Stephens Legislation to Honor Fallen Vietnam War Hero Heads to Governor
10/20/2014
HARRISBURG-- The House has passed House Bill 1135, which includes legislation authored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) designating a portion of Pennsylvania Route 611 between Maple Avenue and Meetinghouse Road, in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, as the Lieutenant Joseph C. Park II Memorial Highway.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.
 
“We must never forget the sacrifices made by those that gave their lives in the jungles of Southeast Asia,” Stephens said.  “Joseph represents well the generation of smart, able men and women who put their country before themselves when doing so jeopardized their own lives.”  
 
Joseph C. Park was born and raised in Horsham Township, Pennsylvania, where he attended Hatboro-Horsham Junior High School, and then Valley Forge Military Academy.

In April 1966, Joseph was drafted into the United States Army. He completed nearly two years of training including infantry school, armored school and ranger school before being deployed to Vietnam. Joseph completed almost every phase of combat training the Army offered. During this time, Joseph was promoted to second lieutenant.
 
Park was ultimately assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, where he was also promoted to first lieutenant.
 
Park was serving as a platoon leader on a search-and-destroy operation in the vicinity of An Phu when they encountered the Viet Cong force. Park immediately moved to an open area where he could place effective fire upon the enemy.  Only 16 days after leaving the United States for Vietnam, Park was killed in action on March 28, 1968.
 
His heroic actions allowed the remainder of the platoon to take cover, preventing the platoon from sustaining further casualties.
 
Park was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Medal and Republic of Vietnam Service Medal for his military service.

The portion of 611 being re-naming is adjacent to the Horsham Friends Cemetery where Park is buried.

“My hope is this designation will stand as a reminder to future generations of the sacrifices made by men and women like Lieutenant Joseph Park,” Stephens said.  “It will also stand as a sign of our appreciation for his love of county and sense of duty.”

Rep. Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster
dfoster@pahousegop.com
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