“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Beaver in Beaver County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Military Service

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1. Military Service Marker
Inscription.  Fall 1764 – British Colonel Henry Bouquet, then commander of Fort Pitt, led an army of 1,500 into the Ohio country to help quell an Indian uprising known as "Pontiac's Rebellion.” The army encamped along the Tuscarawas Trail near the present-day Seven Oaks Country Club in Ohioville Borough.

1778 – During the Revolutionary War, General Lachlan McIntosh officially moved his Western Department headquarters from Fort Pitt to the newly built Fort McIntosh.

1780 - Famous frontiersman Captain Samuel Brady rescued Jenny Stupes from the Indians.

1784 - The "First American Regiment” took up permanent quarters in Fort Mclntosh, and it was the forerunner of the Third Infantry Regiment that today serves as the Presidential Honor Guard.

November 1792 - General Anthony Wayne established Legion Ville near the former Logs Town site to begin training his troops for war against the Indians.

1812/1814 - Approximately 703 Beaver County officers and men joined the militia to fight in the War of 1812.

April 12, 1861 – The Civil War began with the attack on Fort Sumter. Eleven of the 270 regiments which the Commonwealth of

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Pennsylvania sent to the battlefields of the Civil War had one or more companies recruited in Beaver County.

July 2, 1863 – Colonel Richard P. Roberts of Beaver was killed leading his 140th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg.

April 8, 1865 – Sergeant Joseph E. McCabe, a Beaver County native and one of General Sheridan's most famous scouts located the supply train for General Lee's starving Confederate army, forcing Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.

July 21, 1898 – Company B of the 10th Regiment Pennsylvania National Guard stationed at New Brighton arrived in the Philippines to participate in the Spanish-American War.

1916 – Rochester native and Marine Corps Colonel Joseph Pendleton established Camp Pendleton in southern California.

July 16, 1917 – During WWI, the 5th Engineers were the first troops from the county to arrive in France.

October 1, 1918 – Beaver Falls native Joseph H. Thompson, wounded three times and gassed by the Germans, earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

May 28, 1919 - Light Field Artillery Regiment whom France awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery were honored in Beaver. Seventeen Beaver County men of the 323

Ca. 1941 - The Curtiss Wright factory in Beaver was producing airplane propellers for the war effort. The factory was listed as the #10 target on

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the Nazi "hit” list.

1941 - The United States Army Air Force built a secret aviation gasoline storage facility disguised as a farm in Potter Township on Mowry Road.

1942 - American Bridge Company in Ambridge began producing LST's for the navy using a welding versus rivet technique.

1943 – Jones & Laughlin Steel Aliquippa Works and Ingram-Richardson Manufacturing Company were awarded the "Army and Navy Award for Excellence in Production."

August 9, 1944 Aliquippa native and OSS operative, George Vujnovich put into operation his successful plan to rescue nearly 500 downed airmen hiding in Yugoslavia from the Germans.

1945 - WWII ended with the Japanese surrender. Beaver County suffered 479 casualties with 296 of them killed in action.

July 1953 - The Korean War ended. Beaver County had 45 men killed in action.

1973 A cease fire was agreed upon which effectively ended the United States involvement in Vietnam. Beaver County lost 73 of her sons in that war.

1988 Aliquippa's Gustav Avratokos was awarded the U.S. Intelligence Medal of Merit for Operation Cyclone, the largest operation in CIA history.
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Location. 40° 41.88′ N, 80° 17.839′ W. Marker is in Beaver, Pennsylvania

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, in Beaver County. Marker is on East End Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beaver PA 15009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Famous Athletes (here, next to this marker); African Americans (here, next to this marker); Women in Beaver County (here, next to this marker); Labor Movement and Wagner Act (a few steps from this marker); Immigration and Migration Patterns (a few steps from this marker); Growth And Decline 1946-1985 (a few steps from this marker); Transportation (a few steps from this marker); Properties On The National Register of Historic Places (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaver.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 1, 2023