Monday, November 10, 2014

Military Honor Rolls ~ You never know where you will find them!

Usually military honor rolls are found in parks or on the town common, next to a flag pole or military statue or monument.  Sometimes they are found on plaques inside civic buildings (court houses, libraries, schools, etc.).  This one was found inside a general store in Hooksett, New Hampshire!


Rendell Burbank             Robert McClosky
Josephy Byke            Stanley Morse
Harry Campbell          Stanley Newton
Roger Copp           Guy Sargent
Philip L. Glines         Norman Smith
Louis Dlugosz           Louis Watkins
Guy C. Kimball          Bernard Zapora
Arthur Labonville      Michael Zyla   
Vincent Hardy           Armand Rivard
                                 Ivory Kimball
Peter Alexander M.M.                          
Lucille Nerbonne    November 11, 1943

This honor roll is located in the top right hand corner

Robie's Country Store is still standing
at 9 Riverside Street
Hooksett, New Hampshire

I find it poignant that the small, home made, framed honor roll pictured above was dated Veteran's Day, 1943.  It is decorated with scenes of men fighting on land and sea, and signed by Lucille Nerbonne.  For generations this store has been a gathering place for the community, and in 1943 most of the towns people probably stopped here to see the list and think of their neighbors in harm's way during World War II.   Today, this store is still a gathering place for groceries, newspapers and to grab a cup or coffee or breatkfast.  I hope that people still stop to read the names on this plaque and think of the veterans of World War II, and to think about the young men and women in harm's way in Iraq, Afganistan and around the world.

Lucille was only 18 years old when she made this honor roll, and look at whose name she listed first!

Lucille and Rendell were married on 21 September 1946 in Hooksett
["New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637 - 1947" index and images, Family Search ( accessed 6 October 2014) Rendell Ernest Burbank and Lucille Marie Nerbonne, 21 Sep 1946; citing Hooksett, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 2319382]

According to, Lucille Marie Nerbonne was born 10 April 1925 in Manchester,  the daughter of Enoch Nerbonne and Florence Pincence.  She died on 28 January 2008 in Boscawen, and is buried at the Martin's Cemetery in Hooksett.

Does anyone know what the M.M. stands for after the name "Peter Alexander"?  Could it be Merchant Marine?

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