ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A western New York soldier who died in the Pacific during World War II will finally have his name added to the war memorial in his hometown.
Carroll Heath’s name was left off Gowanda’s WWII memorial when it was dedicated in the village in 1945. The Army private is believed to have died three years earlier while a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines. His burial place remains unknown.
Heath graduated from Gowanda High School in 1940. A classmate and the classmate’s son worked to get Heath’s name added to the memorial, which was damaged by a flood in 2009. A new memorial is being unveiled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the 70th anniversary of the Japan’s formal surrender to end the war.
The memorial will also include Heath’s photograph and those of eight other local WWII veterans.