Proposed Memorial to Honor Brownsville Area Veterans; Brownsville Area Veterans and Officials Want to Erect a Memorial at Brownsville's Proposed Downtown Park to Recognize Military Personnel from That Area Who Were Killed in Action or Missing in Action in All of Nation's Wars since World War I. [Derived Headline]

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Proposed Memorial to Honor Brownsville Area Veterans; Brownsville Area Veterans and Officials Want to Erect a Memorial at Brownsville's Proposed Downtown Park to Recognize Military Personnel from That Area Who Were Killed in Action or Missing in Action in All of Nation's Wars since World War I. [Derived Headline]


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Brownsville area veterans and officials want to erect a memorial at Brownsville's proposed downtown park to recognize military personnel from that area who were killed in action or missing in action in all of nation's wars since World War I.

"We want to honor the veterans of all those wars," said Robert Koval, commander of the American Legion Post No. 90 in West Brownsville, which has about 220 members.

The veterans will try to get all of the names of those Brownsville area members of the armed forces who were killed, missing in action or died in prisoner of war camps from World I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the first Persian Gulf War and current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Koval said. The American Legion Post does have the names of some of the deceased military personnel from grave markers in the area's cemeteries, Koval said.

Brownsville Borough Council President Jack Lawver recently established a committee of about a half-dozen people to work on the project, including Koval.

"It's an ambitious project," Lawver said.

Dennis Falsetto of Brownsville, a member of the honor roll committee, said he believes the American Legion Post has a list of more than 800 veterans killed in action, missing in action or in prisoner of war camps. The committee essentially "drew a circle around Brownsville" to include communities such as Brownsville Township, West Brownsville and Luzerne Township,

The Fayette County Veterans Affairs office in Uniontown does not keep a record of military personnel from the county who are killed in action, a spokesperson said.

Lawver said they want to erect an honor roll to replace about four honor rolls all over Brownsville that have "disappeared" over the years, some because of demolition of old buildings. …

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