Buzz Wagner chapter selling bricks for memorial at Johnstown airport
Air Force Association Chapter 221 is creating a brick memorial patio at the Buzz Wagner airplane display at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.
Memorial bricks are being sold for $50 a piece. Wagner, a Cambria County native, was the Army Air Corps’ first flying ace of World War II.
An added special project headed by Summerhill Mayor Eric Miller and Linda Williams, a memorial bench in honor of her late husband, U.S. Air Force veteran Richard E. Williams Jr., will be placed on site at the airport. In 2014 Miller was on duty as Forest Hills EMS manager when Richard Williams fell ill at his home in Sidman. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, saving his life. Williams spent 12 years in the Air Force and was honorably discharged as a technical sergeant serving in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He died Dec. 10, 2017.
The memorial bench will be placed near a full-scale replica of Wagner’s World War II fighter, a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk.
A benefit concert to cover the installment of the remaining bricks and the bench will be held. Arrangements for the concert are still being made.
A dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Memorial Day weekend 2019. More information can be found on the Lt. Col. Boyd “Buzz” Wagner Facebook page.