Deceased World War II hero from Pleasant Hills honored
A World War II hero who spent decades bringing labor and management together was memorialized Tuesday on the U.S. House floor.
“Wayne Alderson always put his country first,” U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said. “Now it is time for Private First Class Alderson's country to recognize his bravery, and place him among the first rank of those Americans who helped liberate Europe.”
Alderson, 86, of Pleasant Hills, died Friday. A funeral service was on Tuesday at Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, followed by burial with military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
Alderson earned the Purple Heart, Silver Star and other honors after being the first American soldier to cross into Germany in 1944.
After the war, Alderson worked for Pittron Steel in Glassport and helped resolve a bitter labor dispute in 1972.
“Then and now I am so grateful for all of the support and encouragement I received from the workers, as well as their families, throughout the Mon Valley,” Alderson said in a 2007 interview.
Alderson wrote about his experiences in “Stronger Than Steel,” then left Pittron Steel to do consulting work.
“Value of the person grew out of Wayne Alderson's unique theory of management,” Murphy said, “stressing the importance of respect and responsibility between management and workers — common sense ideas that too often can become lost in the hum of modern life.”
Alderson is survived by his wife Nancy, their daughter Nancy Jean McDonnell and grandson Patrick Wayne McDonnell.
Staff writer Stacy Lee contributed to this story. Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport police get firsthand look at new crime-fighting tool
- Students’ use of iPads a minefield
- $8 million Duquesne Light facility opens in McKeesport
- Elizabeth Forward School District fosters high-tech culture
- Property transfer blurs lines of Penn-McKee restoration efforts
- Elizabeth officials combat juvenile problems
- Elizabeth Township road likely to reopen in September
- Elizabeth area police continue probe of daylight burglaries
- RAD funding hike sought for Renzie Park
- Pleasant Hills plans farm animal ban
- Return to classes means it’s time to strike up the bands once again