Horton Township Memorial
"HORTON TOWNSHIP MEMORIAL"
"1941 - 1945
Dedicated to the men and women of
Horton Township who devotedly served their country
in World War II, and to the following who in so doing
gave up their lives"
Sometimes during World War II a small community would bump along its daily life without disturbnce for a long time. A few letters would come from abroad and a lot of packages would be sent from home to the soldier in the field. Then, in an unfortunate alignment of circumstance - or as Allied forces gathered for the final push, the dreams of a generation were snatched away. That is how it was for Horton Township.
Five men are remembered by this World War II honor roll. I was able to locate scant information on four of them. None of them come home, literally - each of them was buried abroad. Few details can be found online, so their stories will remain with their surviving family members. In another 25 years the only thing that will be said of them is, "He was killed somewhere in Europe during World War II."
As casual bystanders we won't be able to determine anything more than that. They died somewhere in Europe...
Pvt Stacey W Smith, US Army. 116th Infantry, 29th Division. October 15, 1944. Heni-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium.
SSgt Amadeo G Mascioni, US Army. Co L, 13th Infantry. February 24, 1945. Burial at st Charelle Cemetery, Belgium.
Pvt Franklin E Krise, Jr., US Army. 328th Infantry, 26th Division. 1945.
Pvt Charles H Boitano Jr., US Army, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division. April 5, 1945. Netherlands American Cemetery.
The sacrifices haven't stopped for the families of Horton Township and Elk County. The memory of young Chris Loudon is still fresh. A bright kid. An Eagle Scout that lived up to the promise to do his best, to do his duty to God and his country. Thankfully there are youngsters still among us that know from their first days as teenagers that they want to serve. We can't pat them on the head and say, "Your'e a good child, now run along a play..." That's because they never stop. These kids have a goal and they understand it won't be reached by sitting on the couch with a smart phone in hand, trading instant messages with the kid next door.
2nd Lt Christopher Loudon went from the ROTC program at Slilppery Rock University directly into the Army. He earned his Ranger tab, took a bride and beamed with pride when a daughter arrived. The he followed his big brother off to a combat zone as his little brother waited for his appointment to West Point.
Loudon and three of his Corporals were killed on October 17, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Like so many others that we all mourn, the small squad was looking for snipers, IED's and other people or things which have only one purpose - to kill the sons and daughters that proudly stepped forward to answer our call.