Now the family knows the whole story.
Relatives of Army Cpl. Ralph E. â€śDutchâ€ť Bradybaugh of Kane knew this soldier was killed in action during the â€śBattle of the Bulgeâ€ť in Bastogne, Belgium on Jan. 3, 1945â€”just four months before Germany surrendered to end World War II.
What they didnâ€™t know until 66 years later is that Bradybaugh died as a hero by saving the life of his best friend and fellow soldier, Alfred M. Percival of Milan, Ohio.
This revelation surfaced last summer when Al Percival Jr. of Berlin Heights, Ohio made contact with Joan Bizzak of Kane. Bradybaugh was her uncle.
KANE â€“ Joseph William Chapman was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' this week. Authorities have been seeking the fugitive, who is wanted on charges of rape and sexual assault of minors, since he escaped from the McKean County prison on July 30, 2007, after walking away from a work detail. His prison uniform was found by a nearby stream, but he has eluded authorities and is now wanted on escape charges in addition to other charges against him.