Ceremony planned before soldier’s memorial is moved
Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania is planning a ceremony for 1 p.m. April 13 at Camp Timberlake near Marianna before a memorial marker is moved to a soldier’s grave in North Dakota.
The marker bears the name of Marine Cpl. David Eugene Hevle.
Kris Svidro, a Girl Scout volunteer from Washington, wondered about the story behind the marker a few months before the camp was going to close in October.
Stories in the Observer-Reporter helped solve the mystery. Girl Scouts from the area sent care packages and letters to soldiers serving in the Vietnam War, and it is likely that Hevle was a recipient.
Hevle was killed April 8, 1967, when his amphibious tractor hit a land mine. The Girl Scouts who wrote to Hevle memorialized him at the camp. Hevle’s family members have agreed to place the stone by his grave in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton, S.D.
The public ceremony at Camp Timberlake will take place at 2334 Beallsville Road, West Bethlehem Township.