New 'hometown hero' added at Montco Courthouse in solemn remembrance

Jim Melwert
November 12, 2018 - 1:29 pm
At left is a banner for Capt. Samuel Schultz, joining 17 others dedicated to men and women killed in service since Sept. 11, 2001.

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Officials in Montgomery County marked Monday's observation of Veteran's Day by unveiling a banner outside the courthouse dedicated to a Marine Corps pilot from Huntingdon Valley who was killed in a helicopter crash earlier this year. 

The ceremony included a flyover of two CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters, the same helicopter Capt. Samuel Schultz flew for the Marines.

On the banner, the 28-year-old Schultz is shown behind the controls of a helicopter.

County Commissioner Val Arkoosh calls the banner "a visual representation of our promise to never forget."

"It's heartwarming and at the same time gut-wrenching," said Schultz's father, Mitchell. "It's an honor to have everyone come out here and honor our son, but these things are also a reminder of the tragedy of what happened."

Schultz died in Southern California during a training exercise in April. He is the 18th serviceman or servicewoman to be honored with a banner on the Montgomery County courthouse plaza.

After he graduated from Abington High School, he joined Navy ROTC at Penn State. After he finished college, like his dad and his grandfather, he became a pilot for the Marines.

His mother, Julie Mitchell, says her son touched many lives.

"We still get letters from people we don’t know, and they tell us stories about Sam," she said. "And you know that they knew Sam by the stories they tell. And we appreciate all of that."

Other "Hometown Hero" banners at the Montgomery County courthouse plaza:

  • John Bubeck
  • Paul Karpowich
  • Kurt Krout
  • John Kulick
  • Joseph Maglione III
  • Jake Moletzsky
  • Mark Phelan
  • Nathan Raudenbush
  • Eric Shellenberger
  • Anthony Sherman
  • Marc Small
  • Tristen Smith
  • Travis Stottlemyer
  • Jeff Toczylowski
  • John Todd III
  • Brandon VanParys
  • Travis Zimmerman