* U.S. Navy PO4 William G. Scarpino is pictured with Maj Louis Burge, USAF-Ret, Chapter Veterans Outreach Officer (L) and CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret., New River Chapter President (R). Scarpino was recognized on March 24, 2015 as an awardee of the New River Chapter's veteran recognition program and received a certificate recounting his military contributions (right), a set of personalized “dog tags” and a service-specific lapel pin.
* Bill Scarpino initially served as a mess cook at Torpedo Testing Facility, Montauk Point, NY after attending boot camp in 1944. A few months later, the petty officer was assigned to guard the 7th Fleet’s Petroleum Fuel Farm on Samar Island from 1944 – 1946.
* Born in New Jersey, Scarpino attended New York’s Pratt Institute after the war, earning an architectural engineering degree. He then worked and lived in Florida for 54 years where one of his areas of expertise was in pre-stressed concrete structures used to build highways.
* Bill was married to Peggy, the “love of his life,” for 40 years...the Scarpino’s had a blended family of seven children. In 1971, he and Peggy began regularly visiting Ashe County and permanently relocated here in 1985. Peggy has since passed and Bill now resides at Forest Ridge Assisted Living Facility.
* The New River Chapter normally tries to work with family members to honor the veterans, but in Bill's case the award ceremony was held at the Tuesday morning breakfast club - ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) - in Jefferson, NC. A long time member of ROMEOs, after moving to Forest Ridge, between 15 and 35 other breakfast participants have a schedule of volunteer drivers who pick him up each week in order to enable him to stay socially active with his new, local "family."
* Congratulations PO4 Scarpino and thank you for your service at Montauk Point, NY and later on Samar Island during WWII.
Scroll over the thumbnail photographs to see more pictures from the 24 March award presentation to PO4 Scarpino:
- Pictured with Bill are Barbara Sears, New River Chapter Personal Affairs Chairperson and Chapter President, Doug Ehrhardt.
- A group photograph of 15 of the regular members of ROMEOs are pictured with Bill.