The section of Route 251 from Tonica to Mendota in LaSalle County would be known as the Witczak Brothers Memorial Highway, under a resolution (SJR 48) adopted by the Senate May 18.
“All my brothers fought so bravely in so many battles,” Anthony Witczak of Peru said. “This is a great honor to have this road named after my family. My brothers, wherever they are, would really appreciate this.”
The seven sons of Thomas and Clara served in different capacities of the US Military that spanned World War II and Korea. Joseph Witczak, the first brother to enlist, was wounded during operations for the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre. John Witczak and Casmir Maurer, the adopted son of Thomas and Clara, both served in the U.S. Army, Pacific Theatre. Anthony Witczak, a sailor in the U.S. Navy during WW II, also served in the Pacific and is the last surviving brother. Francis Witczak was the only member of the family to serve in Germany for the Army during WW II.
Five years after the Second World War, the U.S. began operations in Korea, and the last two sons of Thomas and Clara heard the call to service. Both Thomas Witczak and Edward Witczak Sr. served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
The seven brothers served the United States a combined 18 years.