Over the next few months, nine streets will be redesignated as part of the Fort Bragg redesignation to Fort Liberty.
In total, nine streets will be named to commemorate and recognize the selfless services of U.S. Army Soldiers who share a special connection to the installation.
The redesignation of the streets, and the name Liberty honors the heroism, sacrifices, and values of the Soldiers, Service Members, Civilians, and Families who live on and serve alongside this installation. We view this as the next chapter in the post’s history and look forward to honoring the stories of the military heroes of every generation and walk of life.
The streets that will be redesignated are:
1. Bragg Boulevard to Liberty Boulevard
2. Reilly Road to Rock Merritt Avenue
3. Randolph Street to R. Miller Street
4. Armistead Street to Stiner Road
5. Alexander Street to Gandara Street
6. Pelham Street to Conde-Falcon Road
7. Jackson Street to Merriweather Road
8. Donelson Street to Benavidez Street
9. Mosby Street to Shachnow Lane
Background on the redesignated street names:
Bragg Boulevard to Liberty Boulevard. The well-known street, Bragg Boulevard, that will change to Liberty Boulevard will only pertain to the portion of the road that runs through the installation. Bragg Boulevard is highway 87 and only the portion on the installation will be redesignated.
Reilly Road to Rock Merritt Avenue. Kenneth “Rock” Merritt was a WWII and Vietnam veteran who jumped into Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944. He earned a Silver Star for disabling a German machine gun nest at Hill 131 near La Cuiroterie. Merritt went on to serve during Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. He was also the command sergeant major of the XVIII Airborne Corps, twice.
Randolph Street to R. Miller Street. Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller received the Medal of Honor, posthumous, for actions conducted in Afghanistan in January 2008 while serving with 3rd Special Forces Group. Miller’s extraordinary valor during that battle in which he was mortally wounded ultimately saved the lives of seven members of his own team and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers.
Armistead Street to Stiner Road. Gen. Carl Stiner was the former commanding general of USASOC, JSOC, XVIII Abn. Corps, and the 82nd Airborne Division. With his extensive background in special operations, he was heavily involved in the capture of the terrorists in the Achille Lauro hijacking, the Panama invasion and the capture of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and all special operations activities during Operation Desert Storm.
Alexander Street to Gandara Street. Pvt. Joe Gandara received the Medal of Honor, posthumous, for actions conducted on June 9, 1944 in Amfreville, France. While serving with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Abn. Div., Gandara’s detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force that pinned the men on ground for a period of four hours. He advanced alone firing his machinegun from his hip destroying three hostile machineguns before he was fatally wounded.
Pelham Street to Conde-Falcon Road. Staff Sgt. Felix M. Conde-Falcon received the Medal of Honor, posthumous, for actions conducted in 1969 while serving as an acting platoon leader in an operation near Ap Tan Hoa, Vietnam. While serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Abn. Div., Conde-Falcon moved ahead of his platoon heaving grenades towards a first bunker. Without hesitating, he proceeded to take out two additional bunkers in the same manner. Rejoined with his platoon, they came under heavy enemy fire. He single-handedly assaulted the nearest fortification carrying a machinegun killing the enemy before running out of ammunition. He retrieved an M-16 rifle and concentrated on the next bunk – within 10 meters of his goal, he was shot by an unseen assailant and soon died of his wounds.
Jackson Street to Merriweather Road. Staff Sgt. Daniel Merriweather was killed in action on Jan. 13, 2010, during Operation Enduring Freedom while serving with the 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg. Merriweather’s vehicle was attacked by enemy forces with an improvised explosive device. He is survived by his wife, Rachelle, and his two sons.
Donelson Street to Benavidez Street. Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez, who has served with the XVIII Abn. Corps and 82nd Abn. Div. and a Medal of Honor recipient for actions conducted in 1968 while serving as a staff sergeant in Vietnam with 5th Special Forces Group. Benavidez joined voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and refused to be stopped despite numerous severe wounds, and ultimately saved the lives of at least eight men.
Mosby Street to Shachnow Lane. Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow survived imprisonment, the Nazi Holocaust, and the Second World War to become one of the most influential Army Special Forces officers of the post-Vietnam era. Shachnow is a distinguished member of the Special Forces Regiment as well as both the Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs Corps Halls of Fame. He served as the Honorary Colonel of the Special Forces Regiment from 2008 to 2011 and the only general officer in the U.S. Army to have survived the Holocaust.
The street names selected were based off input from units on the installation. The new names honor the heroism, sacrifices, and values of those who have a unique connection to Fort Bragg.
All streets will have new signs in place over the next few months and no later than Dec. 31.