309 – Manny Carvalho – WWII Army Veteran – Bronze Star Recipient

Like Caster Salemi in #305, Manny Carvalho was introduced to me by Army National Guard Veteran and Veterans Brotherhood Motorcycle Club member David Danforth. I feel like a little kid getting to talk with these World War II Veterans, so I met up with David at the Liberal Club in Fall River and walked to Manny’s place to meet with him.

Manny grew up in Fall River, MA, and was drafted for the War Effort in 1939. He drove a Sherman Tank and served under General Patton in Africa. Hearing him talk about events that I have only experienced through media and video games made me pause as he answered questions that I have had for years.

Sgt Carvalho received the Bronze Star for his service. After the war, Manny came back to Fall River and started working. Today he is the unofficial “Mayor” of Fall River, and you can find him holding court at the Liberal Club in Fall River.

I want to thank David Danforth from the Veterans Brotherhood Motorcycle Club for introducing me to Manny Carvalho. It has been a privilege to talk with these World War II Veterans

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