Stretch of highway renamed to honor Oglesby, soldier killed in Iraq

Anyone who drives the 10-mile stretch of Interstate 70 on this side of the Utah border will be reminded of a real war hero: the late Grand Junction resident Wade J. Oglesby.

The Army corporal was killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq in 2007.

To be sure that people remembered him, former state Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, before he left office last year got the Colorado Legislature to name that part of the highway after Oglesby.

Oglesby was born in Denver, but attended Grand Junction High School. He joined the Army in 2004. He was one of two soldiers killed in Taji, Iraq, on April 18, 2007, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Legislators and members of his family attended a ceremony Saturday to dedicate the new Wade Oglesby Citizen Hero Memorial Highway signs that were erected along the interstate.

The section of highway dedicated to him stretches from the Utah line to mile marker 10 near the Mack exit.


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