Missing in Action Serviceman Honored and a Diploma Presented to a Vietnam Veteran 

         Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) welcomed home the remains of WW II Navy Petty Officer (PO) Third Class Walter E. “Bert” Mintus. Shot down over the Pacific Ocean on July 27, 1944, PO Mintus was declared missing in action until his remains were identified on June 25, 2018. “For nearly 74 years, the Mintus family was unsure of the fate that befell their beloved family member,” said Congressman Rothfus. “Thanks to the U.S. Navy’s diligent efforts, Bert’s family can heal knowing what happened and finally lay him to rest at home. It was an honor to join the Mintus family in welcoming Bert home. May God grant him eternal rest, and may his family be consoled with many blessed memories.” 

        The North Allegheny School Board of Directors presented a high school diploma to a Vietnam Veteran at their November 14 School Board meeting. James A. Neal withdrew from North Allegheny Senior High School prior to his graduation and enlisted into the United States Navy in June of 1961 during the Vietnam War.  Neal faithfully served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1965.  Neal received his high school diploma and officially became part of the North Allegheny Senior High School Class of 1962. 

        The honor was presented as part of “Operation Recognition.”   This state law authorizes school districts to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who served in the United States Military during World War II, the Korean Conflict or the Vietnam War and whose military service interfered with their high school education.