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 Detroit Plumbers Union
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D-DAY Local Normandy Veterans

Brother Stanley Kokuba, retired Local 98 member, was featured in the Madison-Park News (C&G Newspapers) “The Men Who Saved The World. Local Normandy Veterans share their stories 70 years after D-Day” - June 4, 2014


Thank you for your service Brother Stanley!

 

  Stanley Kokuba spent D-Day protecting a seaport in Wales, but it wasn’t long until he was sent to join in the liberation of Europe.

 

  He arrived in France on July 17, 1944, with the Third Army’s 795th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion, dropped by the Navy on a then-deserted section of Utah Beach.

 

His group of two dozen soldiers marched into the woods nearby, where they put up two-man tents and waited for their guns and supplies to arrive by sea. When their canteens ran dry, Kokuba volunteered to look for water. He found a well at a farmhouse outside of Sainte-Mère-Église, the scene of bitter fighting between American paratroopers and German defenders.

 

  “They just got the Germans out of there. Nobody would go with me. They were all scared,” Kokuba said. “I went down there and found a farmhouse, and I knocked on that door. It was desolated, you know – an old dirt road. A little girl came to the door, about 4 or 5 years old. She was scared, too.”

 

  The girl pointed to the well where Kokuba filled the can. On the way back to camp, he crossed a farmer’s field where American troops were ambushed by a German sniper sometime after D-Day. The bodies were gone. Only bloodied, discarded equipment remained.

 

  “I seen the stuff sticking out of the ground. I walked in there, and there was helmets with bullets right straight through there,” Kokuba said. “The sniper was up in the tree catching them as they came through that field, and he was just picking them off. He must have got a least 10 of them.”

 

  Kokuba took a German helmet back to camp as a souvenir with the water, but he said it never made it home by mail.

 

  His battery later protected airfields and bridges as the Allies sped across Western Europe to crush the remaining forces of the Third Reich.

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ACTIVATE HEALTHCARE
***NEW*** ACTIVATE DRUG TEST/FLU SHOT/FLONASE - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Activate Healthcare is now the only site for MUST drug testing for Local 98 members. You can obtain the MUST authorization form from Jean or Michelle at the hall then test upstairs at the clinic for your convenience. You must be on the Out of Work list and have all 18 of your MUST modules current in order to take your drug test. Fluticasone (Flonase) allergy nasal spray and Flu shots are now available. If you have questions, contact Activate at 248-268-4477.

MUST DRUG POLICY CHANGE (Effective June 1 2014)
In response to Industry changes and the expectations of Owner Groups, Contractors, and Unions, MUST is modifying its drug testing policy to cover additional drugs of abuse. The MUST drug testing panel will now include Synthetic Opiates, MDMA (Ecstasy), and 6-AM (6-monoacetylmorphine). MUST is committed to bringing highly trained skilled trades workers to all participating jobsites. We will continue working towards 100% Drug Free Work Zones.

 
MEETING INFORMATION

MEET THE CANDIDATE NIGHT
TUESDAY, October 28 @ 5:30 pm
at UFCW Local 876
Food Workers Hall
Spouses are welcome to attend

RETIREE MEETING
WEDNESDAY, November 12 @ 12 pm
American Legion Hall
12 Mile, Berkley
every second Wednesday of the month

UPCOMING MEETING
THURSDAY, November 13 @ 7 pm
at Local 98 Hall

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