Samuel Edward Hatch, 93, of Springfield, died Dec. 23. He was the husband of Freda Hatch. Born in Springfield, he was the son of David Herman Hatch and Esther Dann Hatch. He graduated from Springfield’s Classical High School with honors on the eve of World War II, in 1943. He served during World War II, assigned to the 130th Chemical Processing Company and was stationed in England, France, and the Philippines. On July 3, 1944, he survived a German V-1 “buzz bomb” explosion that took the lives of at least 66 American servicemen, the greatest loss of life for American servicemen due to a V-1 attack. He was awarded The Purple Heart. After the war, he graduated with high honors from Boston University School of Communications on the GI Bill, and worked in radio and broadcasting. For years he was a news anchor and host of Uncle Ed’s Fun Club on WWLP-TV, channel 22. He later worked for the Social Security Administration in Holyoke for more than 20 years. He attended the original Kodimoh Synagogue in Springfield. In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by his children, Tracy Schneider and her husband, Dr. Bruce Schneider, and David Hatch; his grandchildren, Alexander, Gabriel and Dalia; and his granddaughter-in-law Ariel. He was predeceased by his siblings, Leon Hatch, Selma Caplan, and Hilda Goldstein.
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