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Fallen Wartime Veterans Street Sign Program

The Fallen Wartime Veterans Street Sign Program is used to honor a deceased individual who has made a significant contribution to the City of Jacksonville Beach community, either through civic involvement; cultural, humanitarian, historic, or military achievement; as part of a historic event relevant to the specific City street; or to the geographical location of the specific street. Said contributions do not have to be financial in nature. These are specifically for Fallen Wartime Military Veterans who were Killed in Action in US periods of combat and all were once Jacksonville Beach residents. Below, click each honoree's name for a graphic and picture.


Current Program Honorees (as of May 2021)

Pfc. Ivan R. Wellington Jr.
A Beaches resident since he was 2 years old, “Sonny” Wellington was the valedictorian of Fletcher High School’s Class of 1942. His family resided in the 100 block of 9th Ave. N., and his father was the city engineer of Jacksonville Beach. Pfc. Wellington completed a year of college at St. Lawrence University before enlisting in the Army at Camp Blanding on May 13, 1943. He was assigned to Army’s 119th Infantry Regiment. He was killed in action on Feb. 25, 1945, in Rodingen, Germany. His remains were buried in the American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands. He was 21.
Sign location: 9th Avenue North and 1st Street, parallel with 9th Avenue North


Pvt. Kenjiro Yoshida
A Florida native, Kenjiro Yoshida was born in 1924 on a Japanese farming colony in West Palm Beach. His parents relocated to Jacksonville Beach in 1935 and resided in the 200 block of Pablo Avenue. Yoshida attended Fletcher High and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 40 at Beach United Methodist Church. He enlisted in the Army at Camp Blanding in July 1943, and was assigned to the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up entirely of Japanese Americans. He was killed in action on July 8, 1944, in Italy. His remains were buried in Mt. Peace Cemetery in St. Cloud, Fla. He was 19.
Sign location: Pablo Avenue and 3rd Street, parallel with Pablo Avenue (Westside of 3rd)


1st Lt. John W. Deam
John Warner Deam graduated from Jacksonville’s Landon High School, where he was a two-time state champion wrestler. He was captain of the wrestling team at the University of Florida and a 1932 Olympic Trials competitor. A father of three, Deam resided in the 1100 block of 3rd Ave. N. when his unit, the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division, shipped overseas in August 1944. He was killed in action on Jan. 4, 1945, in Bastogne, Belgium, after single-handedly charging a pair of German machine gun nests. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for heroism. He was 34.
Sign location: 3rd Avenue North and 11th Street North, parallel with 3rd Avenue North


Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin A. Chitko
A Wisconsin native, Ben “Gunny” Chitko was a 15-year veteran of the Marine Corps and a Bronze Star recipient who had served during the Korean War. In 1965, Chitko, a father of four, moved his family from Parris Island, S.C., to the 700 block of 8th Ave. N., in Jacksonville Beach. He was in the final weeks of a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division when he was killed in action near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Sept. 16, 1966. His remains were buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Jacksonville. He was 31.
Sign location: 8th Avenue North and 3rd Street, parallel to 8th Avenue North (Westside of 3rd)


Cpl. Ottis O. Boxx
A Clay County native, Ottis Oliver Boxx resided in the 200 block of 1st Ave. S., in Jacksonville Beach. A gifted athlete, Boxx lettered in football at Fletcher High School, starring at running back as a senior in 1941. After graduating from Fletcher in 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was assigned to the 24th Regiment, 4thMarine Division. A squad leader, he was among more than 70,000 Marines who landed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 19, 1945. He was killed in action on Iwo Jima on March 1, 1945. His remains were buried in Peoria Cemetery in Orange Park. He was 23.
Sign location: 1st Avenue South and 3rd Street, parallel with 1st Avenue South (Westside of 3rd)


Capt. Roger P. Harrell
A 1958 Fletcher High School graduate who resided in the 400 block of 9th Ave. S. in Jacksonville Beach, Roger Parry Harrell played first trumpet in the marching band and was a member of the National Honor Society. The commodore of his Jacksonville Beach lifeguard class, Harrell attended Stetson University before graduating from Marine Corps flight school in Pensacola. A decorated helicopter pilot, he earned the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross during his first tour of duty in Vietnam. He was killed in a helicopter crash, during his second tour of duty on July 29, 1969. His remains were buried in Jacksonville’s Greenwood Cemetery. He was 28.
Sign location: 9th Avenue South and 3rd Street, parallel to 9th Avenue South (Westside of 3rd)
 

Cpl. Stanley M. Harrell
A former Fletcher High School student who resided in the 400 block of 9th Ave. S. in Jacksonville Beach, Stanley Moore Harrell followed his older brothers Roger and Tom into the Marine Corps in 1965, enlisting for a four-year hitch. He served on a troop carrier in the Mediterranean Sea before requesting a transfer to Vietnam in 1968, where he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. He was killed in action on Nov. 1, 1968, near Da Nang, while serving as a squad leader in his platoon. His remains were buried in a family plot in DuPont, Ga. He was 23.
Sign location: 8th Avenue South and 3rd Street, parallel to 8th Avenue South (Westside of 3rd)


For more information about this program, please contact Molly Alleger at 904-237-6236.

 

 

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