Soldiers & Sailors to Induct New Members into its Hall of Valor
Posted on February 18, 2015
PITTSBURGH — Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. today announced it will conduct its annual induction ceremony and induct new members into its Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm
The Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor at Soldiers & Sailors recognizes Pennsylvanian veterans that have received medals for bravery and heroism during times of military conflict. Since its inception in 1963, Soldiers & Sailors has inducted nearly 700 veterans as recipients of the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star and 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 honorees represent those veterans who have performed distinguished service through acts of heroism and gallantry above and beyond the call of duty,” said President & CEO John F. McCabe. “It is a fitting tribute that we salute and honor the recipients who through their extraordinary contributions and selfless service help to make our country stronger and better.”
The 17 honorees who will be inducted as the Class of 2015 represent thirteen Pennsylvania counties, four branches of the military, and received four types of medals awarded for gallantry.
|US ArmyRichard Biondo||Allegheny County(Pittsburgh)||Silver Star Medal||Vietnam|
|US ArmyFrank A. Catanzarite||Clarion, Indiana, Westmoreland Counties (Latrobe, Blairsville)||Silver Star Medal||World War II|
|US Air ForceMichael F. Connolly||Sullivan, Lycoming Counties(Dushore, Williamsport)||Silver Star Medal Distinguished Flying Cross w/ Oak Leaf Cluster||Vietnam|
|US Marine CorpsCrescenzo P. DeMatteis||Lawrence County(New Castle)||Navy Cross||World War II(KIA)|
|US ArmyEdward Dvorchak, Jr.||Fayette County(Uniontown & Bluffton, SC)||Distinguished Flying Cross||Vietnam|
|US ArmyDominick Gallo||Westmoreland County(Greensburg)||Silver Star Medal||World War II|
|US ArmyJames Gormley||Allegheny County(Pittsburgh)||Silver Star Medal||KoreaKIA|
|US Marine CorpsBruce A. Horick||Allegheny County(Pittsburgh)||Navy and Marine Corps Medal||Vietnam|
|US ArmyJoseph F. Johovics, Jr.||Allegheny County(Bellevue)||Silver Star Medal||World War IIKIA|
|US ArmyPaul Krinock||Westmoreland County(Latrobe)||Silver Star Medal||World War II|
|US ArmyJoseph M. Lang||Allegheny County(Millvale)||Silver Star Medal||World War II|
|US ArmyGeorge A. Lapic||Beaver County(New Brighton)||Silver Star Medal||World War II|
|US ArmySherman J. Laughlin||Cumberland, Indiana, Westmoreland Counties(New Alexandria)||Silver Star Medal||World War II|
|US ArmyEdward E. Mackey||Blair, Indiana Counties(Altoona, Indiana)||Soldier’s Medal||Vietnam|
|US NavyWilliam G. Mawhinney||Allegheny/Philadelphia Counties(Pittsburgh/Philadelphia)||Distinguished Flying Cross||World War II|
|US Army Air CorpsAlexander M. Teets||Allegheny County(Wilkinsburg)||Distinguished Flying Cross w/ Oak Leaf Cluster||World War II Vietnam|
|US ArmyKenneth L. Wise||Washington County(Washington)||Silver Star Medal||World War II|
The induction ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Soldiers & Sailors’ Auditorium and is open to the 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 2015 Class will take place after the ceremony in the Grand Ballroom. The public is welcome to attend the dinner at a cost of $40 per person, reservations required by March 13, 2015.
Soldiers & Sailors is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2016. To qualify, a member of the armed forces must have been born in Pennsylvania, or enlisted or lived during a significant part 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 January 1, 2016. For more information about nominations and reservations, please contact Jamie Pavlot at 412-621-4253 ext. 226 or visit http://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/veteran-hall-of-valor.html.