Bridge dedication ceremony held to honor Clarksville native and Vietnam veteran
CLARKSVILLE, GREENE COUNTY, May 24 – A special memorial bridge dedication ceremony was held today to honor Army Pfc. Brent A. McClellan, a native of Clarksville who served with dignity and honor during the Vietnam War, at the site of the newly constructed Clarksville bridge.
State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was on-hand for the ceremony, which was held at State Route 1011 (Castile Run Road) between Jefferson Township and Clarksville Borough and provided opening remarks prior to the bridge dedication ceremony.
“It is an honor to dedicate this bridge in memory of Private First Class Brent McClellan, who served his country with dignity,” Snyder said. “This dedication ceremony is timely, as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day. McClellan is a true hero in every sense of the word, giving his life and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As we travel this bridge, let it serve as a reminder of his bravery, dedication and service to all that we hold dear.”
McClellan, a 1963 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School in Jefferson, Greene County, served as an infantryman to the 1st Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division. On Feb. 28, 1966, McClellan was killed in an ambush by hostile forces in Bihn Dihn Province in South Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Prior to his service in Vietnam, McClellan served in the honor guard at Fort Myers in Virginia, where he was chosen to stand by the grave of President John F. Kennedy.
In addition to members of McClellan’s family, Snyder was also joined at the bridge dedication ceremony by state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington, Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader, the Fredericktown American Legion, and Pastor Carl Liepold, who provided the invocation.