Merchant Marine veterans chapter donates items to veterans nursing home

Photo by Dennis Webb—John Scalzo, right, talks about the role of the Merchant Marine in World War II on Tuesday at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. The Western Slope Chapter of the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II presented the home with the ship’s bell and vintage clipper ship model displayed in the background. Also pictured from left are Joe Goldman, president of the nursing home residents council; home administrator Paul Crook; and Grand Junction residents Dean Redmond and Bob Phillips, who like Scalzo are World War II Merchant Marine vets.



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Photo by Dennis Webb—John Scalzo, right, talks about the role of the Merchant Marine in World War II on Tuesday at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. The Western Slope Chapter of the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II presented the home with the ship’s bell and vintage clipper ship model displayed in the background. Also pictured from left are Joe Goldman, president of the nursing home residents council; home administrator Paul Crook; and Grand Junction residents Dean Redmond and Bob Phillips, who like Scalzo are World War II Merchant Marine vets.

RIFLE — For decades, they dealt with the harsh reality of a government that refused to recognize them as veterans. Today, the members of the Western Slope Chapter of the U.S. Merchant…




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