Berks County Military Hall of Fame

The Berks County Military Hall of Fame honors military veterans who distinguished themselves during service with the United States Armed Forces.

2016 Class






2015 Class

Alvin Hyman                   

Edwin Kelley            ​


James Kline                Richard Posey​Edward Rokowiecki        Jackie Seltzer

                              Spencer Lee DeTurk




WWII              ​WWII             Korean ​        Vietnam         


Bronze Star with Valor Device, Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart                                                        Navy Cross, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart and several more        ​     ​Silver Star Medal                                                 Distinguished Flying Cross                                            Silver Star Medal                                                      Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star    

​                                                                               ​Army Commmendation Medal with Valor Device

​Linwood A. Miller ​Peacetime ​Airman's Medal
​Edmund C. Pieller ​WWII Bronze Service Medal, Silver Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster  and​Purple Heart
​Salvatore J. Rodino ​WWII ​Silver Star Medal
​Russell W. Shoff ​WWII ​Distinguished Service Cross​
​Charles I. Young, Jr. ​WWII ​Distinguished Service Cross
​2014 Class James M. Burt ​WWII ​Medal of Honor
Frederick A. Muhlenberg ​WWI and WWII ​Distinguished Service Cross, French Legion d'Honneur and French Croix de Guerre, Legion of Merit
Richard Mest ​Vietnam ​Army Commendation Medal with Valor device
Librado Mancias Vietnam ​Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal snd several more
2013 Class Carl A. Spaatz WWII​ ​Distinguished Service Cross for Heroism
Wayne I. Miller WWII​ ​Silver Star and Bronze Star
 2012 Class
Silver Star
William R. Reese ​WWII Silver Star​
Granville W. Sandridge Korean​ Silver Star​
Howard L. Schaeffer​ WWII​ Bronze Star​
Albert L Loeper WWII​ Bronze Star​
Edwin L. Trout WWII​ Bronze Star​
​Richard Zilmer Desert Storm​ Bronze Star​
Charles A. Elia ​Desert Storm Air Medal​
Dale R. Behm Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Air Medal with Combat “V”
​2011 Class Daniel Pleam​ WWII​ Distinguished Service Cross​
Terrence Smith
Vietnam War
Silver Star (X2)
Carl Brown
Vietnam War
Silver Star
Ray Lesher
Silver Star
John Lutz
Bronze Star with Valor Device
Joseph Correll
Vietnam War
Bronze Star with Valor Device
Morris Snyder
Bronze Star with Valor Device
Charles Henry
Vietnam War
Bronze Star with Valor Device
2010 Class
Richard Etchberger
Vietnam War
Medal of Honor
Robert Quinter
Vietnam War
Silver Star
Joseph Boccagno
Vietnam War
Silver Star
Dennis Shappell
Vietnam War
Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism
Walter Gensemer
Vietnam War
Bronze Star with Valor Device
Edward Czechowski
Bronze Star with Valor Device
​2009 Class Martin E. Scheibner​ American Civil War​ Medal of Honor​
William Sands American Civil War​ Medal of Honor​
William L. Graul ​American Civil War Medal of Honor​
George J. Shopp ​American Civil War Medal of Honor​
Guy Verner Henry American Civil War​ Medal of Honor​

 Nomination/Induction Requirements

1. Nominees/Inductees must meet below listed requirements:
2. The nominee/inductee must have either been born in Berks County, PA or conscripted into the service from Berks County, PA or had been officially listed with the military as having a Berks County, PA Home of Record at time of award for military valor.
3. The nominee/inductee must have been awarded a U.S. military medal for valor. These medals include:

  • Medal of Honor 
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Navy Cross o Air Force Cross
  • Silver Star o Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism *
  • Bronze Star with “V” Device * 
  • Air Medal with “V” Device * 
  • Commendation Medal with “V” Device *

(* Does not qualify when awarded for Meritorious Achievement)

Applicants are processed on a first come first served basis using the date we receive ALL relevant documentation.

If you or someone you know meets these criteria, please nominate them for induction by submitting an BCMHOF application.

Acceptance of inductee subject to background check to verify qualification and to identify individuals with felony convictions (which would disqualify admittance into the BCMHOF).

Download the Nomination Form Here

**NOTE: Please forward completed forms to **

Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs 
726 Cherry Street 
Reading, PA 19602