64 Years Later Soldier Gets Identified on Picture in 109th Museum

By Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 08/09 2014 12:49AM

Updated 08/09 2014 12:54AM

For Sixty-four years a picture of an "anonymous" soldier standing guard in the middle of the night in front of McGlaughlin Funeral Home  hung in the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre, PA. That solider has been identified as James P. Donnelly who recently met with Staff Sgt. Christopher Keen to present a name plate for the "anonymous"  soldier picture  hanging in the museum archives.
Pictured: PFC James P. Donnelly, Staff Sgt. Christopher Keen
33 Soldiers Dead September 11, 1950 Train Accident
109th FA Battalion Train WreckThirty-three members of two batteries of 109th Field Artillery Battalion were killed and about two score others were seriously injured early on the morning of September 11, 1950, when the rear of their troop train was rammed by a crack Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train near West Lafayette, O. In addition, many soldiers of 109th Infantry from Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and other 109th Artillery men suffered injuries in the crash, a total of 278, the ICC reported. It was the greatest single tragedy in the history of the 109th FA or its predecessors, who participated in every war the United States fought, starting with the Revolution.

(Information from James A. Donnelly

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