Bill Designating Portions of Route 663 and 100 to Honor Veterans Heads to Governor’s Desk for Signature

Harrisburg –  The Senate and House passed legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) which designates portions of Pennsylvania state roads and bridges to honor specific veterans.

SB 1219 designates a portion of State Route 663 in Montgomery County as the Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway. During 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 Hass 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.

State Route 663 from the Bucks County line, through Pennsburg Borough to the end of Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County, will be designated the Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway.

In addition, the bill will also designate a portion of State Route 100 in Berks County as the First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien Memorial Highway. On October 26, 1965, in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, VMFA 115 was performing 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 VMFA 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 crash of the aircraft.

State Route 100 from Hereford Township at the Lehigh County line through Washington Township in Berks County will be designated the First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien Memorial Highway.

The designation of these heavily traveled roadways will ensure that Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas and First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien will always be remembered for their service and sacrifice.

The bill includes other designations throughout the state that memorialize additional Pennsylvanians.

The bill 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.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch

CONTACT: Sarah Rasmussen srasmussen@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388