Senate Acts to Name Bridge in Honor of Fallen General

Harrisburg – Legislation designating the Church Street Bridge, located on SR 0006 and SR 191 in Honesdale, Wayne County, as the Brigadier General Richard J. Tallman Memorial Bridge passed the state Senate yesterday, according to Senator Lisa Baker (R-20).

Born in Honesdale in 1925, General Tallman served in World War II and received a battlefield commission following the Battle of the Bulge. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1949, and was killed in action on July 9, 1972, during the Battle of An Lôc in South Vietnam. He was the last general killed during the Vietnam War.

“The extensive military record of General Tallman, his dedication and leadership qualities, and the values he instilled in his family, are things to be long remembered,” Baker said. “This bridge will serve as a special monument to his memory, of an extraordinary career and a life given on the frontlines. Our community will honor one of our finest warriors with this designation.”

Senator Baker was joined by more than 50 elected officials, business and community leaders, and area veterans when she unveiled her legislation last December. Honesdale resident Joe McGraw suggested the bridge be re-named for General Tallman after reading about his impressive career and speaking with members of the Tallman family.

The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Representatives Sandy Major and Mike Peifer have both pledged their support.

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