Portion of highway will be dedicated in hero's honor
To the editor:
On May 12, 1967, in the vicinity of Quang Tin, Republic of Vietnam, Corporal Ernest G. Madden was killed as a result of a gunshot wound sustained from enemy fire. Corporal Madden, a Wellsville, Ohio native, was serving as a fire team leader with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division.
As his company was crossing a rice field that evening, they were outnumbered by the enemy. With complete disregard for his own safety, Corporal Madden advanced approximately 200 meters across hazardous ground to set up position to deliver fire against the enemy. In addition to gunfire, Corporal Madden was subject to grenade and mortar fire as well. In spite of the clear and present risk, he continued to move about the area, encouraging and directing his men until he was fatally wounded. As a result of his bravery, he was awarded, posthumously, the Silver Star by the President of the United States.
While his life was cut just short of his 21th birthday, Corporal Madden demonstrated a lifetime of bravery and sacrifice in those few moments alone. At the request of his family, I sponsored legislation to honor his memory by dedicating a portion of state Route 45 in Wellsville as the "Corporal Ernest G. Madden Memorial Highway." The act was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Kasich.
I am pleased to invite you to attend a ceremony unveiling the signs, dedicating and memorializing the highway in Corporal Madden's honor. The ceremony, open to the public, will be held near the Route 7 underpass along state Route 45 in Wellsville on Friday, June 6, at 2 p.m. That day would have been Corporal Madden's 68th birthday. A color guard will be present, and the family will be on hand to receive guests.
I hope that you will be able to join us on this important occasion. Please contact my office if you have any questions.
Fifth Ohio House District
County spelling champ expresses appreciation
To the editor:
I want to thank the Salem News, the Morning Journal, and Publisher Tammy McIntosh of the East Liverpool Review for giving me the opportunity to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland for two years.
In addition, much appreciation also goes to Mrs. Votaw, Mr. Mehno, Mrs. Duko, Mr. Rodik, and Mr. Radinsky of the Leetonia School District.
Lastly, I would like to thank my friends and all of my supporters who guided me in my spelling journey throughout my time here. Thank you all.
SASHA MOSHE DAVIS,