Last Modified: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:35 PM
BATON ROUGE — Naming highways or segments of them after veterans who have served this country honorably and often by making the ultimate sacrifice is not unusual at legislative sessions.
However, two bills approved in committee here Tuesday were somewhat different.
The bills approved by the transportation committee move to the full House.
Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek, got approval in House Bill 39 to name a portion of Louisiana Highway 377 that goes through Dido in Vernon Parish as the “Corporal Leonard Carroll Bond Memorial Highway.”
Rep. Frank Howard, R-Many, is sponsor of H.B. 29 that designates a portion of U.S. Highway 171 in Anacoco (also in Vernon Parish) as the “Sergeant James Edward Martin Highway.”
Bond was the son of John and Ada Hinson Bond of Dido. He has a younger brother, G. Clayton Bond, who lives in Kingsland, Texas. The late W. Ellis Bond, another brother, was a 14th Judicial District Judge in Lake Charles.
Leonard Carroll Bond trained in Georgia during World War II and served in Europe with the 423rd Field Artillery Battalion, Patton’s 3rd Army, and survived the Battle of the Bulge. However, he was killed in Trier, Germany, on Feb. 26, 1945, while the unit was advancing rapidly into Germany.
Bond is buried at the American Cemetery near Luxemburg, along with his comrades and Gen. Patton. Clayton Bond said, “I have kept his memory alive since his death. In 1964, my family and I visited his grave and went to the area where he fell. That gave more reality to his death.”
Rep. Howard said James Edward Martin was declared missing on action during the Korean Conflict. However, his remains were found last November, 65 years later.
Anacoco authorities have approved the plans to name the highway, Howard said.