United States Navy
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Ralph Storti grew up in Willow Grove, went to an area grade school, and high school in Warminster. He fought with the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War. Following his enlistment, he returned to the Willow Grove Area where he remains an active citizen today. Here are some of Mr. Storti’s thoughts about his service to the country, living in Willow Grove and the Willow Grove Veterans Memorial:
Service to the Country
Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 17, 1968. He went to Gulfport, MS for Boot Camp, and then was assigned to Mobile Construction Battalion 53. In 1969 his unit was deployed to South Vietnam where he served as a Construction Mechanic on three detachments. Upon returning to the states his battalion was decommissioned, and he was reassigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was released from active duty on July 15, 1970.
Living in Willow Grove
Ralph married Linda Rose Hummel of Ambler, PA on July 17, 1971. They have two children Ralph J. Storti, Jr. born on July 15, 1972 and Justine M. Storti Lacey born on August 25, 1975. Ralph worked for PECO Energy Company of Philadelphia in several capacities for over thirty-three years, taking early retirement in January of 2004. He stated his own consulting business three days later, and has been busy ever since. He is an active member of VFW Post 3612, American Legion Post 308, MCB 53 Alumni Association, NSVA Island X-76PA and St. David Parish to mention a few. Ralph and Linda are also blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren.
The Willow Grove Veterans Memorial
With revitalization of downtown Willow Grove, redevelopment in Veterans (formerly War) Memorial Park, and a new entrance needed; there comes an opportunity to construct a new monument in honor of those that served our country. The Veterans Memorial is a chance for veterans, the township, business and residential communities to work together to create a lasting monument to recognize the sacrifices that so many made for our country. This monument will forever honor all the local men and women that served our country in War and Peace, to ensure that we always remain a free and prosperous nation. Please help us honor them!