Glen Carbon to consider whether to recognize Merchant Marine veterans at village war memorial

Merchant Marine veterans

Woman wants Merchant Marines recognized

BY MIKE FITZGERALD

Orville Sova, 88, spent the last years of his life waiting for the U.S. Congress to recognize fully the role the U.S. Merchant Marine played in the Allies’ victory in World War II.

Sova, of Collinsville, had served with the civilian-run cargo arm of the American war effort. He died Nov. 6.

Now, Sova’s daughter has picked up where her father has left off. Sheila Sova, of Glen Carbon, is waging a one-woman campaign to get metro-east city and village governments to put up on their war monuments plaques honoring the contributions of America’s merchant seamen, whose efforts, according to historians, were essential to winning the war.

“People need to recognize the vital role and sacrifice that the Merchant Marine gave to keep our country free,” Sheila Sova said.

Sova’s efforts to promote the recognition of the Merchant Marine could soon bear fruit, at least as far as the Glen Carbon Veterans Memorial.

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