Senate Transportation Committee Reports Two of Senator Mensch’s Bills to Rename Portions of Route 663 and Route 100

Harrisburg –  Two pieces of legislation, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), were reported out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

SB 1219 designates a portion of State Route 663 from the Bucks County line, through Pennsburg Borough to the end of Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County, as the Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway.

On March 28, 1968, in the Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas was performing his assigned duties as an infantryman on the battlefield. During, these operations, Army Specialist Haas and his unit came under fire.  Army Specialist Haas fought bravely and was mortally wounded during the firefight, later being pronounced dead at a hospital in Vietnam.

SB 1220 designates a portion of State Route 100, from Hereford Township at the Lehigh County line through Washington Township in Berks County, as the First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien Memorial Highway.

On October 26, 1965, in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, VFMA 115 was carrying out combat operations against hostile forces. First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien was performing his assigned duty as Air Traffic Controller from an aircraft in support of VFMA 115 in their combat operations. During these operations, hostile actions downed the aircraft with its crew and it made a crash landing. First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien died in the ensuing crash of the aircraft.

Both bills would require the Department of Transportation to erect and maintain appropriate signs displaying the name of the highway to traffic in both directions on the highway.

The bills now go before the full Senate for consideration.

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