Local Road to Bear Vietnam Veteran’s Name Once Governor Approves Benninghoff Measure
HARRISBURG – Though he was killed more than 45 years ago while serving his country, Donald Ray Lucas may soon have a stretch of local road named in his honor.  The state House in Harrisburg today approved a proposal introduced by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) that would rename a portion of state Route 144 the Pfc. Donald Ray Lucas Memorial Highway.

“My hope is that people who drive by the road signs with his name on them may take a minute to think and learn about Donald and other people who served in the Vietnam War,” Benninghoff said.  “It’s important for us as Pennsylvanians and as Americans to remember the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf.”

Lucas lived in Centre Hall before serving as a private first class in the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

The 20-year-old Marine was killed on Jan. 12, 1969, while in Quang Nam province in South Vietnam.

“It’s hard to imagine a man’s life being extinguished when he was that young,” Benninghoff said.

Benninghoff’s measure would designate a section of state Route 144 in Centre County from Old Fort to Potters Mills in Lucas’ honor.

The road-naming provision was amended onto House Bill 1135 so it could make it through both chambers of the General Assembly before the end of the legislative session in November.

The bill was approved by the state House and Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Dan Massing
KerryBenninghoff.com / Facebook.com/RepBenninghoff
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