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Highway named for fallen soldier

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By Bryan Marshall

Brenda Bishop received what she called an early Mother’s Day gift May 11 as her late son was honored with a memorial highway in Grant County.

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SFC Jason Bishop, 31, of Williamstown, was killed Jan. 1, 2006, while serving in Bayji, Iraq.

Bishop’s memorial highway will be from the intersection of KY 22 to the intersection KY 467 on US 25 (Dry Ridge Bypass).

“When you lose one of your children, you lose everything,” Brenda said. “I’m glad that Grant County is honoring him. They’re showing him some respect.”

“We come this way all the time,” she said about the memorial highway. “We’ll see it everyday just about. It makes me happy. I’ll think about my son.”

Family, friends and local officials joined to unveil the sign recognizing Bishop’s sacrifice.

Grant County Judge Executive Darrell Link served as master of ceremonies.

State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, who could not attend, help spearhead the effort to recognize Bishop.

Bishop was a member of the 133rd Cavalry Regiment, Air Assault Team, and 3rd Combat Team from Fort Campbell.

A 1993 graduate of Holmes High School, Bishop was a platoon sergeant who confronted a suicide bomber who had an IED, saving all 15 men in his platoon.  

“He was a hero,” Brenda Bishop said. “I keep telling myself that he was doing what he wanted to do. He joined the military 10 days after he got out of high school and he loved the military. He lived and died for it. By him saving his men, I think he was a great soldier. He didn’t have to get out. He could have ordered anybody to get out and take on that suicide bomber, but he did it himself. That’s the life he loved.”

Bishop was highly decorated, his honors and awards include:  Bronze Star Posthumous, Purple Heart Posthumous, Meritorious Service Medal – twice, Army Commendation Medal – twice, Army Achievement – twice, Army Good Conduct Medal – four times, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Medal – twice, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon – three times, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge Posthumous, Weapons Qualification badge, Bar, Weapon:  Rifle (Inscription:  Rifle), Drill Sergeant Identification badge, Pathfinder Badge, Parachutist Badge, Basic, Driver and Mechanic badge, Bar, Driver – (four-wheeled vehicles), Shooting Sneer Badge and Bronze Star with Valor Posthumous.

Bishop’s daughter, Morgan, who was 9 when her father died, and his 7-year-old son, attended the ceremony.

“We met with Mr. (President George W.) Bush and (Morgan) asked him, ‘Why did my father have to die?’” Brenda Bishop said. “He said, ‘You’re father was a hero. He was doing his job.’”

Matthew, who clutched a framed photograph of his dad during the unveiling, called the sign “special.”

He was only 17 months old when his dad died in combat.

“His son only knew him through pictures,” Brenda Bishop said. “He loves his father. He’s very into this. He has his room made up like the U.S. Army and Black Hawk helicopters. He says that someday he is going in the Army like his Dad.”

Franklin Bishop said he knows his son would appreciate the honor bestowed on him.

Originally, we are from Grant County and he would be proud of it,” he said. “I know I am.”