Randolph Highway Bridge Named In Honor Of Fallen Vietnam War Hero

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RANDOLPH – A local highway bridge will be dedicated on Friday in memory of a U.S. Army soldier who killed in action while fighting in Vietnam.

New York State Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Giglio will host a ceremony dedicating the Interstate-86 Bridge crossing West Main Street in Randolph, as the “CPL William James Hillard II Memorial Bridge.”

They will be joined by representatives of the NYS Department of Transportation, the Town of Randolph, and the Randolph American Legion, as well as family and friends of the late Corporal at 2 p.m. Friday.

Corporal Hillard graduated from Randolph High School in 1966. He joined the Peace Corps in 1967, helping farmers in India, and then joined the U.S. Army in 1968 to serve in Vietnam.

He was killed in action in Quang Ngai, Vietnam, on March 15, 1969, just 15 days after his 21st birthday.

Legislation designating the Randolph bridge in honor of Corporal Hillard passed unanimously by both houses of the Legislature, and signed into law back in July.


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