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The Purple Heart - reverse side inscribed "FOR MILITARY MERIT"

Peters Township
War Memorials

The original Purple Heart, designated the Badge of Military Merit

   

     
Freedom  isn't  Free
    
The Peters Township War Memorial honors those veterans 
 who attended school or lived in Peters Township 
 and made the ultimate sacrifice during war

    

   
   

        HONOR ROLL        

   
   


Newly rededicated veterans memorial wall in Peters Township

The rededicated memorial wall was 
unveiled Saturday, May 17, 2003
Photos: Mark Sanders

Honor guard


   
US ARMY AWARDS, DECORATIONS, CAMPAIGN & SERVICE MEDALS
Some of these medals were awarded to the veterans listed below
   

Silver Star Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze Star Medal Air Medal Purple Heart American Campaign Medal American Defense Service Medal

Silver
Star

Distinguished
Flying Cross

Bronze
Star

Air
Medal

Purple
Heart

American
Campaign
Medal

American
Defense
Service
Medal

   

World War One Victory Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal World War Two Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

World War
One
Victory
Medal

Asiatic
Pacific
Campaign

European
African
Middle Eastern
Campaign

World War
Two
Victory
Medal

National
Defense
Service
Medal

Vietnam
Service
Medal

Republic
of Vietnam
Campaign
Medal

   
Image credits: Institute of Heraldry
   

Meuse-Argonne Streamer
World War One Streamer

  

 PETERS TOWNSHIP HONOR ROLL 

  

William Boyd Philips
  World War One

September 28, 1918
KIA

PVT
Army

319th Inf Regt
80th Inf Div

Peters Township High School Class of 1914. Buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France, Plot B - Row 8 - Grave 11. 

William Boyd Philips headstone
Headstone in Brush Run Cemetery next to Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Brookwood Road in Venetia, PA


Blue Ridge Division

80th Infantry Division

  

Howard Glen Bioni
  World War Two

April 7, 1945
KIA

SGT
Army

1st Platoon
Reconnaissance Co B
661st Tank Destroyer Bn
69th Inf Div

Attended Thompsonville School and Peters Township High School. SGT Bioniís battalion supported the 69th Infantry Division. KIA near Kassel, Germany, one month before VE Day.


661st Tank Destroyer Battalion

69th Infantry Division

  

Herbert G. Devore
  World War Two

March 15, 1944
KIA

CPT
Army Air Forces

8th Air Force
100th Bomb Grp
350th Squadron

Allegheny County resident. Peters Township High School Class of 1937. On Peters Township Middle School plaque. B-17 pilot. Shot down by flak over Brunswick, Germany. Awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.


8th Air Force


100th Bomb Group

  

George C. Engel
  World War Two

January 25, 1944
DNB

2LT
Marine Corps Aviator

Naval Air Station
Pensacola, FL

Peters Township High School Class of 1938. On Peters Township Middle School plaque. Died in a crash while training fighter pilots at Pensacola, Florida.


Marine Corps

  

James Leroy Hays
  World War Two

January 25, 1945
KIA

PFC
Army

42d Rainbow Div
7th Army

Allegheny County resident (the Hays farm straddled the Allegheny County and Washington County line but the farm house was in Allegheny County). Peters Township High School Class of 1941. On Peters Township Middle School plaque. KIA at Haguenau, France. Awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart posthumously.


Rainbow Division Patch


Rainbow Division Crest

  

Albert Martik
  World War Two

May 31, 1945
KIA

CPL
Marine Corps

Co I, 22d Marines
6th Marine Div

Attended Venetia School while living in Hackett. Enlisted in the Marine Corps. KIA on Okinawa. Buried in Finleyville Cemetery.

   

6th Marine Division

   

Marine Corps

  

Joseph Pershing Polen
  World War Two

May 19, 1945
KIA

SGT
Marine Corps

(Unit information
not known)

Peters Township High School Class of 1939. On Peters Township Middle School plaque. KIA on Okinawa. On Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii. Death records at Ithaca, NY.

Marine Corps

  

John William Proudfit
  World War Two

June 15, 1944
DNB

2LT
Army Air Forces

20th Air Force
58th Bomb Wing
462nd Bomb Group

Peters Township High School Class of 1939. On Peters Township Middle School plaque. B-29 flight engineer /machine gunner. Killed in India following the first B-29 bombing raid over Yawata, Japan.  The air strike on Yawata was only the second bombing raid on the Japanese homeland, the first being the Doolittle raid, which used B-25s from an aircraft carrier.

June 21, 2012 update from the Historian of the 462nd Bomb Group:
2nd Lt. Proudfit was actually in the 769th Bomb Squadron of the 462nd Bomb Group (The Hellbirds). He flew on plane 42-6226 (Hapís Hazard) and died when they were working on a plane that had returned from Yawata. There was a gas tank explosion on the ground during repairs which caused his death.

Al Schutte
Historian
462nd Bomb Group
New England Air Museum

   
Army Air Forces

Army Air Forces

20th Air Force

  

William B. Shearer
  World War Two

January 29, 1945
DNB

SSG
Army Air Forces

5th Air Force
375th Troop Carrier Grp
55th Squadron

Peters Township High School Class of 1940. On Peters Township Middle School plaque.  Aerial engineer on a C-46 transport. Killed in a plane crash on Leyte. Buried in Highland Cemetery, Library, PA - Center B, Lot 44.


