RANDOLPH – A Randolph highway bridge could soon be named in memory of a fallen American hero killed in the Vietnam War.
New York State Senator George Borrello is working with Assemblyman Joe Giglio to rename the Interstate-86 bridge crossing West Main Street in Randolph after Corporal William James Hillard.
Legislation marking the designation passed both houses of the Legislature and now awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature.
Corporal Hillard, who was born in Kennedy and grew up in Radnolph, was killed in action in Quang Ngai, Vietnam, on March 15, 1969, just 15 days after his 21st birthday.
Senator Borrello hopes the dedication will stand as a testament to Corporal Hillard’s commitment to the nation.
“It is also a reminder to all who cross it that freedom isn’t free, it is made possible by the service and sacrifice of people like Corporal Hillard,” said Borrello. “We can never fully repay that debt, but we can remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our nation.
During his military service, Corporal Hillard received a Purple Heart, two Bronze Star medals, one Oak Leaf Cluster, a good Conduct medal, a National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Borrello is also pushing similar legislation to rename the I-86 bridge over School House Road in honor of another American hero from the area as well.