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A local WWII veteran just received a special honor nearly a year after his death

Posted: 6:22 AM, Sep 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-25 10:22:02Z

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that names a bridge on a western New York highway in honor of a local World War II veteran who flew more than 50 missions in the Pacific.

The measure signed Monday by the Democrat names a Route 219 bridge over state Route 391 in the Erie County town of Boston after Technical Sgt. Sergeant Henry "Hank" Dylong.

Dylong, a Boston resident, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and completed 55 missions.

The decorated airman died a year ago this Friday at age 95.

The bridge will be officially known as the "T Sgt Henry 'Hank' Dylong Memorial Bridge."

The legislation was sponsored by two local Republican state lawmakers, Sen. Patrick Gallivan of Elma and Assemblyman David DiPietro of East Aurora.