Call To Serve is an effort by a group of volunteers, enthusiasts and veterans eager to record the oral histories of Methuen veterans. There are presently 122 interviews "in the can" and they keep on coming. A part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, Call To Serve is produced in the studios of Methuen Community Television - MCTV.

Heroes Muster Out

Joseph P. Messina, WWII US Navy Radioman/Gunner 3rd class, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient.

Joseph P. Messina, age 89, passed
away Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

During WWII Joseph served in the US Navy Aviation, aboard the USS Hancock as a rear gunner on a "Hell Diver". Joseph flew Dive Bomber missions in The Pacific Theater.

Here are Call To Serve links of Joe:
Joe Messina Interview.
Joe Messina on Old Pilots And Bold Pilots.

Luther E. McIlwain, WWII Tuskeegee Airman

Luther E. McIlwain, WWII Tuskeegee Airman passed away Friday February 8, 2013.

In WWII, The "Tuskegee" Experiment" was formed to find out if black men could fly military aircraft. This of course succeeded famously, with the Tuskegee airmen flying escort for our bombers. Luther McIlwain was one of the pilots with the 477th B-25 Bomb Group, which didn't see combat as the war ended before they graduated from training.

The Tuskegee Airmen flew with two victories in mind - one was the victory was winning the war against our enemies, the other was victory to be won back home, where segregation and racism awaited them on their return.

Here are Call To Serve links of Luther McIlwain:
Luther McIlwain Interview.
Luther McIlwain on Old Pilots And Bold Pilots.

MCTV Call To Serve Program wins
ACM National Award

Kathleen Corey Rahme, Call To Serve host Methuen Community Television Joseph 'Buzz' Sawyer - US Navy - Cold War

Congratulations to the Host and Crew of "CALL TO SERVE" for their victory in the NATIONAL HOMETOWN AWARDS. Given by the Alliance for Community Media, these awards recognize excellence in programming that is made and shown in facilities like Methuen Community Television(MCTV) all around our country.

Beginning in spring 2003, "CALL TO SERVE" has been sharing the personal histories of veterans from World War II to the present. The winning episode, featuring local US Navy veteran Joseph "Buzz" Sawyer, won for Best Program for Seniors in the Non-professional catagory. For the veterans who have had the chance to tell their stories on this show, "CALL TO SERVE" has filled an important need in our community to honor those who served and to preserve history that would be otherwise lost.

Please join us to congratulate host Kathleen Corey Rahme, Producers Al Grant and Corinne LaCharite, Director Paul Clover and crew members Leo Roy, Tom & Fran Gradzewicz, Mike Beshara and many others who have worked on the show over the last 8 years.

The Hometown Award will be given out in Tuscon, AZ on July 29. MCTV will replay the winning episode on August 3 & 4, 2011. The Joseph Sawyer interview is on our Facebook Facebook page also.

"CALL TO SERVE" is only the second MCTV Member program to win a national award. "Arts & Crafts: Food for the Soul" produced by Tom Gradzewicz won in 2008. Methuen Now! and SNAFU earned Honorable Mentions in 2007.

Members of the MCTV staff and Call To Serve crew are in Tucson, Arizona today to celebrate and receive the award.

If you are a veteran with a story to tell and would like to be interviewed on Call To Serve, please contact one of the following members and leave a message:

Facebook Check out our Call To Serve Facebook page(s)
Seasonal compilations of clips from our interviews:

Now on our FaceBook page!
The OldPilots & Bold Pilots Series

The Call To Serve Forum hosted by ProBoards Free Forums
Other videos & links of interest:

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The Mesothelioma Center is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to their visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 25 million living individuals who have served in the United States' armed forces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service which could develop into mesothelioma. offers complete information on malignant mesothelioma lists of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. Additionally their Veterans Assistance Department offers extensive experience in filing VA claims and can help any veteran coping with mesothelioma receive benefits from the VA system.

The Pleural
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Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma, accounting for roughly 75% of all diagnosed cases.

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue surrounding the lungs. The disease is caused primarily by the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers, which can become lodged in the lining around the lungs and trigger a chain of physiological reactions that eventually can lead to cancer.

While other sites are great sources for general Mesothelioma information, we’ve created what we to believe to be the best Pleural Mesothelioma information source online to help spread awareness.

For more information visit the The Pleural Mesothelioma Information Center web site. or call (800)381-1772.

