GRB students help provide a hero’s welcome


U.S. History students at G. Ray Bodley High School recently became a part of their own local history during a hero’s homecoming for Army Cpl. Joseph Trepasso.
The students and several Fulton City School District staff members stretched along East Broadway Street between South Fourth and South Fifth streets, waving tiny American Flags. Some also saluted Cpl. Trepasso as a hearse transporting his flag-draped casket brought him to his final resting place. In 1950, unbeknownst to the Trepasso family, Cpl. Trepasso was killed in action during the Korean War. He had been reported missing in action and presumed dead, according to his niece, Carrie Trapasso Halladay. Decades and a couple of familial DNA tests later, Cpl. Trepasso’s remains were found and then identified in April 2015.
Halladay, who also is a Spanish teacher at GRB, said her family didn’t anticipate the breadth of community support during funeral procession, especially from several young citizens. Family members were particularly touched, she said, when they saw GRB students pay their respects for their fallen loved one.
U.S. History Teacher Jamie Ruzekowicz said the teachable moment was about helping young students realize the importance of community.


GRB High School students show support for Army Cpl. Joseph
Trepasso, who was recently welcomed home to Fulton after his
remains were identified and returned to family members, decades
after he was killed in action in the Korean War.