STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2013) — State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) honored Tippecanoe County Medal of Honor recipients today, calling for part of an Indiana highway to be dedicated to U.S. Army Lt. William P. Thompson, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David M. Shoup and U.S. Army Master Sgt. Thomas E. McCall.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 urges the Indiana Department of Transportation to rename three one-mile sections of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor in Tippecanoe County after the veterans. Hershman’s resolution calls for renaming the one-mile sections nearest to Greenbush Cemetery, Battle Ground and Spring Vale Cemetery, for Lt. Thompson, Gen. Shoup and Master Sgt. McCall, respectively.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs voted 7-0 to approve SCR 15. Three members of the Tippecanoe County Veterans’ Council came to the Statehouse to testify in support of it, including former U.S. Navy Officer Tim Hilton, former U.S. Marines Private Dennis Walker and former U.S. Army Specialist Jim O’Brien.
“This is just a small measure of our gratitude for the service these men provided to our county, our state and our country,” Hershman said. “Their extraordinary valor and bravery do credit to Tippecanoe County.”
The Medal of Honor, established in 1861 by an act of Congress, is the nation’s highest military honor. Thompson, Shoup and McCall are three of more than 3,400 service members who have been awarded the Medal of Honor since its creation.
“As we complete an investment in the future of our state with construction of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor, it is important that we acknowledge our past and the sacrifices which, in part, made this possible,” Hershman said. “Renaming parts of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor after these Medal of Honor veterans will serve as a daily reminder of this history for local drivers.”
Hershman has worked on the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor economic development project since 1992. All construction is expected to be finished by late 2013.