By: KDKA-TV News Staff
BROWNSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) – The community came together to honor a World War II veteran from Fayette County on Thursday.READ MORE: Wilkinsburg Arts Festravaganza Celebrates Arts
A dedication ceremony was held for Private First Class Joseph Duda at State Route 43 at the Brownsville-Brier Hill off-ramp.
Duda served in the Marine Corps aboard the USS Fuller during the war and died in the line of duty on January 19, 1944.READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle Near Heinz Field On North Shore
On Thursday, State Representative Pam Snyder paid tribute to his sacrifice.
“This is a combination of thoughts and memories,” said Lawrence Stavish, Duda’s nephew. “It’s just acknowledging what he did. He went off right after Pearl Harbor and wanted to defend his family and his country and he was the first in the family to do that.MORE NEWS: Two People Found Dead In Forward Twp. Home, Police Investigating
PFC Duda was from Brownsville.