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Route 45 section dedicated to fallen Wellsville veteran

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WELLSVILLE, Ohio - More than 40 years after his death, one of our valley's bravest has never been forgotten. A special dedication to a veteran from Wellsville was held to honor his life and service. 

Route 45 between Wellsville and Lisbon was officially named the Corporal Ernest G. Madden Memorial Highway on Friday. Madden sacrificed his life for our country during the Vietnam War. 

"He was a great young man... He never had a chance to  have a wife, kids, job or leave a legacy. So I took it upon myself (so) hopefully that this will be his legacy that he leaves, that this road will be in memory of  him," his brother Jerry Madden said.

The date of this dedication is special: June sixth is the fallen soldier's birthday. He was born two years after D-Day, and died in Vietnam, just shy of his 21st birthday.

"He lost his life amidst a firefight where he was subjected to grenade fire, mortar fire, gun fire and without regard for his own safety, he set up position to return fire to the enemy and commanded his men around a barren rice field," said State Representative Nick Barborak, who attended the dedication ceremony for Madden. "It's the very least we can do, and it's a way to make sure the future generations never forget the sacrifice that he made."

Madden was awarded the silver star for his bravery and selflessness.

"I'm sure he would be proud that this road is named in his honor, and I'm sure if roles were reversed he would do the same for me. So I'm very proud to be able to do it for him for his memory," Jerry Madden said.
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