St. Mark’s Catholic Church rededicates plaque honoring nine fallen soldiers

Photo submitted by Maria CarrollSr. Bernadette Eaton & Eileen McDonough stand by the restored plaque, which lists the name of their brother Herbert Eaton, one of nine men from St. Mark’s Catholic Church who died in World War II

Peoria (WEEK) — Peoria residents gathered at St. Mark’s Catholic Church Monday for a special rededication ceremony.

The plaque commemorates nine soldiers who gave their lives in World War II. Jim Donovan, the grandson of Lt. James Donovan, read scripture during the Gold Star Mass Monday morning.

Multiple family members attended today’s event not only to see the restored plaque, but to also get a glimpse at artifacts from some of the men’s lives.

A table of artifacts regarding some of the men is displayed during a reception after the ceremony. (Photo submitted by Maria Carroll)

The nine men commemorated on the plaque are as follows:

Left Column
Army Air Corps Lt. Alfred “Al” Hudson
U.S. Marine Corps PFC Thomas “Tom” Joseph McClurg
U.S. Marine PFC John “Jack” Walter Bushell
U.S. Marines Lt. James Richard Donovan

Right Column
U.S Army PFC Robert E. Klepfer
U.S. Army Pvt. Herbert A. Kelch
U.S. Navy Seaman 1/c Herbert Anthony Eaton
U.S. Navy F/1c Vincent Dayton Lamb

Bottom RowU.S. Army Air Force Lt. Eugene F. Weisbruch

Msgr. Brian Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, gives a homily in front of the plaque. He is holding a rosary that was carried by James Donovan when he died in the Pacific. (Photo submitted by Maria Carroll)

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