AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn’s Purple Heart monument now has 56 names of Auburn military veterans who received the Purple Heart for being wounded while serving this country.
The monument at the Prospect Street Veterans Park, which was unveiled on Veterans Day last year, had the 56 names engraved into the red granite in June.
The majority of the names are those who served in World War II and the Vietnam War. There are also names from the Korean and Afghanistan wars.
For many months, Wayne Page, Richard Langevin and Cynthia Blais, members of the Purple Heart Subcommittee, collected the Purple Heart names and more than $3,000 in donations for the engraving.
Then in June, Robert Roy, whose father received the Purple Heart, sandblasted the 56 names onto the monument, a process which took about five hours.
Page said the monument will have four more names within the next couple weeks. He also would like to see a walkway from the park’s bench to the monument, as they could put additional names on the bricks.
The monument states, “Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars.”
Here are the 56 names on the monument:
World War II: Allen Jones Avery, Benjamin B. Britton, Paul E. Brodeur, Stephen J. Brzozowski, John J. Bubon, Albert R. Carlson, Harry W. Congdon, Robert DeBerardinis, Joseph George Ditaranto, Philip D. Doherty Jr., Robert A. Dumas, Carl T. Eklund, Albert A. Enman, Edmund M. Godaire, James J. Hearn, William R. Heffernan, John Francis Higgins, William C. Hoag, Arthur A. Johnson, Earl H. Johnson, Leon H. Lanciault, Edwin L. Lynch, George F. Lynch Jr., Lewis R. Lyons, Donald R. Mann, Edward S. McInerny, Emile E. Millette, Noel J. Paradis, William J. Rogan Jr., Leslie F. Russell, Charles Saulenas, Russell K. Smith, Edmund E. St. George, Ralph J. Standring Sr., Willfred L. Stewart, Joseph A. Sutter, William F. Van Winkle and Arthur C. Watt
Vietnam War: Duane E. Alger Jr., Richard Anton, Francis J. Bujnowski, James R. Courville, John A. Deneault, Allen J. Iocco, Leigh P. Jackson, David P. Kusy, Michael Looney, Philip P. Madaio, William F. Perron, John T. Polenski, Philip J. Sandberg, Glen E. Willard and Daniel B. Zanauskas
Korean War: George R. Lemay
Afghanistan War: Dale M. Warren and David L. Brodeur