– A local Vietnam veteran who died in service to the country was honored Saturday, April 23, when a bridge was dedicated in his memory.
The SP4 Michael William Twigg Memorial Bridge was designated under Act 3 of 2021
, a law authored by Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset). Dowling was joined at the dedication ceremony by Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford), area veterans and members of the Twigg family.
“It is always a solemn occasion when we dedicate a bridge in honor of an American hero,” Dowling said. “But it is also uplifting in the sense that we were blessed by this young man’s service to our country and naming the bridge in his honor ensures that he is always remembered for his sacrifice.”
“Specialist Twigg sacrificed his life so we can have the freedoms our country was founded on,” said Metzgar. “He’s a local American hero, and I will never forget what he did for us. I am grateful to join the Twigg family in dedicating this bridge in Specialist Twigg’s honor.”
Twigg enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, just before his 20th birthday. He was a heavy vehicle driver and served with C Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. He died on March 25, 1967, from small arms fire in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam.
The bridge named in his honor is located on Route 219 southbound over State Route 2047 in Summit Township, Somerset County.
The SP4 Michael William Twigg Memorial Bridge was dedicated on Saturday, April 23, in Meyersdale. On hand for the ceremony, to the left of the sign, are Specialist Twigg’s sister, Althea Twigg Baer, and her husband Roger Baer. Pictured to the right of the sign are Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) and Rep. Carl Walker-Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford).