- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

GOWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - The name of a fallen western New York soldier will be added to the new World War II memorial being unveiled in his hometown during a ceremony scheduled on the 70th anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender.

Carroll Heath’s name was left off the memorial in Gowanda when it was dedicated in 1946. A high school classmate of Heath’s and noticed the oversight and the classmate’s son gathered information that led local officials to correct the oversight.

Heath was an Army private serving in the Philippines when he died while a prisoner of the Japanese. His burial place remains unknown.

The Gowanda war memorial was damaged in a 2009 flood. A new memorial will be dedicated during a ceremony being held at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Gowanda Area Historical Society.


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