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Highway dedicated to honor soldier killed in action

SPRINGFIELD – A section of Illinois Highway 16 has been designated as the “Pfc. Gary Wayne Price Memorial Highway,” as a result of legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview).

“Pfc. Price gave his life in the cause of defending our nation abroad,” said Sen. McCann. “I hope this memorial will keep his memory and sacrifice alive to inspire future generations.”

Senate Joint Resolution 32 names Illinois Route 16, from Stagecoach Road to Gillespie, as the “Pfc. Gary Wayne Price Memorial Highway.” Air Force Pfc. Price was killed in action May 6, 1967, in Vietnam. The graduate of Gillespie was just 19-years-old when he was killed by small arms fire near Pleku. Pfc. Price served as an infantryman with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

“Pfc. Price made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our way of life,” said Sen. McCann. “It is important that we remember the courage and sacrifice that so many of our bravest men and women have made for us.”

The legislation was co-sponsored by Senators McCann and Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) in the Illinois Senate, and Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) in the Illinois House.

Pfc. Price’s brothers and sisters hold replicas of the memorial highway signs and pose for photos with Senators Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Sam McCann (R-Plainview). 

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