#onthisday in 1964, the community observed Memorial Day with a very sad memorial mass for a young Marine.
The Saratogian reported on 1 June 1964 the following:
Military Rites Conducted For Marine Corporal Smith Schuylerville —
The Marine Corps accorded military honors to Cpl. Walter T. Smith, who was electrocuted while on duty in Puerto Rico, last week.
The Corporal’s body was brought to the States and was then escorted to Schuylerville by Cpl. Abaru for funeral services.
The funeral was held Memorial Day at 10 a.m. at the Hughes Funeral Home, 24 Burgoyne St., and at 10:30 in Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, where a requiem high Mass was celebrated by the Rev. William Lemoyne, pastor. Father Lemoye offered prayers at the grave in Notre Dame Ceemtery and, following the committal service,
Cpl. Abaru presented the flag to the widow, the former Marie Wood. Jeffrey Patnaude of Schuylerville sounded taps.
Bearers were members of the Marine Corps from Albany including: Sgt. J. Lykens, Cpl. R. H. Fiance, Pfc. William E Morse, Pfc. S. A. Halasky, Pfc. A. T. Bocchi Jr., Pfc J. T. Manning.