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  • Vietnam Pins Awarded on Veterans Day

    Veterans Day at the Memorial will be jam-packed with an address by former PA Adjutant and Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig

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  • PVVM Re-Dedicated on Memorial Day

    Mayor Michael Nutter delivered brief remarks and assisted Terry Williamson,president of the Memorial Fund

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  • Former POW to Speak at Special Re-dedication Ceremony on Memorial Day

    Ralph W. Galati, who spent 14 months as a POW during the Vietnam War, will be the keynote speaker during a special ceremony.

  • Spruce Street Opening Project Eyes Spring Completion

    After more than seven years, the major reconstruction...

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We Remember Our Heroes

  • A husband, father and helicopter pilot, Reali, who grew up in the city's Italian Market section, volunteered for the Army at age 23. He was a 25-year-old chief warrant officer when his helicopter was shot down on Feb. 7,1968, over Phu Yen Province during the Tet Offensive. Reali attended St. Richard and St. Paul parish schools, as well as Bishop Neumann High School. During his sophomore year, his family moved to Orlando, Fla., to operate a grocery store. He graduated from high school in Orlando in 1961 and married a Floridian. He was survived by his wife and an infant daughter he never met.

    Guido Sivestro Reali Jr.
    United States Army

  • The 18-year-old Marine private first class wrote home from Vietnam shortly before his death that he was "tired of killing people." Taliaferro, an amateur boxer, had enlisted immediately after graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1967. The rifleman was sent to Vietnam, where he was assigned to the 1st Civil Affairs Group of the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force.  He drowned while swimming in Quang Tri Province on June 15, 1968. Survivors include his parents, three brothers and a sister

    Napoleon E. Taliaferro
    United States Marine Corps

  • Townson enjoyed reading and photography. He had worked as a farmer’s helper and later drove a truck for a charitable organization before being drafted into the Army in March 1967. His mother recalled that Townson was proud to be sent to Vietnam in September of that year because he could serve his country. The 27-year-old private first class was a wire-man in Vietnam for the 504th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Group. Townson died on June 9, 1968, in the collision of a Vietnamese bus with the military vehicle in which he was riding. He was survived by his parents, a brother and sister.

    Arthur C. Townson
    United States Army

  • Hamilton, a six-footer, played on the Simon Gratz High School baseball team and was on the track team before graduating in 1965. He tried to enlist in the Army, but was rejected because he was too young, and worked as a welder for several months. He was drafted into the Army in January 1967, and was sent to Vietnam in December 1967 and assigned to Company C of the 2nd Battalion, 327th infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “The last battle hangs with me like a bad dream all the time,” he wrote his sister shortly before he died on May 5, 1968, in the hamlet of Phu Bai, Quang Tri Province. The 20-year-old specialist four, a grenadier and rifleman, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. He was survived by his foster parents, a brother and a sister.

    Foster Hamilton
    United States Army

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