Ceremony to Honor South Fork Marine Killed in Action Set for Sept. 28

JOHNSTOWN – The official designation of a bridge in Croyle Township to honor a local soldier who was killed in action will take place at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 28, according to Senate Transportation Committee Chair Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), who championed the honor.

Act 23 of 2022 designates a bridge carrying State Route 3024, also known as Ragers Hill Road, over State Route 2006, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and the South Fork Branch Little Conemaugh River in Croyle Township, Cambria County as “PFC Donald E. Hunter, USMC Memorial Bridge.”

Donald E. Hunter was born on June 27, 1948, in South Fork, Pennsylvania. He graduated basic training on August 11, 1967 and entered the United State Marine Corps. Private First Class Hunter served honorably in the Vietnam War. He was killed in action on May 1, 1968, in the Quang Tri Province while assisting a wounded Marine. He was nineteen years old.

“PFC Hunter heroically gave his life for our country,” Langerholc said. “It is a true honor to designate this bridge in memory of PFC Hunter.”

The ceremony will be held in the overflow parking lot of the Stineman Ribbon and Trophy, 128 Ribbon Lane, South Fork.

If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at South Fork Historical Society, 427 Maple Street, South Fork.

 

Contact: Gwenn Dando