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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.