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  1. Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Clifton T. Speicher, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on August 19, 1953. Born on March 25, 1931, in Gray, Pennsylvania, Speicher joined the Army from that city in 1951. By June 14, 1952, he was serving in Korea as a corporal in Company F of the 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. Cpl. Speicher distinguished himself by conspicuo...

  2.   Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Gino J. Merli, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on August 4, 1945. Gino J. Merli was a private first class and machine gunner with the 18th Infantry of the 1st Infantry Division. Pfc. Merli was born in Scranton, PA and entered the service at Peckville, PA.Pfc. Merli was serving as a machine gunner in the vicinity of Sars la Bruyere, Belgiu...

  3.   Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Joel Thompson Boone, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 19, 1918. Joel Thompson Boone was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions taken on July 19, 1918. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Boone received the Army's Distinguished Service Cross and was awarded the Silver Star six times. These awards made Boone the most h...

  4.   As a native Pennsylvanian growing up thirty minutes outside of State College meant regularly visiting Happy Valley, attending Penn State as a student, meeting my future wife on campus and attending many of the events held at the Military Museum. For me, becoming the new Site Administrator is very much like coming home, which is why this position is so much more than a job and very much personal!  I have seen and experienced first-hand what these grounds mean to citizens of Pennsylvania and all who visit.  I remember the WWI Trench, the stand of hardwoods in front of the museum, and have atte...

  5. Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Ellis R. Weicht, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 19, 1945.   Ellis R. Weicht joined the Army from Bedford, Pennsylvania in February 1942, and by December 3, 1944 was serving as a Sergeant in Company F, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. On that day, during fighting in Saint-Hippolyte, France, he single-handedly attacke...

  6.     Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has appointed Tyler Gum as site administrator at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, PA. Gum succeeds Charles "Chuck" Smith, who retired after years of service to the PHMC. "We are very fortunate to have someone with Tyler's historical training and business experience to lead the Pennsylvania Military Museum." said PHMC Executive Director James Vaughan. Gum comes with a wealth of experience within the academic and business communities. Over the past eight years he has worked as a National Park Ranger, a Hist...

  7.   Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Harold O. Messerschmidt, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 17, 1946. Harold Messerschmidt joined the Army from Chester, PA in May 1943, and by September 17, 1944 was serving as a Sergeant in Company L, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. During a German attack on that day, near Radden, France, he led and encouraged his men...

  8.     Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Day G. Turner, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 28, 1945. Sergeant Turner was born in Berwick, PA. He joined the Army from Nescopeck, PA in September 1943, and by January 8, 1945 was serving as a Sergeant in Company B, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. On that day, in Dahl, Luxembourg, Turner led his squad in the d...

  9.     Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Archibald Mathies, who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on June 22, 1944.   Born Archibald Collins Hamilton, June 3, 1918, in Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, he emigrated with his mother and stepfather to Pittsburgh, PA. He served as a Sergeant, U .S. Army Air Corps, 510th Bomber Squadron, 351st Bomber Group. He was pos...

  10.     Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvanian veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Alfred L. Wilson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 18, 1945.   Alfred Wilson was a Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 328th Infantry, 26th Infantry Division. He entered service at Fairchance, PA in March 1943. Tech-5 Wilson was involved in a firefight near Bezange la Petite, France on 8 November 1944. He volun...