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Legislation Honors 2 Hillsboro Veterans

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:56:54 CDT

Legislation to commend and honor two Hillsboro veterans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War was recently unanimously adopted by both the Illinois House and Senate.

Senate Joint Resolutions 33 and 34, sponsored by State Representative Avery Bourne and State Senator Andy Manar, recognize U.S. Army Specialist Charles Irby and Marine Corps Lance Corporal Larry Claybrook. Each gave their life defending the United States during the Vietnam War, and these resolutions seek to pay tribute by naming roads in their hometown of Hillsboro in their honor.

At Age 19, Irby gave his life after taking enemy small arms fire while serving in Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Division. United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Larry Claybrook gave his life at age 22 during a landmine explosion while on patrol duty while serving in the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines.

"Army SP4 Charles Irby Memorial Highway" will cover Route 16 along School Street from South Main to the corner of 22nd Street. "Marine Lance Corporal Larry D. Claybrook Memorial Highway" will stretch along Route 127 between School Street and to its Junction with Illinois Route 185.


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