Bridge name suggestions
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:00 AM
To the editor:
I'd like to make two name suggestions for our new bridge.
One is "The Native-American Bridge" to honor those that lived in these hills and bottoms long before us.
The second suggestion would be "The Sam Woodfill Bridge." Sam came from a family that was prevalent in Indiana and Kentucky. After joining the military in 1901, Woodfill served in the Philippines, Mexican border, Alaska, World War I and World War II. He earned the Medal of Honor during World War I, prompting Gen. Pershing to call him "the most outstanding soldier of World War I."
That alone should merit the honor. The Kentucky Post referred to Woodfill as, "the greatest soldier produced by the Bluegrass State."
Sam Woodfill also achieved fame as a noted hunter in the Alaskan Territory, once killing three bears in one day.
Needless to say, the Bryantsburg native blazed quite a trail.