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Local hero honored

June 7, 2011

PFC William Englehart, Korean War P.O.W. was captured and held by the Chinese at Imjin River P.O.W. camp from 1950 to 1953. Fifty-seven years after his release, PFC Englehart was honored and thanked at a Veteran’s Day program held in November 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Kane.
An American flag that was donated by Congressman Glenn Thompson and flown over the Nation’s Capital in Mr. Englehart’s honor was presented to this brave US Army hero by an honor guard from Kane’s PA National Guard 128th Brigade Support Battalion.
After the service, Englehart shared his hopes of locating a fellow P.O.W., Austin Ward, 56th Gloucestershires Division of the British Army. Mr. Englehart then pulled from his pocket a man’s handkerchief that had been hand painted by Ward showing a map of the area they were being held and graphics showing a bond of their friendship.
Realizing the importance of this memento, the flag and all of Englehart’s medals, the VFW Post 264 Honor Guard from Corry, PA, felt a need to have these items preserved.
On Monday, May 23, 2011, Stephen Diduch (Korean & Vietnam), VFW Post 264 Quartermaster and Ian Erdman (Korea), VFW Post 264 Chaplain, came to Kane to present to PFC William Englehart his medals and flag protected in a beautiful handmade case as well as the treasured handkerchief in a handcrafted frame that included a picture of Austin Ward.

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