Donation of WWII Book of Honor from American Legion to the Berkshire Athenaeum

The Berkshire Athenaeum is pleased to announce that it has received the World War II Book of Honor from the Charles A. Persip American Legion Post 68. The rolls bear the names of 5,686 Pittsfield men who served in the war.  They begin alphabetically with Raymond W. Abare, an Army Air Corps sergeant at the time of his discharge in 1945 and ends with Walter Zuorski, an Army infantry private who lives on Pomeroy Avenue in Pittsfield.

“We salute the local veterans who fought for our country and we hope members of our community will find these items interesting and useful,” said Ann-Marie Harris, the library’s Acting Local History Supervisor.

For most of the servicemen, the listings include name, rank, serial number, branch of service, date of entry and date of discharge.  The words ‘killed in action” are included for about 200 of the servicemen.  Unfortunately, no women who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) or the United States Navy’s  Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

These books were originally found in the Old Berkshire Athenaeum back in 1977 and moved to the American Legion Hall in December of that year.  That building now houses Berkshire Probate and Family Court and The Berkshire Middle District Registry of Deeds.

The Book of Honor is the latest edition to the library’s Local History Department materials, which include WWI and WWII enlistment records and clippings that were given to the library by the city’s former Veterans’ Service Director, James Clark.

For more information, please contact Harris at 499-9480, Ext. 107.