Call Of Duty

Templeton soldiers Leon L. Graves, Stanley Gontarski killed in World War II

Templeton soldiers Leon L. Graves, Stanley Gontarski killed in World War II
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Templeton soldiers Leon L. Graves, Stanley Gontarski killed in World War II

BALDWINVILLE – In the year 1733, Narragansett Township No. 6 was initially laid out.

The town, later called Templetown and eventually changed to Templeton, was incorporated in 1762 and currently consists of four hamlets. They are Templeton Center, East Templeton, Otter River, and Baldwinville.

In Otter River, there was once a wool mill, a brick factory and, to this day, a paper mill. The largest manufacturer in Baldwinville was the old Temple Stuart Company. The community was also known for its many farms.

And when duty called and the country went to battle in World War II, many of their native sons answered the call and a total of 17 of them were among those lost during the war.

Baldwinville was the home of Stanley Gontarski, Leon Graves, George Hawkes, Roy Hewitt, Herbert Miner, Walter Norskey, and Prentiss Spaulding. From the Templeton Center campus were Leonard Aho, Charles Nygard and Warren Weir. Hailing from East Templeton were Tauno Kangas, Everett Koski, Paul Lojander and Charles Sylvester; while the residents of Otter River were Johnny Lendo, Ernest Rod, and Roger Warfield.

The Baldwinville World War II Memorial in Baldwinville.

Over the next few weeks, the Remembering Local World War II Heroes series will honor these Templeton townsmen.

Lieutenant Stanley Gontarski (1916-1945)

Stanley V. Gontarski was born on February 15, 1916, in Baldwinville to Stanley and Anne Gontarski and lived in the town of Mason Street. He graduated from Templeton High School, where he was active in sports.

Growing up in the city, he was a member of the Baldwinville Pulaski Guards and played baseball for the Mohawks, a well-known Baldwinville club.

He would go on to graduate from the State Ranger School at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Class Lieutenant Stanley Gontarski

Gontarski entered the service in February 1941 and trained at Camp Edwards, Camp Wheeler, Georgia, and Camp Hood, Texas, before being commissioned into the Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia, in November 1942.

It was while in Georgia that he met and married Manelle Dolley of Macon, and he would receive his promotion to first lieutenant in January 1943.

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