|Posted:||May 14, 2015 10:19 AM|
|From:||Senator Rob Teplitz|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Legislation – A. Louis "Lou" De Lancey Memorial Highway Designation|
|In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will name the section of Pennsylvania Route 849 in Newport, Perry County, as the United States Navy Petty Officer 1st Class A. Louis "Lou" De Lancey Memorial Highway.
Lou De Lancey was born on March 8, 1936 in Newport to Sherman and Dorothy Adams De Lancey. In June 1954, De Lancey joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Midway and the USS Hanson during the Korean War era. While aboard the USS Midway, Petty Officer De Lancey assisted in the evacuation more than 18,000 civilians and 15,000 of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist troops to Formosa, now known as Taiwan, as they fled from the communist People’s Liberation Army advancing on the Dachen (Tachen) Islands.
In recognition for his service, Petty Officer De Lancey received the China Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
De Lancey was a life member and Post Commander of William H. Saylor VFW #34, Newport American Legion Post #177, Commander of the Perry Council VFW, co-founder and President of the Perry County Sailors Association, a member of the USS Midway Veterans Association, a member of the Navy Club of the USA, and was inducted to the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor in 2003 for his work with the Korean War Veterans Recognition Ceremony.
In addition to his military service, De Lancey was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #925, and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #520.
After a courageous battle with cancer, De Lancey passed away on February 23, 2014 at 77 years old.
I hope you will join me in honoring Petty Officer De Lancey for his fine career in service to his country, and to his community, by designating the Newport section of Route 849 in his memory. Thank you for your consideration.
Introduced as SB868