Many of our bridges contain plaques honoring servicemen from Nevada County who died while serving their country in Vietnam and Iraq. The Dorsey bridge has a plaque honoring PFC Thomas W. Cranford, who died of injuries sustained on May 9, 1968, in Binh Long Province, Vietnam. Cranford was a member of the mortar platoon, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
The Dorsey bridge will soon be widened as part of the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project. In preparation for this work, on Wednesday Cranford’s plaque was carefully removed and delivered by Project Manager Greg Zeiss for safekeeping to Harold Graves, Pete Burelle and Margie Buhler, members of the Nevada County Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. Members of Blue Star Mothers of America were also present. The plaque will be reinstalled on the bridge when the construction is finished later this year.