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Hulmeville renames street for deceased Vietnam vet


A street in Hulmeville Borough was officially dedicated Sunday, Sept. 28, in honor of Sgt. James E. Boorman, a native son who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

Members of the community – including Vietnam veterans, residents, local officials and members of the Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund – gathered to pay homage to Boorman, who was 20 years old when he was killed in the Tay Ninh Province in South Vietnam.

An honor guard from Jesse Soby American Legion Post #148 was on hand to mark the occasion. Dan Fraley, director of military affairs for Bucks County, delivered remarks and read a proclamation from the Bucks County Commissioners. The ceremony took place at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Sgt. James E. Boorman Street (formerly Praul or Beaver Street).

Boorman, a graduate of Neshaminy High School, is interred in Beechwood Cemetery in Bensalem. Earlier this year, the Hulmeville Borough Council unanimously approved a resolution to rename Praul Street as Sgt. James E. Boorman Avenue. The resolution had been introduced by Ed Preston, a member of the Hulmeville Borough Council and chairman of the Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.