2017-09-22 / Obituaries

Warren Delaware

Warren Morton Delaware was buried on Friday Sept. 8, 2017 at the National Veterans’ Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. He passed away at a Boston hospital on Aug. 19.

Warren was born on Dec. 3, 1925 in Auburn, New Hampshire, the son of Marjorie (Wharton) Delaware, who immigrated from Caherciveen, Ireland and Auburn Selectman Wallace E. Delaware, who came from Durham, Maine.

His wife of 55 years, Mary Bertha (Lessard) Delaware of Dracut, Massachusetts, passed away in 2012.

On Dec. 1, 1943, while a senior at Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves.

Warren was a member of the commissioning crew of the U.S.S. Porter, DD 800.

After American forces, assisted by a bilingual Japanese American military intelligence unit, battled to recover the Aleutian Islands of Kiska and Attu, the U.S.S. Porter arrived at Adak, Alaska in June of 1944.

Then, as part of the North Pacific Fleet, the U.S.S. Porter engaged in combat against the Japanese Naval Forces based on the Kurile Island Archipelago.

During the Korean War and upon his reenlistment in 1954, Warren trained other “Tin Can Sailors” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He remained in the Naval Reserves accumulating more than 20 years of service and retired with the rank of chief petty officer.

In 1956, Warren gained employment at Western Electric Company (AT&T) in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he stayed for 31 years, retiring as an operating engineer.

Warren was predeceased by his sisters; Wilma Mosier, Virginia Zahka and Doris Piper.

He is survived by children and grandchildren and cousins in Scarborough.

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