|Posted:||January 25, 2018 02:11 PM|
|From:||Representative Stephen Bloom|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Naming of the Marine Lance Corporal Edward Rykoskey Memorial Bridge|
|In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation designating the bridge located on State Route 641, also known as East High Street, over the Letort Spring in Carlisle Borough as the Marine Lance Corporal Edward Rykoskey Memorial Bridge, in honor of a fallen Cumberland County Marine.
Edward Rykoskey was born May 11th, 1946 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from Carlisle Area High School, after which he entered the United States Marine Corps, where he served for two years.
Lance Corporal Rykoskey was stationed in the Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, as part of C Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division (Rein), FMF. He died August 18th, 1966 while on his way back from a reconnaissance patrol in the Da Nang area. Lance Corporal Rykoskey was the first to see an undetermined number of Viet Cong coming up a trail he and his patrolmen were on. Rykoskey was aware that his movement would alert the enemy of his position but he unhesitatingly turned to warn his fellow patrolmen of the impending danger. His movement was detected and Viet Cong fired upon him with automatic weapons. Lance Corporal Rykoskey was killed but his fellow patrolmen were able to return fire and break contact with the Viet Cong force, who greatly outnumbered them, and returned to friendly territory. The remaining patrol members subsequently provided information to higher headquarters which allowed them to launch a successful ground action against the enemy. Through Lance Corporal Rykoskey’s selfless action, he was able to save the lives of his fellow patrolmen.
Lance Corporal Rykoskey, son of retired Master Sergeant Edward and Mary Rykoskey, as well as brother to George Rykoskey and Sandra Carney, was selflessly serving his country at the time of his death. It is only fitting that his name be placed on this bridge in remembrance of someone who gave his life in service to his community and country.
Please join me in sponsoring this piece of legislation. Thank you for your consideration.
Introduced as HB2044