Interchange dedication ceremony held for WWII veteran in Redstone Township, Fayette County
CARMICHAELS, July 8 – A special interchange ceremony was held today in honor of Fayette County native and World War II veteran Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda today in Fayette County.
State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the interchange ceremony was held at State Route 43 Northbound at the Brownsville/Brier Hill off ramp in honor of the Isabella native, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. He died in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 1944 in the Battle of Gloucester in the Pacific Theater.
“I was humbled and honored to introduce a measure in the House a year ago to honor Pfc. Duda,” said Snyder. “This brave man truly deserves this honor to be recognized for his service and ultimate sacrifice to his community and country.”
House Bill 1510, which included the honorary designation for Duda, passed unanimously in the House and Senate and was approved by the governor on July 1, 2020.
Duda’s family members joined Snyder and several local and state officials at today’s ceremony.