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Above, Marylyn Decker, sister of Lt. John Decker, cuts the ribbon dedicating a road in San Marcos in her brother's honor. Lt. Decker died during World War II. Daily Record photo by Nick Castillo

San Marcos road named after fallen veteran

Friday, May 28, 2021

U.S. Marine Lt. John Decker Drive was ceremoniously dedicated Friday morning. 

A small crowd gathered, including Decker’s sister Marylyn Decker Mitchell and great niece Dee Ann Decker-Kincke, to celebrate the newly dedicated road in  Lt. John Decker's honor. The roadway is located in the Trace Subdivision off of Posey Road in San Marcos. 

“Marylyn Decker really worked very hard on getting her brother acknowledgment,” Decker-Kincke said. “Her whole life was spent remembering him … We just deeply appreciate what you’re doing here.” 

Lt. Decker was the son of Hays County Judge Charles Decker, Jr. Lt. Decker fought and died in the Battle of Peleliu during World War II. Decker was wounded after his rifle platoon fought against Japanese forces. He was awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat. “His aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty were an inspiration to his men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service,” Lt. Decker’s Silver Star citation states. 

“I just can’t imagine what he was like with his fellow Marines,”  Hays County’s Veterans Services Office Director Jude Prather said. “From his Silver Star, you can tell he was a warrior, and it’s always the best who give their lives. It’s always the best that say, ‘Let me go forward, y’all stay here. This is dangerous. Let me take this on by myself'.”

The Hays County Veterans Services Office plans to continue its initiative to name roads after fallen service members and peace officers. The office has begun collecting names of local fallen veterans and peace officers from veteran service organizations and county staff. 

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