Bridge renamed to honor Alabama native killed in Vietnam
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama bridge has been renamed to honor a Huntsville native killed in the Vietnam War.
The Drake Avenue Bridge, which crosses Pinhook Creek, was renamed Monday the Lance Corporal Larry G. Clark Memorial Bridge by the City of Huntsville, multiple news agencies reported.
Clark was 21 years old when he took on an attacking enemy with a grenade launcher, saving countless lives, officials said. Friends of Clark say he grew up less than a mile from the bridge and was fond of birds in the area.
Family members said they did not expect Clark to receive such recognition.
“This is a great, great honor. I’m tickled to have this for him because these were his stomping grounds, you know, when he grew up. And, you know 21 years old is very young to be taken out, especially in a war,” said Terry Rust, Clark’s nephew.
Rust said that it makes him emotional knowing that his uncle’s name will be on the bridge.
An Army combat veteran, who was in the area the day Clark died, joined Mayor Tommy Battle, other city leaders, friends, and family at the unveiling of the new sign.
“For somebody to remember that war that we fought in, yeah it is a special day for me,” said Army combat veteran Elbert Starks Jr. “I fought and I’m alive. I’m here. It is special.”