Two Korean War veterans, a Vietnam-era veteran and a veteran with Greenland service will be honored and their services recognized during the 12th annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Uniontown Community Park.
A short ceremony will recognize the lives and accomplishments of this years honored veterans: John (Jack) E. Evans, Robert S. Harris, Dwight C. Ickes and Bill Morton. Taps will be played followed by a 21-gun salute. A wreath will be placed at the base of the memorial and all veterans in attendance will be recognized.
Each of the four honored veterans have bricks at the veterans memorial located in the park.
The honor guard for the ceremony will be McKinley Detachment No. 277 Marine Corps League of Canton. Lora Leway will lead the guard.
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Forms to order a brick are available online at www.uniontowncommpark.org or by calling 330-699-1290. Cost is $100.00 for six lines.
Bill Morton enlisted in the Navy, December of 1950 and left for boot camp at Newport, R.I., on January 23, 1951. After boot camp, Morton was assigned to a ship in Florida. He left from Florida and came up the coast to a Navy Base in Norfolk, Va. From Norfolk, his ship deployed to the Mediterranean Sea.
Morton dealt with repair and maintenance of the ship's engines, which was deployed to any airfields that did not have aircraft repair capabilities. After traveling three times across the ocean Morton and his shipmates were lucky and never encountered any serious wartime issues. Morton's rank was EN3 at this time. After serving three and a half years, Morton left his ship in Spain and headed back to the United States where he was honorably discharged.
Morton and his wife, Grace, have been married 58 years and have lived in Uniontown for 56 years. They are members of Grace United Church of Christ and have a son who lives in Hartville.
Dwight Ickes was born in Mineral City, Ohio in 1936. He is a graduate of Mineral City High School, Class of 1954.
He was drafted into the Army in 1959 and served two years Active Duty and four years in the Reserves. After basic training at Ft. Hood, Texas, he was sent to Ft. Belvoir, Va. At Ft. Belvoir, he was assigned to the Polar Research and Development Center and became part of the group to implement Camp Century, in the early 1960s, a planned year-round base in the interior of Greenland for the support of research and development activities.
After his tour of duty in Greenland, he was returned to Ft. Belvoir and was discharged from the Army in 1961.
In Dec. 1961, he married his wife Carol in Bolivar. They moved to Uniontown in 1976 and raised their family of two boy's and one girl.
Jack Evans was born March 29, 1931, and his family moved to Akron when he was young.
Evans joined the Marines in 1954 and was trained to guide planes to land either on land, but mostly on aircraft carriers during the Korean War. Most of his service was stressful and spent in towers overseeing young Marines like himself land planes safely.
Evans was honorably discharged in 1960, and with his wife, Olga, came to Ohio.
He was employed by Goodyear for 40 years and traveled all over the USA. He retired at age 70 to take care of his wife Olga who had become bedridden. She died soon after.
Evans was involved with his church, Uniontown United Methodist, with the children and music ministries. He also volunteered at the Akron Civic Theater for years and was involved with the Uniontown Lion's Club.
He met his current companion, Paula, in 2008 at the YMCA, and she has now become his caregiver as his Alzheimer's progresses. Jack has two sons, Dr. John Evans, of Michigan, and Mitch Evans, of Massachusetts, along with two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.
ROBERT S. HARRIS
Bob was born January 14, 1942 in Cleveland and graduated from Jackson High School in 1960.
He joined the Marine Corps in July of 1960 and went to Marine Corps Recruit Depot In San Diego for 13 weeks of training. He also served in Okinawa, Mt. Fuji, Japan, and MCAS Yuma, Ariz., where he was discharged in 1964 as a Corporal.
Harris returned to Massillon Ohio where he worked for Republic Steel, Timken Roller Bearing, Stark County Sheriffs Dept and Yellow Freight Corp From where he retired.
He has volunteered as a representative for Local 110 Selective Service Board; Coordinator for Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots in Stark County; president of A Community Christmas, which helps needy families in Stark county during the Christmas season, and has been a member of this committee for 12 years.
Harris has been married to Donna Hoover Harris for 50 years and live in Uniontown. They have a son, Darrin Harris.