FRANKFORT, Kan. (AP) A campaign to name a highway in a northeastern Kansas town for the 37 residents who were killed in World War II has gained ground.
A committee of the Kansas House endorsed legislation this week naming part of Kansas 99 through Frankfort the “Frankfort Boys World War II Memorial Highway.”
The effort has been led by 85-year-old Frank Benteman, a Frankfort native now living in Topeka who served in World War II. The Topeka Capital Journal reports that members of the House Transportation Committee stood and applauded Benteman after hearing his testimony Tuesday.
The 37 Frankfort service members who died in World War II have come to be known as “the Frankfort boys.” The loss was especially high for a small, rural town that today has fewer than 800 residents.