Local military hero to be honored in Columbiana County

The road will be named the “Corporal William F. Bratt Memorial Highway.”

Tim Ginter, Aug. 24, 2015
Columbiana County State Rep. Tim Ginter.

COLUMBIANA CO., Ohio (WKBN) — A portion of state Route 7, stretching from eastern Wellsville to western East Liverpool, will be named after a local military hero, State Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) announced Wednesday.

Ginter sponsored House Bill 364, a road-naming bill which names the portion of the Columbiana County highway after Corporal William F. Bratt.

Corporal Bratt served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was one of the soldiers to be captured as a prisoner of war after the surrender of the Bataan Peninsula. He went on to survive the 65-mile trip known as the Bataan Death March and was one of five soldiers from the 1,765 troops in his original unit to make it back to the U.S. after the war, according to a news release from Ohio House of Representative.

The road will be named the “Corporal William F. Bratt Memorial Highway.”

Ginter said Bratt is deserving of the honor.

“I am thrilled to see House Bill 364 incorporated into Substitute Senate Bill 182, which ensures a more timely enactment of the movement to name a portion of highway in Columbiana County ‘Corporal William F. Bratt Memorial Highway.’ The corporal’s life and service to our country should be a lesson to all, and he is highly deserving of this honor,” he said.

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