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Port Richmond honors a very special veteran

A plaque hon­or­ing a Port Rich­mond man who was the first per­son from Phil­adelphia to die in the Korean War was ded­ic­ated on Vet­er­ans Day. 

  • Members of Korean War Veterans Chapter 38 came together on Veterans Day at Campbell Square in Port Richmond to see a plaque laid for Stanley Gogoj, a Port Richmond man who was the first person from Philadelphia to die in the Korean War. SUBMITTED BY MARYANN TROMBETTA

  • A plaque honoring Stanley Gogoj, a Port Richmond man who was the first person from Philadelphia to die in the Korean War, was placed in Campbell Square on Veterans Day. SUBMITTED BY MARYANN TROMBETTA

  • Stanley A. Gogoj

On Monday morn­ing, Port Rich­mond honored one of its own as part of a Vet­er­ans Day me­mori­al ser­vice. 

The Korean War Vet­er­ans Chapter 38 donated a plaque that was ded­ic­ated Monday in Camp­bell Square — the plaque hon­ors Private First Class Stan­ley A. Go­goj, a mem­ber of the 71st Sig­nal Ser­vice Bat­talion in the U.S. Army, who died June 30, 1950, while serving in Korea. 

Go­goj was the first per­son from Phil­adelphia to be killed in ac­tion in Korea dur­ing the war.

Star pre­vi­ously re­por­ted on Go­goj, as a Fishtown vet­er­an named John Plenskof­ski had the plaque in his pos­ses­sion, and wanted to in­clude it as part of the city’s Korean War Vet­er­ans Me­mori­al, but was un­able to. Now, the plaque is part of the neigh­bor­hood from which Go­goj hailed. 

Go­goj was awar­ded the Purple Heart, the Korean Ser­vice Medal, the United Na­tions Ser­vice Medal, the Na­tion­al De­fense Ser­vice Medal, the Korean Pres­id­en­tial Uni­on Cita­tion and the Re­pub­lic of Korea War Ser­vice Medal. 

At Monday’s ce­re­mony in Camp­bell Square, State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) and Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) par­ti­cip­ated in the wreath lay­ing ce­re­mony that honored Go­goj and all vet­er­ans, liv­ing and de­ceased. ull;•

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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