Part of Tulsa highway dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 8/26/2013 9:27 am Published: 8/24/2013 8:18 pm

A stretch of Highway 11 was renamed on Saturday in honor of Tulsa's only Medal of Honor recipient.

Marine Pfc. Albert Schwab was remembered for his heroic efforts in World War II that cost him his life on May 7, 1945.

"There are true heroes in our country and we need to let people know who the true heroes are," said Marty McKnight.

McKnight, along with other local Marines, worked with state Rep. Eric Proctor and the state legislature to change the name of a portion of Highway 11. The section that spans from Interstate 244 to U.S. 75 has been renamed Pfc. Albert E. Schwab Medal of Honor Memorial Highway.

The Marine Corps League gathered at Tulsa's VFW post for the official dedication on Saturday morning. Schwab's family was presented a smaller version of the highway signs at the ceremony.

"This is so touching and an honor for the family," said Schwab's nephew, Jim Carlson.

Carlson told FOX23 that the sign will stand as a reminder of his uncle's memory, legacy and service to his country. He said that he hopes the sign will resonate with drivers as they pass by it.

"The fact that somebody would give their life for their country so that we could live in freedom," said Carlson, "It's just an unbelievable sacrifice to make."

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