The Coshocton County Beacon September 19, 2018 - Page 11

SEPTEMBER 19 , 2018 www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com THE BEACON 11
Josie Sellers | Beacon
David McElhaney recently received his brother George ’ s Purple Heart and the Western Union telegram with the news that his brother had died in World War II . The items were found in Missouri and returned to McElhaney after the family who located them searched the Internet for relatives . Pictured is David ’ s wife Charlotte holding a shadow box featuring George ’ s picture and medals and David with the Purple Heart and telegram , which he had laminated . David plans to put the original Purple Heart in place of the replacement one that is in the shadow box .
By Josie Sellers josie @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
WEST LAFAYETTE – Sydney Zinkon made her mark in Ridgewood High School volleyball history this month when she collected her 1,000th career assist .
“ I knew going into the game that I only needed four more and when I got the last one it was with my classmate Abbey Kellish ,” said Zinkon , who is a senior and a setter on the varsity volleyball team . “ As soon as we got it we ran up to each other and hugged .”
She gives a lot of credit to her hitters for being able to reach this goal .
“ I get an assist when I set someone on the team and they hit the ball and we get a point ,” Zinkon said . “ I had 922 last year and I ’ m super excited to have been able to get to 1,000 . These past four years I ’ ve really had hitters that have been able to put the ball away for me . I also have to thank my passers for getting the ball to me so I can set it .”
The Lady Generals were away when she collected assist number 1,000 so Zinkon was honored later at a home game .
“ A lot of hard work went into this and it ’ s nice to see kids who work hard succeed ,” said RHS Athletic Director Matt Colvin who was part of the ceremony honoring Zinkon .
Zinkon has played volleyball since seventh grade and started varsity as a freshman .
“ This is Sydney ' s fourth year with me on varsity , and I am so happy to see her reach this milestone after all her hard work ,” said Brenda McCoy , head volleyball coach at RHS . “ Reaching 1,000 career assists is rare in a 6-2 offense when there are two setters . Usually , only setters

World War II items returned to family

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COSHOCTON – One evening out of the blue David McElhaney received a call regarding his brother who died 74 years ago in World War II .
A gentleman in Broseley , Mo . had found his brother ’ s Purple Heart and the telegram announcing his death that was sent home .
David said the war department had forwarded the personal effects of his brother PFC George McElhaney to his widow , Grace McElhaney .
“ We eventually got word that he was killed ,” David said . “ She was the next of kin so all the information was sent to her .”
Grace remarried within a few years of George ’ s death and the family lost touch with her . She died in 1997 in Summersville , Mo .
The family had lived in Ohio so David is not sure how Grace ended up in Missouri , where the memorabilia were found by a man who was going through items left behind by his father-in-law who recently passed away .
David wrote in a story he filed away with paper work on his brother ’ s military career that , “ This gentleman , years ago , had purchased an automobile and found a box in the rear compartment . He stored it in his garage where it laid for many years .”

