COLUMBUS – State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) has introduced legislation honoring Darke County veterans of the Vietnam War. If passed, State Route 571 from the southeastern border of Union City to Greenville will be referred to as the “196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L. Fowble Jr. and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway.”
“Honoring Robert Fawble, Jack Beam, and the men of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade is important. Their stories are a major part of Darke County history,” Representative Buchy said. “The members of this unit were all drafted or volunteered and were shipped to Vietnam to defend freedom in the heart of the Vietnam War during the mid-1960’s”.
Historically, Vietnam veterans returned home to a nation that was divided about the importance of the efforts in Vietnam. Representative Buchy believes this recognition is an important part of America’s history and renewed support for veterans.
“I am honored to be working alongside the 196th Light Infantry Brigade veterans and their families. It is important to me and the community that these men are remembered for their bravery and sacrifices,” said Representative Buchy.
The measure will first be reviewed in committee and then if approved by the House and the Senate, the bill will be sent to Governor John Kasich to be signed. The families and veterans have been vocal through the drafting process and their continued efforts will be important throughout the legislative process.