SCRANTON, PA – The Lackawanna Historical Society will observe Veterans Day weekend with a special program on the Battle of the Bulge on Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm at the Society’s headquarters, the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton.

LHS member James Dougher will present a lecture on the Battle of the Bulge with a special focus on Dr. Joseph Schectman, a Lackawanna County podiatrist. Schectman, a member of the 3rd Battalion 424th Infantry Regiment 106th Infantry Division, was trapped during the deadly battle north of Bastogne, and was able to escape with the help of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Mr. Dougher spent countless hours interviewing Dr. Schectman to tell his story which led to a presentation by Pennsylvania Congressman Cartwright of nine medals honoring Dr. Schectman’s wartime service, including the Bronze Star of Valor, “for fearlessly running messages as the U.S. 106th Infantry Division was under massive assault by Nazi Panzer Divisions.”

Dr. Schectman passed away on October 18, 2016 and the Society was honored when his widow, Harriet Schectman donated some of his WWII collection this past Spring.

For more information or to make a reservation for this program, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email