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Two Keithsburg Veterans Honored

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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.

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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.