Fire Chief Gary Mudryk and Bundy are part of the group's research team, which began its work in the spring. Dale handles histry, while Denise Collingwood works with genealogy.
"Folks come and go," Dale said. "They will come in with a specific amount of information. We will add that to the file and their job is done. They move on."
As of this month, the group has names of fallen soldiers from World War I (18); World War II (52); Korea (5); Vietnam War (7); and other conflicts (2).
"This actually was a very small number," Collingwood said. "The town was full of veterans."
Dale said one of the most interesting and exciting stories he uncovered during his research involves Elias, a man who almost, but didn't die in battle. "He was in the South Pacific with the Marines," Dale recalled. "He was woulded and left for dead, survived overnight or a couple of days. The Japanese would come and shoot the wounded or shoot the dead to make sure they were dead. He was shot several times, including through the chest. He laid there very still rather than yelling out because he had other wounded Marines. The Americans were able to come through and retake the area and recover the wounded and the dead."
Elias was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions of not giving away the Marines around him. He died in 2001.
"It's quite a testament to his bravery," Dale said. "He lost a leg and had two wounds. I knew him when he was a child and lived down the street from me. He walked with a limp. When you get older, you pay more attention to older folks. I realized he had only one leg. I never knew the story. He went on to be the street department foreman in Struthers for a number of years."
It's stories such as those that the Struthers Fallen Soldiers Project want to keep alive. Bundy said that when the work is completed, it will be turned over to the Struthers Historical Society.
As generations go, you tend to forget (about the soldiers efforts)," Collingwood said.
Like Bundy and Collingwood, Dale said the efforts of the veterans should not be forgotten. "Familiarity just bred complacency," he said. "Something's known and it's forgotten about. Then there's folks who don't want to remember about the contributions that were made. They're against war. They don't realize the sacrifices. They don't appriciate.
Group members scour websites and other sources, including funeral home records, newspapers, and documents, to search through and verify information. For Collingwood, that means visiting ancestry-based sites online that contain military information. In some cases, Dale needs no more than a number. If he can come up with an identifying number for an airraft that would open up the Militay Crash Report.
"With that you have access allthrough the Internet," he said. "Statements. Witnesses. They can account for so many of the people as to where they might have ended up. You go down to the detail, to the serial number of the machine guns assigned to that aircraft. This is the kind of research you can get into."
And the information allows Struthers to remember its fallen hearoes.
The public is invited to share information regarding any Struthers resident who was killed while in service to their country. The group is online at struthersfallensoldiers.com. Its e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.