COLUMBUS - Ohio Rep. Adam Holmes delivered testimony on two bills last week, one honoring the late Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ron Rosser.
Holmes (R-Nashport) delivered testimony on House Bill 102. It would establish the Sergeant First Class Ron Rosser Medal of Honor Recipient Memorial Highway between Interstate 70 mile markers 132 and 133.
Exit 132 marks Ohio 13 between Newark and Thornville. It's just north of the easternmost tip of Buckeye Lake.
Rosser, who was born in Columbus and grew up in Crooksville, passed away at his daughter's home in Bumpus Mills, Tennessee in August. He was 90.
“The courage Ron Rosser displayed is of the rarest form," Holmes told the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee. "Rarer still is a man who, after such a harrowing experience, continued to serve our nation in uniform for decades. His service is indeed worthy of emulation and I can think of no better way to do so than to name part of our interstate in his honor.”
The World War II and Korean War veteran grew up in Crooksville. President Harry Truman awarded him the highest military honor in 1952 for his actions in the 38th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army in Korea.
The U.S. Army's official Medal of Honor record cites him for subduing at least 13 enemy soldiers while under heavy artillery fire by, then returning to rescue other men injured more seriously than himself.
Holmes also delivered testimony to the committee on HB 119, also sponsored by State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland). It would create an official Ohio Aerospace Institute license plate that would be available for purchase at BMV offices.
It would cost $35 more than a standard license plate, and $25 of that would go toward supporting the OAI.
Both bills received unanimous approval from the Transportation and Public Safety Committee. Neither are scheduled for a full House vote yet but Holmes' office said they are expected to go before the chamber in the near future.