Today the legislature passed legislation naming a Petersburg bridge in honor of Donald “Harry” Kito. Harry was a resident of Petersburg who gave his life while serving in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Growing up in Petersburg, he joined the Marines 1965 and was deployed to Vietnam the following year. Harry was killed in action July 8, 1967 at the age of 25 and is buried at the Petersburg Memorial Cemetery. I lived in Petersburg at the time of Harry’s passing, and clearly remember the day that his body was delivered home with military honors. The experience was very impactful in the small community; the entire town shut down in order to attend the funeral and mourn the loss of this young man.
It’s important to recognize Alaskans who give of themselves to make a difference in our state and country, and I’m pleased the legislature passed legislation honoring Harry’s sacrifice for our country.