PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A bridge along Route 340 was dedicated to a United States Marine Corps sergeant from Page County who was killed in World War II on an island in the South Pacific.
"He never could have imagined that he would take his last breath in a far-off, desolate place like that. But that was the case for so many American sons and daughters," said Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Va. 15th), who gave remarks during a ceremony for Sgt. Richard Brumback.
The bridge is located in the unincorporated community of Rileyville above Compton Creek, around 8 miles north of Luray.
Teresa Brumback — the niece of Sgt. Brumback who was instrumental in making Wednesday's dedication a reality — said she wanted to honor her late uncle after doing research on him.
"I saw this big bridge and I thought, well, you know, this would be a nice place for a sign in his memory because how appropriate is it, right next to the farm where he grew up," she said. "It just came together and I never in my wildest dreams thought that anything like this would happen. I'm just one citizen. But if you're determined, you can make things happen."
Sgt. Brumback voluntarily enlisted in the military in 1940 and was killed three years later by a sniper while trying to scout out a good position for his platoon in the jungle of Bougainville, according to Teresa Brumback. His remains were returned to the U.S. in 1949.
The Page County Board of Supervisors previously passed a resolution to name the bridge after Sgt. Brumback.