Seaman 1st Class Robert Tarpinian was one of the first men on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He was wounded in action during the battle, and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, as well as numerous other decorations.
It was his involvement in “Exercise Tiger” that nearly cost Robert Tarpinian his life. One of the least known and secretive battles of WW II, Exercise Tiger was a scaled down test run for the Normandy Invasion, but due to the operational missteps of the British military, German E-boats were able to sink and damage three United States vessels, killing about 740 U.S. service personnel and wounding many others.
Gail C. Adamoschek was born into a successful dairy farm in Sprakers, New York, where she spent her young years working rigorously alongside her family. At 25, she married her husband, Steve, and together they raised their children. While home schooling her children, Ms. Adamoschek operated a sheep and pastured poultry farm while her husband worked for Beech Nut. Used to hard work, they were both ordained as pastors through Maranatha Ministerial Fellowship International and set in as pastors of River of Jubilee Church in 2003. Ms. Adamoschek’s theological degree is from Christian Life School of Theology.
While in college at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ms. Roma Stern was one of only two women at her school to sign up for the Civil Air Patrol, which was still in its infancy. She earned her pilot’s license, and when World War II broke out two years later she hoped to join the Army Air Corps, but the military at that time didn’t offer much encouragement for female pilots.
Undaunted, and anxious to serve her country, she became one of the first women to join the Marines, which had just begun to accept women in order to address a personnel shortage. She completed her basic training at Hunter College and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where she quickly rose through to the rank of Drill Sergeant, training the next classes of Women Marines.
Mary “Chiz” Chisholm, Executive Director of Chiz’s Heart Street, has touched the lives of countless individuals from all walks of life, including those diagnosed with schizophrenia, many struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and some who were previously homeless. No matter their circumstance, every person who has walked through the doors of Chiz’s Heart Street will agree that Ms. Chisholm saved their lives.
In her own words, Ms. Chisholm explains why the house is so unique and beneficial to the community. “What the house offers is a home where each person is held and acknowledged for who they are, just as they are; that they are beautiful and loved with no judgment.”