Route 74 named to honor fallen Vietnam War veteran

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A portion of Route 74 has been designated to honor a Marine from Cumberland County who lost his life while serving our country in Vietnam.

A stretch of the highway from the Carlisle borough line to Ashland Avenue was dedicated on Monday as the Marine Lance Corporal Gary Lee Ream Memorial Highway.

Marine Lance Corporal Gary Lee Ream (submitted)

Ream, a Carlisle High School graduate, died in November 1966 when his squad was caught in an enemy ambush in Quang Nam province. He was 20 years old.

The legislation to designate part of Route 74 in his honor was introduced by Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland).

“Decades have passed since Cpl. Ream gave his life for our country, but his sacrifice is no less significant today than it was on the day he died,” Bloom said in a statement. “Naming this highway in his honor ensures that his service will be remembered by both current and future generations.”

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