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Mahaffey VFW seeks help in organizing event
Friday, August 28, 2009
By Jane Elling Staff Writer
MAHAFFEY - "We need your help and we want to hear from the community. We want to know if we should hold another event planned to honor Mahaffey's Medal of Honor recipient, Pfc. Melvin L. Brown and other local veterans at the same time."
This is what the planning committee said last night as they held a discussion on making preparations to hold a Pfc. Melvin L. Brown Day in 2010 and whether Mahaffey and possibly surrounding communities, organizations and churches would assist with the occasion.
If you have an opinion or would help with planning, phone any of the following: Tom Bell at 577-6172; Candace Smith at 277-6053; Doug and Joanne Turner at 277-6426; or the Chesquehanna Pfc. Melvin L. Brown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8709 in Mahaffey at 277-6689. The VFW is open from 3-8 p.m. and anyone calling can leave a message.
The event has been held in the month of June for the past two years, and the committee decided another date might be helpful in getting assistance and is suggesting Sept. 5 beginning at 1 p.m. That is the date in 1950 when Pfc. Brown's body was found and in 2010 this would be the 60th anniversary.
The possibility of holding a car show that day was mentioned but it will take funds and help to pull it off. Call and give your opinion and offer your help, the committee said.
Pfc. Brown, who was born in Mahaffey, is one of three Clearfield County residents to receive the Medal of Honor. He enlisted in the Army in October 1948 at the age of 17. He died while his platoon was securing Hill 755, near Kasan, Korea.
His parents, Edward and Rhoda Jones Brown, received the award on his behalf from President Harry Truman.
The public is invited to the next meeting to be held at the VFW Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

 


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