HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) to honor a local soldier by naming a Somerset County bridge the Cpl. Anthony G. Orlandi Memorial Bridge was unanimously supported by the Senate Transportation Committee today.
The bridge is on a portion of U.S. Route 219 over State Route 601 in Conemaugh Township.
Cpl. Orlandi served in the Korean War and was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In September 1951, he was awarded for gallantry in action near Kachilbong, North Korea. The next day, he was seriously wounded by the enemy in Korea but returned to duty that October.
On Jan. 12, 1952, while conducting a combined infantry and tank patrol, Cpl. Orlandi’s L Company was engaged by an unknown number of enemy troops, resulting in a firefight ensuing for approximately four hours. He sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was reported killed in action.
“The men and women who defend our country have given us the incredible gifts of freedom and equality. Those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our American ideals deserve our deepest gratitude and respect,” Stefano said. “While Cpl. Orlandi’s remains were never recovered, this bridge dedication would serve to ensure he and his bravery is never forgotten.”
Senate Bill 532 now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
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