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Overpass renamed in honor of Medal of Honor recipient

This year, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed a measure that honored a local Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery and valor during the Vietnam War.

“Today, I was proud to be a part of the ceremony honoring Allen Lynch for his service to our country,” Link said. “The Grand Avenue overpass over Interstate 94 in Gurnee will now be known as the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Overpass.”

 

On Dec. 15, 1967, U.S. Army Spc. Allen Lynch, while serving in D Company, 12th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile), saw three wounded soldiers out in the open who were under intense enemy fire during a firefight near the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam. Not thinking of his own safety, Lynch went to help the soldiers. Although under intense fire, he carried the wounded soldiers to safety and singlehandedly defended them against the advancing enemy force for several hours.

Lynch's quick thinking and disregard for his own safety were vital in saving those lives, but his fight on behalf of his fellow soldiers did not end on the battlefield. After the war, he settled in Gurnee and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he advocated for increased benefits for disabled veterans; he later served as chief of the Illinois Attorney General's Veterans Rights Bureau until his retirement in 2005.

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