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Letter: Topton can be proud of rich military history


We’ve had many men and women with Topton connections serve in America’s military.

Charles A.K. Grim Jr. enlisted in 1899 and was a member of the 18th Regiment. He died in 1900 at Manila. The funeral was held in Washington. Trinity Church has a window section dedicated in his memory.

The Topton American Legion post is named after Ray A. Master. I have a unique picture of Ray, who was engaged to marry my mother’s Aunt Maude. He was killed in World War I, and when the war ended my father’s uncle Ray Werst Sr., who also served in the war, visited Maude. He married her. They lived on Smith Street near Trinity Church.

I have memorabilia from World War II veterans as well, including a uniform belonging to Carl A. Fritch, longtime sergeant at arms at our Legion post. He received the Bronze Star and served in the Battle of the Bulge. Carl R. Fegely was a prisoner of war, and I have a book about him and his POW blazer with medals on it.

I have articles about Lt. Marjorie Mohler and my neighbor and music teacher Eleanor Bieber, who also flew over Topton in a dirigible.
Mae Gallmoyer of Farmington, Conn., contacted me regarding a picture of her brother in his military uniform. She had never seen him in uniform, as she enlisted in the WAVES after he was killed.

Please visit the Topton Museum and learn more about our community and its heroes.

Larry Werst

Source: Berkshire mont

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