Bernard J. Lescavage, FC3/c

Served onboard USS RUSH

1950 thru 1952

BLescavage.jpg photo courtesy of his son.
Bernard J. Lescavage

Recently Mike Dutton received a series of email messages from Bernie Lescavage, Jr. The messages included a number of photographs from a 1951 Shell Back initiation, photographs of his father and information about him. He also let Mike know that his father had passed in September of 2006....

The photographs provided by Bernared J. Lescavage, Jr., can be viewed from a link on the "Korea the Forgotten War" page of the USS William R Rush Association web site.

The following obituary was published in the Pottsville, Pennsylvania newspaper The Republican & Herald:

VFWofUS.jpg Bernard J. Lescavage
1930 - 2006
Minersville, Pennsylvania

Bernard J. Lescavage, Sr., 76, of Minersville, fell asleep peacefully in the arms of the Lord on Wednesday afternoon at his home.

Born in New Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Joseph and Helen McNavage Lescavage. He was a 1948 graduate of Blythe Township High School. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He worked briefly as an independent miner, then was employed as a welder for Dana Corp. for 32 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Minersville.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Helen Lescavage and Marie Davis; a brother, Daniel. He was a loving, kind and generous husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, the former Edith Updegrove, to whom he was married on January 16, 1957; children Bernard J., Jr. and his wife Michelle, Minersville, Cindy wife of David Semerod, Minersville, Kevin and his wife, Doreen, West Pittston, Lynn Ann, wife of Michael Dudash, Peach Mountain, and Steven and his wife, Heidi, Primrose; his grandchildren, on whom he doted, Leigh Ann, Jenna, Abby, Grace, Cassandra and Cory Lescavage, and Michael and Dominique Dudash; a brother, Joseph, Port Carbon; nieces and nephews; his devoted dog, Ben.

Funeral services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday from Dutcavich Funeral Home, Minersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Minersville with the Rev. David C. Liebner officiating. Friends may call from 6 p.m. Sunday and from 6 a.m. until the time of service Monday. The family prefers remembrances be made to St. Francis Memorial Fund, which will be accepted at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

© Copy from The Republican & Herald September 2007. © Image courtesy of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US.


The webmaster would be pleased to make-up a more detailed "In Memoriam" page for this deceased Rushmate. If you have any photographs or information such as a story or other anecdotal information to share about Bernard J. Lescavage, please send them by email to the webmaster using this address: If you can not send the information by email, please write to Michael R. Dutton, 1084 Strauss Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-6758 and include hardcopy photographs and stories or anecdotes. Any materials sent in this manner will be treated with respect and will be returned to the sender.