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PITTSBURGH — Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. today announced it will induct new members into its Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Since 1963, the Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor at Soldiers & Sailors has recognized Pennsylvanian veterans that have received medals for bravery and heroism during times of military conflict. Soldiers & Sailors has inducted nearly 700 veterans as recipients of The Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (limited inductions also include, Airmen’s Medal, Soldier’s Medal, Coast Guard Medal and The Navy & Marine Corps Medals).

“The Hall of Valor recipients represent the standards of conduct, courage and duty symbolic of honest and faithful service made, while serving our country,” said President & CEO John F. McCabe. “We honor and remember the bravery of ordinary men who exhibited extraordinary courage and valor for the love of their country.”

The 15 honorees who will be inducted as the Class of 2016 represent four Western Pennsylvania counties, three branches of the military, and received two types of medals awarded for gallantry.


 

US Army Air Corps Master Sergeant Eugene F. Beistel

Allegheny County

Silver Star Medal

WWII


US Army Air Corps 1st Lt. John W. Carson

Allegheny County

Distinguished Flying Cross

WWII


US Army 1st Sgt. George G. Fontanesi

Allegheny County

Silver Star Medal

WWII


US Air Force Captain James R. Hendrickson

Allegheny County

Distinguished Flying Cross

Vietnam


US Army Technician 4th Grade Loren E. Hodgkiss

Allegheny County

Silver Star Medal

WWII


US Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Richard W. Hurrell

Allegheny County

Distinguished Flying Cross

WWII


US Army Air Corps Sergeant Robert A. Lasto

Allegheny County

Distinguished Flying  Cross

WWII


US Army PFC Richard L. Leo

Washington County

Silver Star Medal

Vietnam


US Army Corporal Woodall I. Marsh

Allegheny County

Silver Star Medal

WWII


US Army 1st Lt.   John K. McPherson

Allegheny County

Distinguished Flying Cross

Korea


US Army Captain James J. Puhala

Allegheny County

Distinguished Flying Cross

Vietnam


US Marine Corps PFC Dominic Ranieri

Beaver County (Aliquippa)

Silver Star Medal

WWII


US Air Force Major Roy E. Sherrett

Allegheny County

Distinguished Flying Cross

Vietnam


US Army 1st Lt. Byron F. Smith

Allegheny County

Silver Star Medal

WWII


US Air Force Sgt.  John H. Yokobosky

  Fayette County (Uniontown)

Distinguished Flying Cross

Vietnam


The induction ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Soldiers & Sailors’ Auditorium and is open to the general public. The community is invited to attend the ceremony at no cost and show their support for the honorees. A special dinner reception in honor of the 2016 Class will take place after the ceremony in the Grand Ballroom. The public is welcome to attend the dinner at a cost of $35 per person, reservations required by March 13, 2016.

Soldiers & Sailors is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2017. To qualify, a member of the armed forces must have been born in Pennsylvania, or enlisted or lived most of their life in the Commonwealth and received one of the aforementioned medals. Soldiers & Sailors accepts nominations all year and will accept nominations for next year’s induction class through February 1, 2017. For more information about nominations and reservations, please contact Tim Neff at 412-621-4253 ext. 219 or visit http://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/veteran-hall-of-valor.html.

Soldiers & Sailors is the nation’s only memorial and museum dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service, and in all capacities (Active, Reserve, Guard). The historic building was designed by renowned architect Henry Hornbostel and has exhibits covering all of America’s conflicts from the Civil War through Afghanistan. The museum offers a unique look into American history by telling the stories of the individuals that served our country through military equipment and personal mementos.