By Mark Gerlach
The Sentinel and Orange County Post are searching for clues about the background of four war heroes listed on a monument, which is located outside of the Salisbury Mills Fire Department.
The monument, dated 1947, reads: “This tablet is erected as a permanent tribute to those in our community who served in the armed forces of our country during World War II. And in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.”
Four men are listed on the stone, including Richard Dean Marsh, Carl J. Fleischer Jr., Harry Devitt and Walter G. Burger.
The men appeared to have returned safely from World War II, and there is no mention that they were killed in action, according to Blooming Grove Town Historian Jeanne Versweyveld.
Versweyveld shared the following information about the men:
Devitt was the son of William and Margaret Devitt. He was born in 1906 and enlisted on April 7, 1942. Devitt’s rank was private. He was single and worked as a carpenter.
Fleischer was the son of Carl and Mary Fleischer. He was born in 1916 and enlisted on July 14, 1942. Fleischer’s rank was private. He was unmarried, and worked in a manufacturing mill producing paper and pulp.
Marsh was born in 1916. His parents are George and Pauline Marsh. He enlisted July 14, 1942 and was single.
Burger’s story is “a mystery,” Versweyveld said, as little could be discovered about him.
The firehouse has been in its current location since 2005. It’s believed that the memorial stone was transplanted from the department’s previous firehouse. However, an attempt to verify this information was unsuccessful by press time.
Requests have been submitted to The Sentinel and Orange County Post to help find more information about these four war heroes. Anyone who’s familiar with their stories is asked to call 845-562-1218, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.