HISTORY OF THE 24 WWII FALLEN HEROES
REDEDICATION CEREMONY AT HHS ON VETERAN'S DAY AT 10:00 am
THE REDEDICATION OF THE HALL HIGH SCHOOL
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
On November 11, 2016 at 10:00 am, the administration, faculty, staff and students of Hall High School will rededicate the Hall High School World War II Memorial. This memorial pays tribute to the men who gave to their country the last full measure of devotion in World War II. This memorial originally began as a project of the students of Hall High School in memory of former students that lost their lives in the military during World War II. A tree was planted for each man who made the ultimate sacrifice. A total of 24 men lost their lives and 24 trees were planted.
On November 26, 1946, Hall High School principal Cecil A. Sharpe held a ceremony to commemorate the sacrifice of the 24 men and to officially dedicate the memorial.
A large granite stone and plaque memorial, commemorating the 24 trees, was erected in 1968. This memorial was the civic project of Kim Cabodi, then a fourteen year old Hall High School, as his civic project in earning the rank of Eagle Scout, in the Boy Scouts of America.
The Memorial was rededicated in 1977 by Harold E. Russell of Post No. 938, Ladd, IL and Dominic O’Berto Post No. 182, Spring Valley, IL American Legion as well as Robert C Wallace of Post 9410, Bureau, IL VFW and Piercy Ward of Post 3666, Spring Valley, IL VFW.
The public is invited to attend this ceremony. Kim Cabodi will attend and speak about the memorial. The granite stone and plaque will be relocated to the new Memorial Plaza with 24 new trees. The twenty-four men who gave their lives for their country are:
Pfc.John Boroski,USMC,was killed in the horrific fighting on the Japanese-held island of Pelleliu. He went missing on September 20 ,1944. On January 22nd, 1946,the War Department declared him legally dead. Boroski enlisted at 18 and had been a marine in uniform for only ten months. His body has never been recovered.
Lt.Barrett Corneille, USAAF (United States Army Air Force),22 years old was killed stateside in December of 1944 when the B-24 Liberator bomber he was piloting through a heavy fog crashed into a mountain peak near Los Angeles, California. He left behind a wife and unborn child.
Lt. Ellsworth Croissant, USAAF, died in a stateside plane crash near Appleton, Wisconsin, while flying home with other servicemen from the base where he had been assigned after flying dozens of combat missions over Europe. Weather conditions may have been a factor. He had been stationed in Italy with the 15th Army Air Force, 459th Bomber Group,758th Bomber Squadron.
Pfc. Vernon Dezutti, USA, was killed in combat on February 23rd, 1945, serving with the 104th Infantry division. His division had seen heavy combat against German forces during the Allied march to the Rhine River. Before his death on Germany's home soil, he had fought in France, Belgium, and Holland. He was 20 years old.
Staff Sgt. Earl Eiberger, USAAAF, enlisted in the air corps in 1943 and was killed over Austria on March 23rd, 1945, serving with the 783'd Bomber Squadron.
Cpl. Harry Glover, USA,was killed in Italy on October 1st, 1944,while serving with the infantry.
Cpl. Carl Krayauskas, USMC, died of wounds suffered while fighting to take Iwo Jima. In 1942 he enlisted in the marines and volunteered to serve in their brief-lived paratroop branch, seeing action as an infantryman on such Pacific islands as New Caledonia and Bougainville, as well as the New Ireland group of islands.
Lt. Eugene Kuhre, USAAF, died stateside on March 7th, 1943, following a crash landing near New Orleans, Louisiana. The bomber he was piloting had caught fire during a routine night patrol. While Spring Valley had suffered a number of its servicemen wounded in the war, Kuhre was the first to die in the uniform of his country. He had attended Hall Township and played football, but had transferred to Mendota High School- which he left the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, enlisting immediately. Kuhre was 20 years old when he died, staying with his plane and crew as he tried to land his men safely. Nevertheless, all three in the plane were killed
Pfc. Harold Joseph Lucas, USA, died on December 16th,1944,of wounds suffered fighting in Germany. Born in DePue, he attended elementary school in Seatonville and then attended Hall Township High School. He saw action in France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.
