Pennsylvania Senate names Pittsburgh's 31st Street Bridge for veteran killed in Vietnam

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The Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously Monday to name Pittsburgh's 31st Street Bridge in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. William Raymond Prom, a Reserve Township veteran who died protecting soldiers in Vietnam in 1969.

A 20-year-old machine gun squad leader, Prom received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. William Raymond Prom's picture and military medals are on display at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland. On Monday the state Senate voted unanimously to name the 31st Street Bridge in honor of Prom, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969 while protecting his comrades.

The Senate bill awaits the signature of Gov. Tom Corbett.

PennDOT will be charged with updating any signage to designate the bridge, said Nicole Vargas, a spokeswoman for state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, who co-sponsored the bill with state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Summer Hill.

The 31st Street Bridge links the Strip District with Troy Hill, which abuts Mount Troy, the Reserve Township neighborhood where Prom grew up.

A date for a ceremony has not yet been scheduled.

This story reflects a correction about the museum display that replaces an earlier version.

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Marylynne Pitz: or 412-263-1648. First Published May 14, 2013 5:00 AM


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