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Corbett signs bill naming 31st Street Bridge after Millvale war hero

| Thursday, May 23, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill Thursday to rename the 31st Street Bridge after Vietnam War hero William R. Prom of Millvale.

Prom, a Millvale High School graduate, joined the Marines in December 1967. He started a tour of duty in Vietnam in June 1968. On Feb. 9, 1969, Lance Cpl. Prom, then 20, died defending his company from enemy fire near An Hoa.

Prom was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He is buried at Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park.

Reps. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, and Adam Ravenstahl, D-Summer Hill, cosponsored the bill to rename the 31st Street Bridge as the William Raymond Prom Memorial Bridge. It passed unanimously in both chambers.

PennDOT has not set a date to place new signs on the bridge. Built in 1928, the bridge stretches 2,681 feet over the Allegheny River and carries about 6,400 vehicles a day, according to PennDOT data.

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