Dec. 17, 2019

HARRISBURG – Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflin/Juniata/Franklin) honored the legacy of Army Sgt. Melvin G. Ehrhart and welcomed the fallen soldier’s family to the House chamber Tuesday.

“Sgt. Ehrhart’s feats in battle defied reality. … Although seriously wounded by an enemy grenade, Sgt. Ehrhart continued to lead his men until he was mortally wounded by enemy fire,” Hershey said in public remarks.

Hershey introduced House Bill 1946 to name a bridge over Back Creek on the border of Hamilton and St. Thomas townships in Franklin County. The bridge on State Route 3012 would be known as the Sgt. Melvin G. Ehrhart Memorial Bridge.

The bill passed the House on Tuesday and goes to the Senate for its consideration.

Ehrhart, who lived in Chambersburg, served in the Army from Oct. 10, 1968, until his death on April 28, 1969, when he was with Company D, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry in Vietnam. He was involved in more than 25 aerial missions in support of counter-insurgency operations.

A video of Rep. Hershey’s remarks can be found here.

Representative John Hershey
82nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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A photo of Rep. Hershey, Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and the Ehrhart family