Thirteen men and women were honored for their military service at Patriot's Day in September at Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown. The main focus was on the 13 men and women being honored — like Korean War veteran and former Youngstown policeman John Fromel — along with Vietnam Veterans Skip Cole and three-time purple heart recipients Bob Cooper and Roger Bacon. World War II Marine Corps veteran John Poptic of Newton Falls was one of the honorees. He is 98 and still fits in his uniform blues. John Zubick of New Springfield, a marine who served in Afghanistan, was also recognized for his service along with Ken Keonig of Mineral Ridge who spent 26 years in the Marines, including tours in Iraq. His service left him using a cane. There was a special presentation for Pearl Harbor survivor Bob Bishop.
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