Part of I-75 dedicated to fallen Navy Seal - WNEM TV 5

Part of I-75 dedicated to fallen Navy Seal

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The friend of a fallen soldier is reflecting on the impact he had and now lawmakers in Mid-Michigan are recognizing his service.

Part of I-75 will now forever be known for the ultimate sacrifice of John Wayne Marcum.

It's always hard to lose a friend. It’s something Ben Abbey had to deal with in 2008 when his best friend, John Marcum, was killed in action while fighting for our country in Afghanistan.

The Flushing native was a member of the Navy's most elite group, SEAL Team Six.

“The enemy knew who he was. And they feared him. They knew his name. And for him to be that impactful in the military is pretty powerful,” Abbey said.

Now Marcum has been honored with the renaming of a major expressway.

In April, Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill declaring the entire stretch of I-75 in Genesee County as John Wayne "Dusty" Marcum Memorial Highway.

Drivers will see the signs when crossing the county line from both the north and south.

Abbey believes Marcum would've shrugged off the recognition.

“He wouldn't have wanted any glory whatsoever, I'm certain of that,” Abbey said.

During their time at Flushing High School, Abbey said he always knew Marcum was going to be something special.

“He was focused and driven. He knew he wanted to specifically be a Navy Seal. And nobody doubted that he would and low and behold he did it,” Abbey said.

Now Marcum's name will live on forever.

“Knowing that other people will pass that sign and maybe just out of curiosity they’ll look the guy up, you know. Guys like him deserve recognition,” Abbey said.

There’s also a website dedicated to honoring the fall in each modern-day conflict, just click here. 

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