The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission: Rename the Community Center in honor of Sgt. Philip W. Tilch
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During the Korean War Sergeant Philip W. Tilch, United States Air Force, a member of the 6132 Tactical Aircraft Control Squadron, distinguished himself by gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 26 November 1950. Fully aware of the odds against him, he unhesitatingly encouraged his friend, Sergeant Frederick Gentry to board the helicopter to safety, self-sacrificing his own wellbeing. Although scheduled next Sgt. Tilch voluntarily remained behind as he was in charge of burning jeeps and radio equipment to keep out of enemy hands.
Sergeant Philip W. Tilch’s unflinching courage and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on him and the military service. Sgt. Tilch was declared missing in action 26 November 1950, two days after his nineteenth birthday. He was unaccounted for after the war and is presumed to have died or been killed while in captivity.
Renaming the Community Center, located in the east wing of the Harmony Hall Regional Center, will memorialize his service to country, and symbolically bring Sergeant Philip W. Tilch back to Silesia where he belongs.
His ancestors founded the town Silesia, Maryland, living there ever since his Uncle Robert Stein bought the Harmony Hall manor house in the 1890s. Not only is he the only citizen of Silesia who gave his life in war, his family is the reason for the existing Maryland Township. This is a dominant structure in Broad Creek where theater, art shows, concerts and civic gatherings are hosted. How befitting to name it after one of their own.
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