These Pennsylvania veterans inducted this year

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Since 1963, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall has inducted nearly 700 Pennsylvania veterans into its Hall of Valor, including these inductees this year:

Civil War

 James Bronson, Indiana County. Born a slave, he entered the war in Ohio with the 5th U.S. Colored Troops. After his comapny's officers were killed or injured in 1864 at Chapin's Farm, Va., the sergeant led the unit, earning the Medal of Honor. He is buried in Chartiers Cemetery in Carnegie.

William Carson, Fallowfield, Washington County. A bugler in the war, he received the Medal of Honor for bugling "to the colors" during the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863, deceiving the Confederates into believing that reinforcements were arriving.


Thomas Cullison, Brookline. The late lieutenant, a platoon leader in Europe, helped evacuate his men across the Moselle River in 1944. Electing to swim so that more men could use the boats, he drowned and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Michael Hluhan, Bethel Park. The late private earned the Silver Star while serving with the Fourth Infantry Division in France in 1944.

Arthur Nagy, McKeesport. The last survivor of the Mon-Yough chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, he died last year at 90. A member of the 25th Infantry Division, he was at Schofield Barracks when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. The infantryman saw combat and earned the Soldiers Medal for saving a Japanese native from drowning in 1943.

Lucian Piotrowski, Aliquippa. While on reconnaissance in a Philippine jungle in 1945, the late Army private's patrol was ambushed. He took out the enemy machine gun and killed three Japanese soldiers. He received the Silver Star.

Michael Popichak, Carnegie. On Saipan in 1944, the late Marine private took a machine gun from a dead crew member and used it to counter a Japanese counterattack, earning the Silver Star.

■ Guerrino Prola, Blairsville. A technician in the 99th Infantry Division in Belgium in January 1945, he made his way under fire to rescue a wounded soldier and later entered a minefield to carry another wounded soldier to safety. He was awarded the Silver Star.

■ Michael Roth, Washington County. The late sergeant received the Silver Star. After setting a trap for enemy soldiers in Italy in 1945, he killed five and forced the others to retreat. Later, under fire from a machine gun, he crawled forward and then leaped to his feet, killing the two soldiers manning the gun.

■ William Sweeney, Cumberland County. At Normandy in 1944, the late sergeant braved machine-gun fire to save a wounded soldier and received the Silver Star.

■ Richard Waldron, Emsworth. An Army machine-gun squad leader in Luxembourg in 1945, the late sergeant crawled to an advancing German patrol and threw a hand grenade, killing three and wounding four. He won the Silver Star.


■ James Stadelmaier, Kittanning. The late corporal, a medic, ran through enemy fire in 1952 to attend to the wounded and was shot in the shoulder but kept helping.


■ Robert Cervi, Aliquippa. An Air Force C-130 loadmaster in Vietnam, the airman received the Distinguished Flying Cross for twice unloading cargo from the plane under heavy fire in 1967.

■ William Pagonis, Evans City. A retired Army general from Charleroi in charge of logistics in the Gulf War, he received the Silver Star while serving with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam. In 1968, while commanding the 1097 Transportation Company, boats moving artillery barges came under fire. He turned his boat around to rescue a disabled boat, weaving through friendly and enemy fire to reach it.

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