Notable Natives: Elliott H. Stahlnaker

Sergeant Elliott H. Stahlnaker was born in 1920 and graduated from Uniontown Area High School with the class of 1940, joining the United States Army right out of high school. He was assigned to a unique military formation known as the 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion which specializes in the use of gasses and chemicals in warfare by delivery of mortar shells. After basic training he was sent to become specialized with his equipment and squadmates at Fort Hood, Texas. A year after his enlistment however, Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Empire of Japan, and so the US entered into World War 2. With this, his battalion was selected to guard factories and public works facilities until they were reassigned to Fort Bragg in North Carolina with Major Robert Breaks.

In 1942 he and his regiment were sent to fight in Sicily as part of Operation Husky and served with distinction. They served too in the Ardennes, Rhineland, Alsace, and notably protected Patton’s 3rd Army’s flank during the Battle of the Bulge, and later confiscating the Zyklon B gas from concentration camps for examination. The sgt. returns home after the demobilisation and deactivation of his unit post war. In 1950 the unit was reactivated to fight in Korea and he returned to active duty, arriving there in 1951 after the United Nations counteroffensive. He and his unit were crucial to breaking the abhorrently fortified communist stronghold known as Triangle Hill for which they received a Presidential Citation. After the war, he retires with an honorable discharge, World War 2 and Korea Victory Medals and a Purple Heart. He lived with his wife in Uniontown until his death in 2006.

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