Traub Memorial to foot soldier 1998
Veteran Wants To Honor The Common Foot Soldier ALTOONA, Pa. (AP)—A Vietnam War veteran is trying to raise money money for a memorial to U.S. foot soldiers. George Montgomery, a former rifleman and Army sergeant, has the support of mall developer Steve Zamias and Don Traub, a Pittsburgh museum consultant, for the memorial he wants to build near an exit of Interstate 99 near Altoona. Montgomery envisions replicas of a U.S. fire base and a Vietnamese village, along with displays and archives. He wants to show people what it was like to fight on the front lines. "It will not be to put a good face on the war, but to show what sacrifices sacrifices were made by veterans—who fought the enemy, the terrain, the weather, then came home and had to hide," Montgomery said. He said friends from his war days have told him it is better to forget the fighting, but he disagrees. "Most ofus are in our late 40s or 50s now, and we want to leave a legacy," legacy," he said. Montgomery estimates the cost of the memorial in Altoona at $3 J million. He is soliciting grants and donations from businesses and estimates he will have 90percent of the money he needs before June. The five-acre memorial could be built in two years, Montgomery said. "There are still a lot of wounds open from the Vietnam War, and this will help/' said Traub, the museum consultant who is helping Montgomery. Montgomery. "Museums can be an ideal venue for understanding and healing. healing. They can be evocative, emotional, poignant and powerful." Zamias had once planned to build a mall on the land where the memorial memorial could be bum.