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Helm Hosts Ceremony Naming Dauphin County Bridge in Honor of Local War Hero
4/7/2016
MILLERSBURG – With members of his family present, Rep. Sue Helm (Dauphin/Lebanon) today hosted a ceremony designating a Dauphin County bridge in memory of a local soldier who was killed in action during World War II.

Helm was the prime sponsor of Act 71 of 2015, formerly House Bill 735, which names the bridge that carries State Route 147 over the Wiconisco Creek in Millersburg as the “Private Warren Snyder Memorial Bridge.”

“Almost two years ago, Pvt. Snyder’s son-in-law walked into my district office with a request,” said Helm. “Would it be possible to name the bridge after his late father-in-law, whom he never met. After hearing Pvt. Snyder’s story, I told him absolutely yes, the bridge should be named in his memory. It was then my privilege to sponsor the legislation that made the designation, so we will forever be reminded of Pvt. Snyder’s ultimate sacrifice.”

The bridge dedication ceremony was held at American Legion Post No. 326 in Millersburg. Snyder’s daughters, Lois Miller and Janet Longenecker, unveiled the signs that are now posted at each end of the bridge, which is not far from the family home.

Pvt. Warren Snyder was reported killed in action during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest on December 19, 1944, at the age of 38. He had been reported missing 12 days earlier.

The Battle of Hurtgen Forest was actually a series of skirmishes near the German-Belgian border between September 19, 1944, and February 10, 1945, making it the longest battle on German soil during World War II and the longest ever fought in the history of the United State military. There were at least 33,000 American casualties.

“It was in this struggle that Pvt. Warren Snyder bravely served our nation and gave his last full measure of devotion,” said Maj. Gen. John Gronski of the 28th Infantry Division, guest speaker for the dedication ceremony. “He was like a long line of other Americans who have defended our nation for over 200 years. He did not serve for the glory. He certainly did not serve because of the pay. He served simply because his country asked him to. It is right that we honor his service and sacrifice.”

Snyder was a truck driver before he entered the U.S. Army in May, 1944. He received his basic infantry training at Camp Fannin, Texas, and was then transferred to Fort Meade, Md., following a furlough with his family in Millersburg.

Snyder was assigned to Company G of the 121st Infantry and was sent overseas in early November 1944. The last Snyder was heard from was November 30 in a letter to his wife, Margaret. He was reported missing in battle a week later.

During the ceremony Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries presented Miller and Longenecker with a proclamation designating April 7, 2016, as “Pvt. Warren Snyder Memorial Bridge Day” in Dauphin County.

Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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