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Display presented to Frye

June 05, 1998

Representatives of Washington County veterans groups presented John Frye, of the Washington County Free Library's Western Maryland Room, with a display board that depicts the location of memorial markers of Washington County residents killed in action during four wars.

The board, presented to Frye last Friday, lists locations of markers for those who died in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Dieter H.B. Protsch, who retired from the U.S. Army Special Forces with a rank of major, and Pete Callas, former state delegate, were instrumental in having small black plaques placed on top of street signs near where those killed in combat had lived.

During the past 10 years, Protsch, Callas and representatives of the various Legion posts, the VFW, Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS traveled throughout the county on Sunday mornings and placed more than 290 memorial markers atop street signs.

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The display board uses colored pins to show the location of the casualties. Washington County had 37 soldiers killed in action in World War I, 206 in World War II, 31 in Korea and 15 in Vietnam.

The project had the approval of the county and city governments.

The results of the study and the research were given to the library and the State of Maryland Archives in Annapolis.

The City of Hagerstown granted permission for the veterans to dedicate a special Medal of Honor Triangle at the intersection of Jonathan-Charles-Pennsylvania in honor of Cpl. William O. Wilson, a Buffalo Soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars of 1891. He is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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