Highways in Madison County will honor a World War Two hero from Jerseyville. Part of U.S. Route 67 from the Jersey County line to 255, and then a portion of Illinois 255 once it is complete, will be known as the "Russell E. Dunham Memorial Highway." Dunham also received the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died in 2009.
Dunham served during World War II, under General Patton in the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, fighting in Italy, Sicily, and North Africa. After being wounded, Dunham, is credited with taking out nine enemy soldiers during one intense fight and capturing several others while saving many of his fellow soldiers. A portion of Highway 67 in Jersey County could also soon bare his name with action by the Jersey County Board that is currently in committee. State Senators Bill Haine and Sam McCann and State Representative Jim Watson all co-sponsored the measure in the General Assembly to honor Dunham.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.