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Battle of the Bulge Veteran To Speak at Oswego Library

John Canale, author of “A Life’s Journey, Battle of the Bulge and Youth” along with the newer “A Handbook on Participation in Government in Oswego Politics,” will appear at the Oswego Public Library the evening of May 29.

The handbook includes essays from many past city officials, friends and students of Canale’s.

Pictured are some members of the Oswego County Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge group during a meeting in the spring of 2011 at Lombardo's Bridie Manor. From left are BOB veterans Sfc. Charles Phallen, Cpl. Bill Hogan, Pfc. Bob Ochsenbein, SSgt. John M. Canale, Pvt. Harold Blake and W.O.J.G Len Lambert. (Courtesy of Oswego County Today)
Pictured are some members of the Oswego County Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
group during a meeting in the spring of 2011 at Lombardo’s Bridie Manor. From left are BOB veterans Sfc. Charles Phallen, Cpl. Bill Hogan, Pfc. Bob Ochsenbein, SSgt. John M. Canale, Pvt. Harold Blake and W.O.J.G Len Lambert.

It also contains several photos and clippings from area newspapers to help tell the story.

In the book, Canale also offers some personal glimpses of his life in politics over the years and those that he served with.

More on the book can be found at Oswego County Today, oswegocountytoday.com/?p=97757.

Canale was a city alderman from 1970 through 1991.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego in 1947 and is in Oswego State’s Hall of Fame for basketball and baseball.

He was a teacher in the city schools from 1947-1965 then worked in administration until 1986.

Currently he still serves as a substitute teacher and tutor.

Canale also fought for our country during World War II seeing action during the Battle of Bulge.

He created a veterans’ group in 2001 to bring together the remaining local survivors from this historic battle.

During their gatherings they remember those who did not return and those who have since passed.

The group has been inducted into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

This group was the first so honored with all other members of the Hall of Fame being individuals.

The entire Hall of Fame can be viewed online at www.nysenate.gov/veterans-hall-of-fame.

Canale, along with others from the group, created the book “A Life’s Journey” to share their ordeal from December 1944 through January 1945.

Oswego County Today reported, in an interview with Canale, that “This is a book of real life stories – told by the brave men who fought there! This is a true story, this isn’t fiction. It doesn’t read like a textbook, either. I tell the stories in a very folksy way. These guys fought for six weeks in knee-deep snow in temperatures that I can’t believe that we did this. Men died on the countryside; I can still see it in my memory, they died from hypothermia. They
didn’t have enough warm clothes, enough food.”

Please join us for a talk from a true American hero at 6 p.m. on May 29.

Take some time during your Memorial Day holiday for us.

The Oswego Public Library is located at 120 E. Second St., Oswego (341-5867).