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Resource Online

During the better part of the 20th century, the United States Armed Forces used asbestos in the production of many types of ships, buildings and vehicles, thus exposing countless soldiers and workers to this terrible mineral. At its peak, asbestos was used predominantly in factories during World War II and many U.S. veterans suffered from mesothelioma as a result, because the harmful effects of asbestos were not known until decades later. Even now, as asbestos use and production has declined significantly, many veterans could still be afflicted, unaware of the early symptoms of mesothelioma cancer.

The Mesothelioma Resource Online offers a comprehensive list of American naval vessels and military ships that were produced using asbestos, as well as a state-by-state directory of Veterans Affairs center and hospitals to assist service men and women who are suffering from mesothelioma.

Help Online

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a very difficult, life-changing event. Understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and available treatments is important for anyone who believes they may have this asbestos-caused cancer.

Treatments for mesothelioma can vary from patient to patient based on the stage and type of the disease, as well as the desires of the patient. When you are diagnosed, you should find a mesothelioma treatment center and work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Visit our Web Site:  Mesothelioma Help Online for more information.

The Mesothelioma Fund
Understanding Asbestos Trust Funds provides support and assistance for mesothelioma victims and their families. Our mission is to help patients and their family members obtain compensation through asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds. Trust funds were formed in the 1970's when the dangers of asbestos first became known. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer, and thousands of victims have filed claims against companies that knowingly led to their exposure.

The Mesothelioma Group will help you Take Control of Your Prognosis by helping you to:
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"The Mesothelioma Group provides well-researched and accurate information about mesothelioma and its treatment. Their resource section provides valuable information about specialists who treat mesothelioma and where to find available support groups."

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The Mesothelioma Veterans Outreach

The goal of the Mesothelioma Veterans Center is to reach veterans and their families who have been affected by mesothelioma and connect them to our website which offers free veteran specific resources and support. 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, since 2004 over 5,000 veterans have died from mesothelioma. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. A large part of our mission is to help spread awareness to veterans and their families.

Brian Basham
Director of Community Outreach
192 Nandina Terrace
Winter Springs, FL 32807

The Mesothelioma
Lawyer Center
The Mesothelioma Lawyer Center was created to help the millions of people who were exposed to asbestos, a cancer causing mineral. Many of these men and women were exposed at work or during their military service and are now suffering from asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma cancer, a devastating and nearly always fatal disease.

Our website is a comprehensive asbestos disease informational resource. Additionally, we offer mesothelioma victims and their loved ones the following items, free of charge: a comprehensive Mesothelioma & Asbestos Guide; 3 must-read mesothelioma books written by medical professionals and mesothelioma survivors; veteran benefits assistance, and more.

Large corporations knowingly put these people in harms way and deemed their lives "expendable".

Kaitlin Wilson
Public Relations Specialist
The Mesothelioma Lawyer Center

Over the years, Medical Malpractice has been very prevalent throughout the Veteran community. The Malpractice Center was created to put a stop to this issue and provide a support resource for Veterans who have unfortunately experienced this type of negligence.

For more information please contact:
Medical Malpractice Center
888-511-7543 or fill out the "help" form on our web site.

1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past.

Part of our mission is to spread awareness to veterans and their families. Our website offers free veteran specific resources and support for patients and families.

Michael Moesch - Community Outreach
Phone: 888-572-9011

Visit the Mesothelioma Network
For mesothelioma patients and loved ones, we provide free resources, education, support, and hope.

Get Informed about the Latest Mesothelioma Treatments, Resources & the Asbestos Trust Fund
Phone: 1-800-692-8608

Disabled American Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit organization helps ex-military men and women fight personal battles that has as its purpose a mission to improve the quality of life for thousands of wounded veterans and their families by helping them navigate the US Department of Veterans Affairs system to obtain benefits. DAV also represents the political interests of veterans and provides numerous outreach and volunteer programs. For more info on the DAV and how you can help, visit the following DAV link .
Lung Cancer Answers

Veterans are even more likely to get lung cancer than the general public because of possible exposure to radon, asbestos and beryllium. This informational site describes the causes and symptoms of lung cancer and the screening techniques that doctors use to diagnose cancer. This page summarizes the different pollutants than can cause lung cancer: Lung Cancer Causes
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Check into The Mesothelioma & Asbestos Center, The web's leading mesothelioma and asbestos resource
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The usual crew!
Host: Kathleen Corey Rahme
Co-Producers: Corinne LaCharite & Albert Grant
Crew Members: Paul Clover, Joseph Clover, Tom Gradzewicz, Fran Gradzewicz, Leo Roy, Sandi Seglin
Special Thanks to the Staff of MCTV for their help in making Call To Serve a success!
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