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LHS 2005        PFC Jonathan R. Roberge

K I A     Feb 9 2009

United States Army PFC Jonathan R. Roberge, 22, of Leominster, died Monday, February 9, 2009, in Iraq, when an explosive device struck the Humvee he was driving. Jonathan was born June 23, 1986, in Leominster, son of John M. and Pauline R. (Richard) Roberge. Jonathan was a 2005 graduate of the Center for Technical Education at Leominster High School, concentrating on automotive technology. Before joining the Army, Jonathan worked for Gervais Ford, as a mechanic.

PFC Roberge served with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. PFC Roberge received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Expert Weapons Qualification Bar with Rifle Bar, and the Overseas Service Bar.

He was a member of Saint Cecilia's Parish and was formerly a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout. Besides his parents, he leaves his sisters, Sarah and Meghan Roberge; his brother, Andrew Roberge; his maternal grandparents, Arcade and Claire Richard; his paternal grandparents, Francis and Barbara Roberge; his aunts and uncles, Laurie and Linda Richard, Denis Richard, Joseph and Patty Richard, Diane and Edward Kelliher, Terry and Angie Risotti, Rita and Mark Sheridan, Francis and Rachel Richard, David and Debra Roberge, Carol and Paul Piermarini, Lisa and Lt. Col. David Clevenger; his girlfriend, Courtney Denning; many cousins and close friends.

The Funeral Mass was held with full military honors, Thursday, February 19, at 11:00 A.M. in Saint Cecilia's Church. PFC Roberge lie in state, Wednesday, February 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. as an open house to the public and Jonathan's family received visitors in Leominster City Hall, Tata Auditorium.

Donations may be made in Jonathan's name, c/o Avidia Bank, 470 Lancaster St., Leominster, MA 01453 or any other bank branch.



Korean War  &  Viet Nam
Camille Alfred "Joe" Melanson LHS '47, at home and serving in the Army in Korea.

Joe later served in the Air Force in Viet Nam.

North Korean women (prisoners of war) being sent to internment camps. Many of these women would cut their wrists and write in blood on the train windows.

Photo courtesy of the
Melanson Family Foundation

Camille Melanson collection.

Submitted by his son,
Paul Melanson LHS '84

LHS '47       TSgt. Camille "Joe" Melanson
USA 1952 - 1953          USAF 1953 - 1972

Joe's son Paul Melanson writes about his Uncle Arthur:

My father's brother, Arthur Melanson, served in the Navy during the Second World War. He earned the Navy's Distinguished Service Cross in the process. Arthur was killed when his plane went down over the Pacific during a training exercise. His body was never recovered.

Like so many others, Arthur gave up his very life for a country he loved and ideals shared by generations of men and women. Ideals such as duty, honor and country. We forget the sacrifices of these brave men and women at our own peril.

The link below the medal takes you to a listing of Massachusetts Hometown Heroes.

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