RIP William H. Hubbard – Our Brother.

William H. Hubbard

TOWNSEND — William H. Hubbard, 79, of Townsend, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Hubbard was born in Cambridge, May 8, 1934, a son of William C. and Eileen (Turner) Hubbard, and has resided in Townsend for 40 years.

Mr. Hubbard began his education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He later continued his education at Fitchburg State University where he received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate studies.

For 20 years, Mr. Hubbard served his country in the United States Army, retiring in 1974 at the rank of Sergeant First Class. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and was the recipient of two Purple Heart Medals.

Following his retirement from the armed forces, he taught special education mathematics for 17 years at Nashua High School, Nashua, NH.
Bob and Charlotte
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Charlotte T. (Trombly) Hubbard; a son, William C. Hubbard of Fitchburg; three daughters, Nancy A. Brownell of Lunenburg, Kathleen A. Hubbard of Townsend, Joy C. Cole of San Diego, CA; a sister, Susan Nauman of Mound City, MO; six grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Merrill of NY, and Elizabeth Warrell of VA.

Through the years, Mr. Hubbard remained active in many civic and community oriented efforts. He was a founding member of Townsend Emergency Assistant Mobiles (TEAM),was an active member of the Townsend Senior Citizens where he offered instruction in genealogy study. He was a member of the Townsend VFW, and the Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 116, Leominster, MA.

He enjoyed playing cribbage and bingo. He and his wife spent many winters in Fort Myers, Florida, and one year spent six months traveling across the nation in their recreational vehicle.

HUBBARD — Mr. Hubbard’s family will receive family and friends at calling hours from 2-5 p.m., Sunday at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rte. 119), Townsend Center. Please see for additional information. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Townsend Senior Citizens, 16 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA 01469.

Chapter 116, will always remember, miss and Love our Brother Bill.  Rest in Peace Brother.  America has lost not only a great man, Hero and Veteran but an Angel.  Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all Bill’s family, friends and loved ones.

firebase116 Awards Annual Scholarships!


Veterans Center 7:00 P.M.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The program was held at the Veterans Center because of rain and thunder. Mrs. Hill, Gold Star mother of David Hill who was killed in Vietnam, presented the Scholarships. She was our special guest on the occasion of her 90th. Birthday. The opening prayer was given by our Chaplin, Cindy Henderson. Richard Earley, President VVA 116 served as host for the event. Dan Joseph, the Scholarship event Chairman presented the awards to the raffle winners. This fund raising effort ensures that the Chapter has the ability to assist students each year. As always, a big Thank You, to all who support this wonderful program.

Rachel Tamas, daughter of Vietnam veteran Peter Tamas, presented her essay:


Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” It’s a phrase I’m familiar with. I see it on bumper stickers on the back of my father’s truck, proudly displaying his Vietnam service for all to admire. Most of all, I see it in his eyes. Although I’ve heard fragmented stories of what my father endured during the Vietnam War, I don’t need to ask him what he’s learned from it.

While the feelings my father has regarding Vietnam are tightly confined within his heart, I don’t have to look too closley to see his eyes swelling with tears. It’s when we watch the news, those countless images of fallen soldiers flashing across the screen. However, it’s our society’s reaction that touches him even deeper. The visible support and care for our current soldiers reaches into some dark unrelenting space, setting off unwanted feeling of bitterness and sadness. I’ve heard the stories. I know my father, my uncle and countless other other Vietnam soldiers were greeted on American soil with turned backs and hatred. They were spit oat, instead of embraced. Mocked instead of loved.

Although my father will never fully recover from the mental wounds he endured after the Vietnam War, I know the most valuable thing he has learned comes from the motto adorning his vehicle. I can see that he would rather swallow back his tears and hide the hurt, rather than allow another soldier to suffer the same hatred and rejection he once did.”


Scholarships were presented by Mrs. Hill and the officers of VVA116. Tim Manigan, Vice President; Don Toohey, Secretary; and Dan Joseph, Treasurer.

The 2013 recipients are:

Wesley Young who will attend American University in Washington, DC.

Timothy Ellam attending the University of Massachusetts, Boston majoring in Information Technology. He is the son of VVA 116 member Tom Ellam.

Rachel Tamas is a student at Fitchburg State University and is majoring in English with a concentration in secondary education.

Naelle Grudziecki will be attending Worcester State University and palns to major in Biology. She is the daughter of VVA 116 member Robert Grudziecki.

J. Barry Neas, a VVA 116 member is embarking on a new career and is attending Mount Wachesett Community College Associate of Science Degree in Automotive  Technology.

Congratulations to all. We wish them well.


The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships were awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified full time students. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in working toward positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of our motto: “IN SERVICE TO AMERICA”