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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Retired Lutheran pastor and former chaplain, Richard Stough, recalled his tour of duty as a chaplain at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital during the Vietnam War at the Veterans Day celebration Nov. 11 at Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Retired Lutheran pastor and former chaplain, Richard Stough, recalled his tour of duty as a chaplain at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital during the Vietnam War at the Veterans Day celebration Nov. 11 at Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDChief Boatswains Mate Mathias Gutman, 93, shows his orders commanding him to appear for his initiation as a “Shell-Back,” the transition from “Pollywog” as a ship crosses the equator. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDChief Boatswains Mate Mathias Gutman, 93, shows his orders commanding him to appear for his initiation as a “Shell-Back,” the transition from “Pollywog” as a ship crosses the equator. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast provided patriotic music during the Veterans Day celebration at Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast provided patriotic music during the Veterans Day celebration at Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

Stephens Funeral Home sponsors Veterans Day celebration

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township, sponsored a Veterans Day event Nov. 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed at the end of World War I.

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, which promotes patriotism and maintains tradition for civilian and military communities in 13 states, entertained the guests.

American Legion Post 576, Allentown, posted the colors.

The Rev. Richard Stough, retired Lutheran pastor and U.S. Navy veteran, shared his experiences as a chaplain serving in the Philadelphia Naval Hospital during the Vietnam War.

Retired Chief Petty Officer Mathias Gutman, 93, discussed his experiences as a young sailor serving in the Pacific during World War II.

Gutman served as a coxswain on landing craft, ferrying Marines and soldiers to beach heads in several key island invasions during his tour.

He was a recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal for his role on board a mine sweeper following the Japanese surrender to clear Japanese harbors of pressure mines dropped by U.S. aircraft during the war.