, Salem, MA

November 15, 2012

Heard Around Town: Discovery of sunken sub sparks tribute

The Salem News

---- — BEVERLY — The recent discovery of a sunken World War II submarine off the coast of the Florida Keys led to a touching ceremony in Beverly over the Veterans Day weekend.

Last year, an exploration team found the USS R-12, which sank in 600 feet of water during training operations on June 12, 1943, killing 42 U.S. servicemen.

Local submarine veterans recently learned that one of those servicemen was Edwin Walsh, a 1933 Beverly High School graduate who enlisted in the Navy in 1942.

The U.S. Submarine Veterans of the Marblehead Base added a plaque listing Walsh’s name and his submarine to the submarine memorial monument that has been next to the North Beverly fire station since 1970. That memorial honors two other Beverly sailors, Garrett Lynch and Paul Trask, who were lost during World War II while serving in submarines that were sunk in Japanese waters.

Walsh’s plaque was dedicated Sunday during the group’s annual memorial service at the monument. Walsh’s daughter, Judy Halpern of Dover, N.H., attended.

“I never knew my father. He was lost in that submarine before I was born,” Halpern said. “I wasn’t going to even go to the ceremony, but I went mostly for my mom. It was awesome, really impressive. Very touching after all these years.”

Two sisters and several nieces and nephews of Lynch also attended. Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge delivered a eulogy to the three lost submariners.

Star turn

The owners of Marino’s Cafe were excited enough when Larry David came to their place a few weeks ago to film a scene for his upcoming HBO movie, “Clear History.”

Then they found out they were actually going to be in it.

The film crew asked Anthony Marino and Torie Farnsworth to work in the background as David’s character walks into the cafe to buy a coffee.

“It was very, very exciting,” Farnsworth said.

Farnsworth said the moviemakers discovered Marino’s Cafe because one of the guys on the camera crew came there to get his coffee when they were shooting in the area.

“They said, ‘It’s such a cool space, we’d like to use it in our movie,’” Farnsworth said.

The owners were reimbursed for their daily sales while the cafe was closed during the shooting and were also paid as “site representatives.”

“They were very, very generous, and it was so fun having them here,” Farnsworth said.

Last ride

Carrol Sylvanowicz received an appropriate send-off at his funeral recently.

Sylvanowicz, a Beverly resident who died in a motorcycle accident last month, was escorted to his final resting place by 25 Harley motorcycles.

Sylvanowicz, 66, was a member of the Seacoast H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) chapter.

Beverly resident Joe Amore, who took Sylvanowicz on his first ride seven years ago, led the procession wearing Sylvanowicz’s hat and with his H.O.G. vest on his windshield and riding jacket on his backrest.

“Our family would like to thank Joe Amore, the Seacoast H.O.G. Chapter, and all who participated in the memorial rides and procession, for their solidarity in honoring their fallen friend,” said Michelle Sylvanowicz, Carrol’s daughter.

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