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Monday, January 28, 2013

Causer Bill Honors Three Potter County Veterans Killed in Vietnam

Causer Bill Honors Three Potter County Veterans Killed in Vietnam

HARRISBURG – Three Potter County bridges will be named to honor area Vietnam veterans under legislation introduced by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

Under House Bill 293, the bridge carrying State Route 49 over the Cowanesque Creek in Harrison Valley will be designated the Specialist Kenneth Wayne Lampman Sr. Memorial Bridge. The bridge carrying State Route 44 over the Oswayo Creek in Shinglehouse Borough will be named the Specialist Gerald Duane Stonemetz Memorial Bridge. And the bridge carrying State Route 1022 over Pine Creek in Galeton Borough will be designated the Private First Class Clark Robert Douglas Memorial Bridge.

“These men made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and it is important that we remember their service,” Causer said. “Naming these bridges in their honor will serve as a reminder to all of us to pay tribute to these veterans and to everyone who has served or is continuing to serve our country.”

Lampman, a resident of Harrison Valley, served the U.S. Army as an aircraft maintenance mechanic with the 1st Cavalry Division. He was killed on March 5, 1967, when his helicopter crashed in Vietnam. He was 21 years old.

Stonemetz of Shinglehouse served in the U.S. Army and died in a vehicle crash in Vietnam on Jan. 8, 1969, at the age of 21. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and Marksman Badge with rifle bar.

Douglas of Galeton was a U.S. Army medic with the 1st Air Calvary Division Charlie Company. He was killed while administering aid to a wounded soldier on Nov. 11, 1969, and posthumously was presented with the Distinguished Service Cross. He was 21 years old.

Causer previously authored legislation, signed into law last year, making additional bridge designations in honor of the county’s Vietnam veterans. Under the law, the bridge carrying State Route 607 over Freeman Run in Austin Borough was designated as the Captain Edgar E. Nuschke Memorial Bridge, and the bridge carrying State Route 872 over the east fork of Sinnemahoning Creek in Wharton Township was named the Private First Class Edward Ritsick Memorial Bridge.

House Bill 293 was referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration.


Anonymous said...

Thank You Rep. Marty Causer. May we never forget.

Dan Manning
Vietnam 1969

Anonymous said...

This is a fine tribute but I do not think a politician has to use these tragedies to get his name out there. It's not like he is paying for this from his own pockets and for that matter we know how that money gets in his pockets. Where does this end? Potter County lost hundreds of soldiers over time to wars and how do we decide to honor some of them and not all of them? Not making trouble here but asking a tough question.

Anonymous said...

Agreed 11:38. I was wondering too, if Marty served? Hopefully he did. This is a nice gesture, but the impetus should come from veterans groups and bypass politicians. Maybe they have to be involved because it's a state road, but that's too bad.

Sandra Cizek-Wood said...

I am very happy that this is being done, no matter who does it. I went to school in Galeton and do not want to forget the service and sacrifice Clark Douglas (or any of our military) gave to his country. I am a Blue Star Mother and am proud of the service my son has given. I cannot imagine the ultimate heartache these Gold Star parents went through, especially because of the view many in our country had toward this war. I hope when we cross these bridges, we will always remember the final bridge these brave soldiers crossed.