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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: July 14, 2017 10:36 AM
From: Senator Kim L. Ward
To: All Senate members
Subject: Road Designation - Specialist 4 William J. Kolenc Memorial Highway
I am introducing legislation to designate a portion of State Route 981 in Westmoreland County as the Specialist 4 William J. Kolenc Memorial Highway.

Born and raised in South Huntingdon Township, Specialist 4 William J. Kolenc was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, B Company.

Specialist 4 Kolenc was killed on March 7, 1969, in the Binh Duong province of South Vietnam, at 21 years of age from wounds he sustained from hostile fire while leading his platoon against enemy forces as a light weapons infantry specialist. For his courageous service, he was posthumously awarded the following honors: the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.

Please join me in honoring Specialist 4 Kolenc’s brave service and memory, as well as the ultimate sacrifice made by his family.

Introduced as SB837