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Section of park dedicated to Reading war hero

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: Aug 22 2014 04:36:53 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 22 2014 05:19:04 PM CDT

Stonecliffe Park in Reading has been dedicated to a man who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

READING, Pa. -

Stonecliffe Park in Reading has been dedicated to a man who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

A special ceremony honored Colonel Thomas Dugan, a Reading native who died in combat in 1968 when his plane was hit by ground-to-air fire. His remains weren't found until 2012.

Two plaques will be placed in the park. Family members said the tribute is a great honor.

"This county has been so wonderful in remembering those that were MIK, those that were POW and even those that were killed in action, and this county, as much as any place in the country I've ever seen, has been very supportive to remember those guys, men and women both," said Mike Dugan, son.

Hundreds of motorcyclists escorted the family to the park for Friday's ceremony.