TYPO — Residents of Typo have a new name for the road that runs through their community. During this year’s legislative session in Frankfort, a joint resolution was passed, which officially designated Kentucky Route 267 in Perry County, from Highway 15 to the town of Typo, as the Sgt. Dennie Neace Memorial Highway. A sign has been placed at the highway’s entrance, which branches off of Highway 15 at the bridge in Bonnyman.
Dennie Neace was born August 3, 1947, in Bonnyman; the son of Granville Neace and Jeanette Deaton Neace. Like many other brave men from Southeastern Kentucky, Dennie Neace stepped up to serve his country when war broke out between the United States and Vietnam. As an infantryman for the United States Army in the 1st Calvary Division, 1st Battalion, 12th Calvary, C Company, Sgt. Neace began a tour of duty in Vietnam on Feb. 16, 1967. In the South Vietnamese province of Quang Tin, on the date of May 31, 1967, small arms gunfire took Sgt. Dennie Neace’s life at the age of 19.
Sgt. Neace’s short life left an everlasting impact, not only on the community where he lived, but also on the country that he served. For his service, Sgt. Dennie Neace was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Purple Heart.
On behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the 2016 General Assembly expressed deep gratitude for the sacrifices and services of Sgt. Dennie Neace. The resolution for the memorial highway designation that was drafted by the General Assembly states, “The passing of Sgt. Dennie Neace left a void that cannot be filled and he is mourned across the length and breadth of the Commonwealth.”
Now, the thousands of vehicles that travel daily through the area known locally as The Bonnyman Dip, will have the chance to see Sgt. Dennie Neace’s name on the sign that marks the entrance to his memorial highway, and although many of them might not know Sgt. Neace’s complete story, they will have no doubt that he was a brave and honorable hero, who was beloved by a community that has never forgotten the sacrifice he made.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.