5th Air Force

375th Troop Carrier Group

  

Thomas Allebach Shipe
  Vietnam War

September 19, 1970
KIA

PFC
Army

B Co, 1st Bn
503rd Inf
173rd Airborne Bde

Peters Township High School Class of 1967. Awarded the Silver Star posthumously. KIA in the Nui Mieu Mountains in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Buried in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray, PA.

[Tribute to Tom]

   

SKY SOLDIERS


173d Airborne Brigade

  

Paul Dean Urquhart
  Vietnam War

May 28, 1971
MIA

CPT
Army
Trp B, 2nd Sqdn
17th Cav
101st Airborne Div

Resided on Old Oak Road near Donaldson's Crossroads. Attended high school in Michigan. Washington & Jefferson College Class of 1966. Helicopter pilot. MIA following a crash in Thua Thien Province during his second tour of duty in Vietnam. Captain Urquhart is one of the two Vietnam War MIA's from Washington County.

[Tribute to Paul]


101st Airborne
"Screaming Eagles"

  


POW-MIA

McMurray's only MIA
One of the Vietnam veterans listed above, Paul Urquhart, was shot down on Memorial Day 1971 while piloting an OH-6A 'Loach' helicopter. Since his remains have never been recovered, he is still listed as BNR (Body Not Recovered) and MIA (Missing In Action). Paul's Home of Record is McMurray, Pennsylvania. Captain Urquhart is one of the two Vietnam War MIA's from Washington County, the other being First Lieutenant James A. McEwen of the US Air Force.  [Tribute to Paul Urquhart]
   

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
   

Flying the POW-MIA Flag
Civilians are free to fly the POW/MIA Flag whenever they wish. With the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act during the first term of the 105th Congress, the POW-MIA Flag will fly at US Government installations each year:
  • Armed Forces Day - (Third Saturday in May)

  • Memorial Day - (Last Monday in May)

  • Flag Day - June 14

  • Independence Day - July 4

  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day - (Usually the third Friday in September) 

  • Veterans Day - November 11

  


Directions to Memorial

   
The memorial is located next to the flagpole at the Peters Township Municipal Building. It is beside the parking lot (next to Council Chambers) and wheelchair accessible.

   
Peters Township Municipal Bldg.
610 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone:  724-941-4180
   

   
Written directions

Go to MapQuest.com and enter 610 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317 as your destination address

   

Memorial Wall
   
The Memorial cons
ists of a flagpole and plaza with the focal point being a 6-foot tall by 6-foot wide brown brick wall. In the center of the wall is a bronze plaque that was formerly on the war memorial in front of the old Peters Township High School. During early 2003, individual plaques bearing the names of the veterans listed above will be added to the Memorial Wall.

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Credits

Sincere appreciation goes out to all who helped gather this information and make this webpage possible.  Also, thanks to everyone involved in the Memorial Day 2003 rededication of the Peters Township War Memorial.

  • American Battle Monuments Commission [website]

  • National Archives and Records Administration [website]

  • The Virtual Wall

  • Peters Township High School Yearbooks

  • Washington County Veterans Affairs Office

  • The Daily Notes of Canonsburg & Boyd Roach - newspaper clippings

  • Veteran's Families: Delores Aiello, Edwin Hays, Louis Martik, the Shipe family, and Chuck Urquhart

  • Peters Township Residents and Alumni: Vaughn Chapman, Spike Emerick, Chuck Lash, and Bob Matthews

  • Historians and Webmasters: Joe Baugher, Vaughn Dailey, John Duquette, Dan Gillotti, Thomas Pohl, Diane Ragan, The Institute of Heraldry, The 100th Bomb Group and everyone who replied to veteran inquiries

  • Honorable Mention: Barry Barra, Bobby Blair, Dom DeFranco, Steve Dugas, Linda Fuller, Harry Funk, Joanne Jones, Janet Metzner, Barbara S. Miller, Mike Neville & Peters Township Council, Mike Silvestri, Toni Sulkowski, VFW Post 764 and Carrie Weaver

  • Artillery photo: Tom Wagner, C Battery, 7th Battalion, 15th Field Artillery - 175mm gun firing in Vietnam - 1971

  • Special Thanks to: Boyd 'Ike' Roach

  • Dedicated to: Brian Hottel

It has been an honor and privilege to become acquainted with these veterans and their families. Thank you to everyone who participated in this research and made this webpage possible.


A new war memorial was placed next to
the Peters Township Library
and dedicated in 2007

Washington County War Memorial

DEDICATED IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM WASHINGTON
COUNTY WHO SERVED IN THE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

Washington County War Memorial Plaque

"THIS NATION WILL REMAIN THE LAND OF THE FREE
BECAUSE IT IS THE HOME OF THE BRAVE"


LINKS

Capt. David Acheson in the Civil War

PFC Tom Shipe in the Vietnam War

Washington County Vietnam Memorial

  

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