the service barely at the age of eighteen he was stationed in -- and off fought the Japanese. Spent seven months in hospitals he was wounded. Came back. Picked himself up. Crime itself rehabilitated. Married his wonderful wife. Started up his own business. And now has been helping others and helping other. Disabled veterans. Across this state and across this country who welcome back to the -- to thank you -- Com Lou I'm looking at we showed a picture of you earlier -- when you were eighteen. Freshen the surface. Who you gonna tell everybody this story so you wait a 105 pounds. And how much -- -- -- -- well below what happened was when I went for my physical. Yeah I had to meet. And I was just a little bit under the weight requirement. So what they did to me anxious I've got to go in my Brothers in the service and I've got to -- win. And -- and so there was this sergeant -- he says well I've got an idea -- He's in the CIA -- let's go down to the end cafeteria. And now let's see some bananas. So I ate about seven bananas. And I've got on the scale. And I made 105 pounds. So -- I passed so I passed my physical. And done so anyway as I went and I get turned the restraining down in Florida and campground in Florida there. And now and then from there. My unit went to Europe and instead of going with them. Their ship that sunk in the channel but they pull me out and I went to the Pacific. And not so when I get there. I get placed with the California California National Guard which was a seven division. Which have fought in Europe and a Pacific. So what happens. And I'm the I'm one of the boys had to be replaced. And I was a replacement. So my lieutenant Swanson -- takes me up to the field. And then there and now my sergeant. My sergeant -- sees me. And nations we have a replacement he says who's that that follow right there. He -- -- you know he shares I don't see anything but equipment and a big know -- -- So hi -- looked up and I and my program I think it went -- I NN and -- -- says well that that's that's important. So they left and I stayed there. And anyway. And it's I misplaced there was a machine Gunner and with all my equipment. And my equipment way to I think a 117 pounds I would. And I think I. Don't know who it. I would separately assumes it's. Carrying bricks when I was magnet yeah. And that's -- I think. Mel -- you and I have talked about this -- you know we've we've talked about this and other events. Compare for our audience. How veterans retreated then when you came back after world war two and how veterans are treated today are they treated the same better worse the. I don't say this. During -- when I came back from overseas I was in California -- And I cannot tell you how beautiful. The people received us. I was invited into homes for dinner. I was invited to homes to parties. Taking care of in Cleveland Ohio from -- matter of fact we could ride the buses. And trolleys for nothing. We would go into restaurants and people would -- -- And the respectively so high. That my god in heaven that was so. It was like you when you're tropea you know you can wonderful place. And -- -- -- I got into work kept up to New York. And the same thing we were treated like gold. We treatment treated like we will that. King and King of the Hill you know. But today. I think. They're number little disappointed. That some of the voice of Vietnam voice they only did. What they were asked to do. And in a manner that they would cheer it treating. Kind of broke my heart. And some of the voice today we should be very very proud of our voice today. We have a wonderful wonderful. Servicemen. And dedicated. As far as for example. When I was all by myself one time before it went overseas. I was invited to people's homes for dinner. I slipped another boy who was one family. The -- family and Salinas California. And I US so is for some reason closed at night and I was standing in the corner. And this lady but this may come up to me and asked me who I have where it was from. And and they asked me if I'd like to go home to Jennifer with them which are dead and they had a sound that was in the Marines already overseas. And then let me use an immensely when his dad and treated me like they're assigned. When I went into stores. Drugstores. Full anything they treated us like cold. We -- a train stations. People would bring him -- Asian food and I mean I thought it was Clark Gable at -- time. If. Now Lou before we let you go -- we're joined now by a good friend of yours -- blanch. And -- -- review are doing everything you can to help disabled veterans yes. Now in particular what what are you guys doing for disabled veterans and how can -- public health. Well Jeff we do we have an annual event. And it's called the golf tournament for Disabled American Veterans. And that is being held as it was this past year at granite links on May nineteenth. So that's an annual event. That we work on together -- And that's a big fund raiser at the annual fundraisers so that's how big. Event for the year we have some smaller events. And -- We knew we were working on something just recently in conjunction with fails could I mean with -- company. Phillips. Candy house. And