PRINTER'S NO. 2086
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1357
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY LANGERHOLC, OCTOBER 16, 2020
REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION, OCTOBER 16, 2020
AN ACT
Designating a bridge, carrying SR 1008 (Eckenrode Mill Road)
over Chest Creek, located in East Carroll Township, Cambria
County, as the Kenneth John Ivory Memorial Bridge.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Kenneth John Ivory Memorial Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) Kenneth John Ivory was born on April 2, 1947, in
Chest Springs, Cambria County.
(2) Growing up on a farm known for its quality potatoes,
Ken enjoyed the pride of being a family member of the third
generation on the farm.
(3) As the buildup in Vietnam was occurring, Ken
graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg in
1965.
(4) Ken and Helen Gongloff made the decision to get
married before he served in Vietnam.
(5) Ken was inducted into the Army on March 3, 1966, and
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completed basic training and advanced individual training as
an Indirect Fire Infantryman (mortarman) at Fort Benning,
Georgia.
(6) Kenneth received orders to report to Vietnam on
August 19, 1966, and, upon arrival, he was assigned to
Company "A," 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st
Cavalry Division in Binh Dinh Province.
(7) In October of 1966, Ken's Company "A" joined other
soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division in Operation Thayer, one
of the largest operations of the war.
(8) On October 17, 1966, Ken and other members of his
company were preparing a field landing zone in the Thua Thien
Province to facilitate additional helicopter traffic into the
area when Private First Class Ivory was struck by an
uncontrolled aircraft, causing his death.
(9) Kenneth's services and interment were conducted at
Saint Monica's Cemetery in Chester Springs.
(10) Kenneth received the following military
commendations: Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksmanship Badge,
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal,
Vietnam Service Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation,
Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
(11) Kenneth is honored on the Vietnam Veteran's
Memorial in Washington, DC, with his name inscribed at Panel
11e, Line 82.
(12) Kenneth, by this namesake bridge, is memorialized
on the Eckenrode Mill Road within two miles from the Ivory
farm where Ken and his brother, Wayne, fished, swam and he
taught his wife, Helen, to ice skate.
(b) Designation.--The bridge, carrying SR 1008 (Eckenrode
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Mill Road) over Chest Creek, located in East Carroll Township,
Cambria County, is designated the Kenneth John Ivory Memorial
Bridge.
(c) Signs.--The Department of Transportation shall erect and
maintain appropriate signs displaying the name of the bridge to
traffic in both directions on the bridge.
Section 2. Effective date.
This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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