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Peter P. Linkowski, Vietnam veterans advocate

July 6, 1947 – Aug. 13, 2013

Peter Paul Linkowski, of the Town of Tonawanda, a decorated war veteran who was instrumental in establishing monuments for Vietnam War and Korean War veterans in Buffalo, died Tuesday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Health Care Center. He was 66.

Mr. Linkowski, who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, was a disabled veteran. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal.

He was executive director of the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program of the Niagara Frontier, which established a Western New York Vietnam Veterans Museum at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, created a Vietnam Veterans Monument on the Buffalo waterfront and developed programs to help veterans find jobs and establish their own businesses.

He was chairman of the board of directors of the Vietnam Veterans Museum and spearheaded the effort to refurbish the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument at Hero’s Grove in Houghton Park.

He also served as the AMVETS national service officer for more than 10 years.

He was the youth director at the Polish Community Center for 10 years.

A graduate of Seneca Vocational High School, Mr. Linkowski earned a bachelor’s degree in education after attending Hilbert College and the University at Buffalo. Later, he studied at Medaille College.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, the former Margaret “Peggy” Gray; a son, Andrew; a stepson, James; two stepdaughters, Melissa and Colleen; and a sister, Catherine Short.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Casimir Catholic Church, Weimar and Casimir streets.

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