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Casper bridge renamed for WWII veteran Tuesday

The Leonard L. Robinson Memorial Bridge sign in Casper, Wyo. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.
The Leonard L. Robinson Memorial Bridge sign in Casper, Wyo. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.(Max Cotton)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 11:48 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The I-25 bridge over Center Street in Casper is now the Leonard L. Robinson Memorial Bridge.

It was dedicated to Leonard Robinson, a Word War II veteran, in a ceremony Tuesday.

“It was just breathtaking that people will remember, not only him, but that whole generation that fought unconditionally,” Leonard Robinson’s daughter, Pamela Robinson, said.

Leonard Robinson served in the Philippines before being taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. He also took part in the Bataan Death March.

After returning to the U.S., he eventually moved to Casper. He lived there until he died in 2014 at age 95.

Wyoming House Speaker Steve Harshman, R-HD37, knew Leonard Robinson from his time as a teacher at Natrona County High School. He sponsored the legislation during the 2020 budget session.

“When you drive under that bridge and people see that and 10, 20, 30, 50 years from now people will say, ‘who’s Leonard Robinson,’ and then you Google that and you say ‘wow.’”

A man of faith, Leonard Robinson eventually became a pastor, helping his community and fellow veterans.

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