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Press Releases > Mayor Brown Recognizes 97 Year-Old World War II Veteran

Mayor Brown Recognizes 97 Year-Old World War II Veteran

December 7 – In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mayor Byron W. Brown encouraged city residents to pay tribute to the over 2,000 Americans who lost their lives during that attack and the veterans who subsequently served in the armed forces as a result of the United States entering World War II. Mayor Brown also issued a proclamation in honor of World War II veteran Charles P. Blakely Sr., a Buffalo resident for over 60 years.
“We owe a great debt to Mr. Blakely and to those who served in our armed forces during one of the most trying times in our nation’s history,” said Mayor Brown. “I thank Mr. Blakely for his time of service and the sacrifices he made to defend our country and our way of life. He is a true hero and serves as an inspiration to all of us.”
Charles P. Blakely served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943-1945. He moved to Buffalo New York in 1946 where he met Larusha Hester, they got married in 1950. After moving to Buffalo he held several positions at various companies before working for Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna. He retired from the company after 33 years.