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Veteran of the Month – Gregory Lewis

Gregory L. Lewis was born on August 19th, 1947 in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. He was educated in the Philadelphia School System at Smedley Elementary, Harding Junior High and Frankford High School.

Gregory, at a young age, became a member of the AME (African Methodist Episcopal Church) where he now is now a member and an usher.

Gregory joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for his basic training. Gregory was assigned overseas to Germany where he finished his term of service. He received numerous Awards and was promoted to the rank of E-4 (Specialist Fourth Class) and was honorably discharged in 1969.

Gregory was employed at Star Sprinkler Company then later was employed at the Northwood nursing home. He is a faithful member of his church and also a great supporter of various community events when needed. He is also a member of American Legion Post 224 and a Junior Elk member.

 He loves traveling, hunting, Fishing and loves family gatherings. He also has a great passion for men’s fashion and would be known as a fashion innovator.

Gregory, we thank you for your service.


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Veteran of the Month James L. McCartney

James L. McCartney was born on March 3rd in 1945 in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. He was a student at St. Bernard’s Elementary and graduated from Father Judge High School.

James then joined the Army National Guard in 1962 and completed his Basic Training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.  He also served at various camps such as Fort Drum, New York and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania and A. P. Hill, Virginia.  While serving James received many awards and certificates.  He also rose to the rank of Captain.  When discharged in 1992 he still served inactive duties as Adjutant Officer of the Veterans Guard Reserve Association.

James also was employed at Super Grip Anchor Bolt Company as a metal fabricator.  James, in his spare time was involved in auto restoration.  He has also been a great supporter of community groups and organizations such as the Lloyd C. Wilson Jr. American Legion Post 224.


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Veteran of the Month James Robson

Jim Robson was born in 1935 in Philadelphia with roots in Frankford.  He grew up around the 1100 jim robsonblock of Herbert Street and graduated from Frankford High School.  He then went on to Penn State where he specialized in horticulture.  A year after graduation, Uncle Sam came calling and he was drafted into the Army.

He went to basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey and Fort Knox in Kentucky and was then assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia as the company clerk because of his typing skills.

He served two years in the Army and used his leave time and the military transport service to take a 30 day leave to tour Japan.  He was honorably discharged and returned home to Philadelphia.

He worked at the Social Security Administration for a total of 20 years which included a 5 year sabbatical in Switzerland to work  in a Christian community.

In the early 70s he began to acquire real estate in Frankford.  It became a full time business and he now holds a number of properties of various types but all are located in the area around the 1600 block of Wakeling.  He still lives in the neighborhood and takes great pride in restoring and maintaining the homes that he owns.  He is known for treating his tenants fairly and is an example of what a good landlord should be.

Jim Robson, we thank you for your service.


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Veteran of the Month Howard Williams

Howard (Punny) Williams was born on July 28th, 1936 in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Punny, as he was known by his family and friends was educated in the Philadelphia School System at Henry Elementary School and then Fairhill S. C. School for Boys. He was baptized at an early age and was a member of St. Thomas Baptist Church.

howard williamsHoward joined the Army on October 16th, 1956 and was sent to Fort Dix New Jersey for basic training. He was then shipped overseas to Germany, then to France and then to Korea. Howard received certain awards and certificates and was promoted to the rank of Private First Class (E-4). He served his term of duty and was honorably discharged in October of 1959.

In civilian life, he was self-employed as a handyman and also when business was slow he worked as a furniture mover for the S.W. Smith Moving and Hauling business. Howard’s greatest challenge was taking care of his grandmother. He also was a very supportive number of American Legion Post 224 and other groups such as the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club and the Frankford Chargers.

Punny enjoys fishing, casino trips, traveling and group activities. He really enjoys life and riding around the neighborhood on his scooter and holding long winded-conversations with anyone who will listen to his version of how it is or why things should be and how it was “back in the day”.

“Rap on Brother, Rap on.”