PRINTER'S NO. 115
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
150
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY BURNS, GUENST, KINSEY, RYAN, COX, LONGIETTI, HILL-
EVANS, JOZWIAK, DEASY, FREEMAN, WEBSTER, NEILSON AND
GALLOWAY, JANUARY 13, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, JANUARY 13, 2021
AN ACT
Designating a bridge, identified as Bridge Key 8391, on that
portion of Pennsylvania Route 53 over Laurel Run, also known
as Lost Creek, in Dean Township, Cambria County, as the
Seaman 2nd Class Louis J. Benzie WWII Memorial Bridge.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Seaman 2nd Class Louis J. Benzie WWII Memorial
Bridge.
(a) Findings.--The General Assembly finds and declares as
follows:
(1) One of nine children, Louis J. Benzie was born on
February 25, 1924, to Josephine and Louis Benzie in Dysart,
Pennsylvania.
(2) He served in the United States Navy during World War
II as a Seaman 2nd Class, and was assigned to the destroyer
U.S.S. Maddox which departed Norfolk, Virginia, on June 8,
1943.
(3) The U.S.S. Maddox became a unit of Task Force 81,
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the assault force for the invasion of Sicily, Italy.
(4) On July 10, 1943, the U.S.S. Maddox was attacked by
a German dive bomber while on antisubmarine patrol about 16
miles off the shore of Sicily, taking a direct hit. The ship
rolled over and sank within two minutes.
(5) During the attack, Seaman 2nd Class Louis J. Benzie
was killed in action at the age of 19, along with many of his
fellow sailors.
(6) Seaman 2nd Class Louis J. Benzie's body was never
recovered. He was declared dead on July 11, 1944, and awarded
the Purple Heart posthumously.
(b) Designation.--The bridge, identified as Bridge Key 8391,
on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 53 over Laurel Run, also
known as Lost Creek, in Dean Township, Cambria County, is
designated as the Seaman 2nd Class Louis J. Benzie WWII 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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