Bridge dedicated to soldier killed in Vietnam
HAMPTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - A bridge over Laurel Fork Creek has been dedicated in honor of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Command Sgt. Maj. James C. Gilbert was killed while serving in Vietnam back in 1969. He was recognized for evacuating wounded soldiers from the battlefield by helicopter.
At a ceremony Saturday, the bridge in Hampton was dedicated to Gilbert.
Back in February, the Carter County Commission approved dedicating the bridge. Mayor Rusty Barnett said it was finally time to show their appreciation for Gilbert's sacrifice.
"People don't realize what freedom we have because they laid their lives on the line for us," Barnett said.
The bridge is located on U.S. Highway 19E.Cont inue Reading
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