A Patriotic Tribute
To Our SERVICEMEN
"Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends."
CLIFFORD ALLEN . . . . . . . . . .U.S.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1944
PFC. FRED BASSMAN . . . . . . U.S.A. . . . . . June 20, 1944
PFC. HENRY CHIDICHIMO . . . U.S.A. . . . . . . May 06, 1943
PVT. JOHN FLETCHER . . . . . . U.S.A. . . . . . . April 21, 1944
PFC 2 - JOHN OPOLKA . . . . . . U.S.M.C. . . . June 27, 1944
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. May they rest in peace. Amen
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1944
HENRY J. CHIDICHIMO is the first one of our boys who died on the battlefield. With his brothers Frank and Martin, he came to the orphanage August 28, 1929, graduated from the eigth grade June 10,1934 and entered our Florest Department. On April 24, 1936, he left the Angel Guardian Orphanage. Frank was in the print shop and left March 30, 1941. Martin is still in the institution. He has completed the four years high school course and is learning to operated the linotype machine.
He received a letter from his brother Henry, dated April 12, 1943. This letter contained a card on which were artistically arranged palm leaves and dried flowers. It had the inscription:
WITH THIS CROSS OF PALMS AND
A FEW CRUSHED FLOWERS FROM
NORTH AFRICA, I WISH YOU A
REAL HAPPY EASTER.
Martin received the letter April 30, 1943. The next day, the father of the boys was notified by the War Department that Henry J. Chidichimo had died for his country. The exact date of his death is not know as of yet. It must have occurred not long after he had sent the beautiful letter full of religious spirit and sentiment to his brother Martin. Undoubtedly he died a Christian Soldier.
* * * Orphanage Notes - 1943 * * *
This page was duplicated from the 100th Anniversary Book with added Vietnam names.