- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) - A bridge dedication ceremony has been held for a fallen Marine who had walked 400 miles to re-enlist in the Vietnam War.

The ceremony was held Sunday in Welch for the Lance Cpl. Julius C. “Corky” Foster Memorial Bridge over the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River.

Media outlets report the ceremony also included the dedication of a flagpole and monument.

According to a House of Delegates resolution on the bridge naming, Foster served six years in the Marines starting in 1961. After graduating from West Virginia University in 1967, Foster walked from Welch to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in 31 days to re-enlist. His walk was a show of support for the war effort.

Foster was killed by enemy mortar fire a year later at age 29.



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