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Welcome Home Lance Cpl. Dan Croak on Dec. 29

Dec. 29th Welcome Home and Flag Exchange for Marine Lance Cpl. Dan Croak

On Saturday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Northampton Township building located 55 Township Rd, Richboro, Pa., we will be having another welcome home and flag exchange, this time for Northampton Patriot USMC Lance Corporal Daniel Croak of Churchville.

Dan will be home for only a few days and is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. Dan previously had a tour of duty in Afghanistan back in 2011 and had recently toured the Middle East. Just when Dan was going to come back stateside from that tour, Dan and an elite team of about 50 fellow Marines were sent to Sanaa, Yemen last September to bolster security at our embassy after it was attacked around the same time of the Sept. 13 US embassy attack in Benghazi.

Folks, the name Croak may be familiar to many of us because the name relates to the tremendous “Socks for Soldiers” campaign that we had last year when thousands of pairs of socks were collected, donated and shipped to our troops in Afghanistan due to the efforts of the Croaks, Northampton Township, its residents, the kids at Council Rock and Famous Footwear.

As we did last week with Lance Corporal Ed Cotton, since there is no public meeting of the Township Supervisors until later in January, we have made special arrangements for the use of the building on Saturday the 29th solely to welcome home Lance Corporal Croak and present him with his USMC flag which will be replaced by an American flag in the display at the ceremony. The event will start at 3 p.m. and should last for about 15 minutes or so.

Dan and his wife Leah had a baby boy back in August, Danny, Jr., and they will be there with him along with his mom and dad, Kathy and George Croak at the Welcome Home and flag retrieval.

Please enjoy the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday season and if your schedule permits, please come out and join us to welcome home this Northampton Patriot. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Pete Palestina

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Pete Palestina December 27, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Also, we are placing a USMC flag for Marine L.Cpl. Jesus Marchese of Holland who recently deployed to Yemen. His brother Pvt. Hugo Marchese, home on leave from Parris Island bootcamp, will be on hand to do the honors with his mom and dad, Nancy and Angelo Marchese.
Pete Palestina December 28, 2012 at 07:59 AM
FYI. Another update. We have a 3rd Marine home for Saturday's welcome home and flag exchanges in Northampton Township in the administration building, 55 Township Rd, Richboro, PA. Marine Lance Corporal Michael Moscola of Holland is home from deployment and is currently in town. He returned home on 12/22/12 from a 9 month deployment in the Middle East/ Africa. Mike was originally scheduled to return in November but his deployment was extended due to the conflict in Gaza. He was on his way home and they returned his unit to the area. So to recap, there will now be 3 presentations starting at 3:00PM: 1. Welcome Home and flag return for Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Croak along with his wife Leah and newborn son Danny, Jr, mom Kathy and dad George. 2. Welcome Home and flag exchange for Marine Lance Corporal Michael Moscola along with his mom Carol and dad Bill. 3. Flag placement for Marine Lance Corporal Jesus Marchese, currently deployed to Yemen. Flag will be placed by his brother Marine Private Hugo Marchese who is currently on leave from Parris Island bootcamp. If you have any questions email or call me. Pete Palestina

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