COLUMBUS—State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) yesterday gave sponsor testimony on House Bill 338, legislation that would designate a portion of I-71 in Mansfield as the Lt. Col. Albert L. Allen, Jr. Memorial Highway. 


“Lt. Col. Albert Allen, Jr. is a true American hero,” said Rep. Romanchuk. “It is a privilege to carry this legislation to memorialize his good name and selfless service to our country.”


Allen, a Mansfield native, was a recipient of numerous military awards including three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, three Presidential Citations, a Silver Star, and several campaign medals. He was assigned to Company C, 192nd Tank Battalion at Fort Knox, and was deployed to the Philippine Islands in November 1941. Allen was captured as a POW during the surrender of the Bataan Peninsula and was forced to march 65 miles to a prison camp, in what later became known as the Bataan Death March. He was freed 3 1/2 years later and was honorably discharged from the military.


House Bill 338 was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where it received its first hearing yesterday.

 
 
 
  
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