SCHC program to honor veterans


SIDNEY — The Sidney Municipal Courtroom will be the scene of a night of remembrance, on Aug. 31, at 7 p.m., as the Shelby County Historical Society continues its Year of Valor celebration.

Society volunteers will present stories of valor about men from the community who served in the country’s conflicts from the Civil War to Vietnam. The emphasis will be on special acts of courage that were recognized by the awarding of military decoration.

The program will serve as a backdrop for the arrival of the Vietnam Traveling Wall on Sept. 2 and the placement of flags in the Field of Valor on Aug. 30. The Wall memorializes those who died in the Vietnam conflict, including 17 men from Shelby County.

The servicemen, if living, and families of those to be honored will be invited to attend the Aug. 31 program. Living history characters will represent some of the men whose acts of heroism will be recognized.

World War I soldiers include Grover Pence and Earl Munch of Montra. World War II heroes who received special honor were Army veterans Leroy Elliot, Lt. Paul Maurer, Herb Neer, Bob Crusey, Marion Graham, Paul Kies, William Kinninger, Richard Davis and Huffman Dearth.

Korean War veterans Weldon Oakley and Jerry Elsner will be honored along with Vietnam heroes Jim Locker, Terry Katterhenry, Herb Minchew, Harry Houghlin, Jon Johnson and Mark Deam.

The public is invited, and it is free of charge.

Staff report

This article was submitted by the Shelby County Historical Society.

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