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Two Keithsburg Veterans Honored

State Rep. Dan Swanson

Two western Illinois men who died while serving their country during the Vietnam War will be honored this weekend. On Friday, a section of 76th Street in Keithsburg will be named for Robert Holloway and Ronald Crose.

signs were put up Monday to honor the two Keithsburg soldiers
Village of Keithsburg
signs were put up Monday to honor the two Keithsburg soldiers

State Representative Dan Swanson from Alpha says signs were put up in the village on Monday.

"It's right to do these types of honors to pay tribute to those heroes who've gone to war and made the ultimate sacrifice. And it's a great weekend to be able to do this in coordination with Memorial Day."

Holloway and Crose were both born in Keithsburg, served in the Navy, and were Chief Petty Officers at the time of their deaths. Holloway was 23 years old when he died in February of 1966, and Crose was 21 when he died in November, 1967.

Swanson says the mayor of Keithsburg contacted him in 2020 about honoring the two young men, and naming the road for them was unanimously approved by the Illinois House and Senate last year.

Joining him for the 5 pm ceremony will be State Senator Neil Anderson from Andulusia and Representative Norine Hammond from Macomb.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.