HARRISBURG PA – Signs have now been erected to proclaim that a portion of PA Route 663 – which runs from the Bucks County line, through the borough of Pennsburg, and to the end of Upper Hanover Township – has been designated as the “Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway” by the Pennsylvania Legislature, in an act introduced by state Sen. Bob Mensch.
During March 28, 1968, in the Quang Tri Province of South Vietnam, Haas was performing assigned duties as an infantryman on the battlefield. During these operations, he and his unit came under fire. Haas fought bravely and was mortally wounded during the firefight.
The Legislature also passed a Mensch bill that designated a portion of Route 100 in Berks County as the “First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien Memorial Highway.” Designation of the heavily traveled roads will ensure that Haas and Gendebien are remembered for their service and sacrifice, Mensch said.
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