Bill would name bridge to honor Soldotna soldier

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2002

The state House of Representatives this week passed a measure that would name the Sterling Highway bridge spanning the Kenai River at Soldotna in honor of David Douthit, the only Alaskan to die in military service during the 1991 Gulf War.

Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, introduced House Bill 374 to name the bridge David Douthit Veterans' Memorial Bridge.

"David Douthit was the only Alaskan killed during the Persian Gulf War," Lancaster said. "He died for his country -- for our country -- on Feb. 27, 1991, serving on a Bradley fighting vehicle as a gunner. David was a good friend and neighbor of mine for many years in Soldotna, and this bill is supported by the local community and by the local veterans."

Douthit was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his widow, Jessie, and their daughter, Rebecca; and by his parents, Nita and Harvey Douthit.

HB 374 was passed unanimously by the House. The bill moves next to the Senate for consideration.

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