Thanks to Total Safety’s Houston, Pennsylvania team and the Girl Scouts of West Pennsylvania, a 360-pound stone memorial will travel more than 1,000 miles to the final resting place of the U.S. Marine whose name it bears. The memorial in honor of Marine Cpl. David Eugene Hevle of Yankton, S.D., was discovered at the closed Camp Timberlake in Washington County by a volunteer. The camp was operated by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania until October 2012.
Since the discovery, media coverage helped solve the mystery of why the memorial was there, and shed light on Hevle’s connection to Girl Scouts.
Girl Scout troops who stayed at the camps sent care packages and letters to soldiers serving in the Vietnam War, and it is believed that Hevle was one of the Marines who received packages from or corresponded with the girls.
Hevle was killed on April 8, 1967 when his amphibian tractor hit a mine and exploded. The Girl Scouts who wrote to Hevle are thought to have created the stone memorial at Camp Timberlake.
More than 46 years after his death, the memorial will return to South Dakota. Girl Scouts and local veterans and military organizations will gather at Camp Timberlake, 2334 Beallsville Rd., in Marianna, on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m., for a special ceremony prior to the memorial’s departure. The public is welcome to attend.
About Total Safety
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About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 3-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 1-800-248-3355 or visit www.gswpa.org.