November 10, 2017

Vet Briefs November 10

WWII soldier to be buried on Veterans Day in Michigan

The remains of a World War II soldier from Detroit will be laid to rest on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in northern Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Army Technician Fourth Grade Pete M. Counter was 24 when he went missing in action.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Counter was killed in 1942 during intense engagement with Japanese forces in what is now Papua New Guinea. His remains were recently identified through forensic analysis using DNA, dental records and circumstantial evidence.

He will be buried in Onaway with full military honors.

His name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at a monument site in the Philippines along with the names of other soldiers missing in action from the war. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he’s been identified. AP

93-year-old World War II vet scores upset election win

A 93-year-old World War II veteran upset an incumbent New Jersey mayor who was seeking a second term.

Vito Perillo defeated Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning in the nonpartisan municipal race Nov. 7.

Perillo tells the Asbury Park Press he wore out two pairs of shoes campaigning door-to-door.

The U.S. Navy veteran decided to run following a pair of whistleblower lawsuits involving the police department that cost the borough a reported $1.1 million in settlements. Turning was the borough police chief from 2004 to 2011 and was also the borough administrator from 2010 to 2014. AP

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