Jun. 15, 2018

WHAT: Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) will host a ceremony designating a portion of State Route 562 from the intersection with State Route 73 in the borough of Boyertown to the intersection with State Route 662 at the township line between Amity Township and Oley Township as the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Memorial Highway. This road-naming is made possible by legislation drafted and ushered into law last year by Maloney to honor the life of Gen. Spaatz.

Born in Boyertown on June 28, 1891, Carl “Tooey” Spaatz was the first to serve as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation.

During World War II, Spaatz commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under his command. After retiring from the Air Force, Gen. Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board.

WHO: Rep. David Maloney; Ruth Thomas, Carla Thomas and Katharine Gresham (representing the Spaatz family); representatives of the Civil Air Patrol; and representatives of the U.S. Air Force.

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m.

WHERE: The ceremony location will be at 1 South Reading Ave., Boyertown (Between the intersection Route 562 and Route 73).

After the ceremony, the group will walk to the State Theatre for the Carl A. Spaatz Memorial Association’s dedication of the bronze bust of 4-Star Gen. Carl A. Spaatz. The theater address is 61 North Reading Ave., Boyertown (about a block away from the road dedication).

Media contact: Charles Lardner, 717.260.6443, clardner@pahousegop.com.

Office of State Rep. David Maloney