Hanna: Bill dedicating highway to fallen soldier signed into law

Roadway will be named in honor of Cpl. Milford H. Wensel

HARRISBURG, June 29 – A bill that designates the Cpl. Milford H. Wensel Memorial Highway on portions of State Route 2024 and State Route 1016 in Beech Creek Borough, to the intersection of State Route 1016 and Kato Orviston Road in Curtin Township, was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf this week, said state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton-Centre.


Hanna’s legislation, H.B. 2264, unanimously passed the House in May. The governor signed the bill Thursday.


In 1969, Wensel was deployed to Vietnam and served with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary, 25th Infantry Division, as a half-track operator. After only two short months, Wensel was killed on June 5, 1969 at the age of 20.


“I can’t think of a better way to honor the sacrifices of Corporal Wensel than by naming the highway in remembrance of him,” said Hanna. “It is only fitting to honor our American hero in his hometown area of Clinton and Centre counties.”


Wensel was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his bravery.


He graduated from Lock Haven High School in Clinton County in 1966. He was born on Dec. 2, 1948.


A dedication ceremony will be scheduled as soon as possible once the state’s Department of Transportation designs the appropriate signage, Hanna said.