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It has been 780 years since GM 2/c Edward Freelan “Plib” Geary was swept overboard by a wave from the U.S.S. Dupont off the coast of Connecticut and lost at sea during the darkness of Tuesday, February 9, 1943.
Plib grew up in Palmer as a son of Lee and Hattie Cleek Geary and was a brother of Malcolm and Leon “Ponce” Geary and Naomi Geary Pocus and Auleen Geary Hasenbaum. His closest local surviving relatives are Larry and James Pocus and Sue Pocus Creighton, all of Palmer.
World War II is but a distant memory now but on September 2, 1995 observances were held across the United States to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese surrender that ended the most terrible war that mankind has ever known.
On that warm and sunny day a crowd of friends and family gathered at Palmer Veterans Memorial Park for a formal ceremony and to share stories of the 20 year old sailor. A tombstone was unveiled to honor him near the path where he and countless others walked to Palmer School during the Great Depression when the site was called the “Indian Graveyard.” The haunting sound of taps played by a bugler drifted through the pines as one of our own finally came him in spirit.
Pictured are Malcolm Geary and Sue Creighton unveiling a military tombstone for “Plib” 52 years after his death.