Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II, D-Pikeville, filed a joint resolution today designating a bridge on Kentucky Route 3414 in Pike County in honor and memory of Private Clyde Bentley.
“Private Clyde Bentley paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and left us with a debt we can never repay,” said Jones, the son of a U.S. Marine Vietnam combat veteran. “However, we can honor this hero and remember the gallant sacrifice he made for us.
“Though we can never show our true appreciation, it is my hope that this small measure will be a daily reminder of the costs that come with freedom,” Jones added.
“As the son of a veteran, I learned early in life the value of the sacrifices of our service men and women.”
Clyde Bentley was born on Dec. 3. 1924 to Simon and Flossie Bentley. The Bentley family lived on the Left Fork of Long Fork.
Bentley volunteered to serve his country during World War II in October of 1943. On July 11, 1944 he was killed in action in France.
“In times of national crisis, individuals as well as their families are asked to make sacrifices,” Jones said. “The family of Private Clyde Bentley made the ultimate sacrifice in losing their son.”
If Joint Resolution 30 is adopted, the Transportation Cabinet will designate the bridge on Kentucky Route 3414 in Pike County, near Petty’s Fork on the Left Fork of Long Fork as the: “Pvt. Clyde Bentley Memorial Bridge Casualty of WWII.”
Within 30 days of the effective date of this resolution, the Transportation Cabinet will erect the appropriate signage.
The resolution will be considered during the 2016 legislative session.