Carbon County veteran honors waterborne service members

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JIM THORPE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Remembering those who went down with their ships… A local veteran is honoring waterborne service men and women, one town at a time. 

79-year-old Robert Siesputowski of Summit Hill thinks back to his time in the Navy. He shows me the three ships that he was stationed on, and tells me what it was like to travel the world by sea. He spent eight years as a sailor and another three in the National Guard. 

“Everyting I’ve done, it sticks in here (points to heart),” said Robert Siesputowski, a veteran. 

He’s taken it upon himself to preserve the memory of those who served and sacrificed at sea. 

“I’m trying to make it so that these guys who were in the waterborne service get recognized because a lot of them went down with the ships. All hands gone. Some names we know, some names we don’t,” said Siesputowski. 

He’s honoring them by constructing memorials around Carbon County. 

He started this project three years ago. So far he’s raised money for three monuments like this one in Summit Hill, another one in Lansford and one in Nesquehoning.

His goal is one new tribute a year.. and so far he’s on track. Right now he’s raising money to build another 8 by 10 brass plaque, with raised letters, and a stone base. 

He wants to put it in a place where a lot of people can see it; the tourist destination, Jim Thorpe. 

“I just hope they have some pride,” said Siesputowski. 

The monuments honor past, present and future servicemen and women.

“If my grandchildren, or great grandchildren see it, they’ll say oh yea, I know who did that. And that’ll make me happy,” said Siesputowski. 

His ultimate goal is to put a monument in every borough in the county. 

Each monument costs abour 12-hundred dollars. Right now he’s seeking donations from local businesses and community members. To reach Siesputowski, call 570-645-6586, or reach out to the Carbon County Navy Club. 

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