RHS volleyball player collects 1,000 career assists

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Sydney Zinkon made her mark in Ridgewood volleyball history this month when she collected her 1,000th career assist .
who are in a 5-1 offense achieve this . Sydney and I have discussed how fortunate she has been to play with some great passers and hitters over the years because this wouldn ' t have been possible without her past and present teammates .”
Zinkon enjoys playing setter because you are always involved in the action .
When the box was finally opened after the man ’ s death it contained a Western Union telegraph to Grace with the news that her husband had been killed in action in the European Theater and his Purple Heart . The family searched the Internet for relatives and found two of George ’ s nephews . They then passed on that George had a brother and sister who were still living in Ohio . The family treasures were sent to David and he received them on Sept . 12 .
“ I feel very fortunate to get these ,” David said .
George was a member of the 437th Troop Carrier Group which was assigned to the 84th Troop Carrier Squadron . On June 6 , 1944 , the 437th Troop Carrier Group was involved in the Normandy Invasion , specifically transporting troops , munitions and supplies onto the Cherbourg Peninsula . On June 25 , 1944 , the aircraft George was assigned to was on its way to France on a resupply and slider pickup mission when it crashed in Southern England . The pilot and George both died in the crash . George is interred in the United States Military Cemetery in Cambridge , England . He was one of five of the 15 McElhaney children to serve in the military . David was in the Navy during the Korean War .
“ The setter is like the quarterback on a football team ,” she said . “ I just love volleyball .”
Zinkon is very appreciative of all the help her coaches have given her over the years .
“ Sydney and I have discussed how fortunate she has been to play with some great passers and hitters over the years because this wouldn ’ t have been possible without her past and present teammates .”
- Brenda McCoy head volleyball coach at RHS
“ I have to thank Brenda ( McCoy ), Dan ( Smith ), Kerrie ( Bahmer ) and DJ ( Bradford ) for all they ’ ve done for me ,” Zinkon said . “ Dan was my mom ’ s coach too and he ’ s helped me so much .”
After graduation , Zinkon plans to attend Heidelberg University or Bluffton University to play softball and major in exercise science . She is the daughter of Karen Zinkon .
Sydney encourages her younger teammates to keep working hard .
“ It ’ s going to be hard and sometimes Brenda will push you and yell at you , but you have to push through and always work hard ,” Sydney said . “ Go for it because we want everybody to do well .”
THE BEACON 11 www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 World War II items returned to family Staff | Beacon Josie Sellers | Beacon David McElhaney recently received his brother George’s Purple Heart and the Western Union telegram with the news that his brother had died in World War II. The items were found in Missouri and returned to McElhaney after the family who located them searched the Internet for relatives. Pictured is David’s wife Charlott e holding a shadow box featuring George’s picture and medals and David with the Purple Heart and telegram, which he had laminat- ed. David plans to put the original Purple Heart in place of the replacement one that is in the shadow box. COSHOCTON – One evening out of the blue Da- vid McElhaney received a call regarding his brother who died 74 years ago in World War II. A gentleman in Broseley, Mo. had found his brother’s Purple Heart and the telegram announcing his death that was sent home. David said the war department had for- warded the personal eff ects of his brother PFC George McElhaney to his widow, Grace McElhaney. “We eventually got word that he was killed,” David said. “She was the next of kin so all the information was sent to her.” Grace remarried within a few years of George’s death and the family lost touch with her. She died in 1997 in Summersville, Mo. Th e family had lived in Ohio so David is not sure how Grace ended up in Missouri, where the memorabilia were found by a man who was going through items left behind by his father-in-law who recently passed away. David wrote in a story he fi led away with pa- per work on his brother’s military career that, “Th is gentleman, years ago, had purchased an automobile and found a box in the rear compartment. He stored it in his garage where it laid for many years.” When the box was fi nally opened after the man’s death it contained a Western Union telegraph to Grace with the news that her hus- band had been killed in action in the Europe- an Th eater and his Purple Heart. Th e family searched the Internet for relatives and found two of George’s nephews. Th ey then passed on that George had a brother and sister who were still living in Ohio. Th e family treasures were sent to David and he received them on Sept. 12. “I feel very fortunate to get these,” David said. George was a member of the 437th Troop Carrier Group which was assigned to the 84th Troop Carrier Squadron. On June 6, 1944, the 437th Troop Carrier Group was involved in the Normandy Invasion, specifi cally trans- porting troops, munitions and supplies onto the Cherbourg Peninsula. On June 25, 1944, the aircraft George was assigned to was on its way to France on a resupply and slider pickup mission when it crashed in Southern England. Th e pilot and George both died in the crash. George is interred in the United States Mil- itary Cemetery in Cambridge, England. He was one of fi ve of the 15 McElhaney children to serve in the military. David was in the Navy during the Korean War. RHS volleyball player collects 1,000 career assists By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com WEST LAFAYETTE – Sydney Zinkon made her mark in Ridgewood High School volleyball history this month when she collected her 1,000th career assist. “I knew going into the game that I only needed four more and when I got the last one it was with my class- mate Abbey Kellish,” said Zinkon, who is a senior and a setter on the varsity volleyball team. “As soon as we got it we ran up to each other and hugged.” She gives a lot of credit to her hitters for being able to reach this goal. “I get an assist when I set someone on the team and they hit the ball and we get a point,” Zinkon said. “I had 922 last year and I’m super excited to have been able to get to 1,000. Th ese past four years I’ve really had hitters that have been able to put the ball away for me. I also have to thank my passers for getting the ball to me so I can set it.” Th e Lady Generals were away when she collected assist number 1,000 so Zinkon was honored later at a home game. “A lot of hard work went into this and it’s nice to see kids who work hard succeed,” said RHS Athletic Direc- tor Matt Colvin who was part of the ceremony honoring Zinkon. Zinkon has played volleyball since seventh grade and started varsity as a freshman. “Th is is Sydney's fourth year with me on varsity, and I am so happy to see her reach this milestone after all her hard work,” said Brenda McCoy, head volleyball coach at RHS. “Reaching 1,000 career assists is rare in a 6-2 off ense when there are two setters. Usually, only setters “Th e setter is like the quarterback on a football team,