The Illinois State Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville), to honor the service and sacrifice of seven Powell brothers from Greene County, all of whom served in World War II.
“When tyranny threatened the entire globe, seven brothers stood up to defend the cause of freedom,” said Senator McCann. “These heroes deserve to be remembered for their dedication to God and country.”
Arthur, Earl, Fred, and George Powell served in the Navy. Adrian, Everett, and Max Powell served in the Army Air Corps, the predecessor to the modern Air Force. The seven brothers were scattered throughout the Western European, Russian, and Japanese theaters of combat. Everett was shot down in his P-47 Thunderbolt over Belgium, and was held in a German prisoner of war camp for 18 months. All seven brothers survived and returned home after the war.
Senator McCann’s resolution would name Route 67 through Greene County as the “Powell Brothers Memorial Highway.”
Senator McCann thanked Senate Transportation Committee chairman Martin Sandoval for his assistance in advancing the legislation.
“The residents of Greene County thank Senator Sandoval for his commitment to honor the service of these seven heroes,” said Senator McCann.
“It’s important that we honor the amazing sacrifice of the Powell family during World War II,” said Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero). “I was honored to be able to help move this legislation forward.”
The brothers were commended by the United States Senate in May of 2014. The family’s hometown, Hillview, erected a memorial flagpole in their honor in 1988.
Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2) now heads to the Illinois House for approval in that chamber.