Pennsburg Highway To Honor Fallen U.S. Marine

Pennsburg Highway To Honor Fallen U.S. MarinePENNSBURG PA – A portion of PA Route 29, stretching northwest from its intersection with Route 663 in Pennsburg to Tollgate Road, will be dedicated Thursday (Feb. 14, 2019) at 11 a.m. to the memory of a U.S. Armed Forces veteran who died in 1967 from injuries sustained during the Vietnam War.

The memorial highway segment is named for U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Leonard Joseph Taglieber, a former East Greenville resident. His sister, Martha Freed, will be on hand for the unveiling, along with John Johnson, a local resident who encouraged the effort to honor the fallen soldier.

Obtaining the dedication was the work of 24th District state Sen. Bob Mensch, who shepherded the legislation that made the memorial possible. Mensch will preside at Thursday’s unveiling ceremony.

According to legislative Act 61 of 2018, Taglieber was unloading ammunition at a site in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, when an explosion and subsequent fire occurred at the facility. He was severely injured as a result, and two weeks later succumbed to his injuries at a military hospital in Japan.

While in Vietnam, Lance Corporal Taglieber served with Supply Company, 3d Service Battalion, FLSG-Alpha, Force Logistical Command, III MAF. Born April 11, 1946, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1965.

As part of the memorial, the state Department of Transportation has erected and will maintain signs displaying the name of the highway to traffic in both directions.

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