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Silver Creek VFW celebrates 75 years

Pictured are Post Commander Richard Henry and Auxiliary President Deanna Borrello.

SILVER CREEK — The VFW Post 6472 recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with a certificate received from the national VFW Headquarters.

Here is some history on the naming on the Samuel Cimino post: “At 03.13 hours on 19 April 1943, the German submarine U-108 in the North Atlantic surfaced, fired a spread of four torpedoes at a Liberty ship and heard two detonations.

“The U-boat had to dive because the ship fired with guns and fired at 04.43 hours a torpedo that missed, but a second torpedo at 05.59 hours hit in the stern. The vessel caught fire after ammunition exploded and sank rapidly by the stern.

“This must have been the Robert Gray (Master Alfred Rasmussen Lyngby), which was reported missing after straggling from convoy HX-234 during the night of 13/14 April.

“All eight officers, 31 crewmen and 23 armed guards — the ship was armed with one four-inch, one three-inch and eight 20mm guns — were lost. Samuel Cimino was one of the crew members of the armed guards lost at sea whose body was never found. He was only 18 years old.

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