Bedminster Bridge Renamed, Dedicated in Honor of Veteran Killed in Vietnam War

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Image via WFMZ 69 News.
The bridge was renamed after a local resident who died in the Vietnam War.

A bridge in Bedminster, which crosses the Tohickon Creek, was dedicated in honor of William James Erkes Jr., a United States Army 2nd lieutenant who was killed in Vietnam in 1970. Staff writers at WFMZ 69 News wrote about the dedication.

Erkes was a graduate of Palisades High School. During his junior and senior years, he served as class president. A dedicated Eagle Scout, he earned an Army ROTC scholarship to Rutgers University. He graduated from Officers Candidate School and later finished Airborne and Special Forces training.

He served with Company D, 321st Infantry Brigade, Americal Division as a platoon leader.

The fallen veteran was engaged, but he was killed several days before the local paper published his wedding announcement. Erkes is buried in Point Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

The dedication of County Bridge No. 183 in Erkes’ name was held on May 4. It was supported by the Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Read more about the dedication at WFMZ 69 News.


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