Bill Honoring Vietnam War Hero Signed by the Governor

Governor Wolf today (July 8) signed into law a bill introduced by Senator Don White honoring a Vietnam War hero.

Senate Bill 438, which was signed into law as Act 19 of 2015, designates a bridge on State Route 982 over the Loyalhanna Creek, Westmoreland County, as the Lance Corporal Joseph E. Roble Memorial Bridge.

Lance Corporal Roble was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for his actions as a member of 3rd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade in the vicinity of Quang Tri Province on September 15, 1968.

During furious combat with the enemy, Lance Corporal Roble courageously rushed forward from a position of relative safety to assist two fallen Marines until additional Marines were able to join the action, forcing the enemy to withdraw.

His Bronze Star citation praised Lance Corporal Roble for his actions to “engage the enemy, repeatedly exposing himself to small arms fire and grenades, while maneuvering to gain fire superiority.”

Lance Corporal Roble was killed in action the following day.

“Lance Corporal Roble is truly a local hero who risked all to save his fellow Marines and ultimately made the supreme sacrifice for his nation. It is only fitting and proper that we provide a lasting memorial to his service,” said Senator White.


Contact:          Joe Pittman     (724) 357-0151