Springfield, IL … Yesterday the House unanimously adopted Senate Joint Resolution 39 which designates the bridge on Irving Park Road that crosses over the Des Plaines River as the “Corporal Donald W. Bollman Bridge.” State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) worked in partnership with State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) on the effort to honor the sacrifice and bravery of Corporal Donald W. Bollman, as he was killed in action during the Vietnam War.
“The Vietnam War is an important part of our history as the lives of so many families were impacted,” said McAuliffe. “Corporal Bollman answered his call of duty and gave the ultimate sacrifice. We should forever be grateful for his bravery during a tumultuous time period and I hope that this bridge designation serves as small gesture of our state’s endless gratitude.”
Village President Jim Chmura expressed appreciation from the Village of Norridge, Corporal Bollman’s hometown:
“On behalf of myself and the Norridge Village Board we are very pleased to hear that the State of Illinois will be honoring the memory of Norridge’s very own Corporal Donald W. Bollman by having the bridge at Irving Park Road in Schiller Park renamed ‘Corporal Donald W. Bollman Bridge.’ Corporal Bollman made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam at the age of 23 to ensure the freedom of all Americans. He is a true hero.”
Corporal Donald W. Bollman was killed in action on March 1, 1967 at the age of twenty-three. He was a life-long resident of Norridge, Illinois and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with a V for Valor for his heroism.