I'll let you speak to that. Phyllis phillips' family properties the company and I've been working fought for 58 years. They have voted donated. The and some of the costs of putting this program is standing by a program together for disabled veterans. What we do is we sell -- bar. The year cost three dollars and half of it goes strictly to. The veterans here doesn't go to Washington nobody else tens of some money. And then mr. -- stacked the state adjuvant. Which is a wonderful human being. He has helped so many veterans. If anybody anybody in this state wants to talk to a human being there's two of them. That I personally who know my name is Dan stack. And Kenny claim and they were diligently. Diligently. To buy a danced to take our veterans. To a hospitals because evidently the government doesn't have enough money to abide these -- But evidently we do have enough money to get billions of dollars out of the rest of the world which is fine. And -- father. But we should also take care of our own and -- boys they should have the best. Because. When you walk around normal course of the day and you have your money soups and your beautiful cars and who want to make -- take a little look. And take a look at some of these voice. Especially some of the homeless which the state MS issue -- such I would give them credit. Today we have one of the leaders if not the leader in the country taking care about veterans. So we appreciate it. If there's some way you can purchase these -- at Phillips. Candy house at eight to eighteen Morrissey boulevard. On the boss of the Braintree Placer. And would appreciate plus we have of the salesman. And -- media area selling. Bob is there a number website that people can go to -- these candy bars he has this. Phillips so called main house has -- -- web site. And it's Phillips call Phillips candy house. And WW dot Philips can analyst dot com and www. Phillips candy house dot com. And these are these are brand new weight and just in the last month yourself. And so were were selling them in the candy house is so there's one in Dorchester okay. And there's also one out of the social plaza itself for folks who. -- look confess something. If you -- interest in purchasing any of these -- Jeff we've pride in courtesy of -- Kelly leave it I couldn't believe forty of these bars. Hi I'm I'm I'm -- how many of them are -- -- yeah they look phenomenal. And this is I mean and all of this will benefit of not the veterans of -- Issues and direct the money does become the hallway going to the money does not go out of state -- stay right here taking care of our own and it's. And danced back and -- claimant expander. They do a wonderful job and my my company is. I can express how thoughtful. What's happened for an example some of the organizations. Closed. And what mr. stand -- -- Winfrey have cut my company they've emerged and using our restaurant. As their clubhouse. Now we have 2000 veterans. Then there. And we try to help them as much as we can't especially my company -- they've been very very generous. And I'm so proud of them and I'm so proud to be with them and I -- think from from the bottom of my heart. For per one in my life and make me you could it be useful for myself and others. So I would say -- -- the other thing could be if they want to call. They -- can call Phillips candy Ellis would visit the website the numbers 617. 2882090. Chicken -- please get a number yes -- a 61728820. Nine -- what they can even call me directly I would be happy to help the folks 617. 922. 0284. I'm gonna put all this information up on our website after the show us their -- can just go on the corner report dot com. And you can get all of this information. Bob thank you so much blue from the bottom of my heart. And if there I would just say in closing if there any veterans and I know -- little night. Feel very strongly about this if there any veterans out there that are feeling. They don't know way to turn where to go call -- directly and he will help. In any case that he can and pass you folks pond. To disease state at 210 -- has set the state coastal. There are 2828000. Disabled veterans in the state. Our cases are very minimal. Gentlemen get out there and make your claims you deserve it who earned it. And give me a call as to -- just sick what is 617770. It's a 7700. Little -- sorry we -- okay no we're gonna put the numbers up on the web sites -- just. Right after the show and about -- 45 minutes. All of the information will be up there. -- On this very special day I want to thank you sir for your service. For your courage for your patriotism. You defeated. The greatest monsters in the history of the world. For that I W and immeasurable debt of gratitude to god bless you sir. We'll be back on this very special veterans day 6172666868. Is the number. Thank a vet if you've got a veteran if you got a story that you wanna share with us your father your grandfather your -- your brother. Call the coroner report we wanna hear your story we want to thank all of our veterans and all of -- all of their service. 6172666868. Do you want to thank a veteran and what do veterans mean to you your calls next tired sharing you're welcome.