Bill Designating Route 93 as Stuart Tank Memorial Highway Passes House, Says Millard
|Millard joined World War II re-enactors in front of a Stuart Light Tank during World War II weekend in July 2016.
HARRISBURG – House Bill 93
, introduced by Rep. David Millard (R-Berwick), which would designate a portion of Route 93 in Columbia County as the Stuart Tank Memorial Highway, unanimously passed the House on Tuesday.
Millard introduced the legislation to recognize the hard work of employees at the American Car and Foundry in Berwick which produced 15,224 Stuart Light Tanks used in World War II. The United States Ordnance Department required road testing of each Stuart Light Tank prior to government acceptance. A portion of Route 93 between Berwick and Orangeville was the route selected for this road testing. From 1940 through 1944, Stuart Light Tanks were produced at a rate of up to 40 tanks per day.
“This designation honors the hard work and dedication of those working at the American Car and Foundry to ensure victory in World War II,” said Millard. “We have a rich history in Columbia County, and I am pleased to ensure the impact of the Stuart Light Tank is remembered for years to come.”
Stuart Light Tanks have been recognized by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with a historical marker at the current entrance to what had been the American Car and Foundry, Berwick plant complex.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Representative David Millard
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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