Veterans participate in annual Adjutant General Fishing Tournament


Veterans participate in annual Adjutant General Fishing Tournament

DAUPHIN, Pa. (WHTM) – More than two dozen veterans made their way to Clarks Creek in Dauphin County for the annual Adjutant General Fishing Tournament.

Veterans from the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia, the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, and the Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City got a chance to travel and show off their skills catching trout.

“Been a long time since I’ve been doing this. Fished a lot in my days, but my fingers don’t have the feeling they used to,” said veteran Thomas Clauss.

Clauss spends most of his days in the Gino Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, but today, he jumped at the opportunity to go fishing.

“It’s relaxing. Certain fish I certainly like to eat,” Clauss said.

Pennsylvania Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli says it’s important to honor our veterans, even through the simplest activities.

“It’s great to come out and just do normal things that they used to do growing up and things they don’t get to do very often,” Carrelli said.

“I haven’t been fishing in four years. I love trout fishing,” said Richard Townsend, a veteran.

“We have WWII vets here, Korean War vets, Vietnam vets, you know, the whole array is here, so it’s phenomenal the history that’s standing behind me out there fishing,” Carrelli said.

Rain or shine, the veterans just want to fish.

“Enjoying myself today. It’s something I look forward to,” Townsend said. “Perfect weather for fishing.” 

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs sponsors the event.

“We use welfare funds which are donated funds to the homes to do a number of social activities with our veterans,” Carrelli said.

Though his fingers may not be so nimble, Clauss caught five trout, putting him in first place.

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