Navy officer Lawrence Ruff from Schuylerville will be one of the focuses of a talk by Sean Kelleher, the Town of Saratoga Historian, will give a on four Saratoga World War II veterans and contractors on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 pm at the meeting of the Old Saratoga Historical Association.at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville.
Ruff had an illustrious military career including earn a Gold Star in lieu of second Bronze Star Medal for “For meritorious achievement as Commanding Officer of the USS DYSON prior to and during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Corregidor Island, Philippine Islands, from February 19 to 26, 1945. Maneuvering his ship in waters made dangerous by shoals and enemy mines, Commander Ruff closed Corregidor Island to point blank range and directed gunfire in support of Army forces engaged in the recapture of the island. Under his direction the guns from his ship neutralized enemy offensive and defensive strength, and inflicted heavy material and personnel casualties on the Japanese. By his leadership and skill he was largely responsible for the successful operation of his ship toward the recapture of Corregidor…”
The Atlas Obscura has a page devoted to traveling to Corregidor described as “the ruins on a deserted tropical island in the Philippines bear the scars of WWII. ” Follow this link to learn more http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/corregidor-island
The talk will include John “Lefty” Milligan (former major league pitcher and flight instructor), Virginia “Ginger” Sweet (WASP pilot), and Arthur Traver (gliderman in Europe).
Saratoga has long been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals during World War II who helped define this country, our region, and this community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that helped define the American spirit. Historian Sean Kelleher will focus on a few individuals from the Saratoga community that changed this country and even the world.
All meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information call 698-3211.