William J. Lashua
|Goodnight, sweet prince.RIP. ;_;|
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010; A regular anon posts a picture he took of a flier featuring a man looking for people to join his 90th birthday party. Fellow anons wept tears of true bawww. Determined to find who this man was, anons set out to make an old man happy, in what is now known as Operation: Strangelove.
Who is William "Birthday Boy" Lashua?
William J. Lashua was a man who (at a time before teh internets) joined the Army Oct 4 1943, serving for the duration of WWII plus six months, killing Nazis for great justice. He did this to keep the Nazis from raping your grandmothers and killing people that would otherwise pollute their gene pool. Some say he is a real life Cotton Hill, though with intact shins. He is a great old man. He had his birthday party on September 4th, 2010, at the American Legion Hall in Ashburnham, MA.
Anonymous called the Ashburnham American Legion party (where the party was hosted), asking for the reservation and getting the name of the birthday boy. A quick search on the internet led to a man named William Lashua III, the old man's nephew. Old Army enlistment records were located. From there, a veteran database, local VA, name and address were found.
Operation: Birthday Boy
A great burst of love for William developed and blossomed into an outpouring of cards, gentle sentiments, and emotional admittances. Fans came together on Fakebook together and within a day the fan page for William's Birthday had over 1,300 likes. As night fell on the USA, various anons googlebombed "Happy Birthday William J. Lashua."
A plan to LOIC a Nazi website in his honor has not come to fruition yet. Keep your eyes out, and don't forget to provide verifiable updates when possible!
Dox, Verified Info, Etcetera
DOX on William, for good use only:
- William J Lashua
- Company: MA American Legion
- Street: 132 Williams RD
- City: Ashburnham, MA
- Zip: 01430
- Their website: InspirationCustomCakes.com
- 58 Center Street
- Ashburnham, MA 01430
Kind folks of reddit, My family and I appreciate the outpouring of love and generosity. There has been a large misunderstanding. The poster which I'm told was found at the Gardner Stop & Shop was more a local notice for people that know him. It was in no way to indicate that he is alone. He has 7 children, many grandchildren, and even great grandchildren. In his younger years he was a foster parent to dozens of foster children. He is well liked in the community, and will be fully supported on his 90th birthday. I ask that if you don't know him, to not attend the party, as it is for his friends and family. The venue for the party is a very small hall, and will be full to capacity with people he knows and loves.
By all means, send cards and well wishes, but please refrain from sending gifts/strippers/cakes/candies/etc. and instead please make a donation in his name to a local vetrans charity.
Thank you again for all the love and well wishes, we certainly never expected this. You are awesome reddit, now please help me spread the word to other outlets and make sure this is a smaller, enjoyable party for him.
Edit: There are so many replies, I can't begin to respond to them all. I love the fact that the internet has rallied behind this as a cause, and my family is overwhelmed with what we've seen and read. I've made this my soapbox to talk to "internets" and I feel it's a good place to do so. The outpouring of love, respect, and generosity has been amazing to say the least, but really... please... there are so many others less fortunate than my Grandfather that deserve this as well. This Labor Day weekend, go to your local VA hospital, sit, and visit with the men and women there. Stop off at a nursing home and visit there. Donate to a vetrans charity. Do some good for those who fought for you, and really do have no one to call family or friend. Still do all the nice things you wanted to do for my grandfather, please do. Use that positive energy and make someone super happy. They'll appreciate it more than you'll ever know.
edit again: For those of you still thinking of sending cards, please use the following address:
William J Lashua c/o American Legion
132 Williams Road
Ashburnham, MA 01430
Anonymous crashes the party
On September 4th, some /b/tard began claiming to have gone to Mr. Lashua's party. He even posted pix .
A collage is being made at American Legion for him by a woman named Linda, ask to speak with her to get your name and a message on it.
- The not so offical website of William J. Lashua
- Operation birthday boy thread 1
- Reddit post in which William's grandson explains that William has enough friends and you are not invited, but thanks anyway!
-  Followup from the grandson discussing how the party went.
- News article about this
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