Veterans Sends Pottery to Deployed Troops

By: Carolyn Callahan, CNN
By: Carolyn Callahan, CNN

Decades after leaving the military, one World War II veteran is still doing his part.

He sends pottery to troops currently deployed.

Ninety-year-old Henry Stupakewicz is a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

"My job in World War II was a bomb disposal. In the other two wars, it was explosive ordinance disposal,” says Stupakewicz.

Henry's been retired for a few years now. He used to own a pottery shop in Dover and he's still using his wheel, strictly for enjoyment.

"What I make is not good enough to sell, but good enough to give away," says Stupakewicz.

That's just what he's doing; sending love and hope to those currently deployed, including his nephew, Major Scott Bager.

"He had already been to Afghanistan. When he went to Iraq, I gave him a couple of mugs to take with him," says Stupakewicz.

The mugs were a big hit with the soldiers in the unit. Henry's nephew asked him if he could make eight mugs using the unit's colors, sand and orange. Like every good soldier, Henry reported for duty. The mugs are made and ready to be shipped.

"That’s a man sized mug and soldiers like a man-sized mug. I've never seen any of them who want a little teacup," says Stupakewicz.

They may not want a teacup, but Henry says he knows from experience, what soldiers do want, is to know people are thinking of them while they're away at war.

"This is another little taste of home and it's not important in itself, but the idea that someone thought to send it to you is important and that's why I want to make the guys feel that we still remember them at home," says Stupakewicz.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    Seems like an amazing man! Great work! I think his pottery is beautiful and I would buy it any day especially knowing it could support the troops : )
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