Beech Creek highway to honor decorated Vietnam veteran

From staff reports

BEECH CREEK – A ceremony to dedicate the Cpl. Milford H. Wensel Memorial Highway will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at the Pavilion, located at 109 Birch Way, Beech Creek. Flags will be placed along the highway leading to the location.

Born in 1948, Wensel was a graduate of Lock Haven High School who was deployed to Vietnam in 1969, where he served with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary, 25th Infantry Division as a half-track operator.

Two months later, on June 5, 1969, Wensel was killed while serving his country. Wensel, who was only 20 years old, was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

The Cpl. Milford H. Wensel Memorial Highway is located on portions of state Route 2024 and state Route 1016 in Beech Creek borough, to the intersection of state Route 1016 and Kato Orviston Road in Curtin Township.

State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, will host the event.