HARRISBURG – Legislation to designate State Routes 3035 and 3033 as the Captain David Eric Pannabecker POW-MIA Memorial Highway was unanimously approved on Wednesday by the House of Representatives.
The legislation, Senate Bill 1395, was introduced by Berks County’s four State Senators in memory of Capt. Pannabecker after a suggestion by local residents. The six-mile stretch of roadway runs through Robesonia Borough and Heidelberg, North Heidelberg and Penn Townships in Berks County.
Captain Pannabecker went missing while on a day rescue mission after his aircraft, the “Super Jolly Green Giant,” a heavy lift helicopter, went down in Cambodia while on a day rescue mission on March 27, 1972.
Senators Folmer, Argall, Schwank and Rafferty noted the importance of the passage of this bill honoring a local POW-MIA leading into the Memorial Day weekend.
Senator Folmer (R-48) applauded the House’s action to honor the local POW-MIA. “This legislation is a small token of appreciation for Capt. Pannabecker’s service, and a daily reminder for all who travel the highway to never forget those servicemen who did not come home,” said Folmer.
“With Memorial Day around the corner, Captain Pannabecker’s service, like all veterans, should not be forgotten. We, as Americans, are forever grateful for the sacrifices made by those who serve in uniform and make our nation great,” said Senator Argall (R-29).
“Captain Pannabecker’s service to his fellow citizens should never be forgotten,” said Senator Rafferty (R-44). “This highway designation will stand as a permanent tribute to a brave son of Berks County.”
“The naming of this stretch of roadway will forever ensure Captain Pannabecker’s sacrifice will never be forgotten,” added Senator Schwank (D-11).
Senate Bill 1395 now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
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