[r63] Rep. Messmer urges INDOT to rename bridge after Medal of Honor recipients

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, February 23, 2012

STATEHOUSE – A resolution urging the Indiana Department of Transportation to rename North Bridge Structure I-69-63-9501 (northbound) after Private Richard Taylor and South Bridge Structure I-69-63-9502 (southbound) after Lieutenant Colonel Don C. Faith, Jr. for their bravery was passed today in the House Roads and Transportation Committee. The resolution was authored by State Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper).

“Bravery in the service of our country merits special recognition and it’s fitting that the recipients of the nation’s highest military decoration be honored and remembered for the role they played in making the world safe for future generations,” said Rep. Messmer.

Private Richard Taylor was a member of the 18th Indiana Infantry of the Union Army during the Civil War. Pvt. Taylor captured a Confederate battle flag during the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va. Pvt. Taylor was awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress on Nov. 21, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel Don C. Faith, Jr. served as the commander of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War. Lt. Col. Faith was killed while rallying his men in a counterattack of enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Lt. Col. Faith was awarded the Medal of Honor on Aug. 2, 1951.

The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon members of the United State armed forces who distinguish themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action an enemy of the United States.”

Although the Medal of Honor was created for the Civil War, Congress made it a permanent decoration in 1863. The President of the United States, in the name of Congress, has awarded more than 3,400 Medals of Honor to our bravest soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members since the medal’s creating in 1861.

“I’m pleased that I, along with my colleagues in the General Assembly, am able to honor and recognize the bravery of these two soldiers and their sacrifices by naming a bridge in their honor,” said Rep. Messmer.