WWII vet gets bridge honor

LANDISBURG, Pa – (WHTM) – A Perry County serviceman who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II is being honored with a bridge bearing his name.

In a ceremony Thursday morning, the family of Pfc. William Stambaugh was joined by lawmakers and PennDOT officials to designate the Route 74 bridge over Sherman Creek as the “Pfc William Oscar Stambaugh Memorial Bridge.”

000001Stambaugh died in combat on Nov. 27, 1942 in Buna, New Guinea while fighting the Japanese as a member of the 32nd Infantry Division. He’s believed to be one of the first servicemen from Perry County to die overseas in World War II.

Perry County state Rep. Mark Keller introduced the bridge naming legislation earlier this year.

Stambaugh was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart medal and a Presidential Citation.

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