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Alphonse V Etre, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 8, 1922
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1972
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

PARENTS: Simon Etre and Antoinette Renna

WIFE: Mary L. Werstak

MILITARY: U.S. Army, World War II
Enlistment Date: March 12, 1943
Fort Devins, Massachusetts

DECORATIONS: 2 Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star

CRITERIA - Purple Heart:

The purple heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces who, while serving in the Armed Services after April 5, 1917, who has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded; 1) in action against an enemy of the United States. 2) In any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged. 3) While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States in not a belligerant party. 4) As a result of an act of any such enemy of opposing armed forces. 5) As the result of an act of any foreign hostile force. 6) After 28 March 1973, as a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States or a foreign nation friendly to the United States, recognized as such an attack by the Secretary of the department concerned, or jointly by the Secretaries of the departments concerned if persons from more than one department are wounded in the attack; or, 7) After 28 March 1973, as a result of military operations, while serving outside the territory of the United States as part of a peacekeeping force. 8) After 7 December 1941, by weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict, regardless of the fire causing the wound. 9) While held as a prisoner of war or while being taken captive.

CRITERIA - The Bronze Star

a. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

b. Awards may be made for acts of heroism, performed under circumstances described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award of the Silver Star.

c. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service. The required achievement or service while of lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.


Alphonse V. Etre, Sr.
Decorated Vet.

Alphonse V. Etre, Sr. 50, of 12 Whitten Street, died yesterday in Doctor's Hospital.

Born in Worcester, he was the son of Simon and Antoinette (Renna) Etre.

Mr. Etre was the owner and operator of Etre's Auto Body Shop, 432 Franklin Street, for the last 28 years.

A World War II Veteran, he served with the Army in the European Theatre. He was awarded Two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star in the Italian Campaign. He was a member of the St. Joan of Arc Parish, Disabled American Veterans, Automobile Re-Builders Association, Worcester Lodge of Elks, and Worcester County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

He was a teacher and a drummer in the PNA Italian American Corps and the former Worcester Drum Corps.

He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary L. (Werstak) Etre; a son, Alphonse V. Etre, Jr.; four daughters, Mrs. Jacqueline A. Augusto, Ann L. wife of Kenneth Sullivan and the Misses Debra and Jean Etre, all of Worcester. Six brothers, Thomas A, Victor A, Joseph J and Rudolph V. Etre, all of Worcester and Albert P. and Sam G. Etre of Shrewsbury. A sister, Angela L, wife of Charles Negri of North Smithfield, R.I., five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held tomorrow from Mercadante Funeral Home, 370 Plantation Street, with a Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 566 Lincoln Street. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

The family requests that flowers be omitted. 
Saint Johns Cemetery
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Star Rhodes
Record added: May 16, 2008
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God bless this hero
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Because you were brave....we are free.
- Star Rhodes
 Added: Nov. 10, 2008
In honor of those who served.
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