Friday, February 25, 2011 marked the twentieth anniversary of the scud missile attack on barracks housing members of the 14th Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit out of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The strike, which occurred in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killed 43 soldiers and injured 99. Thirteen of the fatalities and 43 of those injured were members of the 14th.
A ceremony honoring the fallen was held at the unit. Congressman Tim Murphy and Brigadier General Peter S. Lennon were the key speakers at the event. Survivors of the attack and family members of those lost were in attendance, as were members of the Armed Forces, community leaders, and local citizens.
The events of February 25, 1991 devastated the local community. We take this opportunity to honor our fallen Soldiers and to recognize their sacrifice in a war against tyranny. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these heroes and to their loved ones. May we never forget:
Specialist Steven E. Atherton, age 26, Nurmine, Pennsylvania
Specialist John A. Boliver, Jr., age 27, Monongahela, Pennsylvania
Sergeant Joseph P. Bongiorni III, age 20, Hickory, Pennsylvania
Sergeant John T. Boxler, age 44, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Specialist Beverly S. Clark, age 23, Armagh, Pennsylvania
Sergeant Allen B. Craver, age 32, Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
Specialist Frank S. Keough, age 22, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Specialist Anthony E. Madison, age 27, Monessen, Pennsylvania
Specialist Christine L. Mayes, age 22, Rochester Mills, Pennsylvania
Specialist Steven J. Siko, age 24, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Specialist Thomas G. Stone, age 20, Falconer, New York
Specialist Frank J. Walls, age 20, Hawthorne, Pennsylvania
Specialist Richard V. Wolverton, 22, Latrobe, Pennsylvania