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File #: 2019-1977    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed Finally
File created: 8/26/2019 In control: Committee on Urban Recreation
On agenda: 8/27/2019 Final action: 11/12/2019
Enactment date: 11/12/2019 Enactment #: 754
Effective date: 11/14/2019    
Title: Resolution naming the Stratmore Street Park as "Andrew Joseph Kukuruda" Park. (Public Hearing held 10/30/19)
Sponsors: Theresa Kail-Smith


Resolution naming the Stratmore Street Park as “Andrew Joseph Kukuruda” Park.

(Public Hearing held 10/30/19)



WHEREAS, Andrew Joseph Kukuruda was born on December 3, 1950 and was raised in the Crafton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh; and,


WHEREAS, Andy attended Schaeffer Elementary School and graduated from then Langley High School, on June 10, 1968. He loved baseball and was a catcher on a Little League Team for the Crafton Heights Baseball Association managed by his stepfather, John Senn. While at Langley, he became an outstanding swimmer on the varsity swim team; and,


 WHEREAS, after high school graduation, Andy volunteered for the Marine Corps where his first tour of duty began on January 22, 1969 as a machine gunner in Vietnam; and,


WHEREAS, Andy spent 51 days in Vietnam and saw a lot of combat, but never lived to tell about it.  On March 14, 1969, Andy died from a gunshot wound to the head trying to drag a fellow Marine to safety. He was 19 years old; and


WHEREAS, the night before his death, Andy and his unit were involved in hand to hand combat with a unit from the North Vietnamese Army at Landing Zone Sierra. The North Vietnamese survivors ambushed Andy’s unit the very next day; and,


WHEREAS, Lt. Michael McKeehen, who was with Andy when he died, recommended him for the Bronze Star with Combat V the night before he went into combat.


The Council of the City of Pittsburgh hereby enacts as follows:


Section 1. The Mayor and Director of Public Works are hereby authorized and directed to name the Stratmore Street Park in Crafton Heights, the “Andrew Joseph Kukuruda” Park , Effective September 1st  2019.