Lt. Blaine Manahan, USAAF, was killed in the European theatre of Operations on April 10th, 1944, flying with the 95th Bomber Group, 334th Bomber Squadron. These units were part of the famed Eighth Air Force, often referred to as the "Bloody Eighth" because of its terrible losses in men and planes. He was the co-pilot of his B-17 bomber when it was attacked by a German fighter plane over France. Six parachutes were seen leaving the plane after the right wing broke off and the plane went into a slow downward spiral. The pilot, co-pilot, and navigator were not among those who bailed out. His body was later recovered, and he is buried in France,
Cpl. Albert Mazzorana, USA, 36 years old, was killed in Germany on November 6th, 1944. He had participated in the landings in North Africa and Normandy, France (D-Day). He also served in Sicily, Belgium and Luxembourg
Pfc. Arnold McElroy, USA, died on the island of Luzon in the Philippines on March 14th of 1945 . He left behind his parents and six brothers and sisters. McElroy was 24 years old.
Pfc. Arnold McNally, USA, paratrooper, was killed in Sicily on July 11th, 1943. He was 25 years old and one of nine children. (The first memorial service for former Hall students killed in military service in World War II was actually an Armistice Day service on November 11th, 1943, a memorial service in the auditorium of Hall Township High School where McNally and Eugene Kuhre, as the first former Hall students to perish during that present world war, were honored. McNally, killed in Sicily, was the first former Hall student to die in action.)
Pfc. Fred Nestler, USA, was killed in action in Germany on March 19th, 1945. He had turned 19 just three days before his death. As a civilian he had worked for his father, who owned and managed the Spring Valley Ice Cream Company. Nestler also left behind his parents and six brothers and sisters.
Pvt. Andrew Robich, USA, participated in the landings in North Africa in .1942 and was later involved in the invasion of Sicily. He fell at Anzio, Italy, on January 25th, 1944. In high school he had been a star on the football team. Only a month before his death his mother had died in an automobile accident.
Staff Sgt. Harold Russell,USAAF,radio operator and sometime tail-gunner, flew in a B-24 Liberator with the 2nd Squadron of the elite 480th Anti submarine Group. He was killed over the ocean, on September 18th,1943, and is buried in Carthage, Tunisia . He earned the Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters - and the Purple Heart, along with a Presidential Accolade. He was 20 years old.
Pvt. Thomas Salmon, USA, was killed in action in France. He was 24 years old and had only been in the army six months. In high school he had been an outstanding basketball player. Salmon left behind a wife and two sons, along with his parents and four brothers and sisters.
Pvt. Raymond Theodore, USA, was killed in action in France, November 9th, 1944. In high school he had been an outstanding football player. Theodore left behind a wife and two-year-old daughter. He was 26 years old.
Pfc. George Trillet, USA, died in combat in France, July 30th, 1944. He was 27 years old.
Staff Sgt, Andrew Vaseleski, USAAF, on April 11th of 1945 went missing in action over Germany when his plane was struck by enemy fire. He was later declared dead. He had been serving as a machine-gunner on a Mitchell B-25 bomber.
EM3 Glenn Vogt, USNR (United States Navy Reserves), died in 1945 off the Japanese home island of Okinawa when his ship was struck and nearly destroyed by a kamikaze. A few days after his death he would have turned 20 years old.
Lt.Walter Waite, USMC, died stateside near Palanta, Florida, when his fighter plane crashed on a routine flight from his base in Jacksonville. He had been serving in the capacities of fighter pilot and flight instructor.
Lt. Robert Wallace, USA, was killed in action in Italy, February 5th, 1945. Since entering the European Theatre he had been wounded twice and was highly decorated, being given the Presidential Unit Citation, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, and the Silver Star. He had seen combat in North Africa and Sicily as well as Italy. His rank at time of death was a battlefield commission given then Sgt. Wallace for extraordinary courage under fire. He served with the 168th Infantry Regiment of the famed 34th Infantry Division.
A big "thank you" to Steve Smith, for the historical research regarding our 24 Fallen Heroes.
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