Pararescue Highway

Highway honors pararescue soldiers

A highway that runs through southwestern Ohio is now also known as the Pararescue Memorial Parkway in honor of the military teams that bring downed airmen home.

Sunday's dedication ceremony of Ohio 48 was attended by Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper. Ohio 48, which runs south from Shelby County to Clermont County, was selected because it passes through or near the hometowns of four pararescue soldiers who died while performing rescues. Jim Locker of Sidney, William Pitsenbarger of Piqua and James Pleiman of Russiawere killed in Vietnam.

William McDaniel the Second of Greenville was killed off the coast of the Philippines during the U.S. war on terrorism.