2011: RALPH LUCARELLA: WWII PATRIOT AND VALUED CONTRIBUTOR TO THIS BLOG
I dug deep into the "WWII" folder in the Hamilton Library Database and came up with this vignette graphic of Ralph Lucarella. As any regular visitor to this website will attest, Ralph is a valued visitor who adds very valuable historic insights to our Hamilton Library Local History blog. I "Photoshopped" the original photo which was too light on the lower right of the photo. A bit of contrast added to that particular spot brought the exposure up to the same level as the upper portion. Ralph, I would appreciate it if you verify that I have you as a Navy Vet. I wanted to say the "SeaBees" but wasn't sure. I also tried to read the name on the side of the hood on your Jeep, but the contrast was too light to identify it. Details from you on the above graphic will be appreciated. (When, Where, What your Navy job was, etc.)
HI JOE AND TOM....MY SON SENT OTHER PHOTOS TO MACK SHOWING ME WITH MATES ON THE ISLAND OF ESPIRITO SANTOS IN THE CORAL SEA. I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE FLEET POST OFFICE WHEN I WAS DRAFTED FROM THE POST OFFICE DEPT. WE WERE WITH MOSTLY THE MARINES AND ARMY AND OUR ADDRESS WAS NAVY 140. MOST OF THE INVASIONS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC ASSEMBLED AT OUR BASE AND WE HAD THE DUTY TO SEE THAT THE GOT THROUGH. THE LARGEST INVASIONS INVOLVED THE ARMY, NAVY AND MARINES. I USED MY JEEP TO PICK UP MAIL FROM THE SHIPS COMING IN FROM THE USA.
HI RALPH JR. I TRIED TO OPEN THAT KODAK GALLERY.COM LINK WHICH YOU SENT, BUT A BLACK SCREEN WITH A ROTATING WHEEL JUST KEPT SPINNING SPINNING AND THE SCRAPBOOK DOES NOT OPEN AT LEAST ON MY TWO COMPUTERS. ANYWAY, THANKS FOR KEEPING DAD'S HERITAGE IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC. HE'S ANOTHER OF OUR WWII HEROIC PATRIOTS. TOM GLOVER