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Bridge replaced, rededicated to World War II sub crew member

November 12, 2019

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bridge has been replaced and rededicated to a World War II submarine crew member who died when the vessel sank in August 1944.

George Laderbush, of Portsmouth, was a torpedoman’s mate about the USS Flier when it sank after striking a Japanese mine.

Seascoastonline.com reports the Woodbury Avenue bridge over the Route 1 Bypass in Portsmouth was originally dedicated to Laderbush when it was built in 1949. But the plaque wasn’t in a prominent location.

The bridge was closed two years ago and was replaced. The plaque was removed and refurbished and is being featured in a more visible area.

Laderbush’s niece and nephew, Marga Coulp and George Laderbush, were guests of honor at the Veteran’s Day bridge re-dedication.