COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 15
(By Delegates R. Phillips and Tomblin)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge on Route 119, in Chapmanville, Logan County, at Garrett Fork, bridge number 23-7-0.33, as the “Navy Chief Boatswain’s Mate Curtis Emmett Lowe Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Curtis Emmett Lowe was a resident of Chapmanville, Logan County, West Virginia; and
Whereas, Curtis Emmett Lowe was born January 18, 1918, at Wheatley Branch, West Virginia to Joseph and Susan Scragg Lowe, the youngest of four children. Both parents died before he was nine years old and he was raised by his grandmother and later an aunt and uncle. Curtis Emmett Lowe died on April 3, 2013; and
Whereas, Curtis Emmett Lowe enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of eighteen on April 13, 1937. He served on the U.S.S. Philadelphia for three and a half years. During that service, President Franklin D. Roosevelt boarded the U.S.S. Philadelphia at Charleston, South Carolina for a fishing trip to the Turks Island in the Caribbean. The president was on the ship for a week and was returned to South Carolina. During this week, the Philadelphia provided emergency medical attention to a sailor on a Norwegian ship, for which the Philadelphia and President received a thank you from the King of Norway. Curtis Emmet Lowe received his discharge on April 25, 1941, in San Diego, California, having served in Hawaii. He returned home after his sister died and while living on Godly Branch he heard about the Japanese attach on Pearl Harbor. He reenlisted in the Navy in July 1942 and shortly thereafter received a draft notice. He was initially stationed in New York City where he was joined by his wife and son. Then he served on the U.S.S. Elizabeth Stanton which had been converted from a cargo ship to a troop transport. He was sent to North Africa for the Morocco Landing on November 8 through 11, 1942. He participated in the Sicilian occupation July 9 through 15, 1943 and the Salerno Landing in Southern Italy September 9 through 21, 1943. He returned to the United States for a brief stay and then took a convoy of sailors and equipment to Scotland; and
Whereas, Curtis Emmett Lowe was on the LST 1008 on the island of Saipan when WW II ended. He was subsequently honorably discharged on October 5, 1945 with the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate. Curtis Emmett Lowe married Norma Frye on June 1, 1953. They had two children, Joseph Andrew Lowe, now deceased, and Phyllis L. Lowe. He had two sons, Curtis E., Jr. and Kenneth, now deceased, with his first wife, Gertie Stilner; and
Whereas, It is fitting to honor Curtis Emmet Lowe by naming the bridge at Garrett Fork for Curtis Emmett Lowe; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name the bridge the bridge on Route 119, in Chapmanville, Logan County, at Garrett Fork, bridge number 23-7-0.33, as the “Navy Chief Boatswain’s Mate Emmett Lowe Memorial”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “Navy Chief Boatswain’s Mate Curtis Emmet Lowe Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation; and to Mr. Curtis Emmett Lowe and to his surviving children and relatives.