D-Day vet Dick Stafford memorial service slated for Saturday

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World War II veteran Dick Stafford lived in East Helena.

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A special veteran’s memorial service will be held for the late Dick Stafford (1926-2021) on Saturday in East Helena. Stafford, who passed away last month at the age of 94, was a U.S. Navy D-Day veteran and lifelong veteran’s advocate.

Stafford’s memorial tribute will be held at 10 a.m. at the Servicemembers Monument in Main Street Park, beginning with a welcome and introduction by retired Maj. Gen. Gene Prendergast, U.S. Army.

After the Invocation by Father Thomas O’Donnell and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, led by Charmaine Lindgren, Prendergast will then give his talk “Remembering Dick Stafford.”

Dick Stafford lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16, following in the footsteps of his father, Opie Read Stafford, who served in the U.S. Army during WWI with the 1st Cavalry, 83rd Field Artillery. Opie Stafford signed up again for WWII in his 40s, with the 85th Naval Construction

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