- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Just days before a 90-year-old Army veteran died, a friend ensured that his name was added to a Polish-American War Memorial in Wheeling.

Martin “Mart” Schultz’s name was inadvertently left off the memorial nearly 70 years ago, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reported (https://bit.ly/2fISqZB).

Ed Gorczyca, a good friend of Schultz’s, worked for months to have the error corrected. His efforts were realized days before Schultz’s Nov. 13 death. The Army veteran was too ill to see the corrected plaque in person.

“He was such a good guy,” Gorczyca said of his friend. “I wanted this for him so much,”

The memorial stands at the grotto at the former St. Ladislaus Church, which served Wheeling’s Polish Catholic community for decades. It features bronze plaques naming more than 300 former local church members who served in the military during World War II.

The grotto, built in 1949, also has the names of 11 church members who lost their lives in World War II and one who was killed in the Korean War.

Schultz saw action in Japan during World War II and also served as a Wheeling police officer.

“It was a long time coming, but it didn’t seem to bother my dad,” Schultz’s son, John, said. “He was just that way.”

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This article has been edited to show that Martin Schultz was 90 years old, not Ed Gorczyca.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintelligencer.net

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