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WWII POWs to be honored with new Ferndale street names

World War II veterans and lifelong Ferndale residents Joe Moser (right) and Dick Stone are pictured Nov. 9, 1998. A small street near Samuel’s Furniture will soon bear the names of the two, who were prisoners of war.
World War II veterans and lifelong Ferndale residents Joe Moser (right) and Dick Stone are pictured Nov. 9, 1998. A small street near Samuel’s Furniture will soon bear the names of the two, who were prisoners of war. The Bellingham Herald

An unnamed street could soon bear the names of two local war heroes.

Joe Moser and Dick Stone, two Ferndale men who spent time as prisoners of war during World War II, are likely to soon have their names affixed to an unnamed private drive near Samuel’s Furniture and Walgreens on Main Street.

The Ferndale City Council will consider the name change at its meeting Monday, May 2.

The street, which runs north-south, serves as a driveway into Samuel’s Furniture on the north side of Main Street and a driveway into a shopping plaza on the south. The north end of the street, according to a draft of the ordinance, will be named Dick Stone Lane, and the south end will become Joe Moser Lane.

Though the drive is privately owned, the city has right-of-way access and can therefore name it, said city spokesman Riley Sweeney. Still, the city has written permission from Samuel’s Furniture to make the change. Walgreens has given verbal permission, and is in the process of putting it in writing, Sweeney added.

Moser, a pilot captured by Germans in 1944, survived eight months as a POW, including two months in Buchenwald, a notoriously inhumane German camp. He died late last year at the age of 94.

Stone was wounded and captured by Germans in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, according to Bellingham Herald archives. He is still alive, Sweeney said.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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