Chapter 682 Honors Urquhart With MIA Street Sign

The Peters (Pa.) Township Council voted to honor a U.S. Army officer listed as missing in action with an honorary street sign, thanks to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 682 MIA Memorial Street Sign Project. Capt. Paul Urquhart, who was a township resident at the time his helicopter was shot down in 1971, will be recognized.

“Those guys are forgotten about,” Bob Weismantle, the U.S Navy veteran who spearheaded the project, told the council. “They gave their lives.” He noted that 1,592 Americans who served in Vietnam remain unaccounted for, and 554 of them were from Pennsylvania. Weismantle’s hope is people who notice the MIA signs — bracketed above existing street signs — will seek further information about those who served.

Weismantle hopes to put Urquhart’s sign in place by Oct. 1 and hold a brief ceremony featuring a 21-gun salute and Taps.



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