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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.
 

 Berks County Military Hall of Fame Inductees

 
  • Class of 2017
  • Class of 2016
    • ​Alvin Hyman
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Bronze Star with Valor Device, Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart
    • Edwin Kelley
      Campaign(s): Vietnam
      Medal(s): 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
    • James Kline
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Silver Star Medal
    • Richard Posey
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Distinguished Flying Cross
    • Edward Rokowiecki
      Campaign(s): Korean
      Medal(s): Silver Star Medal
    • Jackie Seltzer
      Campaign(s): Vietnam
      Medal(s): Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star
  • Class of 2015
    • Spencer Lee DeTurk
      Campaign(s): Kuwait/Iraq
      Medal(s): Army Commmendation Medal with Valor Device
    • Linwood A. Miller
      Campaign(s): Peacetime
      Medal(s): Airman's Medal
    • Edmund C. Pieller
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Bronze Service Medal, Silver Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster and ​Purple Heart
    • Salvatore J. Rodino
      Campaign(s): ​WWII
      Medal(s): Silver Star Medal
    • Russell W. Shoff
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Distinguished Service Cross​
    • Charles I. Young, Jr.
      Campaign(s): ​WWII
      Medal(s): Distinguished Service Cross
  • Class of 2014
    • Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Medal of Honor
    • Campaign(s): WWI and WWII
      Medal(s): Distinguished Service Cross, French Legion d'Honneur and French Croix de Guerre, Legion of Merit
    • Campaign(s): ​Vietnam
      Medal(s): Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device
    • Campaign(s): Vietnam
      Medal(s): Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal snd several more
  • Class of 2013
    • Campaign(s): WWII​
      Medal(s): Distinguished Service Cross for Heroism
    • Campaign(s): WWII​
      Medal(s): Silver Star and Bronze Star
  • Class of 2012
    • Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Silver Star
    • Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Silver Star​
    • Campaign(s): Korean​
      Medal(s): Silver Star​
    • Campaign(s): WWII​
      Medal(s): Bronze Star​
    • Campaign(s): WWII​
      Medal(s): Bronze Star​
    • Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Bronze Star​
    • ​Richard Zilmer
      Campaign(s): Desert Storm​
      Medal(s): Bronze Star​
    • Campaign(s): Desert Storm
      Medal(s): Air Medal​
    • Campaign(s): Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom​
      Medal(s): Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Air Medal with Combat “V”
  • Class of 2011
    • ​Daniel Pleam​
      Campaign(s): WWII​
      Medal(s): Distinguished Service Cross​
    • Terrence Smith
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Silver Star (X2)
    • Carl Brown
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Silver Star
    • Ray Lesher
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Silver Star
    • John Lutz
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Bronze Star with Valor Device
    • Joseph Correll
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Bronze Star with Valor Device
    • Morris Snyder
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Bronze Star with Valor Device
    • Charles Henry
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Bronze Star with Valor Device
  • Class of 2010
    • Richard Etchberger
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Medal of Honor
    • Robert Quinter
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Silver Star
    • Joseph Boccagno
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Silver Star
    • Dennis Shappell
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism
    • Walter Gensemer
      Campaign(s): Vietnam War
      Medal(s): Bronze Star with Valor Device
    • Edward Czechowski
      Campaign(s): WWII
      Medal(s): Bronze Star with Valor Device
  • Class of 2009

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).

pdf logoDownload the Nomination Form Here

**NOTE: Please forward completed forms to **

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