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Ferguson Brothers to be honored with highway
Family fought in WWII
STAFFORDSVILLE The Ferguson brothers of Morgan County will be honored next Wednesday, July 9, during a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Highway District 12's Johnson County Maintenance Garage.

State Rep. Hubert Collins will emcee the event to name Ky. 172 in Johnson and Morgan counties The Ferguson Brothers Highway.

Collins sponsored the General Assembly's joint resolution to name the road after Arlen, Foster, Okla and Donald Ferguson, sons of the late G. Barnes and Louella Smith Ferguson.

All four brothers served during World War II. Okla Ferguson served with the Army Air Force during the South Pacific occupation after the war officially ended. He earned the Japanese Occupation Forces Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal. He died March 25, 1991.

Donald Ferguson fought in the South Pacific as a corporal in the First Marine Division during battles on Peleliu Island and Palau Island as well as Okinawa and Ryukyu Island. His unit also remained after the armistice as part of the occupation troops. He died March 22, 1982.

Arlen Ferguson served in Europe, in the Eight Infantry Division, General Courtney H. Hodges' First Army. He was wounded four times, earning four Purple Hearts, a Combat Infantryman Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and American Campaign Medal. Among other engagements, he fought in the American triumph over Hitler's Army at the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted about 30 days and cost the United States some 20,000 lives of the 600,000 American troops involved in this historic battle.

After his Army discharge, Arlen Ferguson tirelessly worked for veterans causes, including the War Orphans' Education Act and the Veterans Direct Home Loan Program. Now retired, he lives at Staffordsville.

Foster Ferguson served as a technical sergeant in the Fifth Infantry Division, General George S. Patton's Third Army, which was also engaged in the Battle of the Bulge. He also fought on the beaches of Normandy and in the Allied Forces' drive across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, and Germany. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Medal with five Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, and the de la Croix de Guerre Medal, given by the Government of France. Foster Ferguson lives in Raceland, Kentucky.

In his resolution, Collins pointed out that "there is no greater honor than to serve your country during times of war, and no family has made a greater contribution to protecting the freedoms the United States was founded upon than the Ferguson Family of Morgan County."

Joining Collins during the Wednesday ceremony, Transportation Secretary James C. Codell will deliver the keynote address. Local historian Robert Marsh and Johnson County Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel are also scheduled to speak. Disabled American Veterans Post Chapter 18 of Auxier will present colors at the beginning of the ceremony and execute a 21-gun salute just after the unveiling of the new highway sign.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony. Highway District 12's Johnson County Maintenance Garage is on Ky. 172, just off Ky. 40 near Staffordsville. For more specific directions, call 606-297-3854.

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