Guest speaker for the World War II Heritage Group on Aug. 18 will be William Farragher of Youngstown. He is a former medic in the Alaska campaign.
Before being stationed in Alaska, Farragher tried to enlist but was declined due to flat feet.
He was then drafted in 1942 and trained as a medic.
Assigned to the 183rd Station Hospital, he was shipped to Alaska just as the Attu and Kiska campaigns were winding down.
Part of his duties included treating the wounded from these campaigns.
Farragher was discharged as a technical sergeant on Jan. 13, 1946. He recently recorded his story with the oral history section of Youngstown State University.
Born and raised in the Youngstown area, Farragher graduated from South High School in 1941.
He entered pre-med at Wesleyan College and completed his first year prior to being drafted.
Following the war, he continued his education at Ohio Wesleyan and went on for graduate work at Kenyon and further course work at Wisconsin.
His occupation path led to a career in industrial marketing at Youngstown Sheet and Tube.
Following the closing of the mill, Farragher started his own industrial marketing firm.
Even in retirement he volunteers his skills in assisting non-profit organizations.
Farragher is married to Arden Smith. Together they raised five children and one foster son.
The cost for the dinner is $14, and reservations can be made by calling Dave Frank at 330-757-0515.
The dinner is 6:30 p.m. at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Deadline for reservations are Friday.