Legislation seeks to designate Huntingdon County bridge as Captain Joseph S. Giabobello Memorial Bridge
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by Rep. Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon/Centre/Mifflin) that would designate a portion of Route 747 over the Juniata River in Mount Union Borough, in Huntingdon County, as the Captain Joseph S. Giacobello Memorial Bridge was approved by the House of Representatives this week.
Giacobello, a lifelong resident of Mount Union, was drafted into the United States Army on June 17, 1942. He did his basic training at Camp Pickett, Va., followed by Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He went overseas with the 35th Infantry Division, Co. F, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry Reg., arriving in Normandy July 5, 1944.
He heroically led his company in an attack on the French village of Hellimer, where he and two others stopped a machine gun and knocked out a Panther tank.
For his service, Giacobello was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantry Badge, while fighting in the European Theater.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to honor Cpt. Giacobello in this way,” said Irvin. “Everyone who crosses the bridge will be reminded of the service and sacrifice of Cpt. Giacobello and of all those who have served our country.”
House Bill 1298
now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
Representative Rich Irvin
81st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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