Hawthorne recognizes WWII Vet with street dedication

Hawthorne NJ continued its tradition of recognizing the town’s fallen soldiers by dedicating the 600 block of Lincoln Ave to LAC Allison S Guelich.

Early in World War II, Allison Guelich was incensed at the aggression of Germany and decided he wanted to do something about it. The US had not yet joined the war, so Guelich went to Canada and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he traded to be a pilot. According to Guelich, almost 60 percent of his unit were from the United States.

Tragically, Guelich never saw combat, as he died during a training exercise on April 17, 1942.

In a small ceremony, Hawthorne residents remembered Guelich’s sacrifice and created a lasting tribute in the street that bears his name.

The city remembers the fallen veterans by marking the street closest to where they lived, according to Hawthorne Mayor Richard S. Goldberg. The town dedicates a new street three times a year.

The unveiling of LAC Guelich Way

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