Mercer Island Boy Scout collaborates with VFW to recognize service members

  • Monday, June 12, 2017 1:03pm
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Mercer Island High School junior Henry LeMaster recently collaborated with the Mercer Island Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5760 to recognize those associated with the Mercer Island community who are currently serving in the military, as part of his Eagle Scout project.

He asked people from Mercer Island who have relatives in the military to add to the list of names on his website he set up, so LeMaster can recognize their service to our country.

As a result, LeMaster compiled a list of the following service members: Brett Hurlbut, seaman, attended West Mercer Elementary; Jen Luce, captain, nephew of Jen Luce; Douglas Holtan, commander/2005, resident of Mercer Island; Geoffrey Norman, colonel, Alex Benson’s uncle; Cole Johnson, grew up on Mercer Island; Daniel Jackson, staff sergeant, Mercer Island Fire Department; David Strysko, major, nephew of Heather Palmer; Paul LeMaster, 2007 brigadier general, uncle of Henry LeMaster; Ryan Johnson, second lieutenant, son of Tanya Bednarski; Nathan Benson, enrolling in ROTC in the fall, attends MIHS; Shelby Fosburgh, ROTC cadet, grew up on Mercer Island; Donald Banett, uncle of Cosmo Neames; Dana Fisk, lieutenant colonel, resident of Mercer Island; Molly Kierstead, ROTC cadet, attended MIHS; Lucas LeMaster, enrolling in ROTC in the fall, cousin of Henry LeMaster; Makayla Tranilla, airman first class, family friend of Deborah Neyhart; Daniel Malatesta, captain, son of Ronald and Patricia Malatesta; Samuel Vu, lance corporal, brother of Mary Rose Vu; Tony Sowards, master sergeant, Mercer Island resident; Daniel Vu, corporal, brother of Mary Rose Vu; Erin Erickson, captain, Mercer Island resident.

LeMaster, with a team of Boy Scouts and friends, is going to send each person a personal letter thanking them for their service, and is planning more ways to honor them in conjunction with Memorial Day.

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