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Holliston's Oldest Veteran Celebrated

by Chris Cain
May 11, 2019

“Hi, I’m Vasco,” along with a strong handshake is how I met Vasco Brovelli in the front hall of the Town Hall on the day of his induction as Holliston’s Oldest Veteran.  Vasco is 94 years old, earning him the distinction as the town’s ranking veteran.  It was an easy interview for this reporter.  The gregarious nonagenarian shared freely about his service and his life in Holliston.

Vasco served in the United States Army between 1943 and 1946.  He was assigned to the Signal Corps and he served in the heat of North Africa, Egypt, and the Middle East.  The temperatures in the Iranian desert reached 125 degrees!  He remembered his R&R in Egypt and a ‘cruise’ up the Nile on the USS Richardson.  He was discharged as a T-3.

In 1955 he moved to Holliston.  He, and his wife of 69 ½ years, Pauline raised 4 children.  His surviving son lives in Medway and his surviving daughter lives in Arizona.  He has been blessed with a ‘wonderful family.’  All this information was obtained in just a few minutes before the ceremony began.

American Legion Commander Steve Bradford started off the festivities by making the announcement that Vasco Brovelli is now Holliston’s Oldest Veteran. 

Vasco’s name is now inscribed on the plaque that accompanies the Navy sword encased outside the Town Clerk’s office.  The sword was donated by retired Navy Captain Donald Bates and the case was built by Alan Greendale.

Members of the Town Hall staff and Walter McGrath from the American Legion post read proclamations from the Holliston Board of Selectmen, Senate President Karen Spilka, and Representative Carolyn Dykema.

What an honor to be at this ceremony for such a vital member of America’s Greatest Generation.  We hope that Vasco serves in his role as Holliston’s Oldest Veteran for many years to come.

 

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Comments (4)

Vasco,

You have always been an inspiration to me over the years Congrats

- Paul Saulnier | 5/12/19 10:00 PM

Congratulations uncle Vasco

- Mark Crichton | 5/12/19 8:51 PM

So proud to call him Uncle.! You are an amazing man , Uncle Vasco. Love you and miss you.

- Cynthia Pierro Martin | 5/12/19 3:15 AM

Congratulations Vasco! He not only a great American. He is greate, neighbor and Christion Glad to know this good man.

- Jean Morrissey | 5/11/19 12:02 PM

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