Ceremony Honoring Greensburg Sergeant Killed in Action Set for Aug. 25

WESTMORELAND – The official designation of a bridge in Greensburg to honor a local soldier who was killed in action will take place at 1 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 25, according to Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-39) and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), who championed the honor.

Act 23 of 2022, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward and Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr., designates a bridge on PA Route 66, known as Main Street, over the Norfolk Southern Railway in the City of Greensburg as “Sgt. Richard Ivory Cullen Memorial Bridge.”

“Sgt. Cullen is a hometown hero and one of Greensburg’s bravest that put his country before himself,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward said. “Naming this bridge in the heart of his hometown is one way his family and this community can continue to remember and honor Sgt. Cullen for the ultimate sacrifice he made while serving our nation.”

Richard Ivory Cullen was born on Aug. 25, 1947, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He was drafted into the U.S. Army via selective service during the Vietnam War, beginning his tour on October 6, 1967. Cullen had the rank of sergeant, and his military specialty was light weapons infantry. Sgt. Cullen was killed in action on May 23, 1968.

“Sgt. Cullen bravely gave his life for our country, embodying what it means to be selfless,” Langerholc said. “What a serendipitous honor it is to designate this bridge in Sgt. Cullen’s memory on what would have been his seventy-fifth birthday.”

The ceremony will be held in the overflow parking lot of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.


Erica Clayton Wright, 717-787-6063 (Ward)

Gwenn Dando, 717-787-5400 (Langerholc)

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