Legislation would honor local military heroes in Darke County


COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) announced the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 182 by the Ohio House of Representatives, an omnibus bill that designates multiple memorial highways across the state.

The legislation includes House Bill 348, a road-naming bill sponsored by Rep. Buchy, which names a portion of highway in Darke County after Specialist Robert L. Fowble Jr. and Private First Class Jack E. Beam. SP4 Fowble and PFC Beam were members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War. They were both killed in action in 1966.

Under the bill, the portion of State Route 571, beginning at the southeastern boundary of Union City and ending at the western boundary of Greenville is designated as the “196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L. Fowble Jr. and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway.”

“Honoring these brave soldiers for their sacrifices is appropriate given the heroic efforts of the men who served in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade,” Rep. Buchy said. “Over the course of many years, countless men and women from western Ohio have selflessly sacrificed much in order to ensure freedom for our country. Continuing efforts to recognize their sacrifices is important.”

Substitute Senate Bill 182 will now return to the Ohio Senate for concurrence on the changes made by the House.


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