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Korean War Veteran Peter Carlo and his wife, Mary Ann, recently presented the Gebbie Foundation with an American Flag following a brief ceremony. “Pete carries on his service to the United States of America by sharing his love of country and gratitude to veterans with hundreds of people throughout the region,” said Gebbie CEO Greg Edwards. This flag represents the 281st presentation to area organizations given by the patriotic couple. Jamestown High School sweethearts, and married for 64 years, Mary Ann accompanies “Pete” and is often the photographer for the ceremonies, exemplifying her commitment to helping him succeed in his efforts.
Peter Carlo served as a machine-gunner on the front lines in the Korean War and was in five major battles. Hand-grenade shrapnel in both legs ended his active service, but he has continued to contribute to his community by holding the posts of Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Post Chapter 47 and past chair of the Disabled Boy Scouts of New York State.
Accepting the American flag for the Foundation was Greg Edwards, Chief Executive Officer; Bill Tucker, Chief Operating Officer; and Andrea Magnuson, Senior Grants Director.
The Gebbie Foundation, established in 1964, is a philanthropic organization that supports efforts to revitalize downtown Jamestown. Current initiatives include the development of the National Comedy Center, the work of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation in the downtown core and the activation of the Chadakoin riverfront.