Take a look back at news and photos that occurred 25, 50, and 100 years ago on May 27th in Franklin County, PA.
25 years Ago:
Thursday, May 27, 1994
D-DAY SNAPSHOT: Robert Pyatt Sr, 72, of Fayetteville, served in the Merchant Marines, delivering troops and equipment on U.S. Lines to Omaha Beach and other beaches. It was one of the 6,000 merchant ships that sailed under the American flag in Europe and Pacific theatres in World War II. Many troops and supplies were destined for the 1st Infantry Division, nicknamed the Big Red One – one of the first units to hit Omaha Beach. Pyatt’s ship did not get into the fighting but came close once when a German plane flew over the beach and fired at them. Pyatt went ashore once in Cherbourg, France where he picked up a souvenir that he gave to his son. It was part of a machine belt filled with wooden bullets. Rumors were said that the Germans ran out of bullets or used the wooden ones because they would cause infection, but he said the truth was that the Germans didn’t want to use real bullets for practice when they were going through a training experience. Among the things his ship carried were interlocking plates used for temporary airfields. Pyatt worked at New England Power Company with 1988, moving to Franklin County about two years ago while being treated for colon cancer by his son Dr. Robert Pyatt Jr, who is with Chambersburg Imaging Associates, Inc. and the director of radiology in the Chambersburg Hospital. (Pyatt passed away on October 30, 2011, in Chambersburg.)
50 Years Ago:
Tuesday – May 27, 1969
CHAMBERSBURG — Two members of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School have enlisted for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and will leave Jun 10th from Cumberland for training in Parris Island, S.C. They are Dwight L. Cooper, 17, son of Hillard Cooper, RR 4, and Dennis L. Trimmer, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Trimmer R.R. 3.
100 Years Ago:
Monday – May 27, 1919
Chambersburg – As a result of the sale on the streets Saturday by high school girls, $276 was added to Chambersburg’s contribution to the Salvation Army home service fund. The girls at 10 o’clock in the morning had their photographs snapped and then began the sale of doughnuts. The first doughnut sold by each lass was bought by Ernest Worthington, a local returned soldier, who was wounded during his twelve months service in France.