Remembering the reason for the day

by Dennis Sullivan
editor@ewcnews.com
May 24, 2014

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Image credit: Crete Village

What began as a move to place flowers on the graves of the Civil War dead, sing hymns and recite prayers in 1868 has expanded to encompass honoring the dead from all subsequent wars and “conflicts.”

EWC News thanks all who have served this country, including Revolutionary War veteran William Hewes, who died in Crete in 1855.

A native of Attlebury, Mass., in 1761, Hewes enlisted in June 1780, serving with the New Hampshire troops. 

As a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice, Eastern Will County News is listing area dead from the Vietnam War, with the location of their names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. 

 

CRETE

  • Marine Corps Lance Corporal Charles Manley Gattis Jr., 20: Died July 05, 1967 from wounds sustained from mortar, rocket or artillery fire. Panel 23E, Row 011
  • Navy Petty Officer Second Class Terrence E. Kierznowski, 22: Killed in action dead Sept. 12, 1969 during mortar, rocket or artillery fire. Panel 18W, Row 07
  • Army Sergeant Glenn Allen Parks, 24: Drowned in a June 20, 1970 accident. Panel 09W, Row 074

MONEE

  • Marine Corps First Lieutenant William Henry Gottschalk, 24, died May 12, 1967 in an accident. Panel 19, Row 95

PARK FOREST

  • Air Force Lt. Colonel James Alvin Branch, 31, declared dead Sept. 4, 1965/missing in action. Panel 02E Row 075 
  • Army Warrant Officer Rodney Owen Davie, 22, declared dead July 31, 1967/missing in action. Panel 24E Row 054
  • Army Specialist 4 Robert William Grant, 22, killed in action April 15, 1968 during small arms fire. Panel 50E, Row 005
  • Marine Corps Lance Corporal John Terrence King, 20, killed in action March 23, 1967 during small arms fire. Panel 17E Row 030
  • Army Sergeant John Arthur LaBundy, 23, killed in action June 17, 1968 during small arms fire.
  • Panel 56W Row 013 
  • Army Private First Class Gary Robert McHugh, 20, died in an Oct. 29, 1970 accident. Panel 06W Row 027
  • Army Corporal Joseph J. Passavanti III, 20, killed in action May 24, 1968 during small arms fire. Panel 68E Row 006

PEOTONE

  • Army Sergeant Randall Frank Schwartz, 20, killed in action Feb. 23, 1969 during small arms fire. Panel 31W Row 021

STEGER

  • Navy Hospital Corpsman Louis Lloyd Goers, 21, killed in action April 21, 1967. Panel 18E Row 058 
  • Army Corporal Lyle Wayne Hansen, 20, killed in action May 12, 1968 during small arms fire. Panel 59E Row 003
  • Army Sergeant First Class Medford S. Hensley Jr., 44, killed in action Aug. 27, 1967 during mortar, rocket or artillery fire. Panel 25E Row 050
  • Army Corporal Robert Michael Keene, 21, killed in action Aug. 25, 1968 during small arms fire. Panel 46W Row 016 
  • Army Corporal Harold Wayne Maddox, 24, killed in action Feb. 24, 1967 from grenade explosion. Panel 15E Row 085 
  • Army Private First Class Clarence Alvie Miller Jr., 26, declared dead Nov. 6, 1967/missing in action. Panel 29E Row 033 
  • Army Command Warrant Officer Clark Russell Pederson, 22, died from wounds Feb. 23, 1970. Panel 13W Row 049

Memorial Day Ceremonies

  • Crete: 11 a.m. memorial observance at Crete Park; noon parade, “A Time to Honor America’s Heroes” on Main Street from Crete Park to Burville Road. 
  • Steger: Annual Memorial Day Ceremony 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial on 34th Street at Halsted Boulevard. Event sponsored by the American Legion.

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