The Senate approved bills introduced by Senator Don White designating two Indiana County bridges as memorials to service members who lost their lives through combat service.
Senate Bill 988 designates a bridge on State Route 403 over Two Lick Creek in the Borough of Clymer as the “Sergeant James Robert Pantall Memorial Bridge.” Senator White introduced the measure at the request of the Clymer American Legion.
Senate Bill 989 designates a bridge on State Route 580 over the Susquehanna River in Cherry Tree Borough as the “Airman Second Class Gerald Emmett Johnson Memorial Bridge.” Senator White introduced this bill at the request of Johnson’s family members.
“I am pleased that my colleagues approved these bills to designate these bridges as memorials to two men who served our nation and gave their lives in the call of duty,” Senator White said. “These bridges will serve as lasting reminders of their service and sacrifice.”
Sergeant James Robert Pantall grew up in the Borough of Clymer and attended Penns Manor High School. He served in Vietnam as a member of the 329th Transportation Company, 5th Transportation Command. On Nov. 3, 1970, Sergeant Pantall was a passenger on Landing Craft Utility #63 when it capsized five nautical miles south of the port at Tan My, Vietnam. His remains were not recovered.
Airman Second Class Gerald Emmett Johnson of Arcadia was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing during the Korean War. On Oct. 23, 1951, the aircraft was shot down by enemy MIGs over Namsi Airfield and Airman Second Class Johnson was taken as a prisoner of war. He was declared dead on Jan. 28, 1954.
Senate Bills 988 and 989 now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.