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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 23, 2021 03:49 PM
From: Representative Eric Davanzo
To: All House members
Subject: John Michael Beyrand Memorial Highway
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation to honor John Michael Beyrand of Wyano, PA.

After graduating from South Huntingdon High School in 1963 Specialist Beyrand attended California University of Pennsylvania before being drafted by the Army.

Specialist Beyrand served in the 1st Calvary Division of the 11th Combat Aviation Brigade of the U.S. Army’s 229th Aviation Battalion. On August 9th, 1967 in the Song Re Valley of the Quang Ngai Providence in South Vietnam, Specialist Beyrand was killed in action while providing covering fire from his helicopter in order to protect fellow helicopters retrieving wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

For his unequivocal bravery, Specialist Beyrand was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Military Merit Medal, Gallantry Cross with Palm, Air Medal with first through seventh Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

This legislation will therefore designate a portion of a highway in South Huntingdon Township as the John Michael Beyrand Memorial Highway to honor his service and sacrifice to our nation and commonwealth.

I ask that you please join me in supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1479