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File #: 170313    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/30/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/6/2017
Title: Also naming Swain Street from Taney Street to 26th Street as "Patty Ward Way".
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17031300.pdf, 2. Signature17031300.pdf

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Also naming Swain Street from Taney Street to 26th Street as “Patty Ward Way”.

 

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WHEREAS, Patrick E. “Patty” Ward was born on August 19, 1947 and was raised in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia where he attended the St. Francis Xavier grade school; and

 

WHEREAS, Overcoming polio as a child, Patty became an active teenager and athlete at Roman Catholic High School, singing in the glee club, and as a member of the track and football teams; and

 

WHEREAS, During his senior year of high school, his classmates voted him the nicest kid in school; and

 

WHEREAS, In November 1966, Patty was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was assigned the 92nd Assault Helicopter Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade; and

 

 WHEREAS, Reaching the rank of Specialist IV, Patty was a helicopter gunner flying in over 25 combat missions in Vietnam; and

 

WHEREAS, On August 22, 1968 while on a mission, Patty was shot down and killed.  He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal; and

 

WHEREAS, To honor Patty and his Fairmount family, a corner neighborhood park at 24th & Aspen is named in his honor; and

 

WHEREAS, The St. Francis Xavier grade school presents the Patty Ward Memorial Trophy each year; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, That Swain Street from Taney Street to 26th Street shall be also named as “Patty Ward Way” to honor and pay tribute to a fine young man who gave his life for his country.

 

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