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A Bedford County bridge will be dedicated to a local man who was killed in Vietnam.

Family members of U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph M. Stine will be joined by State Representative Jesse Topper, R-Bedford and other local officials for the dedication ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday August 19 at the Bloody Run Historical Society, 49 W. Fifth St., Everett.

Stine, of Everett, was killed in 1966 while on a mission in North Vietnam. According to 2021 House Bill 1121, Stine joined the United States Air Force just days after graduating from Everett Area High School in 1949. He received his pilot’s wings in 1953 in Big Springs, Texas, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was a T33 instructor pilot in Rio, Texas for five years, and in 1959 he was transferred to England, where he flew the B66 for three years.

On August 1, 1966, Stine was sent to Vietnam, and while on a night photo mission over Hanoi on September 27, 1966, his plane lost radar and he was never seen or heard from again. .

On March 6, 1978, Stine’s status was changed to killed in action.

The public is invited to the ceremony to rename the bridge carrying Highway 26 over Yellow Creek in Hopewell Township as the Colonel Joseph M. Stine Memorial Bridge.



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