Local hero honored
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 Veteranâ€™s Day program held in November 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Kane.
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An American flag that was donated by Congressman Glenn Thompson and flown over the Nationâ€™s Capital in Mr. Englehartâ€™s honor was presented to this brave US Army hero by an honor guard from Kaneâ€™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 manâ€™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 Englehartâ€™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.