Dahlkemper to Honor Sharpsville Soldier Sgt. Wallace on House Floor Thursday

Sgt. Wallace Memorial Bridge to be dedicated Thursday in Sharpsville


WashingtonCongresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3) will honor Sharpsville soldier Sgt. David W. Wallace, III, who was killed this year in Afghanistan, on the House floor Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The community of Sharpsville will hold a dedication and sign unveiling ceremony for the naming of the Sgt. Wallace Memorial Bridge Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Sgt. Wallace was a lifelong resident of Sharpsville. He graduated from Sharpsville High School in 2002 and served two tours of duty in Iraq before his deployment to Afghanistan. He was 25 years old when he was killed by a bomb blast in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 27th. Sgt. Wallace is survived by his wife, Erica, a stepson, Landon, and a daughter, Brooklyn.

Video of the Congresswoman’s floor statement will be available via C-SPAN. Please contact Marie Francis at (202) 226-0783 for more information or a copy of the video.

Below are Dahlkemper’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“M. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart to honor the life of Sergeant David W. Wallace, III, of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. Sergeant Wallace was killed in January 2009, while deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.

“This morning, the Sharpsville community gathers to dedicate the Sergeant Wallace Memorial Bridge, where Sergeant Wallace used to fish on the Shenango River. The bridge is a fitting tribute, and the people of Sharpsville do a great service to the memory of Sergeant Wallace and his family in its dedication.

“Sergeant Wallace was only 25 years old when his life was taken in Afghanistan. He leaves behind his wife, Erica; his stepson, Landon; his daughter, Brooklyn; and a host of family and friends who dearly miss their brave soldier.

“Today, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the memory of Sergeant David Wallace and commending the people of Sharpsville. God bless our troops.”