Causer Bill Honors Two Potter County Veterans Killed in Vietnam

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)

HARRISBURG – Two Potter County bridges are being named in honor of area Vietnam veterans under legislation authored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett today.

Under the law, the bridge carrying State Route 607 over Freeman Run in Austin Borough will be designated as the Captain Edgar E. Nuschke Memorial Bridge. The bridge carrying State Route 872 over the east fork of Sinnemahoning Creek in Wharton Township will be named the Private First Class Edward Ritsick Memorial Bridge.

“Decades have passed since these men gave their lives for our country, but their sacrifice is no less significant today than it was on the day each of them died,” Causer said. “Naming these bridges in their honor ensures that their service is remembered by both current and future generations.”

Nuschke served his country for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served in World War II and Korea, and in 1966 was assigned to duty in Vietnam, where he was shot down and killed. A graduate of Austin High School, Nuschke is now buried in the veterans section of the Glen Oaks Cemetery.

Ritsick joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduating from Austin High School and was assigned to the 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. Shortly after arriving in Vietnam, Ritsick was killed in action in Hau Nghia Province, South Vietnam. A graduate of Austin High School, Ritsick is buried at St. Augustine Cemetery.

Under the law, PennDOT must erect signs marking the designated bridges.  The law takes effect in 60 days.

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  1. What about usn Jane Arlene Empson who died 5-14-1967 from injuries vietnam

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