fighting men from the Pocono Mountains have distinguished themselves
throughout American history.
the American Revolution there were three regional battles - Paupack,
Minisink and Raymondskill. The major battle took place at Minisink
on the morning of July 22, 1779, where the Delaware and Lackawaxen
Rivers meet. Greatly outnumbered, the Americans lost 47 men, including
Jonathan Haskell, an early settler from Wallenpaupack. Sixty eight
years later at Minisink a skeleton was discovered along with military
equipment and uniform buttons. It was determined to be an American
soldier. The U.S. Government buried the soldier at Minisink and
marked the grave as the "Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary
local American, Brigadier General David Brodhead fought in the battles
of Long Island, Brandywine and Germantown. He also fought with George
Washington at Valley Forge. In 1809 he retired in Milford and is
buried there. Brodheadsville, a town in Monroe County is named after
the famed general.
fighting men also distinguished themselves in the Civil War. Union
records show that many Pocono men fought at Chancellorsville and
Gettysburg. General Abner Doubleday (the inventor of baseball) said
of Pike County's 151st Regiment "At Gettysburg they won an
imperishable fame. They defended against vastly superior numbers".
Pike County Courthouse and the County Administration Building lists
all the names of the American Fighting Men who served in the Revolution,
Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The region
was also well represented in the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq.
the 20th century the region has had the honor of producing at least
five U.S. Army Generals. Major General James McAndrew, a well remembered
General in World War I, Lieutenant General Edgar Jadwin, Major General
David O"Neill, Brigadier General Richard Tallman and General
General Richard Tallman was killed in action on July 9, 1972 in
An Loc, Vietnam. He was a graduate of Honesdale High School and
was serving his 4th tour of duty in Vietnam.