Senate
House
Joint
Bill Status
WV Code
Audits/ Reports
Educational
Contact
home
home

Committee Substitute House Concurrent Resolution 37 History

OTHER VERSIONS  -  Introduced Version  |  DOWNLOAD  wpd  |  Email


COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 37

(By Delegate Pethtel)

 

 

 

Requesting the Division of Highways to rename the Reader Bridge in Wetzel County, Bridge number 52-48-0.01, the “U.S. Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham was born on September 11, 1926 in Rymer, Marion County, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham attended Pine Grove High School; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham was drafted in 1944, at the age of 18, into the United States Army’s 77th Infantry Division; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham became a member of the Army Air Corps and served during World War Two until 1947, including at Okinawa and Yokohama, Japan; and

    Whereas, During Sgt. Cunningham’s service in Japan, he attempted to save the lives of two young girls from drowning, and was recognized by the community for his efforts; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham returned home and married Martha Lou Brown of Piney, West Virginia, on January 17, 1948; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham reenlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951, and went on to serve in the Korean War with the 2750th Medical Group in France and the 75th Transport Squadron; and

    Whereas, After leaving the military in 1953, Sgt. Cunningham worked for Consolidated Natural Gas for over thirty-five years until his retirement; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham also operated a meat cutting, wrapping and storage business in Reader, and often provided his services free of charge to those who could not afford them; and

    Whereas, In 1969, Sgt. Cunningham received an award from the American Red Cross for saving the life of a Reader, West Virginia girl after nearly drowning in Fishing Creek, just below the Reader Bridge; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham was known to all who knew and loved him as “Mr. Haney,” because he enjoyed buying, selling and trading anything and everything; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Reader and a member of the Benton M. Lowe Post 81 American Legion of Pine Grove; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Cunningham passed away in January, 2013, leaving behind his beloved wife, five children, thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; and

    Whereas, It is fitting and proper, that the military service of Sgt. Cunningham, his service to the Reader community, and his life-saving rescue under the Reader Bridge be honored by naming the Reader Bridge in Wetzel County, Bridge number 52-48-0.01, the “U.S. Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham Memorial Bridge”; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name the Reader Bridge in Wetzel County, Bridge number 52-48-0.01, the “U.S. Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham Memorial Bridge”; 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 “U.S. Army Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, is hereby requested to forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the surviving family of Sgt. Norman R. Cunningham.

This Web site is maintained by the West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.  |  Terms of Use  |   Web Administrator   |   © 2014 West Virginia Legislature ****