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World War II veterans honored in Brunswick

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    A rifle salute by American Legion Post 234 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520 of Brunswick concludes a Memorial Day ceremony Monday afternoon at Westview Cemetery on Center Road.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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    Brunswick Summer Celebration Queen Faith Bedenik places a wreath by the graveside at Westview Cemetery during a Memorial Day cemetery. She was escorted by a member of Brunswick Veterans of Foreign Wars post 9520.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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    American Legion Post 234 Commander Bob Prevost reads about Cpl. Richard H. Davenport, a World War II veteran, who is buried at Westview Cemetery in Brunswick. Davenport was one of seven World War II veterans buried at the cemetery that recently received a new gravestone.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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BRUNSWICK — Cpl. Richard H. Davenport, a 1940 Brunswick High School graduate, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for almost three years before he was killed in combat during World War II.

His late father, Harry E. Davenport, formed the American Legion Post 234 in Brunswick.

Cpl. Richard Davenport was one of seven World War II veterans buried at Westview Cemetery on Center Road, whose gravesites were rededicated during a Memorial Day program Monday afternoon.

Post 234 Commander Bob Prevost said each World War II veteran in the cemetery recently received a new plaque and concrete platform, donated by the Medina County Veterans Services Office and the city of Brunswick.

“We had plaques here before but they were falling apart and the concrete was breaking,” Prevost said.

American Legion Post 234 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520 tied yellow ribbons around each tree designating the site where each veteran is buried.

Prevost led a group of veterans, residents, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and city officials down the gravel path of Westview Cemetery and recognized each World War II veteran.

“It was a congregational effort to put together the program,” he said. “We are veterans and our purpose is to remember those who didn’t come home … that’s what Memorial Day is all about.”

Other veterans recognized were:

  • Lt. David Fritz, U.S. Army Air Corps, born in Brunswick;
  • Lt. Wilbur Hawke, U.S. Army, was a senior at Brunswick when he enlisted in 1943;
  • 1st Lt. Alexander Luckich, U.S. Army Air Corps, a 1936 graduate of Brunswick;
  • Sgt. James Morton, U.S. Army, 1934 graduate of Brunswick;
  • Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Petty Officer Ernest Willard Williams, Brunswick resident;
  • Sgt. John Waring, U.S. Army Air Corps, 1940 graduate of Brunswick High School.

Memorial Day festivities started with a 10 a.m. ceremony at Visintainer Middle School with performances of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” by the Brunswick High School band. A parade traveled a quarter-mile to Westview Cemetery for a ceremony at the gazebo.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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