SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) – The Illinois House of Representatives has passed a resolution that would rename a portion of Interstate I-155 in honor of a Central Illinois war hero.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 John W. Frederick, Jr. was born in Manito and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Tremont. He’s one of the most decorated warrant officers in U.S. Marine Corps history for his service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Frederick died in captivity on July 19, 1972 after spending more than 2,400 days as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam.
“He helped set the standard for conduct to unify the men in captivity and boost morale,” said the resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield).
A section of I-155, I-74 to Route 9 near Morton and Tremont, would be known as CWO4 John W. Frederick Jr. Memorial Highway.
“Although it is much too late after his death, I look forward to a portion of I-155 being named in his memory. A small honor we can pay to Mr. Frederick for his service to our nation,” said Butler.
The resolution, HJR 37, still needs Senate approval.
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