Community Comes Together to Honor Fallen Vietnam Veteran, Benninghoff Says
CENTRE HALL – State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today joined with community members, including members of a Vietnam veteran’s family, and other local officials to dedicate a portion of Route 144 as the Pfc. Donald Ray Lucas Memorial Highway.

Lucas, a Centre Hall native and member of the United States Marine Corps, was killed in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, on Jan. 12, 1969. He was 20 years old.

“Like so many brave young men and women who have answered their country’s call to duty, Donald made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we as Americans too often take for granted,” Benninghoff said. “Donald deserves to be remembered for his selfless service.”

Benninghoff helped sponsor Act 197 of 2014, formerly House Bill 1135, which honors a number of fallen soldiers, including Lucas. The law designates a section of state Route 144 in Centre County from Old Fort to Potters Mills in Lucas’ honor.

A decorated combat veteran, Lucas was awarded the Purple Heart; the National Defense Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal; the Vietnam Campaign Medal; and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Lucas’ mother, Viola Lucas, and his sister, Jean Greenaway, attended the dedication, which was held at the American Legion Post 779.

“The road signs bearing Donald’s name should inspire all of us to remember and cherish those who served our country in the Vietnam War,” Benninghoff said. “These signs are a small but important gesture to his family and the families of all veterans to show that we are grateful for their sacrifice.”

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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