Veterans to dedicate Burnham memorial

From staff reports

BURNHAM – The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 791 will dedicate a memorial it has erected at Fifth Avenue Circle on Beech Street, Burnham, at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31. A police escort will begin at 1 p.m.

The monument is to honor the 17 men from Mifflin County who died in the Vietnam War. Originally, there were believed to be 16 soldiers, but it was discovered a few weeks ago that another local soldier was found. The veterans group said it was too late to add his name to the two granite stones that were ordered, so another smaller stone was ordered for him. There is additional room on this stone in case another body is later discovered, the group said.

The 17 soldiers are: James Malcolm Bagshaw, Harold Elmer Burkett, Guy Wesley “Mick” Clinger Jr., Gregory Scott Coperhaver, John Howard Guthridge, William Clayton Hackett, Dennis Guy Harmon, Joseph Lester Hockenberry, William Hook Jr., Carl Alvin Jones, Russell Edward Kephart, Sidney George “Skip” Kreisher, William Frank Rocco, Leroy H. Romig, Robert Henry Royer, Ronald Ray Walls and Roger David Zeigler.