Bridge Named For Fallen Soldier

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A bridge in Cabell County has been renamed in honor of a soldier who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

Sunday, family members of Pfc. Rodney Kent Ranson gathered at the 4-H Camp Bridge off Alternate Route 10 near Barboursville to rename the bridge in his honor

Ranson was killed in November 1969, near the Cambodian border, one day after his 21st birthday.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal posthumously.

Ranson's niece says the family is pleased to see his memory honored.

“We can never forget the sacrifice our veterans have made not only in the Vietnam War but, in all wars for our country and this is one way we are honoring... It's special to us because this is a family member but this is a way for everyone to pay honor and tribute to our veterans and those who have given their lives for our country,” said Cheryl Gergley

Ranson was a graduate of Barboursville High and Marshall University.

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