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Governor Signs Frankfort Boys Memorial Highway Bill

Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday signed a bill designating part of K-99 highway in Marshall County as the Frankfort Boys World War II Memorial Highway.

The section tagged in tribute to the community’s sacrifice during WWII will be from Frankfort’s southern limits north to the junction with US-36 highway.

Thirty-seven Frankfort servicemen were killed during WWII.

The designation has been spearheaded for six and one-half years by Topekan Frank Benteman, 85, a Frankfort native and WWII veteran.

Brownback presented a plaque about the highway designation to Benteman, who gave it to Bob Roeder, American Legion post commander in Frankfort.

Benteman also received a plaque from the Kansas House of Representatives for his work.

Frankfort residents, and families of Benteman and Beryl Tenbrink, a daughter of Myra Jean Emmingham Brunker, whose husband, Bob Emmingham, a Frankfort man killed when his WWII submarine was sunk, also attended the signing.

In 2006, Benteman brought to light that Frankfort suffered more men killed in action than any other town its size.

In February, American Legion Post No. 181 in Frankfort said it had raised about $2,200 of the roughly $3,000 required to pay for the Frankfort Boys highway signs and for their upkeep, Roeder said.

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